Many professional broadcast cameras today can livestream to various platforms using their firmware and an adapter, but they usually require a step in between, such as a computer or a streaming box with specialized software to direct video to a media server such as Facebook Live—until now. JVC is updating its professional GY-HM250 UHD 4K Streaming Camcorder firmware with integrated support for Facebook Live's API so you can stream right from your camera directly to your Facebook channel.
Since the expanding broadcast universe now includes Facebook Live and Facebook Watch, video producers have many more options for simulcasting and streaming live professional TV content. Using one of the required Wi-Fi or wired network adapters for the GY-HM250 plus a LAN, LTE mobile, or Wi-Fi connection, you can configure the settings and login for your Facebook channel within the new firmware update, while also being able to employ the built-in broadcast features of the GY-HM250 such as adding custom graphics, sports score overlays, lower-thirds, or logos to your streams. It's a full-featured, live broadcast studio right inside your pro camera!
After setting up your live event on the Facebook page, the API firmware pairs with your camera using a code obtained from your Facebook login. You can set your privacy settings, audience information, and even schedule events. Once you're connected and ready, just hit the Live button and you're streaming. Your stream status will show on the camera's LCD screen or viewfinder overlay, as well as information about the quality of the stream.
The JVC GY-HM250 UHD 4K Streaming Camcorder features a 1/2.3" sensor and captures high bitrate video up to UHD 4K at 24/30p. Its numerous professional features also include HDMI and 3G-SDI outputs, a 12x optical zoom, two XLR audio inputs, a built-in audio mixer, tally lights, internal HD filters, and it records to dual SDXC/SDHC cards.
Look for the free Facebook Live API firmware update on JVC's website later this month. Have you livestreamed with one of JVC's professional camcorders? Let us know about your streaming experience below.