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GY-HM650E goes to church

Elephant and Castle, famous for its many colleges and colourful shopping centre, is also home to one of England’s most famous churches, The Metropolitan Tabernacle. This large independent Reformed Baptist church, dating back to 1861, has filmed its Sunday sermons for the last nine years using four KY-F32 JVC analogue cameras. Footage from these is then edited and uploaded onto the church’s website, together with an hour long version that’s aired each week on Sky TV. After years of using the KY-F32 cameras, the church decided to upgrade to a tapeless workflow, investing in four new JVC GY-HM650E camcorders. As well as moving from analogue to digital, and from SD to HD, the church also wanted live streaming capabilities, together with the ability to operate the cameras remotely from the video control room, 150 feet away.  The network connectivity of the GY-HM650 allows the cameras to be fully remote controlled over IP, using a web-based PC interface, without the need for any additional and costly hardware control systems.

Assistant Pastor, Chris Laws, comments, “We wanted to replace our old KY-F32 analogue cameras with new JVC HD models. We have been extremely happy with JVC over the years; after hearing about the success of the BBC cameras, we opted for the GY-HM650E. The camera is full of interesting features - it produces excellent images and the live streaming capabilities have allowed us to add a live webcast to our website. JVC have definitely filled a hole in the market.”


The Metropolitan Tabernacle also owns several professional JVC monitors. Installed in their video room, they’re exclusively used for editing. “We’re very happy with our JVC products,” Chris Laws adds, “and trust that they always deliver great results.”