When you’re a coach and part of your coaching strategy is to capture video for training purposes, you want to make sure it’s the best quality. After all, if you can’t see the action clearly, then your video coaching sessions won’t be very practical. Learn the difference between good video versus bad video footage here.
1. Camera Shake
A quality image is clear and steady. When the video footage bounces around on the screen, it can be hard on the eyes and difficult to make out what is going on.
Scenes with lots of camera shake most often turn out blurry because it’s difficult for the camera’s AF to maintain focus with a rapidly shifting focal point. You will most often get camera shake when using a handheld camera, or even worse, a smartphone.
What you need is a steady frame, which makes it easy to follow the ball and the players when you are reviewing the footage.
2. Footage That Doesn’t Follow the Action
A camera system should be able to capture all the action; not just a few players near the ball, but also the players occupying the outfield.
Winning sports is about more than watching what the ball is doing; it’s also about the ability of the players who aren’t near the ball to create opportunities or take advantage of opportunities when they become available.
3. Being in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time
It’s incredibly challenging to capture all the action in a fast-moving game. If you’re shooting from the sidelines with a handheld, you’re going to miss some critical shots. Plus, you will be experiencing a lot of camera shake as you try to keep up with action by sprinting from one end of the field to the other.
You can also forget about keeping up with the ball if you’re using a tripod. You will improve the video quality, but your field of view will be limited, and you will only catch a few moments of the action at a time. It’s not a good system for creating training videos.
The solution to change all your bad video footage into high-quality, useful training videos is to use an end zone camera system and a video camera tower which can reach up to at least 20 feet. This system will give you a wide angle of view of the field to capture all the action during the match and create the best type of video for training purposes.