JVC Professional Video, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, recently announced what company officials call “a major upgrade to its family of GY-HM250 4KCAM compact handheld camcorders” that streamlines connectivity to Facebook Live.
The free upgrade includes a new “Facebook Live” menu choice to simplify the connection process, making the GY-HM250 “the first fully integrated Facebook Live professional camcorder in the industry,” according to the JVC announcement.
“Connecting with Facebook Live is a simple matter of ‘pairing’ the camera with a Facebook account,” according to the JVC announcement. “Any pages set up in Facebook will then appear in the camera’s viewfinder. Live streaming is initiated from the camera by simply clicking on the user’s timeline.”
While streaming to Facebook Live, users can record high-quality video to dual SD memory cards.
In an effort to provide better security for live video content, Facebook Live recently made a change to its platform requiring all streaming video to use secure RTMPS protocol.
What the GY-HM250 Upgrade Means
With the upgrade, the new Facebook security protocol is fully integrated within the GY-HM250 family, including the GY-HM250U base model, GY-HM250SP with sports graphics and Sportzcast ScoreBot and ScoreHub integration, and the GY-HM250HW with house of worship graphics.
“Simple and secure live streaming and blogging with a professional camcorder are now a reality,” said Joe D’Amico, VP of JVC Professional Video in the company announcement. “The GY-HM250 camcorder family was designed with built-in streaming, built-in graphics, and XLR audio connections – so one camcorder can create a complete production for sports, worship, and news coverage.”
Designed for enhanced single-camera production, the GY-HM250 offers lower-third and full-screen titling solutions for recorded or streamed video output without an external CG or production switcher. The camera also lets customers upload logos and icons for customized graphics.
The GY-HM250 includes a 1/2.3-inch BSI 4K CMOS imager, as well as an integrated 24x dynamic zoom lens with optical image stabilizer and tele macro shooting mode. It records in a variety of file formats and frame rates, including 4:2:2 recording for 4K/30p and 4K/24p.
Other features include dual XLR audio inputs, integrated handle with hot shoe and dedicated shotgun mic mount, viewfinder and LCD displays, and 4K/60p HDMI output.