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    Olympic Games facilities in Montreal are already being put to use in preparation for the Games next year.

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    AERIAL VIEW ZOOM IN Olympic Velodrome and AERIAL Olympic Stadium under construction (2 shots)

    LV ZOOM OUT FROM Cranes TO Stations for stadium

    SV PAN & LV Master control at ORTO showing control booths, monitor and technicians at work

    SV PAN & CU Video recording room (3 shots)

    CU & LV Monitor room (2 shots)

    AERIAL VIEW Olympic village site

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    Background: Olympic Games facilities in Montreal are already being put to use in preparation for the Games next year.

    The Olympic basin was used for the staging of the Sixth World Junior Rowing Championships.

    Organisation of these events will be good experience for the Games organisers who will be responsible in 1976.

    The complex communications system known as ORTO is being mounted and tested to insure full radio and television coverage of the Games.

    The Olympic Village was completed, six months ahead of schedule. And the Olympic stadium has nearly reached its eventual sea-shell like shape.

    SYNOPSIS: Facilities for the nineteen seventy-six Olympics in Montreal are nearing completion. The focal point of the huge project is the Olympic Park, with its "velodrome" and stadium. It covers an area of fifty hectares (125 acres) in East Montreal and points north, as required by Olympic tradition. Its thirty four rib-like consoles will give it a graceful sea-shell like shape. When the fifteen hundred concrete elements are in place it will have a fifty metre overhang.

    This cluster of cranes forms part of the concentration of heavy equipment at the stadium site. The cranes will lift three hundred thousand cubic metres of concrete to give final shape to the main facility of the twenty-first Olympiad.

    The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which is broadcasting the Games, has created a new division, the Olympics Radio and Television Organisation, ORTO. The CBC is installing a master control room which will receive pictures from about twenty mobile units and play-by-play descriptions by hundreds of radio and television commentators. With its thirty-six separate video and four thousand five hundred video circuits, this master control is like a giant telephone switchboard. ORTO will give television stations a number of programmes to choose from, rather than a 'standard' broadcast.

    Eighty-seven video tape machines and seventeen video tape recorders will be used to record pictures taken by more than one hundred colour cameras. These recordings will be available to stations who have not picked up the like broadcast.

    In the quality control room, a programme director, will be in contact with twenty six producers assigned to the coverage of the Games. Six months ahead of schedule, building is finished on the Olympic village.

    The four nineteen storey half - pyramids are a city within a city.

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