A combination of focusing on the goalie while showing the game is key for a good video.
As budgets and time constraints hamper the availability of college recruiters to observe students at high schools, submitting a video to a college is becoming more common for showing a college an athlete’s ability. The visuals in the video need to stand out and grab the attention of the recruiter watching it. These videos can be easily shot and edited by parents, friends or professionals with basic recording equipment. Here are some ways to capture the best shots and keep the viewer watching.
1. Get a tripod. Using one provides much more stable shots rather than the handheld method, especially if zoomed-in on a goalie or following action on the field. They are found in major electronics stores, department stores and online. A basic tripod costing $30-50 does a sufficient job.
2. Buy an HDD camera. This is a video camera with a built-in hard drive that does not use tapes or discs. After shooting, plug the device into your computer and transfer the video onto your computer. That way you have a copy stored on your computer‘s hard drive in addition to the camera’s hard drive. Since moving video from the camera to the computer is easy, it is recommended to do this as soon as possible after a game.
3. Scout locations to get the best shots possible. Stand toward the top of the bleachers closest to the goal. Be sure to show the other players taking shots at the net and the goalie’s blocking — but make sure the video of the goalie is clear by using the zoom function. For another angle, move closer to the field and focus the camera tighter on the goalie while still showing some of the other players. This gives context and perspective of what is happening in the game.
4. Use the tripod correctly. This includes making sure the tripod is level by looking at the indicator above the legs. It looks like a flat, cylindrical tube with a bubble that moves left and right depending upon the tripod’s setup. Place the tripod on a flat surface or adjust the legs to compensate for uneven ground. Keep the tripod stable, otherwise zoomed-in video of the goalie might come out shaky.
5. Avoid making noise or being near it when shooting the video. Excessive noise is distracting and takes away from the visuals. Try to move away from noise if possible and shoot from a quiet location. Do not cheer for the player being recorded — camera microphones are sensitive and might record distorted audio.
6. Edit the video using a computer software program. Basically, the program should be able to cut video into pieces, adjust audio levels and add some basic transitions if necessary. There are many inexpensive editors that do this. Microsoft Windows also comes with a free editor called Windows Live Movie Maker and Apple computers come pre-loaded with iMovie.
7. Make the video three to five minutes at most. The first 30 seconds are the most crucial and need to show the goalie’s best abilities to hold the attention of the person watching the video. If the recruiter likes what they see in the first 30 seconds and the remainder of the video, they may become interested in the player and could request a full copy of the game.