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'IRONMAN' COMPETITION SEES HD BROADCAST DEBUT

December 8, 2006
'IRONMAN' COMPETITION SEES HD BROADCAST DEBUT The Ironman event took place in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, back in October is considered one of the world's most challenging endurance events. Athletes compete in a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike race and a 26.2-mile run in succession, all within a 17-hour timeframe. The event was captured in HD using Panasonic Varicam cameras, and then posted at PostWorks in Manhattan. 

Over the past several years, Ironman executive producer Peter Henning has worked with PostWorks' senior audio mixer and sound designer Billy Gardner, who's served as the show's post audio mixer.  As part of the location production team during last year's championship in Hawaii, Gardner recorded hours of sound from the event, some of which was used in post this year. 

"Audio is such a critical part of any television show, and this year, Billy's amazing library of sounds has made the show that much more spectacular," notes Henning.   

Phil Parrish served as the project's lead editor, working on two Avid Adrenaline systems for offline editorial. The show was mastered using an Avid Adrenaline HD system. Additional post credits include senior associate producers Eric Begley, Russ McCarroll and Summer Zemel. 

For NBC, Dick Ebersol is the executive producer and Billy Matthews is the producer of the Ford Ironman World Championship broadcast.

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