A Year in the Making

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-01-25 Print this article Print

Fox Sports uses standard XFile video storage drives that hold 500GB of video data files apiece. "They're really just high-end SATA [Serial ATA] drives, and we simply save all the video clips as files, like you would any other video file," Davies said.

Fox uses Apple's Final Cut Pro video editing software to cut and paste video clips at two separate editing stations during the game. Each editing station uses a 7.5TB-capacity Xserve RAID storage server, far more than is needed to handle a football game-even one with a four-hour pre-game show.

By game's end, there will be a several terabytes' worth of video data in the Fox archive servers "melted together from all the best shots in the game," Davies said. "We can't store everything we shoot with 35 cameras."

Fox's first-team telecast lineup of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will be in the booth calling the action, and the usual suspects-Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson and Chris Myers-will be handling the pre-game, halftime and post-game shows.

Davies said his trucks arrived in Phoenix on Jan. 25, nine full days before the game.

"It takes a full year, really, to plan this out," Davies said. "We'll start planning the 2009 game right after this one's done."


Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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