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A Parent's Guide To Shooting Video

by Laura Flynn

As we discussed earlier this month, highlight reels are an integral part of the recruiting process. While each sport demands specific video techniques, here are some general rules for shooting video of your son or daughter’s game.

  • Use a tripod. If a coach turns on a video and it’s shaking all over the place, my guess is, the coach is turning it right off.

  • Generally speaking, do not follow the ball or the player around the court/field. Coaches want (and NEED) perspective!

  • If possible, set up your camera in the middle of the court/field. If you can shoot from a high vantage point, even better!

  • Focus on framing. Make sure the action is in the middle of the screen. Don’t cut off too much at the bottom or top of the screen.

  • Watch your zoom Spielberg! Zoom out too far and the coach won’t be able to tell which player is which. Zoom in too close and you may miss plays. Adjust accordingly as the game goes on!

  • Keep your cheering to a minimum. And by minimum I mean, don’t cheer at all. Try and contain yourself, coaches don’t need to hear your commentary.

  • Watch for flying balls…(or flying players for that matter!) It's a known fact -- Cameras are magnets for these things!

  • Make smooth movements. Don’t unexpectedly twist and turn the camera. Blair Witch Project was so 1999.

Once you’ve compiled some of the best games from the season, it’s editing time!

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