AVS Heads Back to the Southern Hemisphere for Rugby World Cup
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 15:29

The Rugby World Cup kicked off in New Zealand on the 9th September and AVS were in the thick of the action providing LINK wireless camera systems to capture all the excitement of this fantastic tournament. This is the biggest sporting event in New Zealand’s history and the 20 teams will battle for a spot in the Final on the 23rd October.

 AVS is supplying 12 Link L1500 HD wireless systems, 4 Sony P1 camera packages AVS has customized for Steadicam applications, 12 AVS proprietary RF-over-fiber systems, comms and crew for both the world coverage and domestic New Zealand broadcasts.  In order to air all 48 matches being contested throughout the island nation, Sky Sports, the host broadcaster, is utilizing four trucks and two flypacks at 12 separate venues.  This event will be viewed in over 200 countries by more than 4 billion people making this the third most watched sporting event in the world.

Drawing on AVS’ long history of supporting events throughout New Zealand, AVS coordinated country-wide frequency licenses, allowing for seamless transitions from venue to venue.­

 

 
WITH AVS THE SKY IS THE LIMIT AT US OPEN
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 14:47

After numerous successful broadcast collaborations, Sky Sports approached Aerial Video Systems (AVS) to provide its RF video and audio requirements at the 2011 US Open.  Players from around the world have converged on the USTA Tennis complex at Flushing Meadows, NY.  Sky Sports will bring the tennis action to a worldwide audience every day through the championship match on September 11.

 

To assist in that coverage, AVS is marrying one of its Link L-1500 HD 1.4GHz microwave systems to a Thomson LDK-8000 camera with a Viper “short” back for hand held use.  Receive sites have been established throughout the venue to provide full coverage with the HD RF hand held camera system.  AVS is also providing complete Sennheiser wireless mic packages and RFPL systems for communications.  All the wireless video and audio will utilize AVS’ proprietary RF-over fiber system for robust coverage.

 

AVS provided the HD RF systems for Sky Sports’ broadcast of the 2010 Rowing World Championships from Lake Karapiro in New Zealand.  Next month AVS will return to New Zealand for Sky Sports to provide twelve HD microwave camera systems for six weeks of broadcast coverage from pool play to the finals of the Rugby World Cup.

 
The AVS “Advantage” at the US Open
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 14:44

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.

 

This is CBS’ 44th 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 proprietary RF-over fiber system.  AVS outfitted two of CBS’ Ikegami HDK-79 HD handheld 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.

 

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 begin on August 29 and will conclude with the finals on September 11.   This is the 10th anniversary of 9-11 and this final will no doubt be very emotional for New York and all the US, regardless of the outcome.

 
LINK Research Digital Pre-Distortion (LDPD) tees off at the Open Golf Championship at Royal St Georges
Monday, 01 August 2011 15:09

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

To Contact AVS click here

 
AVS Atop the Leaderboard at The Open Championship
Friday, 29 July 2011 14:06

2011 marks the seventh year running that AVS has provided RF services to ESPN and IMG for the Open championship

 

 The Open is the oldest of the four major PGA Championships having been established in 1860.  This year’s Open was held near the famous White Cliffs of Dover at a stormy Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, England.   “Into each life some rain must fall,” wrote Longfellow.  The players and crew got their lifetime’s worth of rain during the four-day tournament. 

 

AVS provided a total of 7 paths of HD RF via Link’s L-1500 HD microwave system in the 1.4GHz and 2.5GHz bands.  Six of the microwave paths were dedicated to ground based handheld cameras while the seventh was assigned to the aerial coverage for ESPN’s 37 hours of live coverage on ESPN, ESPN3.com, ESPN Mobile TV and ABC.

 

AVS also supplied all of the wireless on-course announcer mics. and the complete audio effects package, providing ESPN with all of the sounds of the game…..and the pouring rain.  A RF return video program feed for the roving announcers was provided.  Three synchronous UHF transmitters delivered seamless full course coverage to small hand held monitors.

 

AVS employed its second-generation universal camera control system dubbed “Silverback.”  The innovative and proprietary Silverback system provides control for virtually all HD cameras via the Link L-1500 microwave unit.  Without camera operator involvement, the truck video engineer now has full camera and transmitter control via the Silverback.  Most importantly, the new controller provides the ability to remotely adjust transmitter frequency and power output levels from the truck.

 

To free up the camera operators even more, AVS eliminated the tethered transmit system, opting for a camera mounted solution.  This permitted the cameramen to work unencumbered by RF video pointers.    

 

After last year’s successful debut, an AVS’ “bunker” cam was utilized at the dreaded fourth hole bunker known as the “coffin”.  AVS customized mounts for its Toshiba IK-HR1S mini HD camera provided an “up close and personal” view of any unfortunate lies.

 

AVS remains in the UK for two more weeks moving on to the Senior Open at Walton Heath Club and then on to the Ricoh Ladies Open at the famed Carnoustie Golf Club.  Both events will air on ESPN and associated channels.

 

AVS USA can be reached at 818-954-8842 or its UK office at 01904 500 153.

 
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