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Winter Olympics Torino 2006

Gearhouse Broadcast, broadcast project solutions specialists provided the technical facilities for Channel Seven from Australia for their coverage of the 2006 Olympic Games held in Torino.

The Games in Torino started transmission on 10th February 2006 and consisted of sixteen days of competition. Twenty six nations took part and with eighty four events held some two hundred and fifty two medals were awarded.

Gearhouse Broadcast was involved with system design and planning from the concept to the supply and installation of the complete IBC facility required by Channel Seven. The installation started three weeks before the Games began with technical hand over to production one week before transmission.

The facility consisted of a presentation studio, production control room, an audio control room, switching centre, two avid non linear editing suites and four tape based edit suites and video archiving.

The heart of the MCR was a Probel 96x96 HD/SD Router with four levels of associated Analogue Audio. Various bits of HD and SD Glue products were also supplied to cater for the multi standard HD and SD input signals supplied by the host. The latest LCD monitors available were used in the control rooms and the LCD
monitors were fed via multi-viewers.

The ENG facilities supplied consisted of four Sony Digi Beta Camcorders with all the associated radio microphones, weather bags, monitoring and lighting kits.

Gearhouse Broadcast has worked with Channel Seven on numerous occasions in the past, including the Australian Open Tennis, Melbourne Cup and has an ongoing relationship with the Broadcaster as their prime facility supplier.

Colin Southey for Channel Seven commented “Gearhouse Broadcast engineers were on hand around the clock to offer technical support and as always with Gearhouse Broadcast every necessary measure was put in place to ensure that the event ran smoothly.”