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Atlas TV provides aerial footage of Atlantis launch

On November 20th, history was made when the Dubai skyline was lit with a magnificently choreographed display of fireworks worth US $3million to announce the official launch of the Atlantis hotel at the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai.

On November 20th, history was made when the Dubai skyline was lit with a magnificently choreographed display of fireworks worth US $3million to announce the official launch of the Atlantis hotel at the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai.

Covering the show exclusively from the sky with a set of six high-end Sony High Definition cameras was the crew from Dubai-based production house, Atlas TV, along with UK-based Aerial Camera Systems specialists while Creative Technology provided multi-camera coverage from the ground.

The event was covered by a mix of 20 SD and HD cameras.

For the aerial coverage, three Sony HD 950 cameras were each mounted on three individual helicopters that were flying at staggered heights while three others were mounted atop hotels in the vicinity.

"We were plugged into the multi-camera coverage provided by Creative Technologies," explained Mike Charlton, one of the partners at Atlas TV.

"Two of the helicopters were equipped with HD Cineflex V14 stabilised camera mounts from ACS and used the Sony 950 HD cameras. The Cineflex systems were handled by the ACS operators. We used the Bell 412 helicopters from Heli Dubai for this shoot and they had to be flown at different heights for safety reasons while also ensuring that they didn't come within line of the fireworks."

The helicopters were also equipped with Link 1103 XP transmitters and four-way diversity, operating with a receive site on the ground, in front of the Hotel. Broadcast RF provided the downlinks from the cameras.

These signals were then sent to the microwave receive farm and fibred back to the OB unit, and from here it was broadcast to the rest of the world.

"We undertake a lot of projects in the Middle East and we regularly work with helicopters," commented Chris Brandrick, sales manager for Broadcast RF. "The ability to have four-way diversity on the ground helped us receive the helicopter signal from every angle possible."

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