I just finished watching the full 4-part series entitled 24-7 Penguins-Capitals Road to the NHL Winter Classic. Here's Part 1:
I don't watch sports much on TV anymore because I generally find it boring. But I was absolutely captivated by this series. At a basic level, even the game-time videography was far superior to any sporting event I've ever seen on TV normally. This got me thinking, why was it so much better? I think the answer is simple: Editing. Given enough time, video editors can piece together a much more compelling product than if they're just showing it live.
So then my technology/process brain went into high gear and I got to wondering whether 24 hours would be sufficient for video editors to put together a 2 to 3 hour game video that is much more interesting to watch than the live video? I'm thinking, "Yes". But who would want to watch it on "tape delay" a day later? Not many people, I'm guessing.
But, could this editing be done in 12 hours? Probably? How about 4 hours? Even so, would most fans be willing to wait that amount of time to watch a sporting event? Probably not.
Then I got to thinking that the entire game wouldn't have to be edited all at once. In point of fact, it could be divided into 15-minute chunks. If given 30 minutes, could an expert team of editors put together a more compelling 15-minute video compilation than that same 15-minutes shown live? And then do it again for the next 15-minutes. And then the next. I wonder.
It would be most interesting for two video production crews to broadcast the same game:
- The first, live.
- The second, after a 30 minute delay.