CNN Acquires 177 JVC HD Cameras

The ProHD camcorders will be used for their global operations.
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In an effort to replace hundreds of aging, tape-based DV camcorders now in use, CNN has purchased 177 JVC GY-HM100U ProHD camcorders, JVC Professional Products Company says in a written statement.

CNN plans to use the ProHD camcorders in its global operations, and the news organization is expected to purchase additional cameras in 2011, the statement says.

A compact, handheld 3-CCD camcorder, the GY-HM100U records high definition video at 35 Mbps in the MPEG-2 format compatible with the XDCAM file-based workflow used throughout CNN, says JVC of Wayne, N.J. The JVC camcorder records 1080i files in the MP4 format directly onto SDHC memory cards.

“The GY-HM100 ProHD camcorder is well suited for a fast-paced newsgathering organization,” said Larry Librach, JVC vice president, Broadcast & Public Sector. “Its lightweight form factor, sturdy solid-state recording, and high-quality imaging make it an ideal complement to CNN's traditional shoulder-type ENG equipment.”