Securing strong video could be essential to your success this season and you want to have the perfect setup for your games - one that optimizes efficiency while making life easy on whoever is behind the camera.
You can be creative and form your video setup around what best suits your needs. But from our experience, here are the tools we recommend to maximize Hudl this year.
The recording device is the star of the show and you want to make sure you choose wisely. We recommend using an iPad because of its ability to live upload as the game is happening, allowing you to watch the video as soon as the bus ride home. Even if the gym doesn’t have Wi-Fi, you can still record the game and easily upload when you get a connection. It’s a much simpler process than plugging in a camcorder, transferring files and uploading.
If you have Hudl Assist, you can choose to submit your games immediately upon completion, shortening the time between your game and the professional statistical breakdown hits your inbox.
There are a number of options available - we suggest you choose between the iPad (2017 Model), the iPad Mini 4 or the iPad Pro. If those are near the high end of your budget, don’t hesitate to check out Target, WalMart or Amazon to hunt for some better deals.
We recommend choosing a 32 GB iPad. A 16 GB option will work, but the extra storage space allows you to save more games.
Cases and Lenses
It’s important to protect your iPad. Few things will keep it safe better than a case from iOgrapher, which offers a number of different colors and size options. The handles on iOgrapher cases make for a smoother recording experience and prevent bumpy footage. They’re also great for watching video afterwards, as their design prevents the user from accidentally clicking or touching the wrong thing.
It’s not necessary to add a lens to your iPad, but pairing the two will produce the best results. iOgrapher is also a great place to snag a lens, giving you top-quality video for your breakdowns. A wider angle is ideal for smaller gyms when filming closer to the court, while a Telephoto lens is best to zoom in when the iPad is further away.
Few things are more important to your setup than the tripod, depended upon to hold your iPad steady during the action. We’ve found the Vista Explorer handles the job well, but really any tripod will work as long as it has the ability to screw into the bottom of the iOgrapher case.
We believe the iPad is the way to go, but if you feel more comfortable with a traditional camcorder, we’re here for you. Sony HDRCX405 Handycam Camcorder, Canon VIXIA HF G30 HD Camcorder and Panasonic HC-W580K Full HD Camcorder all provide solid choices that should come through for you.
If you have any additional questions about creating the ideal setup, feel free to contact our Support staff. We’re always looking for ways to improve the video experience, so if you’ve had a great experience with a piece of equipment or discovered some tips or tricks in your setup, don’t hesitate to share them in the Hudl Forum.