AVS Used Toshiba Imaging’s IK-HR1S Hi-Def Camera to Capture Nik Wallenda’s Historic Tightrope Walk over Niagara Falls
Tuesday, 24 July 2012 11:11

Toshiba Imaging’s IK-HR1S Hi-Def Camera Used to Capture
Nik Wallenda’s Historic Tightrope Walk over Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

• Aerial Video Systems (Burbank, CA) selected by ABC TV to coordinate and capture
video and audio communication for the 3-hour primetime event.

July 16, 2012 Toshiba Imaging (www.toshibacameras.com), a leader in high
definition (HD) color video imaging, provided the point-of-view (POV) camera for Nik
Wallenda’s successful, record-breaking tightrope walk over Niagara Falls on June 15,
2012. The tiny IK-HR1S high-def imager captured the sensational footage from the
balance bar of the internationally-acclaimed tightrope artist during the 1,850-foot trek.
The one-piece HD camera was waterproofed and mounted on the balance pole by Aerial Video Systems

(AVS-www.aerialvideo.com), the company contracted by ABC to provide all the audio and visual communications
for the historic event. According to Randy Hermes, founder and president of AVS, “The miniature
IK-HR1S camera from Toshiba Imaging was the ideal choice for mounting on
the balance bar because of its ultra-compact, 1-piece body that delivers superb color
reproduction, HD resolution, and little or no motion artifacts. The camera was cabled
to a customized “fanny” pack containing a mini-HD microwave transmitter and
battery. We were delighted with the results - the camera and transmitter delivered the
stunning shots I was looking for of Nik’s footwork on the wire with the raging waters of
Niagara Falls below.”

For more information on the historic Niagara Falls tightrope walk and details about
Aerial Video Systems, please go to: www.aerialvideo.com. Additional information on
Toshiba Imaging’s camera suite of high-definition cameras for broadcast, industrial,
scientific, and military imaging applications, please visit www.toshibacameras.com.

Toshiba Imaging Systems Division (Irvine, CA) is world renowned for its ultra
compact, superior color and contrast, high definition (HD) 3CCD cameras. More
affordable CMOS hi-def video systems are also available and both camera suites are
accompanied by Toshiba’s legendary and comprehensive tech support. More
information about the advanced video imaging technology, high definition, low-light,
high resolution color video cameras and Toshiba’s remote head cameras is available
at www.toshibacameras.com.

Aerial Video Systems (AVS) – Founded in 1981 and located in Burbank, California,
AVS has become one of the broadcast industry's leading suppliers of aerial camera
platforms, point-of-view cameras, microwave systems, and HD wireless video. AVS
has earned seven technical Emmys for creating unique applications for state-of-the-art
equipment, allowing broadcasters to offer new perspectives that put viewers right in
the middle of the action. For more information, visit AVS at www.aerialvideo.com or
call (818) 954-8842.

AVS goes along for the ride at Disney California Adventure's media day
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 14:19

Disney invited over 150 media outlets to preview "Carsland", the latest destination within Disney's California Adventure - and looked to Aerial Video Systems (AVS) to help with the broadcasts.

Radiator Springs Racers

AVS provided Good Morning America, KTLA (Los Angeles), KSAZ (Fox-Phoenix) and the Spanish-language show "El Gordo y La Flaca" wireless cameras and P/L's for their live broadcasts, both during the media preview days as well as the grand opening event for the public on June 15th. These networks broadcasted live from a wide variety of locations throughout the new $1 billion dollar venue, which was five years in the making.

KTLADepending on the broadcasters' needs, AVS either outfitted the networks' cameras with a Link L1500 RF transmitter or provided a Panasonic HDX900 ENG camera outfitted with the same model transmitter. Disney also requested AVS to provide one of their Sony P1 Wireless Steadicam camera package for their live internet webcast.

Utilizing AVS' proprietary RF-over-fibre technology, AVS wired the park with a network of antennas allowing the broadcasters the ability to work virtually anywhere in Carsland.

Live on the RideIn addition to the live broadcasts, every television reporter, radio personality and blogger in attendance was invited to experience the new Radiator Springs Racers, which is half dark ride with animatronics of all the key characters in the movie "Cars" and half high-speed side-by-side racing set in an expansive Utah landscape. In order to capture everyone's initial reactions and take the home viewers along on the ride, AVS equipped three cars with two Toshiba IK-HR1S HD POV cameras and Link L1500 each. These rides were recorded and given to each network to use in their respective reports.

In total, AVS provided twelve Link L1500 wireless HD microwave systems, three Panasonic HDX900 ENG cameras, one Sony P1 package, six Toshiba IK-HR1S HD POV cameras as well as an arsenal of microphones and P/L's.

AVS' RF-3 mobile RF support truck was also on-hand. Serving double-duty, the 53-foot RF-3 provided the monitoring and distribution of all wireless video signals as well as housed three live switching stations for the Radiator Springs Racers video segments.

With the amount of media on-site for this event, frequency coordination was key to the success of the broadcasts. AVS worked closely with the local FCC coordinator, obtaining the ideal 1.4 GHz, 2.3 GHz and 7.0 GHz frequencies in addition to a multitude of UHF frequencies.

AVS was founded in 1981 by Randy Hermes. Located in Burbank, California, AVS has become one of the industry's leading suppliers of aerial camera platforms, point-of-view cameras, microwave systems, and HD wireless video.


Wireless Systems Front and Center for Super Bowl
Monday, 06 February 2012 08:54
By: Ken Kerschbaumer, Editorial Director Sports Video Group (www.sportsvideo.org)| Published: Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 1:06 pm

Wireless audio and video systems continue to play a larger and larger role at events like the Super Bowl and tonight’s main event is no different. Aerial Video Systems tonight will help NBC Sports deliver sharper and crisper images wireless Super Bowl camera coverage as the company’s technology allows for 36 Mbps-quality signals to be delivered from the field and the surround environs. And this afternoon it is front and center for  pre-game coverage.

“We do it to set ourselves apart,” says Randy Hermes, AVS founder, of the decision to move beyond the limit of 10 Mbps offered by others. “We dedicate the extra equipment to make it look better and when you watch some of the shots in the entertainment truck [used for the halftime show] you can’t tell the difference from a [wired camera].”

The 36 Mbps benchmark has been a standard all season for NBC’s football coverage but tonight the camera complement is expanded to three Sony P1 cameras and two Sony HDC-1500 cameras. Twelve sets of antennas are on site to coordinate multiple bands of frequencies, with AVS operating in the 1, 4 and 7 Gig range.

 Super Bowl XLVI

Geoff Howe, AVS, director of engineering, says the AVS system also allows for full remote control panel controls rather than a cut-down version found on most wireless systems.

“The operator won’t event know it isn’t on a wire,” he adds.

Geoff Howe of AVS inside the company's production trailer at Super Bowl XLVI

AVS also has two cameras on hand for “The Dan Patrick Show” that were also used for DirecTV’s Beach Bowl show and cameras have also been transmitting live shots from around the Super Bowl Village and surrounding streets.

“We can go outside down to Georgia Street and get live shots down the Zip Line,” Howe says of one of the most popular attractions at this year’s game. “And we can walk that whole area and get pictures.”

This evening three of the cameras will be used for pre-game coverage before being used for the game and then at halftime one of the 1500 units and a Steadicam unit will be used.

“It’s simpler during the regular season because we only have one or two units but here we are doing three completely separate shows so we need to route things properly and keep track of what is going on,” adds Hermes.

The Super Bowl always makes for crowded RF coordination but solid coordination by the NFL ensures everyone can play nicely together.


For example, BSI is handling wireless communications and wireless mics for NBC Sports. Eight Blue handheld mics, left and right umpire effects mics, mics on the Cablecam, and nine full duplex field producer packs are on the field and coordinated by BSI. The company is also getting a beauty shot of Indianapolis from the One America Building via straight-line fixed microwave link.

Reid Ritter, BSI inside audio engineer, says that one challenge from a communications standpoint is that the venue is indoors but the BSI truck is outside on ground level and then the NBC trucks are located below ground in the venue so a balance needed to be struck on where to put transmitters and receivers.

“We made it seamless getting signals from inside to the outside by using the 500 level in the stadium as a transmit receive location for all PL and IFB communications,” he adds.

AVS – Rockin’ New Year’s Eve 2011
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 14:08
For the 40th anniversary of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, ABC selected Aerial Video Systems (AVS) to provide RF coverage of the quintessential New Year’s Eve party emanating from Times Square in New York City.  ABC wanted the hosts, Ryan Seacreast and Jenny McCarthy, to be able to report unencumbered by cables along Broadway from 42nd to 47th Streets.  The directive from ABC was to have uninterrupted and robust RF coverage throughout the Square.  They also wanted an elevated camera position to capture the scope of the party and to feed live programming to three of the monster-sized HD big screens encircling Times Square.


For the roving HD RF cameras, AVS outfitted two steadicam units with their customized Sony P-1 camera configuration along with the Link Research L1500 HD microwave systems.  AVS pioneered the adaptation of the P-1 to the steadicam and it has the lightest and most ergonomic profile in the industry.  The steadicams were also equipped with wireless tele-prompters for the talent.  A wireless program return monitor system accompanied each unit and permited the hosts to interact more naturally with each other.  A third roving camera was an ABC provided Sony 1500, which was married to a Link L1500 transmitter and camera battery via a customized AVS camera bracket.  Continuous Wireless coverage for the five block party was made possible by use of the AVS proprietary RF over Fiber system which connected the remote antenna sites placed along Broadway Ave to the ABC control point.


Times Square on New Year’s Eve can pose frequency challenges.  To alleviate interference issues, AVS coordinated and licensed military test flight telemetry frequencies in the 1.4GHz and 2.3GHz band through AFTRCC and the FCC.  These frequencies were used for the three roving RF cameras, prompter and return video feeds.   Per the ABC directive, the RF was continuously rock solid throughout the broadcast.  “The show was flawless,” said Geoff Howe, AVS’ director of engineering.


To capture the spectacle of Times Square for the nearly 23 million television viewers, AVS deployed a Sony 1500 at the top of the Marriott Hotel.  The signal for this camera was sent from the hotel roof back to ABC’s control room via the Link L1500 7GHz transmitter.


“It was a great way to ring in the New Year,” said Randy Hermes, president of AVS. 

LINK Research Digital Pre-Distortion (LDPD) tees off at the Open Golf Championship at Royal St Georges
Friday, 07 October 2011 09:49

At this year’s Open Golf Championship LINK Research’s latest wireless camera RF module, incorporating real time pre-distortion which offers unrivalled adjacent channel performance and the ultimate in clean RF spectrum, was used for the first time by Aerial Video systems (AVS).


For such a large broadcast event frequency spectrum allocation can be limited. To alleviate this situation AVS utilized LINK’s field changeable L1500 RF modules to provide flexible operation over the 1.4GHz and 2GHz bands. Even with this flexibility, when multiple wireless cameras are in operation adjacent RF channel operation becomes unavoidable. Despite this, AVS combined its operational knowledge with the superior adjacent channel performance of LINK’s pre-distortion RF module (L1510-1927PD) and L2174 receiver to give HD coverage of the entire 18 hole course with just four receive sites and six ground based camera transmitters operating at 100mW. This set up proved that large areas such as these can be covered effectively and reliable with a minimum amount of receive points when combined with the LDPD technology. A separate dedicated receive site was used with 20MHz LMS-T to provide outstanding aerial views of the actions.

The championship itself was a thrilling event played in atrocious conditions.This year marks the seventh year AVS have been on site to provide RF services. At the end of four blustery days, Darren Clarke fulfilled his lifetime sporting dream with a three-shot victory becoming the first UK winner since 1999.

To find our more about the NEW LINK Pre-Distortion (LDPD) click here

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