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It's football season, so that means Florida State videographer Craig Campanozzi is in full sprint. You probably wouldn't believe his department's work week -- it can be extremely hectic, to say the least. TheTerritory ventures into the Seminoles' video/production room for this latest feature. Click here to read about "Campo's" day. "It's kind of a joke that we will rest in January for about a week and then for a week in July (laughing)," Campo said.

It's football season, so that means Florida State videographer Craig Campanozzi is on the run. In fact, he jokes he won't be able to come up for air until after the Seminoles' bowl game, hopefully the national championship Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz. A 1990 graduate of FSU, Campanozzi, 35 - nicknamed "Campo" -- videos FSU athletic events for the respective coaching staffs and players. He talked to TheTerritory Wednesday about his role within the athletic department.

What's your work load look like today?

"Well, I have volleyball cutups I am doing. Soccer, we take all of their games and put the offensive set pieces - corner kicks, inbound and offensive attacks and the same for defense - and the coach comes in and puts numbers on those plays. What we do is take that data and put it on the video, so a coach can through and say, 'Give me all No. 10 in the goal. Or give me all the shots on goal. Or give me all the times No. 6 was involved in a play.' Whatever it is. They can make comments and it shows up on the screen. So, we got that going on our portable stations. Obviously, we have football practice and I am doing scouting reports for Louisville today because we have to have that ready for Thursday night. I am also printing a tape of the volleyball game right now."

Take us through your football week, starting on game day.

"Saturday is game day. We come in and get everything set up for recruiting. Get the cameras set up. Video the game. If it's a home game, what we do is every quarter the end zone and sideline cameras pop tape and Billy (Vizzini, video coordinator) cuts up the game as the game is going on. By the time the coaches are showered, they can go upstairs and watch the game. If it's an away game, both Billy and I travel and we both film. When we come back - like the past few games we've gotten up back at 5 a.m. - we start cutting the game. Inputting it into the computer and start cutting it. You have to have on tape before you leave because you have to ship out to your next opponent via the airlines. So, they ship theirs to you, so Sunday when you get their film you can cut it up.

"Which leads me to Sunday. You come in and get the scout information, apply that to the video and run video cutups. That way if the coaches if they want to scout every time we run a certain pass or run a certain defense, they can call that up. Also, they are going to be grading the video, so they can put that information up on the screen, offensively and defensively. And that same date goes into a printed out report, which is just how many times we've run this coverage in third-and-long. Or whatever. Of course, we have to start worrying about our next opponent. While we are doing that, the cinema photographers are breaking down the game we just got in. When they get us the data, we put that data on the video, run video cutups, put it in the scouting report, run scouting reports, and make what we call crib copies - players can take home and watch video and whichever opponent.

"Monday is the corrections day in practice. That's the day I try to do run and pass stats. I try to get that information to coach Bowden and the offensive coaches. And finish up any scouting stuff for that opponent that week. Tuesday, we get the video in for the next opponent. Like this week, assuming it was a normal week, Tuesday we would get the video in for Louisville. Obviously, we've got most of it already because it's a short week. We input all that up. Cut it up by play. The cinema photographers start breaking that down. We film practice. Wednesday we film practice. Usually, by Thursday we pretty much have that under control and we can worry about things like mastering practice, cutups, any special projects. Friday, if it's a home game, we are here and setting up for recruiting. Billy is going out to Thomasville, Ga., with the coaches. If we are away, we are flying out that night and we are setting up for meetings. If it's an away game week, we have to make four copies of every cutup. That gets added in if it's an away game week. Now you add in volleyball, soccer, softball, baseball and it adds up. Even if it's a little thing. If you are going to go out and film something for baseball and it's 20 minutes, that's 20 minutes you don't have.'

What camera do you run during home games?

"Sideline wide. It's a 22-player shot. Then, the end zone.... it depends on what the coaches want on any given week. For years, we've done a sideline tight shot, which is just the line. And then we started last year doing a sideline tight shot on defense. But then on offense we focused on one wide receiver and just follow him to see if he was blocking downfield, what he was doing when the ball wasn't coming to him. This year they changed that - we have an end zone wide now. It's really good for seeing special teams, to see the gunners. Do you want to see what the coverage looks like, from what the quarterback is going to see. A lot of times sideline wide it's harder to see what things look like. But end zone, you can see everything. It just depends what the coaches want. For a home game, we can use three cameras. Road games we use two."

What do you like about your job?

"I enjoy the kids. We have a lot of great kids here. The coaches. Coach Graf, coach Bowden - two of the winningest coaches in their sport. Coach Graf is the winningest in her sport, and coach Bowden is on the cusp of being the winningest in his sport. Then you have Mike Martin, whose the greatest. I enjoy the coaches, working for them. It's one of those things of what you put in is what you get out."

Is there a weekend that stands out? And what's it like during a Miami week? Or a Florida week?

"It's kind of a joke that we will rest in January for about a week and then a week in July (laughing). It's pretty much long hours all the time. Everybody, I think, cranks it up a little bit more for a Miami week, or whatever it is. But from our point of view, whether we run a scouting report for Duke, or we run a scouting report for Miami, it's the same. Certainly, the coaches are going to ask for more during a bigger week. They are going to be looking for more angles, want more done. It does get harder. Probably the most memorable was being part of a national championship team. Being a part of beating North Carolina in soccer. Going to the World Series in softball. Those are some of the highs."

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