...but remains too ahead of the market.
Ahead of which market? Obviously given that there have been 4K and 5K capable cameras out for some years now, the market is there, JVC is making it more affordable for both the Pro, Prosumer and average Joe so it's an all around win.
4k projectors and screens will exceed the content of most broadcast or entertainment media for several years, at least.
I'm not sure about the 'several'
years, content manufacturers are already working on delivering 4K media within the next couple of years if not by 2013. Sony is a huge backer (Google it).
Evidently, JVC is rolling out this device for that niche of people with an appetite to experiment ahead of the curve, but without the big bucks for a RED.
I wouldn't call it niche, I'd call it cutting edge if it delivers on the quality end, just as I wouldn't have called the Red One a niche product when it was introduced. Even the smartest shooter would go with the the less expensive option vs Red again if it delivers on the quality end.
It would not be worthwhile to shoot 4K video only to have to downsize it all to 1920x1080 resolution, or simply to stockpile 4K clips now as a hedge against obsolescence of "mere" HDTV, perhaps in 2020.
Laughing at that one, believe it or not there are people who still deliver 480p content and shoot on Red or film or 1080p just to downsize. Obviously you don't shoot because you wouldn't have made that statement. Capturing @ 4K and delivering even down to 480p would produce better results than if you captured @ 1080p and downsampled @ 480p again as long as the quality end of the camera holds up and all else being equal.
Neither is it likely that 4k will become the bar for video display anywhere other than a theater, whether commercial or in the mansions of the well-to-do. Most of the 4k content will remain, at least for a while, upscaled 1920x1080 Blu-ray grade video.
I would love to peek into this crystal ball you have, you're making a lot of predictions based on what? Manufacturers are alwasy willing and ready to adopt the 'what's hot' next product for consumers to sink their money into with the marketing team hyping "4K it's 4 times better than your 1080p TV!" You think Joe Consumer won't jump on that if the price point is right? I know I would and am when it becomes affordable. The first 1080p sets introduced were ridiculously priced at $7-10K! Many people bought then and now the trend is 1080p. Same will happen to 4K, guaranteed, that's the tech track record.
It would be ingenious for JVC to enable a buyer to employ the camera's own processors, in conjunction with a relatively ordinary computer, to perform some of the core editing tasks...
Will never happen, that would give hackers and opportunity to tap into the JVCs Falconbrid processor directly. That idea has never happened in the history of product manufacturing for cameras as far as I know.
Otherwise, my guess is that a buyer will have to wait for software that uses proxy files, or attempt daunting experiments with advanced graphics cards.
Primiere has been able to edit 4K proxy files for years as well as Avid and a few others and has been able to use GPU computing to accelerate that process for the past 3 generations.
and possibly develop firmware so that someone with a mere i7 system and 1920x1080 display might be able to employ the camera's chips as co-processors to allow for basic editing and file export functions.
Just as video tech is advancing so is CPU tech and it's actually advancing even faster. Intel already has roadmapped it's next level of processors and you have affordable hexacore I7s as well that you can do a double configuration on for either and 8 core or 12 core computer. Apple has a 12 core monster computer that should be able to handle 4K video.
When, if ever, will there be a 4k player or disc media?
Mentioned it before, they're in the works.
what 4k playback driver did JVC use at its CES booth?
I'm not sure what you mean by 'driver' but they had live 4K and pre-recorded 4K playing straight from the camera to 4K displays via the HDMI outs.
Editing 4K is available now, obviously. Many indy directors and prosumers are shooting 4K and editing on relatively standard PCs and Macs all the time. The movie Monsters was shot on Red in 4K and edited on standard Mac, it's possible. This isn't the first 4K solution out there.
I'm not sure why you have so much negativity and angst for this camera or why you decided to post what you did, but you haven't done a lot of research or don't have an understanding of what is possible now or in the short term with cameras and computers et al.
I for one embrace all new advances in tech especially in the area of cameras and computers.
JVC set the world on fire when they introduced the GR-HD1 back in 2003 and they're doing it again with the GY-HMQ10. The world will catch up in relatively short order.
Someone has to take the lead, thus creating demand for the processing power and efficient progams we'll need for a complete (and affordable) 4K workflow. Kudos to JVC.
I second that. :-)
Hopefully it wont be long to get the actual samples.
Waiting with baited breath myself!!