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Aerials, Blimps, tracking vehicles and horses

20 May 2013

March was a busy month for ACS with the 2011 racing season well underway.

ACS crews were recently at the Meydan Racecourse for the annual Dubai World Cup, providing aerial filming, tracking vehicles, remotes and mini cameras for the live TV coverage of the world’s richest race day. With a total of three HD Cineflex stabilised mounts being supplied, it was also a first outing for ACS’ new Unimount bracket since being on a two month shoot out in the Antarctic (see below). The Unimount enabled the tracking vehicle to have two stabilised camera mounts fitted to its roof to provide simultaneous wide and tight angle shots of the racing whilst a third Cineflex was used for aerials.

Previous to this, our crews were at the Cheltenham Festival which was broadcast for the first time by Channel 4 in HD. As well as providing two ACS HD tracking vehicles and mini-cameras, our blimp crew was also on site with the Sportingbet Blimp, achieving dramatic live aerials of the course and the action below. Programme Director for Channel 4 Racing, Denise Large, commented on the blimp;

‘It has provided both commentator and viewers with a unique and different insight to how the race unfolds – this angle shows something from the air that no other single camera can achieve. It also supplies us with the most astonishing shots of the tracks and surrounding areas.’

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