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NAB: JVC Brings GY-DV300 and KA-DV300 to the Mac

Three-CCD camera records to tape, streams MPEG-4 simultaneously By Dave Nagel
JVC Professional Products has announced Mac OS X support for its GY-DV300 and KA-DV300. The GY-DV300 "Streamcorder" is a professional, three-CCD camera that offers simultaneous recording to tape and MPEG-4 streaming. The KA-DV300 is a network package for the Streamcorder. Both are available now.

The JVC GY-DV300 is a three-CCD hand-held camcorder with the capability of recording simultaneously to tape and providing MPEG-4 program content for streaming over the Internet. The camera now incorporates support for Apple's QuickTime 6 for streaming and wireless applications. JVC has also announced that the GY-DV300 will provide ISMA compliant MPEG-4 program content in the near future. Currently, QuickTime has more than 100 million users, according to Apple. Features include:

  • Manually controllable 14:1 power zoom lens;
  • 12-bit digital A/D;
  • 24-bit digital signal processing (DSP);
  • 700-line resolution;
  • PCM audio;
  • Optical image stabilizer;
  • FireWire interface;
  • 0.5-inch color LCD viewfinder;
  • XLR microphone inputs;
  • 4:3 to 16:9 (letterbox) switchable;
  • 115dB smear rejection.

The KA-DV300 network package attaches to the camcorder and provides a slot for a LAN card or CompactFlash card for end-user control over camera functions from a remote location. The network package, available separately or bundled with the GY-DV300U, includes an integrated fully functional Web server for full control over the camera, lens and VCR, as well as the ability to stream live using a standard Web browser. JVC says all KA-DV300U network packs shipped after April 1 will incorporate the QuickTime upgrade. Users can also download an update from the JVC Web site.

The GY-DV300 sells for $3,495. A kit including both the camera and the KA-DV300 sells for $4,644. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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