By Andrew Liszewski
NAB is just around the corner which means it’s time for a mountain of press releases about professional video cameras that don’t sacrifice image quality just so you can stash them in your pocket. Take JVC’s GY-HM790 which is the new flagship of the company’s ProHD camcorder line. While it tops out at capturing video at 1080i, it does have a 720P mode for shooting progressive, as well as a standard-definition 480i mode if for some reason your pipeline has’t embraced HD just yet.
And since it is the year 2010, the GY-HM790 captures directly to 2 x SDHC class 6 or 10 memory cards, no videotape here, as either FCP-friendly .MOV files or Sony XDCAM EX .MP4 files, which can both be brought directly into your editing environment. Other features that might interest you broadcast types include an HD/SD-SDI port for live monitoring an uncompressed 4:2:2 HD or SD signal, dual XLR mic inputs with phantom power and an optional ASI output module which provides a BNC connection for patching a live feed into a satellite uplink or microwave transmitter. Understandably all those pro features do amount to an MSRP of $11,995, but when the GY-HM790 becomes available this Summer you won’t have to worry about whether or not it exhibits jelly artifacts because of a cheap rolling shutter.