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JVC at the French Archery Championship

Four JVC camcorders were recently used to record the final stages of the week-long French Archery Championship, aired on the Canal+ sports channel, Sport+. The 26-minute programme included TV reports from the championship, along with a journalist-led studio show, and highlights of the finals.

“We used a GY-HM750, a GY-HM790 and two GY-HM650 camcorders, all connected to an HD-SDI switcher,” explains Jean-Baptiste Lucchini, producer of the multicam shoot. “The footage was then recorded on an AJA Ki-Pro equipped with a 500GB drive; as editing was done on a Mac workstation equipped with Final Cut Pro, we used the ProRes codec.”

The GY-HM750 was shoulder-mounted, while the GY-HM790 was mounted on a stand. The two handheld GY-HM650 cameras were installed near the two archery targets for close-up shots. Cyril Delorme, in charge of the production of the event, comments: “We chose to use JVC cameras for three reasons; firstly we think they have the best quality to price ratio on the market, as we were on a very limited budget. The second reason is their flexibility; we want to be able to use these cameras not only in ENG mode for TV reporting and studio work, but also for multicam production.

Thirdly, the high quality HD-SDI connections and the LCD display screens were all that the operators required; there was no need to add extra accessories for this multicam production.” The flyaway production unit was installed a few metres away from the firing line, with two 24-inch JVC DT-V24G1 studio monitors used. The producer communicated with the camera operators by means of a Clear-Com intercom system. A Yamaha mixing console controlled the sound levels from the four directional microphones placed close to the archers and the targets in order to best capture the sound of the arrows’ impacts.

“This set-up has allowed us to provide high quality HD production at a low cost. This means that we are able to offer both television and internet broadcasting solutions for sports productions with limited financial resources,” says Delorme.

JVC at the French Archery Championship