SHOTOVER, maker of high performance stabilization platforms, announced today the sale of a SHOTOVER F1 LIVE camera platform to top aerial production company Air to Air Belgium. The exclusive provider of aerial footage for Formula 1, Air to Air Belgium selected the SHOTOVER F1 LIVE in preparation for the 2017 racing season when the global series shifts from HD to 4K UHD broadcasts. The new system will enable Air to Air Belgium to deliver crystal clear 4K footage during Formula 1 live broadcasts, providing fans with a stunning new way to experience the world’s fastest road racers.
Introduced earlier this year, the SHOTOVER F1 LIVE is the broadcaster-optimized variant of the company’s popular SHOTOVER F1 gyro-stabilized camera platform. The system supports all major broadcast cameras, including both 4K and 2K models and comes fully configured and set up from the factory with the customer’s camera and lens system of choice. It also comes equipped with the SHOTOVER Rain Spinner, the industry’s top tool for keeping the lens clear when shooting in wet conditions. An integrated moving map overlay to help broadcasters quickly identify ground locations and addresses during fast moving assignments is also available as an option.
“We have used every serious offering in the market and the SHOTOVER F1 LIVE stands out for its unparalleled performance, image quality and reliability,” said Lieven Hermans, owner of Air to Air Belgium. “When you’re broadcasting 4K footage at full zoom from a heavily maneuvering helicopter at full speed, there’s no room for error and the F1 LIVE delivers a level of clarity that is simply amazing.
It’s a completely new standard and for us the preferred system for keeping up with the intense technical demands of live 4K broadcasting. With the purchase of the SHOTOVER F1, we are fully ready for the 4K future.”
Featuring 6-axis gyro-stabilization with look down capability the F1 LIVE utilizes an open platform design that can accommodate new cameras and lenses as they become available. The system can also be painted to match a broadcaster’s color scheme. SHOTOVER offers all owners dedicated 24/7, 365-day-a-year service including on-site assistance at their locations or in the field.
“Air to Air Belgium is one of Europe’s premier aerial production companies with incredible expertise shooting the world’s fastest moving sporting events,” said SHOTOVER CEO Brad Hurndell. “We are excited to have been selected to support their high profile, live broadcast needs.”
In addition to the F1 and F1 LIVE, the SHOTOVER line includes the SHOTOVER U1, the world’s first professional grade unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the broadcast, motion picture, law enforcement and industrial survey markets. The company’s flagship SHOTOVER K1 is the motion picture industry’s go to choice for aerial cinematography with recent credits including Suicide Squad, Captain America: Civil War, Inferno, Deepwater Horizon and Jurassic World.