West Virginia University Improves Football Practice Video with JVC ProHD Cameras

JVC Professional Video, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, today announced West Virginia University Football in Morgantown, W.Va., is using five new JVC GY-HM620 ProHD cameras to record practice footage for coaches. The new cameras were delivered in mid-July in time for use during the team’s first practice of the season on July 30.

According to Kyle Butler, video coordinator for WVU Football, up to eight cameras are used during practice. Operated primarily by student volunteers, the cameras are positioned behind the end zone and near the sideline to provide multiple angles of all practice activities.

While a couple of handheld cameras provide field-level coverage, most cameras are kept on tripods and positioned on scissor lifts or permanent towers near the sideline and end zone to capture higher angles. “The higher angles allow coaches to see more of what’s going on at one time than a field-level camera,” Butler explained.

Footage is reviewed through DVSport Gameday software, which allows coaches to quickly sort plays and review the action. For example, if coaches want to study every run play to the left, footage from the sideline and end zone cameras can be sorted to view only those plays. Footage from the cameras can also be intercut to provide views from multiple angles.

During a normal, two-hour practice, Butler’s video team can accumulate more than 1,000 clips, with multiple cameras covering multiple angles of a variety of drills. Halfway through practice, all shooters swap media cards. An assistant collects the used cards and uploads the clips, so the first half of practice is ready for viewing and analysis when the coaches leave the field. Second half clips are uploaded immediately following practice.

After several weeks of practice, Butler said the cameras have performed well in every type of light, and praised the GY-HM620’s integrated Fujinon 23x auto focus zoom lens. He said WVU Football chose JVC cameras in part because the firmware includes features specifically developed for sports coaching applications, including the Sports Exchange Standard.

Designed for sports, news, and independent production, the GY-HM620’s 3-CMOS image sensors deliver F12 (60Hz) sensitivity. It records HD and SD footage in a variety of file formats, and its two SDHC/SDXC media card slots support relay mode for uninterrupted recording or simultaneously recording to both cards for instant backup or client copy. Other features include dual XLR inputs, HD-SDI and HDMI outputs, and built-in stereo microphone for capturing natural sound.

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Video is a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation. The company is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video equipment, as well as D-ILA front projection systems. For more information, visit JVC’s website at or call (800) 582‑5825.

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