The Hudl Focus camera comes with its own intuitive installation app so you can get it mounted on your gym wall quickly and easily. Of course, every gym is different, so we answered all the questions below so you can assess your situation.
Your gym needs to meet some requirements for Focus to work in it. But if your current setup isn’t compatible, don’t sweat it—plenty of other teams came up with alternate install solutions. As far as fields go, we don’t have an outdoor option for Focus yet, but we’re working on it. Let us know if you want to stay in the know on progress.
It takes 3-4 weeks for the camera to be delivered after payment is received.
Yes, Focus is a DIY project if you or someone else at your school is handy. On average, it should take about as long as a Game of Thrones episode. (For those who never got into Westeros, that’s an hour or less.)
You may need to hire a contractor or rent a scissor lift depending on your gym’s current infrastructure and layout.
If you’re in the market for a new drill or level, check out our Focus installation equipment recommendations (with Amazon links!).
You’ll need a standard Cat5e/Cat6 cable. Be sure to also double-check your network meets these technical requirements.
Yes. In fact, you need to. Focus requires a hardwired connection and does not run on Wi-Fi.
If you already have power and ethernet sources installed, getting your gym Focus-ready could cost $0. If not, you’ll need to hire and pay a contractor to install both of those. Every gym is different so every school’s cost will be different.
No, Hudl won’t charge you anything for installation. You can choose to do it yourself or hire and pay a contractor directly.
No, we don’t provide wiring services.
Again, no installation fee from us. You’re free to use union labor or any contractor you like.
Livestreaming and Broadcasting
With Hudl Focus, you’re in the driver’s seat. You control where you stream, who you partner with, and how you charge viewers (or don’t!). It’s your video—you should be able to stream it whichever way you want.
Hudl Focus lets you stream video in two main ways. One option is to stream directly to YouTube for a free and simple livestreaming solution that doesn’t charge fans and parents to watch games. The other option lets you send your stream to any broadcast software that accepts video through an IP feed—available with most broadcast software solutions. This ultimately allows you to choose where you send the livestream and if you want to monetize it.
You can choose. Hudl Focus will livestream directly to YouTube, or send the video to any broadcast software that accepts IP feeds as an RTMP video source.
Hudl Focus will automatically record any games listed on your Hudl schedule. With one tap in the Focus app, you can stream directly to YouTube. If you want to send the stream to a broadcast partner, just make sure that the computer running that software is wired into the same network as your Focus camera. You’ll then be able to choose Focus as the source of your broadcast.
Yes, using Focus as a video source in a broadcast software allows you to make your broadcast more dynamic by adding advertisements, custom graphics, scoreboard overlays, audio commentary and additional angles.
We firmly believe that you should be able to make money off of your video in the way that you see fit. We have no imposed restrictions or limitations on how you advertise through your streams. That will all depend on the broadcast production software and livestream platform you choose, so be sure to go with a partner who gives you the flexibility you need.
You’ll need to pay for a Hudl and a Hudl Focus subscription, but when purchased as part of an athletic department package, they’re both heavily discounted. There may be additional costs associated with the broadcast software or livestream platform you choose as well.
It depends on the streaming partner you choose. Hudl does not impose any contracts or requirements related to any streaming software you partner with.
That depends on the broadcast software that you choose, but we’ve made sure that the Hudl Focus camera is compatible with broadcast software that allows you to start getting money from your livestreams immediately, not years in the future. Want to see other ways to monetize your livestreams? Check out our blog post on how to earn money from your livestream.
Some broadcast vendors share video streamed on their platform with media partners, allowing them to reproduce and distribute it. Always ask about privacy when deciding who you want to work with. Hudl does not claim any ownership over video that is livestreamed. Once video is in your Hudl account, however, we have dual ownership that allows us to create and publish highlights.
This is another good privacy question to ask your broadcast software partner—you could end up getting pennies back for every dollar that fans and parents pay. Rest assured, Hudl won’t take any part of the revenue that your school generates through livestreaming.
Hudl Focus automatically uploads raw game and practice video to your Hudl account, which you can review, analyze, and share however you like.
In the midst of uncertainty, you want transparency and control. We’ve got you covered. You’ll always have visibility into the total cost of your products and services, including everything to do with your camera and livestreaming options.
Hudl Focus is a yearly subscription.
Yes, unless your school is tax-exempt. If that’s the case, send us your form and we’ll get it taken off your invoice.
Schools that hire a contractor spend an average of $400 to install their Focus camera. (If you have someone handy on staff, it’s $0.)
It depends on your gym’s environment and infrastructure. If you already have power and ethernet sources installed, it’s easy to get the camera on a wall yourself.
You’ll need a drill, level, ladder or scissor lift. If you’re mounting into concrete, you’ll also need a few extra materials. Everything else you need comes in the box with your camera.
Hudl Focus is the only camera that uploads video directly to Hudl, and Hudl itself is the only software you need to operate the camera.
Yes, Hudl has all the video and data tools you need to find key moments fast and build an effective game plan.
Yes. In fact, it’s the only camera that uploads automatically to Hudl. Other smart camera systems require you to download the video before uploading it to Hudl yourself.
Hudl subscriptions for high school teams start at $900. But you can save if your school purchases an athletic department package.
Hudl Focus’ software is constantly being improved. Those updates are sent automatically to the camera at no extra cost to ensure you’re getting the best video possible.
If something happens to your camera, the replacement is on us—but Focus is reliable inside and out. The camera has literally been dropped on concrete to test its durability.
Nope—you’ll be able to swap in your new camera without any additional cost or required fees.
Contracts and Agreements
We’re all guilty of clicking the “I Agree” box after only skimming the terms and conditions page—but it’s important to read the fine print. Let us fill you in on all the details so you can sign on the dotted line with complete confidence.
Hudl Focus is leased. This allows us to provide replacements or new devices as the technology advances.
Flexibility is the name of the game here. Work with your account executive to find a solution that works for you.
Most athletic department packages include one Focus camera (the highest tier includes two). If your school doesn’t purchase an athletic department package, you can still separately purchase as many cameras as you like.
There are no extra fees if you cancel your subscription. The only thing we require is that you send the camera back. Simple as that.
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