KTWO Transitions to HD Using Tapeless JVC Cameras

By Andrew Gauthier 


KTWO, the Silverton Broadcasting-owned ABC affiliate serving central Wyoming, overhauled their production workflow this month and transitioned to local news in high definition. The station produces five newscasts every weekday and two on both Saturday and Sunday, plus a weekly sports program.

To make the transition to HD, KTWO chose JVC’s new tapeless GY-HM700 cameras that record natively in the .mov file format. According to Terry Lane, KTWO’s chief broadcast engineer, the station doesn’t have the budget of stations in larger markets, so the transition to HD news has been an economic challenge. KWTO purchased 10 JVC GY-HM700 camcorders, most of which will be used for ENG work although two have been designated as studio cameras.

“Our new JVC ENG cameras give us all the advantages of a tape-based system and all the advantages of tapeless workflow for our ENG work,” Lane said. KTWO edits its news packages using Final Cut Pro which is based on the .mov file format.