Tips for an effective athletic recruiting video
Your highlight reel video is the first step, you need to take in the sport recruitment process. A good athletic recruiting video can make a huge difference in your chances of getting an athletic scholarship. In many cases, your highlight video is your greatest shot to get the attention of a coach. Coaches look for specific things in video, and there are steps you can take to make your sure your video gets the attention, it deserves!
Every year, thousands of college coaches go in search of high school athletes who can help improve their programs. At the same time, an even larger number of high school athletes and their parents spend months in search of the “right school”, the “right program”. We help both sides win by putting together high quality sport recruit reel from your footage.
Highlight Reels are designed with the athlete AND the coach in mind. We help highlight the skills, college coaches want to see in an athletic recruiting video.
We’ll provide the athlete with the properly encoded video files optimized for upload to YouTube, Facebook, and any of the recruiting service web sites as part of their individual player profile.
Multiple games, practices and b-roll
Record multiple games and practices, so we will be able to focus on the best parts from each game. It’s better to have the camera on at all times, as you never know, when the best moments coming. An athletic recruiting video focuses on the player’s skills, but it’s also nice to add some videos, that show off the team spirit (if that applies to your sport), this could either be a team photo or a team celebration after a win. It’s also a nice touch to include some off the field/pre-game/post-game footage of the player to show the character.
Record with the highest quality setting. Especially with sport videos, quality, resolution is critical. Be aware of lighting issues, unfortunately there isn’t too much you can do about it, except try not to face the camera toward the light source. Athletic videos are almost always recorded in bad lighting conditions and they have to be color corrected in editing. (watch a sample video) Having said this, it’s still more important to catch the best moments, than to have the perfect filming environment.
Use multiple angles for recording. Watching a video from the same angle will get boring quickly. Try to get near the middle of the field, in other words, for football, the 50-yard line and for lacrosse and soccer, the mid-field line. Use the mid point of the field as your center and try to get as high as you can in order to shoot from an elevated angle. Try to get as close as possible to the players. It’s always better to be close, than to zoom.
Follow the player
As you will have to follow the player with the camera, it’s important to mount the camera on a tripod. You will get lot more steady shots. Make sure camera movements are slow and not jerky. If you are zooming, zoom slowly.
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