NBC relies on integrated Avid workflow in Athens

NBC Olympics is using more than 35 Avid systems to streamline production and improve workflow for its coverage of the 2004 Summer Olympics from Athens.

The deployment of Avid systems allows NBC to edit, share and store a large number of stories daily during the 17-day telecast.

The network is providing 1210 hours of Olympic coverage from Athens - three times as much as its 2000 Olympic Games coverage from Sydney, Australia, and seven times more than the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

NBC Olympics installed the Avid systems to handle the increased volume of program material. At the heart of the system is an Avid Unity MediaNetwork system, which integrates all of the Avid solutions on a combination of shared-storage networks. Gigabit Ethernet is playing an integral role as well.

The 75,000-square-foot International Broadcast Center (IBC) has five nonlinear edit suites outfitted with two Avid Media Composer Adrenaline systems - each connected to Avid Unity LANshare shared-storage networks.

The edit suites are routed via Gigabit Ethernet to the IBC's Graphics Center, which incorporates numerous facilities and systems, starting with a large Avid Unity MediaNetwork system with the capacity to handle 8TB of storage. Connected to the Avid Unity system are three Media Composers and six NewsCutter edit systems, an Avid Nearchive storage, two TransferManager systems, a MediaManager system and one PortServer Pro system.

At the venues, NBC is also using nine Avid Media Composer Adrenaline seats connected to three Avid Unity LANshare systems and four Avid Xpress Pro systems for mobile editing, as well as an iNEWS system for scripts, prompter and news wires.

For more information, visit www.avid.com.

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