AVS Hits All The High Notes On The Voice
Monday, 11 April 2011 10:52

As Denali’s new HD truck “California” was setting up for its first show, Mark Burnett’s “The Voice,” Aerial Video Systems (AVS) was called to provide their expertise to enhance the new show’s look with their cutting edge RF steadicam configuration.


AVS was the first to integrate the new Sony HDC-P1 camera with its Link L1500 microwave system back in 2010, providing the lightest and most ergonomic RF steadicam system in the industry.  AVS has continued to refine this advancement to where the camera, HD lens and microwave system weighs less than 12.5 pounds.  This is less than half the weight of most steadicam rigs previously available. 


AVS is known for its superior RF capabilities, highest picture quality and innovative camera solutions.  This latest steadicam innovation has proved itself invaluable for coverage of the NFL, NBA and entertainment shows like Dancing with the Stars, the Academy Awards and now The Voice.  The Voice is a singing competition that will air on NBC this spring.


The newest AVS RF steadicam system will be on display in the Vislink booth at NAB. 

Slam Dunk for AVS at the NBA All-Star Weekend
Thursday, 24 March 2011 09:17

Aerial Video Systems (AVS) was called upon to provide HD RF camera packages for the NBA All-Star weekend of events.  This year the All-Star extravaganza was held at the Staples Center, which is in AVS’ backyard.


Starting on Friday, AVS provided its new 12.5 lb. wireless Sony P1camera package to ESPN for their Steadicam application at the Celebrity All-Star game.  The Sony P1 camera package included a 1.4 GHz Link L1500 transmitter allowing the Steadicam operator complete freedom of movement on and off the court at the LA Convention Center. 


AVS supplied another Sony P1 RF Steadicam camera package along with a Thompson LDK-6000 wireless hand-held package for NBA Entertainment and NBA TV.  These cameras were called on to cover a wide variety of events and studio reports throughout the weekend, both inside and outside of the Staples Center.


Turner Sports turned to AVS for yet another Sony P1 wireless Steadicam camera package and a Thompson LDK-6000 HD RF hand-held package to enhance its comprehensive studio show coverage of all the events surrounding the All-Star game.  At the Slam Dunk Contest, as Blake Griffin soared over the car to the basket, AVS’ handheld was inside the vehicle with the Steadicam trailing to capture Griffin’s spectacular and victorious dunk. The cameras then moved to coverage of the game itself where the West team defeated East All-Stars 148 – 143. 

AVS Selected as the Wireless Facilities Provider for the World Championship of Rowing in New Zealand
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 11:46

 Karapiro 2010

Aerial Video Systems (AVS) was the preferred HD RF provider of SKY Sports New Zealand for their coverage of the 2010 World Rowing Championships.  The 2010 Championships were held at Lake Karapiro on New Zealand’s North Island.  Utilizing the latest Link L1500 HD RF systems as well as their proprietary RF-over-fiber solution, AVS delivered complete start to finish wireless coverage from cameras on the chase boat, 2 jibs and the single-side 90 degree follow cameras.


The coverage provided by AVS gave the Host Broadcaster, as well as the Outside Broadcasters, video feeds that were every bit as reliable as any of their wired cameras while allowing for angles and perspectives not feasible with wired cameras.


With offices in Burbank, CA and London, England, AVS continues to travel the globe providing the highest quality RF video, audio and communications available to the broadcast industry.

AVS Serves an Ace with the Wireless Services for The US Open
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 16:42

For the 2010 US Open, CBS Sports, enlisted Aerial Video Systems (AVS) to provide the wireless services for more than 375 hours of coverage spread among CBS, ESPN and The Tennis Channel.  For CBS’s 43rd consecutive year airing the US Open, AVS outfitted CBS’s two Ikegami HDK-79EC HD handheld cameras with Link L-1500 HD transmitters.  Multiple receive sites were connected to the TV compound using AVS’ proprietary RF-over-fiber system.  This allowed for uninterrupted RF video coverage throughout the 42 acre USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.  For the two week event, AVS also provided a complete wireless microphone package as well as IFB and PL systems, all of which utilized the RF-over-fiber system.

ESPN and IMG turn to AVS to provide the wireless services for the first ever Open Championship broadcast in HD.
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 11:58

By: Carolyn Braff, Managing Editor, SVG
Courtesy of Sports Video Group

Golf’s Open Championship has been played for more than a century, but, until this year, it had never been broadcast in HD. To support that broadcast-quality upgrade, ESPN and IMG turned to Aerial Video Systems (AVS) to provide an HD RF package that would allow fans to see the beauty of the greens — and the pelting of the rain — at this year’s golf tourney.

Double the Coverage
“This year, they really expanded the coverage,” says AVS President Randy Hermes. “We had seven wireless cameras: six regular handheld cameras, and we made the X-Mo wireless. We also provided the feed for the aerial coverage, which came from an airplane. Previously, they’d only had two or three wireless handhelds when the show was in SD, so this more than doubled the coverage.”

AVS has provided the equipment and crew for The Open’s RF audio package since 2005, but that crew consisted of just one person. This year, the company deployed five people to oversee the added equipment and responsibility, and everyone flew in a day earlier than in past years.

Three Sites, Eight Antennas
To cover the entirety of the Old Course at St. Andrew’s, AVS used three receive sites with full diversity with the help of Link’s L-1500 HD wireless transmitters. The company placed eight antennas around the course: four at the TV compound, two at the 18th hole, and two at the ninth hole.

“Those antennas were all brought back over our own RF-via-fiber system,” Hermes says. “All the receivers were in the TV compound so we could monitor everything.”

A total of eight paths of HD RF were used via Link’s L-1500 HD microwave system in the 1.4G Hz and 2 GHz bands. Six of the paths were dedicated to ground-based handheld cameras. The L-1500s were married to four Sony HDW 790 cameras with the other two on-board Sony HDC 1500s.

“We had full-diversity antenna switching between everything,” says Hermes. “Wherever the cameras went, the system picked the best antennas and, with no user intervention, gave us the best possible signal. It’s all automatic.”

The Debut of Silverback
AVS used the opportunity provided by the Open Championship to introduce its Silverback camera-control system, which provides control for virtually all HD cameras via the Link L-1500 microwave unit. With Silverback, the truck video engineer can control both cameras and transmitters, without camera-operator involvement. The new controller also provides the ability to remotely adjust transmitter-frequency and power-output levels from the truck.

“Silverback allows us to have full video control of the cameras,” Hermes says. “The big bonus is, it allows us to have full control of the transmitter, so we can adjust the power levels and the frequency, if need be, via remote control. That’s the key thing for golf.”

The weather in Scotland is always part of the story of the Open Championship, and this year’s event was no different. This time, though, Silverback was on hand to help. When 40-mph winds and sideways rain cancelled Wednesday’s schedule and briefly halted play on day two, AVS had to lower its main receive-site crane to half its normal height.

“Then, at the TV compound, we could just dial up and change our power settings to compensate for that change,” Hermes explains. “That’s a huge benefit. Normally, if you have a problem like that, you have to bring the crane all the way down, make the adjustments, and put it all the way back up, but that completely disrupts your show because all the antennas are up there. Silverback alleviates that whole problem.”

Although the howling winds and endless rain certainly posed a challenge for AVS, Hermes says the long hours are the company’s biggest challenge.

“We were on the air for 14 hours one day,” Hermes says. In all, AVS provided 47 hours of coverage over the course of four days. “That’s a big challenge when you’re talking about batteries. The other challenge is just how enormous the show is. It’s like a Super Bowl with all of the frequency usage.”
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