Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced it recently delivered a full-HD video flypack, ordered through the company’s Pittsburgh office, to the Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway in Westchester, N.Y. The casino has been using the system since October to produce two ongoing series.
Empire City Casino has had an in-house HD broadcast facility since 2006, when the facility was renovated and expanded from the largest harness racing track in the state to include a 5,300 slot casino. One of its regular series is Empire City’s Lucky Break, a three-camera production shot on location in the casino’s entertainment lounge using the new flypack. The one-hour weekly talent show is shown on Sundays on Cablevision throughout the Greater New York area.
The flypack is also used for a horse racing handicapping show, which is produced with a virtual set. Michael Rooney, director of media convergence, plans to use the new flypack to record presentations during other events and concert performances at the casino.
When it was time to purchase its portable production system, Rooney collected multiple quotes. He said ABS went further than most, recommending system components and offering a wide range of product choices. Plus, the company delivered a very competitive quote and “we actually got more bang for the buck.”
The compact system is contained in one case, which is long enough to accommodate three crew stations, but easy enough to roll to various locations on the property. Rooney said the flypack is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
Anchored by a Broadcast Pix Mica 500 Video Control Center, the flypack features a Mackie audio console, Clear-Com intercom/IFB, JVC HD monitors, Grass Valley Turbo iDDR, and four Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio disk recorders. A slide-out shelf