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Hi coachgrd, I started just as a dad getting some game video for my sons indoor soccer…..1000 games later I guess I have learnt a few things. Many great ideas listed above. Some quick tips:
Cutting out the exact footage can take for ever. I use an app called Timestamp on my iPad while I am filming. I have buttons for goals, saves, bloopers etc. As some thing happens I touch the appropriate button and I get a log file that tells me exactly where in my hours and hours of footage I can find that goal, save etc. Pretty sure iMovie supports keyword tagging. This will be important for organising your clips.
Bloopers Videos are the most popular at the presentation nights. Here is an example:
Slow motion replays and freeze frames are key for bloopers videos. I can imagine for American Football your could make a great season bloopers reel….big hit, fumbles, sideline tumbles etc etc.
Music as meantioned by others is very important. For action videos 135bpm is recommended. If you end up loading the video to Youtube, some music tracks will result in the video being unavailable on mobile devices. For this reason I use royalty free music tracks to avoid this. You will find that almost all the players would watch the video on their mobile devices.
As far as equipment is concerned:
1. A good quality tripod with a quality "fluid" video head.
2. Video in 1080p and 60 frames. The 60 frames a second will be important when doing slow motion replays.
3. Invest in a gun mic. You don't necessarily want the conversations of people close to you on the video.
4. If you video lots of games, get a thunderbolt drive for your mac. Also don't under estimate the rendering/production time in iMovie.