How to properly shoot football sideline and endzone video

Here are a good set of instructions that we provide all VidSwap.com users so they can shoot great quality video:
Sideline
  • Must be filmed from a high, midfield shot…the higher the better
  • Must be filmed with a digital Camcorder (Hi-Def hard drive recommended, AVCHD)
  • Must use a tripod to steady the shot
  • Only film the action…from just as they get to the line of scrimmage, to a few seconds after the end of the play…pausing between each play, if a penalty happens keep rolling and then zoom in on the ref as he makes his signal
  • Show the scoreboard at the beginning of the game, after each PAT or FG, beginning of each quarter, and at the end of the game
  • Zoom in and film the ref when he signals the penalty
  • Make sure the zoom is correct…every player needs to be in the shot from the start of and during the play, you can slowly zoom in on the tackle at the end (this helps to identify players for statistics)
  • Try to fill the frame with the players and minimize the amount of open field
  • On Kickoff, punts and FG’s, slowly follow the coverage teams down the field…on the kick don’t immediately move the camera and focus on the returner
  • As the play develops SLOWLY zoom out and/or pan when needed…still keeping ALL players in the shot
  • Minimize the amount of fast camera movement…use slow zooming and slow panning
  • Don’t follow the ball (this isn’t a TV broadcast) until the ball has been either completed or handed off

Endzone

  • Must be filmed from a high vantage point behind the endzone…the higher the better
  • Must be filmed with a digital Camcorder (Hi-Def hard drive recommended, AVCHD)
  • Must use an endzone camera rig or scaffold to get the high shot
  • Only film the action…from just as they get to the line of scrimmage, to a few seconds after the end of the play…pausing between each play, if a penalty happens keep rolling and then zoom in on the ref as he makes his signal
  • Show the scoreboard at the beginning of the game, after each PAT or FG, beginning of each quarter, and at the end of the game
  • Make sure the zoom is correct…fill the frame with the ‘box’ or o-line/d-line, RB’s and LB’s
  • On Kickoff, punts and FG’s, widen the shot to include every player
  • As the play develops SLOWLY zoom out and/or pan in the direction of the play
  • Minimize the amount of fast camera movement…use slow zooming and slow panning
  • Don’t follow the ball (this isn’t a TV broadcast) until the ball has been either completed or handed off

 

VidSwap.com is a web-based video editing and analysis application for sports organizations, specializing in game exchange, video sharing, and game analysis. We serve HS, amateur, college, youth, and pro teams.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s