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JVC unveils HEVC Encoder for its CONNECTED CAM Series

JVC has had a range of CONNECTED CAMS for quite some time that allows users to stream images directly from their camera. Well, now they have a new HEVC Encoder called the KA-EN200G.

The KA-EN200G H.265/HEVC Encoder which will make its public debut at this year’s NAB show (if the show still goes ahead). The Encoder is designed to deliver higher quality, lower bit-rate streaming. The plug-in module will provide add-on value for the company’s CONNECTED CAM series, which includes the GY-HC900, GY-HC500 and GY-HC550 camcorders.

How does it work?

The module fits into the expansion slot of any model within the CONNECTED CAM line of camcorders. It allows users to quickly and easily stream HD content in the H.265/HEVC codec. The High Efficiency Video Compression (HEVC) is an improvement over the widely used H.264/AVC compression standard. This results in higher quality images with reduced bandwidth. By going with H.265, t allows broadcasters to use 10-bit 4:2:2 rather than typical 8-bit 4:2:0 sampling.

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CONNECTED CAM camcorders are designed to optimize both video recording and IP performance. All 500 and 900 models provide reliable 1080p streaming and SMPTE 2022 error correction. Selected models also add Zixi™ error correction with FEC, ARQ and adaptive bitrate for reliable transmission. CONNECTED CAM’s built-in streaming encoders with LAN/Wi-Fi connectivity provide broadcast-quality video-over-IP directly from the camera without the need for backpacks or encoders.

JVC introduced the industry’s first professional camera with built-in FTP and Wi-Fi connectivity. Since then, news-over-IP has become widely adopted, and live streaming has become more sophisticated.

“As the video landscape continues to develop, we are looking ahead to the evolution of the HEVC standard. JVC remains ahead of emerging trends and evolving technologies, focusing on smarter engineering solutions for broadcast and streaming professionals. We recognize that HEVC offers many advantages over the H.264/AVC compression standard. By offering this new plug-in module, JVC allows its customers to future-proof the investment they’ve made in JVC’s CONNECTED CAM line.”

Edgar Shane, General Manager, Engineering, JVCKENWOOD USA Corp

Price & Availability

The KA-EN200G is currently available with an MSRP of $1,250 USD.