Hi boys and girls!
This has been a huge mystery to me for ages. I'll use a classic ESPN example. They obviously acquire footage from a large variety of sources, i.e high schools, colleges, and professional sports cameras. My question is not only where they get the footage, but how. For example, I watched a recent documentary named "40 Minutes of Hell," a sports documentary on the Arkansas Razorbacks during the 90's. There was footage from the University of Arkansas and various news stations as well as their own cameras.
1.) I know they basically contact the University/news stations and pay a certain amount to use it, but how do they actually get it? Do they just email each other .avi files? Do they mail over some DVD's?
2.) Also, how does a company like ESPN manage all their footage? For example, during a game, they'll pull up highlights of any old game on the spot within a matter of minutes. How/where do they access said footage and edit/splice it so quickly?