Behind the Scenes: Dog Bites

Let’s face it. There is just not enough time in today’s hectic lifestyle to get everything done.   As Bulldog fans, we’d all like to know how Coach Kevin Higgins thought his players performed during the spring scrimmage, how Coach Jordan feels about an upcoming weekend series and all the events going on in Citadel Sports.  But, if you can’t even get dinner in by 8 pm, why would you sit and watch a 15-minute interview with Coach?  What we don’t want – or need – is the long, boring interviews.  (No offense, Coach!)

Dog Bites posts every Wednesday on CitadelSports.com and on our YouTube page for everyone to enjoy.

Dog Bites posts every Wednesday on CitadelSports.com and on our YouTube page for everyone to enjoy.

That’s why there’s “Dog Bites.”   Launched in March, the short eight to ten minute show covers all aspects of Citadel sports throughout the week.  This ranges from baseball previews, to the soccer team’s community service over the weekend to the wrestling team’s trip to the NCAAs.  The content for the show is relatively easy to come by, as I work with the latest sports news and happenings around campus.  It may be a little extra “running around” on my part to get that 12-second sound bite (clip from an interview) with SoCon Pitcher of the Week Austin Pritcher, but the real work comes in the editing process, done with Adobe Premiere Pro 6.

A look at the 'guts' of the whole operation using Adobe Premiere

A look at the ‘guts’ of the whole operation using Adobe Premiere

Here’s a picture of the workspace I use for editing and producing the entire show.  I import all the footage and graphics into the show’s project space and go from there.  On the sequence, I can add animations, graphics and video or audio effects.  I place the “shell” of the show on first – Intro video, commercials and sponsors – then, add in footage and interviews based on the script I create earlier in the week.

The last few steps are shooting stand-ups (which are the intros into the stories throughout the show) and recording voiceovers for the schedules or game footage, if necessary.

After a final viewing of the show, I export it and post it every Wednesday afternoon for your viewing pleasure!

We are always looking for content to add to the shows, so if you have an idea, event or want to see something in the next “Dog Bites,” I’d love to hear it!

Shooting the stand-up around different athletic facilities.

Shooting the stand-up around different athletic facilities.

“That’ll do it for now. Have a great week…and as always, Go Bulldogs!”

– Melissa Egan –
Multimedia Specialist

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