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.
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.
Depending 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.
In 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.