Sports content production company BAOSN relies on JVC’s GY-HC500 models to support remote production

The Bay Area Online Sports Network (BAOSN) tries to deliver cost-effective, high-definition, quality broadcasts over the internet. Additionally, its content is not only livestreamed, but also made available online for several years.

The BAOSN team has long opted for the GY-HC500 CONNECTED CAM from JVC Professional Video, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation.

A JVC user since he founded BAOSN in 2014, Jim Petromilli says, “When JVC introduced its 500 Series CONNECTED CAM with SRT, it was a game changer for us. The GY-HC500 camera has allowed us to play at a higher level than we previously could, and the camera’s 40X lossless dynamic zoom was a key factor in that decision. Most of our games are shot in 720p, and most of our clients, whether it be national or local, ask for 720p resolution. Today, we utilize four GY-HC500 CONNECTED CAMs; four BR-DE900 decoders―JVC’s professional grade, high-performance IP decoding appliance; and two previous generation JVC cameras.”

The CONNECTED CAM solutions, and the JVC staff, also assisted BAOSN in its shift towards REMI productions that were initially spurred by COVID. “Trying to purchase and learn how to use new cameras during the pandemic was unprecedented,” adds Petromilli. “The support we received from Edgar Shane, JVC General Manager, Engineering, and his team was incredible. They made sure we were up to speed on how best to set up and utilize our new cameras, and about SRT technology in general. Due to social distancing protocols, all our training and support was done remotely, over the phone, and they were incredible to work with. You don’t necessarily think about the support component when you make a purchase, but JVC’s customer service is top-notch.”

“When a broadband internet connection is available on-location and at the studio, the workflow is simply connecting the camera LAN to the router or using the built-in camera WiFi for wireless connectivity,” he explains. “REMI allows us to send the H.264 or HEVC encoded ISO feed from each camera directly to our BR-DE900 decoders using SRT. Setup on-location is always quick and simple,” concludes Petromilli.

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