Every kind of video has its own challenges, but few are as difficult to make as sports videos.
After all, a good sports video isn’t just about the quality of the image, it needs to capture the spirit of the moment and the emotion involved as well. Sports videos require more than a good camera. Especially if you’re shooting sports that have a lot of physical contacts or complicated moves that are not easy to understand for a casual viewer.
Luckily, with the right amount of planning, anyone can get the job done. All you’ll need to keep in mind is what you want the end result to look like, and some insider tricks to make sure you get the most out of a shooting.
Try Different Angles
If you can get your hands on more than one camera, make sure you use them wisely. That is, experiment with the angles. A great sports video will show the action happening from different angles. This makes it way more dynamic for the viewer than if you were shooting from the same side for the entire time.
A tripod will be your best friend for this. You can set your cameras at different heights and angles, and just let them roll while you man your main camera however you see fit. Just make sure to check on the other cameras from time to time.
Get Close to the Action
Even though almost every camera nowadays has a zoom, you shouldn’t rely on it. You’ll get the best footage, quality wise, by getting as physically close to the action as you can. The images will be a lot clearer, and the action will look a lot more intense and appealing. Don’t be afraid to get down and dirty, your video will definitely look better if you do.
There are only two exceptions to this: when your shooting water sports and have yet to buy water resistant equipment, and when you’re shooting a match between two teams and can’t get in the field.
Keep it Rolling for as Long as Possible
One of the most frustrating things for a videographer is turning off the camera right before something amazing happens. Don’t be afraid to end up with too much footage, just set your camera and let it roll before the event starts and let it roll well after it ends. If luck is on your side, you might be able to catch images that will bring your video to life.
Choose a Song and Start Editing
There is a myriad of editing methods available, but if you’ve never edited your own video before, you might want to stick to one of the easier ones, rhythmic editing. To do so, pick a song that you like for your video (keep in mind any possible copyright infringements) and focus on one instrument, every time you hear it you should make a cut or a change of scene. The final video should have an understandable yet rhythmic pace that goes along with the music.