As I mentioned in my last blog post, only 2-3% of student athletes have video up online for colleges to view. On the flip side, nearly 100% of coaches have stressed the importance of video in the evaluation process.
So, why is there such a big gap between what coaches want and student-athletes using the internet to host their video? I believe that the main reasons are:
Getting quality video
Capturing the video to your computer
Editing the video
Understanding the different file formats
Deciding which software to buy/use
Using the software correctly
In this blog, I will be focusing on getting quality video for your profile. This will include making sure that you have a good camera person, have a good camcorder, lengths for the video and angles when filming.
Many people don't know where to begin to get video. If you play high school football, you are lucky, because 99.9% of the games are filmed and you can get a copy from your coaches. However, most sports don't have their games/matches filmed by coaches. How can you get your event video taped?
There are a few ways to get video:
Getting a parent to film
Pro - Good since parents go to most of the games
Con -Video could be compromised if they get excited while filming
Getting a friend to film
Pro - Inexpensive and easy to get if you buy them a few lunches
Con - Inexperience and unreliable if they have a new girl/boy friend
Paying a videographer
Pro - professional and you can several team mates filmed
Con - expensive, but cost can be split among team mates
If you choose to havea parent or a friend film the events, you can purchase a digital video camera for well under $300, depending on the format. Mini DV camcorders use small dv tapes and are excellent quality. Hard drive cameras and high definition cameras will cost a lot more and may appear to be better quality. However, the difference in quality when you post the video to the internet is not worth the price difference.
Once you have your camera and the necessary equipment like batteries and mini-dv tapes, you need to understand how to use the camera. It is not rocket science, but knowing how to start/stop recording and to zoom in/out are two of the most important "skills" needed to film an event. Practice with the camera before you start "officially" filming the event.
Filming from the right angles is important to ensure that recruiters can use the video for evaluations. Each sport will have its own specific requirements. However, there are general rules for filming.
Allow enough of the field/court to be viewable so coaches can see plays develop and execution of a play
DO NOT zoom in too close where the only person in the "frame" is the athlete being filmed
DO NOT zoom out too far where everyone looks like a "Hoo from Hooville"
Many coaches that I have spoken with want to see a wide enough area of the field where they can see the play developed, transitioned and executed. For example, in soccer, many videos show a player with a ball make a couple of moves with no one around and then pass the ball away without seeing where the ball went. Coaches don't know if you pass was on target or way off the mark.
The same goes in baseball/softball. Players fielding the ball in the infield will turn and throw, but the camera does not show where the ball goes and if it hit its target accurately.
The point is that coaches want team players and need to see you execute to the end of that particular play. The goal of the video is to make their job easier and to effectively separate yourself from the competition. Having quality video can be the key ingredient in a successful recruitment process.