AT NAB 2016, JVC Professional Video has introduced its first robotic PTZ IP video production camera, the KY-PZ100, which the company says is ideal for studio or field applications. In addition to its 3G-SDI and HDMI outputs, the KY-PZ100 features JVC’s unique IP-based communications engine to provide streaming HD video at a variety of bit rates with minimal latency. JVC will be demonstrating the new camera during the 2016 NAB Show (booth C4314) from April 18–21 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
When connected to a WiFi adapter or LTE modem via USB or directly connected to a LAN, the KY-PZ100 can stream up to 1080p/59.94 video with two-channel audio using SMPTE 2022 forward error correction (FEC). The camera offers low latency streaming at various bit rates, and its integrated Zixi technology delivers reliable streaming performance with FEC and automatic repeat request (ARQ) as well as adaptive bit rate control. Presumably, the KY-PZ100 will accept the same WiFi adapters as they KY-HM200 camera/camcorder/streamcorder, which include dualband 802.11ac and XLTE with dual simultaneous frequencies according to JVC. See this article for details.
Designed as a standalone remote camera or as part of a multi-camera system, the KY-PZ100 can also be used as a conventional PTZ camera. It includes a 1/2.8-inch CMOS sensor (2.2 million pixels) and a 30x optical zoom lens. Its aperture varies between f/1.6–4.7, and its LoLux mode delivers images in darkness as low as 0.01 lux. The camera also supports on-board HD recording at up to 50 Megabits per second to a MicroSDHC/SDXC media card, and recorded files can be uploaded to an external server.
“There are plenty of PTZ cameras on the market, but none have a direct host USB connection to an LTE modem or Wi-Fi adapter.” explained Edgar Shane, general manager of engineering, JVC Professional Video. “This unique capability allows our PTZ camera to be placed anywhere there’s a power source and stream broadcast quality HD video. This exciting new technology will appeal to a number of vertical markets including broadcast, government, sports production, and houses of worship.”
Users can control the PTZ unit using JVC’s new RM-IP100 remote control panel, a web browser, or a variety of remote units that support VISCA protocol. The RM-IP100 can memorize more than 100 preset settings and positions.
For installation versatility, the camera is available in black (KY-PZ100B shown at the beginning of this article) or white (KY-PZ100W shown directly above) housings and can be mounted upside-down, if necessary.
The KY-PZ100 will be available in October at an expected MSRP of US$3995 according to JVC.
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