Big Moving Pictures shoots National Championship Air Races with Panasonic P2

Big Moving Pictures (BMP), a Las Vegas production company, used a fleet of Panasonic high-definition cameras — including five AJ-HDX900 multiformat DVCPRO HD, three AG-HVX200 P2 HD and six AG-HSC1U AVCHD camcorders — to capture all of the high-speed aviation maneuvers at the recent National Championship Air Races in Reno, NV.

Organized by the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA), the races brought together around 220,000 aviation and sports enthusiasts for five days of high-performance air racing by six classes of aircraft, including Unlimited, T-6, Sports, Biplane, Formula One and jets.

BMP was selected by RARA to produce a two-hour sportscast of the races that would include complete coverage of each race event, interviews with pilots and celebrities, and feature segments covering aviation racing culture, history and technology.

The production faced many challenges because the course was spread over miles of open desert space.