A Year in the Making
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.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."
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."