The Farm North at the Winter Olympics 2014

24.2.2014

Farm staff have taken the lead in post production and gallery provisioning in Salford, as well as key individuals – Betty Warburton, Nick Perry and Lucy Moss – donning their winter gear and heading out to Sochi.

As well as the main studio gallery operation being staffed for up to 16 hours a day in Salford, the Farm team are also coordinating the much heralded Red Button and Multimedia stream coverage through the facility.

Out in Sochi, there is a split site operation between the main IBC in Sochi and the Gorky mountain media centre, located just below the mountain resort of Krasnaya Polyana and the Rhosa Khutor extreme events centre. Betty Warburton is coordinating the post production operation at the Gorky mountain media centre, looking after a setup that includes a DVS Venice server, two full Avid Media Composer edit stations,  flexible edit desks, an Avid ingest station, offtube/vo booth and radio and online desk positions. Each day packages for the 7pm BBC2 Highlights show, and some feature pieces, are cut at the MBC using event feeds and PSC material from the mountain camera crews.

All of this is routed back to Salford, along with content from the main Sochi site through the BBC Sport Hub at the IBC, where Lucy Moss is a key presence in the sound team and Nick Perry is also ensuring there is a Farm input to the editing team there.  
In Salford the Farm team is managing the main post production operation in the BBC Sport edit suites in Quay House, as well as the outputs for all presentation across all platforms. The  daily coverage is provided by 2 shifts of editors, LSM operators, sound crew, Technical Resource Managers and support staff – all managed, of course by the Farm bookings team!

The Farm Sport News team in Salford is also busy providing bulletins and magazine programming for BBC News and BBC Worldwide 20 hours a day throughout the Olympic event.