Special Olympics Games flip with Telestream

The 2007
Special Olympic World Games used Telestream FlipFactory and Flip4Mac video
compression products to bring the 2007 Special Olympic World Games to Internet
viewers around the globe. The Special Olympics Games were broadcast from

Shanghai,
China
in October and are available on the official Games website at www.specialolympicslive.org. The
student-led web project was jointly developed by
Fudan

University in
Shanghai
and the
University of
North Carolina in the

US.

“The Games will certainly be remembered as ten days that changed the face
of Special Olympics forever,” said Peter Wheeler, Special Olympics
Executive Vice President. “They were the days when hundreds of millions of
people across
China,
Asia and the world gained an appreciation and greater
understanding of the extraordinary gifts people with intellectual disabilities
have to offer the world. They were the days that saw sports in its purest form
as 7,500 athletes representing 164 nations demonstrated their remarkable
skills, courage and sportsmanship before record crowds. We are grateful to
Telestream for making these moments come alive for millions of people around
the world via the Internet.”

The ambitious web project brought together more than 300 US and Chinese
university students who worked around the clock for ten days to capture over
1,500 hours of competition which were processed and edited into more than 7,000
video clips. As encoding continues, organizers expect to compile as many as
10,000 video clips of all the athletes by the end of December.

“We’re proud to have played a role in this important web project which has
brought global media attention to these special athletes,” said Dan
Castles, President/CEO at Telestream. “The project’s state-of-the-art
website enabled supporters from around the world to become a part of the Games
in

Shanghai.”

Chinese students and their
United States
peers videotaped the Game events and delivered the tapes to Mac labs set up at
four universities across

Shanghai
where the footage was edited in Apple’s Final Cut Pro. With the help of
Telestream’s Flip4Mac Windows Media Components for QuickTime, the Final Cut Pro
systems compressed the video for transfer to Fudan University where
Telestream’s FlipFactory software running non-stop on an array of servers
automatically transcoded the files into multiple web formats and delivered them
to the production web server. Telestream products enabled the students to
easily work in a multiplatform media environment.

Technological support came from a number of high-tech firms, including Apple
Computers, Intel, Sony, Telestream, Akamai and 6Rooms.