Tuesday, 04 March 2014 14:42

Via http://sportsvideo.org/main/blog/2014/02/nba-all-star-weekend-avs-brings-rf-steadicam-access-to-the-floor/

When it comes to providing wireless-camera technology, California-based Aerial Video Systems (AVS) is the go-to source for many of the top sports and entertainment events in the industry. This past weekend in New Orleans was no different. AVS provided critical gear and enhancements for Turner Sports, NBA Entertainment, and ESPN at NBA All-Star Weekend, which was highlighted by the increased use of the company’s popular wireless Steadicam across multiple events.

“The unique thing about this show is that that rig [was] shared between three trucks and three shows,” says AVS President Randy Hermes. “So we have to change the PL feed between three directors; the video feed has to be distributed between three trucks. Then the return feed also has to be switched because each truck is doing a different program feed, and that has to be switched out to the Steadicam guy.”

For the All-Star Game itself on Sunday night, Turner took advantage of added exposure from the NBA with the HD RF Steadicam with Link L1500 to a Sony HDC-P1 camera. Steadicam operator Jeff Zachary, who regularly works the camera system for NBC Sunday Night Football, was granted access to work his way onto the floor during every stoppage in play and even to get himself in on referee conversations and player/coach huddles.

“Every year, [the NBA] lets a little more in,” says Hermes. “All of the leagues seem to be on events like these, and it’s great for the home experience for the fans.”

Enhanced technology also made the added access possible.

“In the past, whenever we’ve had a Steadicam, there has always been a delay between that camera and the rest of the wired cameras,” says Tom Sahara, VP of operations and technology, Turner Sports. “That always made you very careful about how you used the camera. Now we have a new wireless link with the Steadicam that reduces that delay by a very sizable amount where it actually integrates with the other cameras much better. So we’re able to use that a lot freer than we have in the past. It really takes the handcuffs off of the director.”

The same camera system was used for the Slam Dunk Contest, during which Zachary was able to run behind players during the dunks.

For NBA Entertainment, AVS supplied two HD RF Sony 2500 handhelds and an additional HD RF Steadicam with a similar HDC-P1 setup. The weekend’s festivities opened with celebrity All-Star events carried by ESPN from the nearby Convention Center. There, ESPN deployed the HD RF Steadicam with Link L1500 to an HDC-P1.

AVS supplies wireless camera technology for numerous major sports events. Its next big event on the docket is the Los Angeles Marathon on March 9. The company is also a regular contributor to many major entertainment programs including American Idol, The Voice, The Price Is Right, and next month’s Academy Awards. 

In Memory of David Gibbs
Monday, 18 February 2013 15:12




In the early hours of Sunday, February 10th, we lost our dear friend and colleague David Gibbs. On

Saturday, February 23rd we will honor Dave’s life and celebrate his remarkable spirit.  The memorial

service for Dave will be held at:


Real Life Church

23841 Newhall Ranch Road

Valencia, CA  91355


Date:  February 23, 2013

Time:  11:00 AM


For more information and tributes to Dave, please click on the link to the Facebook page below.






AVS Brings Fresh Perspective to Breeder's Cup
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 11:40

The Breeder’s Cup, one of horse racing’s most prestigious events, returned to Santa Anita Park for 2012 - and AVS was there.

After a six-year absence, the broadcast returned to NBC Sports, who was committed to creating a Triple-Crown level production of the event.  The broadcast consisted of 8 ½ hours of coverage Friday and Saturday on NBC Sports Network as well as a one-hour Breeder’s Cup Classic broadcast on NBC Saturday, which was the first primetime airing of the event. 

For the 29th running of the Breeder’s Cup, NBC looked to AVS for all of their wireless needs.  For the November 2 and 3 broadcast, AVS provided four Link L-1500 transmitters for the hand-held cameras, one AVS wireless P1 package for the Steadicam, one Link system at the starting gate, 15 channels of audio and comms.

While prominent in Europe and Dubai, infield camera cars are a rarity in US horse racing broadcasts.  Due to the unique layout of Santa Anita Park, which includes an infield track, NBC asked AVS to supply their custom-designed Range Rover camera vehicle, outfitted with a roof-mounted Cineflex V14-HD gyro-stabilized gimbal for the infield follow shots.  NBC used this shot extensively in both the live show and for replay analysis segments and considered it the highlight of their broadcast.  The shot of the horses coming to the wire was set against a backdrop of tens of thousands cheering fans in the beautiful Santa Anita grandstands.

With Santa Anita Park located at the base of the stunning San Gabriel Mountains, NBC also looked to AVS to provide aerials for the event.  AVS mounted another of their Cineflex V14-HD gyro-stabilized camera systems on a Robinson R-44 helicopter and transmit the feed to the truck via Link PTX point-to-point transmitter.

In addition to supporting NBC’s broadcast, AVS provided two stand-alone systems to HRTV for their in-house broadcasts as well as one system for Metrovision, which was broadcasting for French television.

With AVS using 10 channels in the 1.4, 2.0, 6.5 and 7.0 GHz spectrum, as well as the amount of local media expected to be at the event, frequency coordination was critical.  AVS worked closely with AFTRCC, FCC and Howard Fine, the local frequency coordinator, to ensure they had the protected spectrum necessary for another successful broadcast.

AVS Serving up RF at the 2012 US Open
Friday, 31 August 2012 13:34

Aerial Video Systems (AVS) is again providing the wireless video and audio systems for CBS’ coverage of the US Open being held at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, NY.  The network will broadcast some 375 hours of tennis spread among CBS, ESPN and the Tennis Channel.  AVS is also supplying a wireless camera and audio package to Sky Sports TV.


This is CBS’ 45th consecutive year of airing the US Open.  To cover the 42 acre tennis complex, AVS has strategically established receive sites throughout the venue via its RF-over fiber system.  NEP has supplied AVS with two Sony HDC-1500 handheld cameras off their SuperShooter 16 truck.  AVS equipped those cameras with their Link L-1500HD 1.4GHz microwave transmitters.  In addition to the RF video, the Burbank based company is providing wireless microphone systems for the roving reporters and players’ lounge.   AVS is also providing IFB and PL communication systems to round out the equipment package.


For Sky’s coverage, AVS has provided one Thompson LDK-6000 camera equipped with the Viper “short back” and Link L-1500 microwave system as well as the wireless mic and comms package.  These systems will also be working compound wide.


AVS coordinated frequencies for the 1.4GHz Link systems through AFTRCC and secured licensing at the FCC.  The frequencies for the wireless mics, IFB and PL systems were coordinated with the assistance of Louis Libin, the local SBE Coordinator.   


The first round matches of The US Open began on August 27 and will conclude with the finals on September 9. 

ABC, RNC and DNC all look to AVS for wireless services at the upcoming conventions
Friday, 24 August 2012 15:55

August 23, 2012 – Burbank, CA – Aerial Video Systems (AVS) continued their long-standing history of providing wireless services to both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions this year.

 The Republicans held their national convention August 27 – 30  in Tampa, Florida.  The host RNC called upon AVS to provide four Link L-1500 microwave systems.  AVS also provided ABC News with one RF camera system, nine wireless mics, eleven IFB’s and four RF PL’s.  ABC’s coverage began each day with Good Morning America, continued with the Nightly News and primetime convention coverage, then wrapped each day with Nightline.  To support ABC’ extensive daily schedule, AVS provided six RF engineers for round-the-clock support.

 When the Republicans wrapped up their convention on August 30, AVS packed its gear and moved north about 600 miles to Charlotte, NC for the Democrat Convention which was held September 4 - 6 at Time Warner Cable Arena.  AVS once again provided ABC News with the same compliment of equipment as the RNC.

The RF spectrum was jam-packed, making frequency selection and coordination critical.  For both conventions, AVS worked closely with the frequency coordinating team of Louis Libin and Howard Fine to ensure clean signals that, when paired with cutting-edge technology, allowed AVS to deliver the highest quality wireless services that their customers have come to expect.

For more information on Aerial Video Systems, visit www.aerialvideo.com, or call (818) 954-8842

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