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Posted by Paul Devlin

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Alongside making independent films, my other career is with CBS Sports.  I work as a video editor, mostly weekends, in the Broadcast Center in New York City on the studio shows – NFL Today, Road to the Final Four and others. Of course, I do a lot of work on non-linear edit systems (Avid, Final Cut Pro), especially for my movies, but my primary role at CBS is old-school, on-line, tape-to-tape, linear editing.  

For those of you who know what that means, it may seem hard to believe. Most people assume that style of editing is ancient history. It used to be the norm, though – big, expensive suites that looked like the bridge of the Enterprise in Star Trek and cost up to $500/hour for agency work. This was before video editing migrated to PCs and laptops, collapsing the post-production industry as we knew it at the time.   

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Posted by Paul Devlin:

I have had a very productive career as a freelance video editor for network sports television, and some of my most creative, satisfying and challenging work has been done in that capacity.

I started working with CBS Sports in 1997 and have had many adventures with them including the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, 6 Tour De France broadcasts and 4 Superbowls.  The last Superbowl, this past February, 2010, was the most watched program in U.S. History!  It was an honor to participate.

These 3 pieces are from my first Superbowl with CBS,  Superbowl XXXV in 2001 – Baltimore Ravens vs New York Giants in Tampa, Florida.  Jim Nantz narrates the first piece and the second is classic Dick Enberg, who has won Emmys for his writing flair.  They were produced by the mad genius Al Szymanski.  Al and I spent many an insane all-nighter together for both NBC and CBS.

Stop by often to see classic sports content from all sorts of high-powered, fun events, including Olympics, Tour De France, World Cup Soccer and more.

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