Chrisforliberty's Blog

Just another site

A Primer for Video Coordinators

leave a comment »

© April, 2012 Gridiron Strategies
Image(Note: these principles would apply whether you use film or video equipment)

by Chris Fortner
Video Coordinator • Carson-Newman College
I’ve been a video coordinator for Carson-Newman football since 2009. Each part of the year presents its own set of circumstances and challenges. Essentially, they are the recruiting season, August as camp begins, and the football season itself.

Winter and spring football drills are generally handled in the same way as two-a-days in August would be – getting on the same page as the coaches as to what they want videotaped and ready for playback during meetings.

While coaches are primarily focused on recruiting and keeping up with players’s grades and workout regimen during the winter and spring, the individuals who are in charge of the video program should concern themselves with the specifics of their jobs as well. One person should handle overall video operations. This person will oversee a staff-many of which are student workers-and explain to them what should be videotaped during the practics and what isn’t necessary. The Director of Video Operations should also be the contact personf or service providers and suppliers and other video-related matters. Each team needs to assess its own situation as well as what they want to accomplish.

The most important thing is to make sure the equipment is in good working order and that warranties are current. A good time to to get equipment required is between the end of the season and the following July. It would also be good to be acquainted with any upgrades that manufacturers have come out with and, whenever possible, to attend a training seminar when new products are issued. Each program will have to determine for itself which video equipment, hardware, and software should be purchased.

These decisions will ultimately come down to the team’s budget, staff familiarity with specific equipment and overall team goals. We would all like to have unlimited budgets, but limited budgets are a part of life. The most obvious piece of equipment is the camcorder. In most cases, the cost of a camcorder can range from $1,000 to $6,000. The key is to do your job with the camcorder which is within your budget. Especially for new programs or those overhauling equipment, it would be worthwhile to test a camcorder for 3-6 months before making a final purchase. You can tell the manufacturer that you are considering purchasing a specific camcorder and ask if a trial run is doable. Over the last 15 years, camcorders have greatly reduced in both cost and size.

Software that has specific applications such as Webb Gameday and XOS Digital can be used to directly enhance your video operations. One of the major areas of growth in the past decade has been Digital Asset Management. The basic idea behind this is to be able to input, store, and retrieve digital photographs, animations, videos and music. This process makes it easier to backup files, move files from computer to computer, or to save onto specific media usch as DVD. These applications cab be used for importing, video editing, and viewing by coaches and the team during meetings.

Other equipment includes batteries (at least two for each camera or a portable battery back, extension cords and tripods. Since the general trend now is content is going to the internet and uploaded across multiple platforms such as Blackberry, iPhone, etc…, going with a digital-based recording format such as flash memory HD video may be the best alternative long-term. Budget-wise, this can be a great alternative if you don’t have the option to order the higher-end professional camcorders. You can usally purchase handycams for a price range of $300 up to $1,000. If you use a three-camera set up (wide and both end zones), you may consider going iwth two HD cameras and one professional camcorder.

Make sure that the camcorders are AVCHD compatiable. AVCHD (Advanced Video Coding High Definition) first introduced in 2006 is a file-based format that was developed by Panasonic and Sony for digital recording and playback of high-definition video. When it comes to storing on your computer, be it a desktop or laptop, you can never have enough memory. I recommend at least 100 gigabyte hard drives (most current releases have around several hundred GB). They should be set up for importing video/audio directly from the camera or laptop if you choose to record to it. It should also be able to transfer video for recording on multiple platforms such as DVD or backup storage onto external removable drives. This is especially valuable for archival purposes or if coaches/scouts were to request video of a prospect.

Written by chrisforliberty

April 10, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Posted in Media

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: