5 Tips for an EPIC SPORT VIDEO

Well, hello there!
Aren’t you looking beautiful today?
Welcome to the first episode
of 2018!
Whatup guys! Jordy here for cinecom.net
and today is Creative Tuesday,
this is the series where we share creative tips
and tricks to help you make better videos.
Today we are at Basketball Sensation,
a basketball event,
and I have 5 tips for you, to film
a sports event.
So, let’s swing into it!
Sport is about action, a lot of
movement from the players…
…so it’s a good idea to increase
the speed of the shutter.
This has various effects.
First of all, we are reducing
the motion blur.
Since the players move around so fast,
there’s a lot of motion blur.
Sometimes too much.
So, that’s why we wanna reduce that by
increasing the speed of the shutter…
…and thus making your shots
seem a bit sharper.
The next reason is to create a harder
and a more realistic look.
This definitely works well for
things like a boxing game.
This was also done in many war films,
such as Saving Private Ryan.
By having a faster shutter speed, the blood
and the explosions became sharper,
thus the entire look of the film
was more grungy.
I can also suggest to shoot at a higher frame
rate if you’re camera can do that.
Slow motion emphasizes detail,
which is great to attract interest to a certain
movement from a player.
Now, slow motion doesn’t always
have to be applied on action.
It sure is cool, but it can also be used
to emphasize an emotion.
Just the look of a defeated player
can be so strong in slow motion.
But make sure that you are also
adjusting your shutter speed here…
…if you would like to keep
that hard look.
If you’re shooting at a higher frame rate, you
must also set your shutter speed faster.
Now, I’ve got four more awesome tips
for you guys, but first…
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And you can even use this for
sports games as well.
There might be some creative scenes, like here
where the players are being introduced.
I added a bit of smoke in postproduction,
which came out great.
Now you can find out more about this
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Tip number 2, your sports video
is probably not about the sport.
It’s all about the event, all the activities
there, the people.
Make sure to get enough shots of the fans,
the coaches, the sponsors…
…who are very important,
the dancers, if there are any, etcetera.
What I would suggest is to talk to the
organization first and ask them…
What is important to you and
who here present is important?
It’s better to have too much shots
than not enough.
My client asked me to shoot these interviews
of some important people.
I couldn’t directly see how I would
implement that in the edit,
but maybe we can use a small part from it
or use it in a separate video.
It means a lot to the organization and you
will get appreciated for that.
Tip number 3: get into the action.
Don’t just pick a seat between the audience
and shoot the rest of the evening from there.
Get as close as you can
to the action.
And that way, you’re involving your
audience a lot more into the game.
Now, close ups are great,
they show detail.
But you have to zoom in for that, meaning that
you’re filming again from a distance.
Try to shoot many wide shots as well.
That way the audience can really
relive that great day again.
Also change your position often,
it makes your edit a lot more dynamic…
…if you have many variations
in camera position.
Now, sometimes it’s not that convenient
to get so close to the action.
What you can then do is put some shots
in scene before or after the game.
This allows you to go
on the field and…
…you might be able to use those shots
in between or as a great intro.
Tip number 4: highlights. These
are different for every sport.
For a soccer game, the highlights are the goals
because there just aren’t so many.
At a basketball game, goals
are made all the time…
…so the highlights could be something
different that doesn’t happen so much,
for example, a dunk.
So, try everything you can
to get your highlights.
And that might require you to setup
a second fixed camera on the goal,
or taking some time to wait for
your highlight to happen.
Now, when I’m filming, I’m constantly
looking around…
…to see where I need to run to
or what my angle should be.
This is so that I don’t miss my highlight
and also…
…that I don’t bump into any players because
I’m standing so close to the field.
I would also suggest not to do anything
too crazy with your camera movement.
If it failed, you also missed
your highlight.
Keep your creative camera movements for
the rest of the event, which is my last tip.
Sport games are fun and full of action, so
make sure that your videos show that as well.
Be creative with camera movement.
You know, film handheld or use
a gimbal or steadycam.
This way you’re much more mobile and
you can spin your camera around.
This is also great for
camera transitions,
where you make a certain movement
on the end of a shot…
…and continue that movement on the
beginning of your second shot.
Connecting these two together
creates stunning transitions.
You can also go for transitions in post
production, or other visual effects.
Just make sure that you don’t exaggerate.
Avoid having your video look like a 90’s
Powerpoint presentation.
If you shoot slow motion, definitely play
around with the speed ramping.
This means that you’re speeding up and
slowing down specific parts in your edit.
And if you would like to see how
to do that inside Premiere Pro,
you can actually follow the card up there
for a dedicated tutorial.
Now, the edit of the sport video
is not done yet,
but when it is we’ll add it to the
blog post of this video…
…which you can also find a link to
in the description below.
Thank you all so much
for watching,
and stay creative!

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