Fox Sports has once again tapped the post-production support team at Creative Mobile Solutions (CMSI) to help oversee the technical post production facility outside of NRG Stadium for Super Bowl LI. “Everything is going very smoothly,” says Noah Gusdorff, CMSI, founder and CEO. “It’s more of a partnership rather than a vendor-client relationship where you get dictated to. And of all the big events we’ve working on this one has been ridiculously smooth as we all learned from the last couple of big events. It’s pretty awesome the way it was executed.”
When the CMSI team of eight people arrived on site the edit facility was already cabled so the team could focus on building out the editing and storage facilities as well as an ingest area and connectivity via Level 3 to Discovery Green Park, Minute Maid Park, and the convention center.
“We have seven Adobe Premier edit stations using Macpros with two of them also doubling as color correction with DaVinci, “says Gusdorff. “All of the suits also have After Effects and one has a Flame.”
The edit suites share material on an Avid ISIS storage system that has 320 TB of storage and another 10 Gbps 90TB shared storage system. The edit suites are also connected to Fox editing teams in Los Angeles via Aspera and Signiant.
“We don’t want anything to fail so we have both systems,” says Gusdorff.
The team at NRG Stadium is focused on higher-level projects that might need the NFL to look over or other projects which are being overseen by the producers on site in Houston. Helping in that process are ingest stations and a media management file transfer system so that content from specialty shoots and pre-shoots can loaded in in realtime and then color corrected overnight so that cutting can begin the next day. Content from the trucks also comes in via 10 Gbps in case editors need to access replays for a piece.
“We are also using Reach Engine from Levels Beyond to take all of the footage in and put low resolution versions into the cloud so that Fox affiliates and others can see low-resolution versions and then order the high-resolution versions to be transferred to them,” says Gusdorff.