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Pushing Broadcasting to the Limit

Monty Solomon (
Wed, 10 Aug 2005 01:06:31 -0400

Even by the standards of the world's most prestigious cycling event,
this year's Tour de France was momentous. Cycling enthusiasts from all
over the world tuned in to watch the indefatigable Lance Armstrong
make history with an unprecedented seventh consecutive Tour win.

In the UK, ITV covered the three-week event with a daily hour-long
highlights programme on ITV2 plus live coverage on Saturday and
Sunday, and a weekly highlights programme every Monday on ITV1.

Mounting a broadcast operation on such a large scale is a phenomenal
task. Turnaround needs to be lightning-fast and with a high profile
event like the Tour, there's simply no margin for error. A
London-based 'dream team' was assembled to take on the job -- and the
'dream workflow' they employed was based around Apple technology.

James Venner, producer/director of production company VTV, has been
covering the Tour since 1986. Venner joined forces with freelance
editor Peter Wiggins, who has been editing sport for over 15 years and
the Tour for nine years. The other key members of the 'dream team'
were Soho-based broadcast facility, Molinare, and Apple Solution
Experts, Root6, who supplied the equipment and helped install the Xsan
at Molinare.

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