Video Equipment Management and Sports
Most people see video in the sports world as a cut-and-dry type of product: You go to a sporting event with your camera, shoot the game, and you are all finished. I have come to learn that in this profession, however, managing video equipment in the sports venue and getting the consumer the final product is exponentially more difficult than it seems. Today, I would like to educate those interested in sports video to understand how much time, effort, and persistence it takes to make a quality sports video product.
Preparing before a shoot:
Before a shoot, you need to make sure you have all of your video equipment together before you head to your shoot. Obvious things like your camera, camera battery, extension cords, and a tri-pod must be accounted for, as well as smaller things that you have an easier chance of forgetting, such as your memory devices, any type of hardware to repair damages on the camera, and making sure your camera settings are all in the correct format.
There are also set of questions one must ask them self before going out to a sporting event: What sport am I shooting? What kind of shots do I want? Am I focusing on one player or on a team? Where will I need to be on the field or level of play to get the shots I need?
At the shoot:
Managing your equipment at each sporting event shoot is critical for capturing the best footage. As a videographer, you must constantly be checking your battery and memory device space to make sure you do not run out of each. You must also always make sure to have your camera properly secured, as you are more than likely going to be moving around the field or sports complex a large amount to capture that perfect shot.
Our expertise in this area comes in the form of capturing the perfect shot. We are able to be on the field or have a camera angled in the right position to capture all of the intricacies of the player or the action occurring during each play. At a football game for instance, we have to be in the right position before the play even starts: we take into account where the ball is at on the field, if there are other people around us, and where would we need to be to get the best shot at the end of a play. It might sound funny, but during football games, I am often sprinting to get to where I need to be for the best shot possible! At our baseball skills shoot, we make sure to position ourselves in the best place possible, allowing us to follow the whole body of the athlete. This is to capture the athlete’s mechanics, technique, body strength, and athletic ability. To put it simply, as an expert, you have to know what shots you will need well before they happen.
Back at the office:
Once you finally make it back to your office or video editing area, you need to get the video on to your computer. For an ASVS Videographer, the memory devices for storing video footage are HD P2 Cards. These cards are then placed in a card reader to transfer all of the files onto our computers.
The professional side of transferring and encoding video files on a computer is a part of this job that not many people know about, especially concerning the amount of time and energy it takes to manage. There are literally dozens of video formats that all react differently to editing software, on video players, on dvd burning programs, and on various web pages. We have the knowledge and video equipment available to match the correct format to cater to the best of each of these video outputs, whereas an amateur does not.
The flow of getting this part of the process going usually goes as followed: move from transferring, to importing the same files into your video editing program, to making all the changes/video edits, to exporting your new video, to changing the format of your video to be readable on a disc or on the internet, to actually uploading your video on a disc or the internet. This part of the video process can often take substantial amounts of time.
Learning to manage these things efficiently and effectively is a large part of what puts All Star above other sports video companies, and it allows us to give you the most excellent sports video product out there!