AVS Provided RF Coverage of ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’
BURBANK, CALIF.: For the 40th anniversary of Dick Clark’s “New
Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” ABC selected Aerial Video Systems 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 teleprompters for the talent. A wireless program
return monitor system accompanied each unit and permitted 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 1.4 GHz and 2.3 GHz 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.
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