How to choose the right endzone camera system for football to film a tight shot

In this post Im going to cover all of your options for choosing the right endzone camera system so that you can shoot a great tight copy for football. Now days filming a tight copy is essential for your team and there are a handful of systems out there to help you do this. Fortunately here at VidSwap.com, I have experience with almost all of them, here are the options along with my feedback. You can then use the info to make your own decision…

Endzone Video Systems, $5,999 (I have used the EVS25 for an entire season.)

Pros: They are well made and rigid, fairly easy to transport, easy to setup

Cons: more expensive, not fond of hand crank to raise poll, manual pan and tilt mechanism is clever but can fail if not setup properly, only works with Sony cameras

Hi Pod, $4,400 (I don’t have any experience with these but their website is great to learn more)

SportScope, $4,499  (I don’t have any experience with these)

EndZoneCamera.com, $4,800 (I have used this model for an entire season)

Pros: Simple, fairly easy to transport, easy to setup, electronic pan and tilt is nice

Cons: only works with Sony cameras, shorter at 25′ then the others, DVD player monitor should be replaced with an actual 7″ HD monitor

US Sports Video $5,800 and $8,800 (I have used the Raven and Skyhawk)

Pros: They are well made and rigid, fairly easy to transport, easy to setup

Cons: more expensive, website is not great to learn more, only works with Sony cameras, Skyhawks camera is terrible…check out my post regarding this here

Note: some of these do come with cameras but I’m not listing that as a pro because all of them provide a crappy Sony AVCHD camera. Don’t get me wrong those are ok HD cameras and the video will be HD. But I’m not a fan of Sony AVCHD cameras because their video quality is not as good as Canon especially in adverse conditions like low light. See my post here for camera recommendations.

Note 2: all of these rigs can be upgraded to non Sony cameras and HD displays using your MacGyver skills here.

DIY, you could build your own for less then half the price…refer to my post here for all of the camera and electronic related parts. You’ll then need to come up with a solution for the pole and base, like using Kee Klamps here.

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.

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