JVC camcorders add native direct streaming to world’s two largest social networking services, including vertical and square formats

Latest firmware adds exclusive easy setup for Facebook and YouTube

JVCKENWOOD has incorporated additional social media features to its CONNECTED CAM 500 and 900 Series camcorders with its latest firmware update. As the first camera manufacturer to provide streaming directly from the camera, JVC’s 500-Series cameras now include SNS video streaming with vertical and square guidelines on the viewfinder to ensure ideal image capture for a variety of platforms and devices. The company is adding easy setup functionality, allowing GY-HC500 users to stream to Facebook Live and YouTube Live with the click of a button. The firmware also incorporates RTMPS protocol for its GY-HC900 cameras.

“Our forthcoming firmware update further emphasises our commitment to being a leader in streaming video productions,” says John Kelly, General Manager, EMEA Professional Business Solutions. “As a Facebook Live Solution Partner, JVC is the only company to provide fully integrated Facebook Live streaming directly from a professional camcorder – originally with the GY-HM250 and now also with our GY-HC500 and GY-HC550 CONNECTED CAM cameras. The new firmware expands on this functionality to include YouTube. This feature makes it possible for everyone from broadcasters and sports teams to event coordinators, businesses and houses of worship to live-stream special events, meetings, games or services to the largest social networks with greater ease.”

With this update, JVC’s 500-Series cameras can also produce streams in vertical (606x1080 and 404x720) and square (1080x1080 and 720x720) formats. This includes not just safe markers, but actual streams with vertical and square resolutions. Previously available on the JVC GY-HM250, the Easy Setup Facebook Live feature can now also be utilised by GY-HC500 users for real-time broadcasting on individual, business and media pages. This allows users to stream in seconds, versus having to type-in and adjust a range of settings beforehand. The new firmware also incorporates an Easy Setup YouTube Live feature, which not only provides direct-to-YouTube capability, but also enables users to schedule streaming with a specified start time.

JVC has also incorporated the RTMPS protocol for its 900 Series cameras. GY-HC900 users can now securely stream to Facebook Live directly from the camera. With this update, the entire CONNECTED CAM line of camcorders is fully compatible with Facebook Live, the world’s largest social networking service’s streaming application.      

The new firmware update, which also adds various SRT-based streaming updates, such as Forward Error Correction (FEC) and Stream Identifier (ID), is available as a free download from the JVC Pro website on the GY-HC500 and GY-HC550 pages under the Product Support tab at the bottom of each page (GY-HC900 update to follow shortly).