Maxing out Hudl Sideline: Accessories to Take It Up a Notch

Hudl Sideline is great on its own, but here are a few things you can pair it with to make it even better.

Maxing out Hudl Sideline: Accessories to Take It Up a Notch

Hudl Sideline is great on its own, but here are a few things you can pair it with to make it even better.

Your Hudl Sideline kit already contains all the hardware you need to get instant replay anywhere on the field, but we have some suggestions on additional accessories to customize your setup and make Sideline the ultimate replay system.

Hudl Sideline works seamlessly with iPads and iPhones, but it’s important that you stick with our supported devices. Unsupported models, such as older devices and those with outdated software, will affect the entire system.

sideline devices

It’s most important that your recording iPad or iPhone meet our requirements. This device controls the entire setup, so using the right model will have the biggest impact on overall performance. On the other hand, viewing devices can include some older Apple models. 

Required Devices for Recording

  • iPad Pro, Air 2 and Mini 4
  • iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus and SE (6th gen)

Recommended Viewing Devices

  • Strongly Recommended
    • iPad Pro, Air 2 and Mini 4
    • iPhone 6, 6 Plus and 6s Plus
    • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
    • iPhone SE
  • Supported
    • iPad 4, Air, Mini 3, Mini 2
  • Not Recommended
    • iPad 2, 3 and Mini 1
    • iPhone 5 and 5s

Visit Apple’s website more information on the latest iPads and iPhones.

Not sure which camera is best for Hudl Sideline? We’ve done our research. But no matter what model you choose, in order for a camera to work with Hudl Sideline, it must have a live HDMI output. This means the camera can send video and data through an HDMI output as it records. Visit the Hudl Sideline Help Center to see a full list of compatible cameras and recommended end zone systems.

Sony CX-405

On a budget? This camera provides quality film with great reviews to back it up.

Canon Vixia HF R70/72

For a Canon that fits your budget, check out the HF R70/72. It provides 1080p resolution and is already a popular choice among coaches.

Canon Vixia HF G20

This high-end Canon is included with quite a few end zone systems. It records high-quality film and offers both optical and digital zoom.

The season is a long grind. Inevitably, some equipment will break. It’s always good to have extra ethernet cords, HDMI cords and HDMI adapters on hand, because keeping your video stream up and running is crucial. Amazon and B&H are great places to get exactly what you need for whatever setup you’re working with.

Monoprice Active HDMI Cable  

We don’t provide this HDMI cable in your setup, but you’ll need it to connect your camera to Sideline. you can purchase a 10-foot cable or 30-foot cable. The long one is helpful when your camera is more than 10 feet from the streaming kit.

Monoprice Cat6 Ethernet Cable

We include this ethernet cable in your kit, but if you need a longer one or want a backup on hand.

Studio Assets Tripod

This tripod is included in our Plus and Premium kits. It’s durable, lightweight and extends up to 10 feet. Be sure to add weight near the base on windy days.

AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod

This 60-inch tripod can be used to mount an external camera or an iPad/iPhone with adapters (not included).

Ubiquiti Nanostation Pole Mount

This mount fits perfectly with the bridge and sideline access point, so we included it in your kit. Its U-bolt clamp allows mounts it to most poles and tripods. It’s durable and should last multiple seasons. 

Avantree Velcro Straps

Use velcro straps to secure your cables and stay organized all season. They help take the weight of the cable off the camera’s HDMI port. These straps come in a 20-pack and are reusable.

A lot of teams are moving away from the standard video camera, using an iPad to capture their press box view instead. There are cases, lenses and accessories available to make this an easy transition.

iOgrapher Accessories

iOgrapher provides a great lineup of iOS cases, lenses and other accessories. They also offer Hudl coaches a discount - just contact Support for the details and check out iOgrapher’s products.

Gimars Universal iOS Device Tripod Mount

Use this to mount your iOS device to nearly any tripod. It’s adjustable to fit any iOS device, whether it’s an iPhone or an iPad.

Surf to Summit Collapsible iPad Sunshade

To avoid glare on sunny days, add this sunshade to your setup. It can fit on your iPad or your iPad’s case.

Balakie Wide Angle Clip-on iOS Lens

Sometimes it’s tough to find that sweet spot for filming. If you’re close to what you’re shooting, this clip-on lens will help give you a wider angle. It’s universal of all iOS devices and attaches easily. 

Esrover 3x Zoom Clip-on iOS Lens

Can’t quite make out the players on the field? Use this lens to zoom in for a tighter shot when recording with an iPad/iPhone. It clips on easily and is universal for all iOS devices.

LifeProof Waterproof Case

A waterproof case is a go-to accessory to protect your iPads. This 100% waterproof case is a reliable option for your iPads. 

Movo Extra Long Rain Coat for Cameras

We used this rain coat through downpours and snowy Nebraska weather. No matter the elements, the cameras remained safe and dry. It’s adjustable, fits nearly any camera, and has a plastic see-through window so you won’t miss a moment of the action. 

DigitGear Neoprene Cable Sleeve

Grab this sleeve to keep cables organized and dry. We used it during testing to protect the end zone bridge and sideline access point ethernet cables. The padding of the sleeve allows you to close (not latch) the end zone kit lid without pinching or damaging the cables. 

Super Heavy Duty Brown Tarp

This tarp is a game-saver when inclement weather is on the horizon. Whenever rain is threatening or the ground is wet, use this tarp for an extra layer of protection.

Coleman Kids 2-person Dome Tent

Place your end zone kit inside this tent during extreme weather conditions. Keep the kit out of harm’s way, and run your end zone bridge and sideline access point out the zipped door to the tripod outside.

Hudl Sideline lives on your iPad or iPhone, giving you plenty of options in terms of screen size. Maybe you prefer the iPhone so you can easily slide it in and out of your pocket while pacing the sideline. But when it comes time to show your players what changes to make, a larger screen comes in handy.

Apple Lightning to HDMI Adapter

If you have access to a flat screen TV, all you need is an HDMI cord and a lightning adapter. This will allow you to connect your viewing iPad or iPhone directly to the TV. These also work great during halftime and film review sessions throughout the week.

Anker PowerHouse, 400Wh / 120000mAh Outlet and Generator 

Any monitor with an HDMI input will work. Try setting up a tent and bring a monitor down to the sideline for in-game team meetings. However you’ll need power and if a long extension cord isn’t enough to keep those TVs running, try one of these portable power options from Anker.

DBPOWER 1500 Lumens LCD Mini Projector

We’ve seen some coaches start using portable projectors at night games. Instead of connecting to a TV, you can project plays onto a portable screen or even a cheap white sheet.

Power & Charging

Griffin Powerdock 5

One of the benefits of an iPad is its great battery life, but having a charging dock for multiple devices in your office will ensure everything is charged and ready for game day.

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