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Bill Davis
Sports Editing in the Olympics - good and bad.
on Aug 12, 2012 at 5:50:36 am

With the Olympics, the worlds best players can show off their chops.

Not just in sports but in visual editing as well.

It's certainly pretty easy to find examples of excellence in coverage from both the US games contractor NBC - and from the host UK stalwart BBC.

But two threads have gained some traction lately on social media.

In one, NBC has been roundly taken to task for the "soft core porny" video they allowed to escape to air called Boides in Motion. In my opinion it does NOT reflect the overall high standards NBC exhibits elsewhere in their coverage. But they showed it - so it's fair game for critique.

Also trending on social is an impressive mini-doc that the BBC ran called Nature vs. Nurture. Which not only tackles a very touchy subject, but weaves historical and contemporary footage into a pretty compelling narrated story with some pretty excellent editing, IMO.

Again, I want to caution that this is not about NBC being "worse" than the BBC. I could have picked different examples of excellent NBC editing - but the difference in pure editing craftsmanship between these two pieces is pretty stark.


NBC Bodies in Motion

BBC – Olympics Short Doc, Nature vs Nurture.

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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Sports Editing in the Olympics - good and bad.
on Aug 12, 2012 at 8:35:23 pm

Unfortunately, even if someone had the idea to create a nice piece like that here in the States, NBC probably wouldn't have the stones to run it.

I did enjoy the Dream Team retrospective that aired on NBC, altough it's right in the "USA!" (x3) wheelhouse, for whatever that's worth.

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Mark Suszko
Re: Sports Editing in the Olympics - good and bad.
on Aug 13, 2012 at 2:21:20 pm

I wish I could edit out all the superfluous voice-over play-by-play from Costas and the rest during the opening and closing ceremonies. yack, yack, yack, like they think its radio, not TV. really ruins the program,much prefer the quieter BBC coverage. Please, NBC, shut up and let the cameras tell the story.

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