#CLCommunity – Filming, Converting and Uploading.
David Sloan is the ‘Video Guy’ for my team Currie RFC and he produces great quality video which is always uploaded by Sunday morning and on most occasions by Saturday night. He has roped in the knowledge of his son Gordon and as he confesses in his post below, he is not a professional videographer but enjoys filming and is a huge part of our rugby club because of this. Enjoy!
David Sloan – The Video Guy
I am not a video professional. All my comments are open to challenge – they are just based on our experience over a good many years filming rugby matches and using Coach Logic (CL) more or less from the beginning.
There are many ways to create a suitable video file for CL. The match can be recorded on the video camera’s recording medium – camera hard drive, tape or various types of memory card – and subsequently transferred to a computer. Conversion of the recording to a suitable file type may then be necessary. Alternatively the video can be recorded directly onto a laptop computer – possibly in a format ready for uploading. I am certainly not competent to provide a list of all the various ways that this can be done!
Well that’s the general idea – here is how we do it! I am not suggesting that our way is best or even one of the better ways of doing it – just that it works for us. Last season we used different technology but we have moved on.
We now use a CANON LEGRIA HF200 video camera (cost around £250). This is not the latest bit of kit on the market but is a decent consumer High Definition(HD) camera. A professional or semi professional camera will no doubt give better results but they are expensive. I suspect that any decent consumer video camera will do the trick provided it has suitable output sockets. Modern consumer HD cameras provide a good sharp image but cannot handle high speed motion as well as professional cameras.
We output from the camera using the Component Out terminal (red/blue/green) for the video and AV Out terminal for the sound. We connect both these to Elgato’s GAME CAPTURE HD. This gadget (currently £127 from Amazon) is primarily intended for recording computer gaming but after some research we found it works for our purposes as well. The device comes with a cable which enables the connections outlined above. and in turn it is connected to a laptop with a USB cable. Game Capture HD comes with its own software which works on either Mac or Windows PCs. The big advantage we find with this is that the software enables us to set the format of the live recording so that it is directly ready to upload to CL.
Game Capture records as MPEG-4 files using H.264 codec. We set the resolution at 1280 x 720 and the data rate at about 5300 kbits/sec. We make separate recordings of each half of a match and these settings produce files a little under 2 GB for each half. These files are then suitable for direct uploading to CL – a match is two files uploaded. Set the data rate lower and the game could go up as one file but the quality would not be so good. Set the data rate higher and you get better quality but it would have to be converted to a lower standard to get a match onto CL unless you want to upload lots of clips!
Well that’s how we do it at the moment – someone will probably tell us there is a much better way!
A huge thanks to David for sharing his experiences, like he has said above, you may have your own methods. Why not share them with us? We would love to create community feel where every one of our clubs can get the most out of the system.
Lets Keep Sharing