Macs Help Deliver World Cup Highlights

The Host Broadcast Service (HBS) uses four G5 Power Macs to deliver 2006 World Cup highlight clips to 50 TV networks around the world, according to a MacCentral article by Jim Dalrymple. Feeds from the soccer games happening in Germany are recorded on a 20TB Apple Xsan system and then fed into the Macs through AJA Kona video cards.

PictureReady and Final Cut Pro software round out the solution, with the latter used to export 15-second clips to QuickTime and make them available to the networks.

Japanese TV station NHK and Mexican broadcaster TV Azteca are also using Macs at the World Cup. NHL has five Power Macs at work, while TV Azteca is using five MacBook Pro laptops.