JVC has launched a new camcorder that makes it possible for Final Cut Pro users to instantly edit recorded material without having to convert the file first.

The GY-HM100 provides a simple workflow and ease-of-use that will make it particularly handy for news reporters and producers.

“For the first time, Final Cut Pro editors are able to work with a camcorder that records video as native QuickTime files, eliminating the need to transcode or re-wrap prior to editing,” said Rob Schoeben, Apple's vice president of Applications Product Marketing.

“With the combination of JVC's new camera and Final Cut Studio 2, the industry's leading video production suite, the promise of file based acquisition can finally be realised.”

The 3-CCD camcorder - and its shoulder-mount cousin the GY-HM700 - captures 35Mbps high definition video and uncompressed audio directly to inexpensive SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) media cards in native QuickTime format.

Video clips are dragged directly from the storage media onto the non-linear editor's timeline, eliminating the need for transcoding that can consume excessive time and disk space while maintaining original first generation image quality.

The GY-HM700 is scheduled for delivery in March 2009