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NEWS GY-HM600 Series camcorder version 3 upgrade now available A Magma chassis certification B luefish444 and Magma compatibility between BlueFish444 SDI video cards and Magma Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 enabled chassis. The combination of Buefish444 I/O video cards with Magma Thunderbolt chassis allows video professionals to migrate workflows to newer Thunderbolt enabled workstations while protecting their investment in hardware. Creative professionals will also be able to take advantage of Thunderbolt, 10Gbps, and Thunderbolt 2, 20Gbps, lightning fast transfer speeds. www.bluefish444.com Flashnet sale to South Korean network S GL, a leading provider of content archive and storage management software for media and entertainment, reported a key sale to Arirang TV, an English-language network based in Seoul, South Korea. The first international, free-to-air TV channel broadcasting in the region, Arirang TV has installed an SGL FlashNet archive fully integrated with a Geminisoft Ariel MAM system. The installation was carried out by South Korean systems integrator SBS Newstech. The seamless integration between SGL FlashNet and Arirangs Geminisoft Ariel MAM system allows content delivered to-and-from the archive to easily be reformatted from MOV to MXF files. Arirang TV produces fast turnaround 30-minute news programmes, every two hours, 24/7 365 days per year and Korean lifestyle and cultural programmes. As well as providing a scalable archive, SGL allows full support for LTFS-formatted archives. This was a key driver in Arirangs purchasing decision. www.sglbroadcast.com 18 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 91 JULY 2014 free firmware upgrade (v.3.0) for JVC’s GY- HM600 and GY-HM650 handheld camcorders is now available to download from www.service.jvcpro. eu/public, significantly improving the performance of both camcorders. The firmware upgrade delivers 1080p 50Mbps recording in Extreme-High Quality (XHQ) mode, i.e., virtually lossless H.264 recordings with high bit rates of 50Mbps, along with an enhanced Auto Focus System with selection of focus area. And for the GY-HM650 only, the upgrade offers advanced streaming functions, including ZIXI data transfer technology and additional bit rates in various resolutions. Thanks to the new 1080p 50Mbps recording mode, both the GY-HM600 and GY-HM650 camcorders now benefit from enhanced picture quality. Highly-efficient H.264 video encoding provides consistently better recording results compared with MPEG formats and you can continue to use your SDHC/SDXC cards (class 6 or 10) too, rather than more expensive media. The enhanced Auto Focus System increases usability – choose between three focus-response time settings, ranging from slow to fast, to suit particular filming situations. In addition, JVC has added an ‘Area’ option to its Focus Assist Function, normally only available in manual focus mode, enabling users to quickly determine the picture area used by the Auto Focus System. There are a number of IP-based enhancements in this firmware update for the GY-HM650 camcorder only. Additional bit rates, ranging from 200kbps to 8Mbps, have been added at various resolutions, while two additional streaming protocols (RTSP and ZIXI) have also been included added. ZIXI’s new Advanced Streaming Technology (AST) is included in the update, including content-aware error correction and efficient bandwidth shaping. Other updates for the GY-HM650 include an SDI trigger for optional external recording systems, while smartphones, tablets, etc., are now able to control FTP file transfer via remote web access. www.service.jvcpro. eu/public