North Shore LIJ Health System Upgrades to JVC ProHD Cameras

JVC GY-HM650 aids in OR documentation
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Video producer Robert Hoell shows off one of the new JVC GY-HM650 ProHD cameras that are being used by North Shore-LIJ Health System for a variety of video projects.

WAYNE, N.J.— New York’s North Shore-LIJ Health System recently purchased three JVC GY-HM650 ProHD cameras to upgrade its production capabilities.

North Shore-LIJ’s media productions team has been shooting in HD since 2005 and purchased the new JVC ProHD cameras to replace its Sony HVR-Z7U HDV camcorders as part of a transition to a tapeless workflow.

Since the hospital system purchased its cameras, its three-man media production team has been shooting HD footage for various projects.

Albert Ritondo, North Shore-LIJ assistant director for media productions, said the video team is often asked to be in the OR to document new procedures or provide footage for network television stations. As part of the public relations department, they also provide coverage of press conferences to share with local stations and promotional videos.

The GY-HM650s are also being used for a new 13-week series, “Focus on Health,” which will debut regionally on Cablevision and Verizon FiOS in November. According to Ritondo, the new series is replacing “Medical Update,” a basic multi-camera studio interview show; “Focus on Health” primarily features packages shot in the field.

JVC’s .MP4 native file recording eliminates transcoding for editing on the hospital system’s Sony Vegas NLE systems. Ritondo said the non-proprietary SDHC cards used to record footage on the GY-HM650 are used for archival purposes.