ISC commits to Sony XDCAM for FIA World Rally Championship coverage

Speed of turnaround was a deciding factor in ISC selecting the Sony XDCAM for its production of the FIA World Rally Championship.

International Sportsworld Communicators (ISC), the commercial and media rights holder to the FIA World Rally Championship, has made a major commitment to the new Sony XDCAM Professional Disc system for the 2005 season.

Following its use at the 2005 Monte Carlo & Uddelholm Swedish Rally, the XDCAM will be used to record the rest of the 2005 FIA World Rally Championship at IMX 50Mb/s.

ISC supplies daily highlights and additional footage to 180 territories worldwide. The speed of the turnaround of programming was a crucial factor in the decision to move to XDCAM.

Each of the 16 WRC rounds consists of a series of competitive stages held over a three-day period. Rallies take place throughout Europe and in South America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Mexico. North One Television is contracted to produce the television coverage for ISC. Griptech, sub-contracted by North One Television, will provide cameras. Visual Impact, a Sony authorized reseller, supplied the XDCAM equipment to ISC.

ISC and North One Television each bought PDW-V1 XDCAM mobile decks and PDW-1500 studio decks, while Griptech bought PDW-530P XDCAM camcorders. During each rally round, footage captured in the field is couriered to a central production truck housing an Avid Unity system with eight individual edit suites and three digitizing stations.

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