Sports Video Tips

Recording a sporting event can be a fun and exciting experience. Whether you are filming your five year old sons first game or your eighteen year old daughters final varsity game it is a moment to cherish forever. Although many games are recorded for personal reasons they can be recorded for several purposes. Games can be recorded to use as a learning tool, to capture memories, or to scout teams and players. Once games are recorded they can be edited to showcase the skills and abilities of specific players as well. In order to make a fun and attention grabbing sports video you just can't pull your camcorder out and start recording. There are steps that you must take in order to obtain the look and feel that you are trying to obtain for your specific audience. You want it to look clean, crisp, and professional whether it is being produced for personal or professional purposes.

As you'll see the steps you need to take are simple. Due diligence and taking care to make sure you follow each step will increase your chances of creating a memorable video. With some nice shots and attention to detail you will be creating high quality videos in no time. When recording your game there are things you'll need to keep in mind before, during, and after recording. Following these steps will get you the best results.

Sports Video Recording Techniques

•    Why Are You Recording The Game?

Sporting events are usually recorded to capture memories. A different approach will be taken when recording for your own purposes rather than recording for others. When making recordings for coaches or scouts it is important to get as much of the court into the shot as possible. When recording to showcase the skills of a particular player a different approach will be used as well. Knowing why you are recording is the first step and will guide you through the rest of the process.

•    Determine The Shot

When creating a sporting event video to capture memories film from an area at the top of the first section of bleachers close to the center of the court or field. This creates a more personal feel and allows the audience to feel that they are part of the experience and right in the action.

When creating a video for coaching or scouting purposes the shot should cover as much of the field or court as possible. If there is a video booth or an elevated track that you can access utilize it. If not, get as high as you can in the center of the highest section of the stands. Use a wide angle to get as much of the field or court as possible without panning. Coaches need to show players how plays developed and wide angles allow them to see the entire floor or filed and teach their athletes. Scouts need wide angles to see how players go through the plays, how hard the players play when the ball is not in their hands, and how players interact with their coaches and teammates.

Use the same techniques you use for coaching or scouting when creating highlight videos. During the editing process use a combination of pans, zooms, freeze frames, slow motion effects, and titles to create subtle changes in the action and multiple views of the player's best action sequences.

•    Use A Tripod

A tripod will keep the game footage steady. Your arm can easily tire during filming and your video will come out shaky. If possible use a fluid head tripod. A fluid head tripod will allow for smooth transitions across the gym floor and decrease any jerky motions. If you have a dolly and a clear area (such as an elevated track or video booth) you can move the camera back and forth to create some incredible motion shots.

•    Check Your Camcorder

Check your battery and your storage device. Make sure that you have adequate battery life and storage space to record the entire game. Make sure you have back up batteries and storage devices to use as well. If you are using an external microphone be sure to test the sound using a set of headphones prior to recording the game. Enable any stabilization function your camera has prior to shooting as well. Enable auto focus to zoom in and focus on the action without sacrificing any detail.

•    Start Recording

Start recording a minute to a few seconds prior to the beginning of the game. This allows your audience to get a feel for the atmosphere. It also creates a sense of anticipation which builds up as the event approaches. If you're shooting for the coaches, scouts, or a highlight reel pan across the floor or field following the game as the action takes place. Film the game and nothing else. Coaches and scouts want to see game play and nothing else.

If you are recording the game for personal or family memories zoom in and zoom out as you see fit. Record the benches during timeouts and capture the excitement of the crowd when possible. Get close to this action as well as it will make your audience feel that they are at the game and part of the action. Be sure to zoom in on these opportunities when possible.

Record throughout any timeouts. It will be easy to edit out any unwanted footage later, but it would be impossible to record any footage you missed because you forgot to press the record button. Record the scoreboard to get the score of the game at halftime and at the end of the game. Stop recording at halftime to conserve battery life. Stop recording and turn off your camcorder at the end of the game.

So there you have it. All the information you need to record a sporting event. These sports video tips are tried and true techniques which have been used for years. If you want the end product to look professional and you want to bring your audience into the action you have to put in the work. The road may be long but the end result will be fantastic.

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