15 Min­utes to Fame: Cre­at­ing a Strik­ing High­light is a Breeze

High­lights are crit­i­cal for recruit­ing and cre­at­ing buzz for your game. With Hudl, they’re also ridicu­lous­ly easy to make.

15 Min­utes to Fame: Cre­at­ing a Strik­ing High­light is a Breeze

High­lights are crit­i­cal for recruit­ing and cre­at­ing buzz for your game. With Hudl, they’re also ridicu­lous­ly easy to make.

High­lights are absolute­ly essen­tial for ath­letes these days. Whether you’re look­ing to get recruit­ed or sim­ply show off your skills to fans, friends and fam­i­ly, high­light videos are the most sim­ple and effec­tive way to build your brand and get your game recognized.

The thought of cre­at­ing a high­light might seem daunt­ing on the sur­face. Cre­at­ing a well-pro­duced video fig­ures to require a lot of work, time and com­put­er expertise.

That couldn’t be fur­ther from the truth.

We want to make the process as sim­ple as pos­si­ble for you, and craft­ing an eye-catch­ing video takes just min­utes on Hudl. Here’s a step-by-step guide to cre­at­ing a fire highlight.

1. Find Your Top Moments

There are two ways to do this — either watch game video and mark your top plays, or use the sta­tis­tics to find your best moments.

For the first option, begin watch­ing video from any game. When you find a moment you like, click the star icon. Drag the han­dles to trim your high­light, then click Save” in the upper-right corner.

To make life even eas­i­er, sim­ply use the stats func­tion. Once your game is tagged with stats, hov­er over the Reports” tab and select your name on the left side. Now you can access video of any stat sim­ply by click­ing on the num­ber. Want to see all your 3-point­ers? Need a playlist of your best saves? One click will aggre­gate all the clips of that stat into one playlist, allow­ing you to eas­i­ly pick and choose which ones to include.

2. Cre­ate the Highlight

On your Hudl home­page, hov­er over High­lights” and select My High­lights.” Click the Cre­ate a New High­light Reel” button.

After nam­ing the video, click the + icon in the low­er-right cor­ner. You can add video, music, title slides and pic­tures. When you add video, a list of the plays you pre­vi­ous­ly select­ed will appear. Now sim­ply order them in the man­ner you want. 

Be sure to put your best plays first. Recruiters have a finite amount of time and can’t watch all the video they are sent. Grab their atten­tion by show­cas­ing your top plays right off the bat. If they like what they see, they’ll keep watch­ing and check out your team’s full game video.

Cre­ate a title slide that lists your height, weight, key stats and aca­d­e­m­ic infor­ma­tion. Feel free to include music to add some flair and make your video more notice­able on social media. But be care­ful with your selec­tion — using obscene or ques­tion­able lyrics can turn off a recruiter or coach.

Once you’ve fin­ished, hit Pub­lish” in the top-right corner.

3. Share It Out

Now it’s time to show the world what you’ve done. Blast your high­light out on Face­book, Twit­ter and oth­er social media plat­forms or email it to fam­i­ly mem­bers. Share the video on your ath­lete pro­file page and encour­age friends, fam­i­ly and fans to check out what you’ve got.

If you want to play at the next lev­el, this step is very impor­tant. Iden­ti­fy some schools and email a link of your video to those coach­es. Take advan­tage of social media by send­ing them your high­light and some of your stats. You can also request that your coach send out a recruit­ing pack­age to schools you’re inter­est­ed in.

And that’s all she wrote. Mak­ing a high­light video is as sim­ple as that. 15 min­utes could be all that’s sep­a­rat­ing you from a killer video that shows just how tal­ent­ed you are. So what are you wait­ing for? Get start­ed today.