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Set up Focus Flex

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  1. Position the tripod Facing away from the sun, set up the tripod approximately 10–20ft. (3–6m) from the sideline and no more than 5ft. (1.5m) to the left or right of the midfield line.

    The distance and height requirements allow the camera to capture the whole field, including all four corners and the near sideline. The camera cannot be set up on the endline.

  2. Set up the tripod Loosen tripod knob E, then expand the tripod legs until the leg brace is parallel to the ground. Next, tighten knob E to secure it in place. To keep the tripod stable and the center column even with the leg brace, do not adjust the bottom tripod knob

  3. Set up the tripod Stabilization Kit The tripod must be stabilized any time it is raised in the air, regardless of conditions. Failure to use the stabilization kit may result in serious injury or property damage. The Stabilization Kit includes safety cables and stakes for grass fields and a sandbag for artificial turf fields.

  4. Remove the quick release adapter. If attached, remove the quick release adapter, then attach the Stabilization Kit adapter plate to the base of the tripod. Reattach the quick release adapter. Leave the Stabilization Kit adapter attached to the tripod after use.

  5. Attach the Stabilization Kit safety cables.Taking the end of the Stabilization Kit safety cable with the carabiner clip, attach the clip through one of the holes of the adapter plate. Repeat these steps with the remaining two Stabilization Kit safety cables.

  6. Turn on the camera. Remove the camera from the backpack and press the power button on the back of the device to turn it on. A white light on the front of the camera will appear indicating the device is powered on.

  7. Look for the angle adapter under the camera. Check that the angle adapter is properly fastened to the bottom of the camera.

  8. Attach the camera to the tripod. Slide the camera with the angle adapter onto the tripod base, pulling the latch open on this base until you hear the camera click into place. Next, use the brass lever to lock the camera securely into place. You must hear the click to ensure the camera is locked in place, do not raise the camera unless you hear this click.

    Make sure the camera is facing the field away from the sun, angled downwards and aligned with the sideline.

  9. Raise the camera. Starting at the third knob from the top of the tripod, rotate the knob counterclockwise to loosen. Raise this section until it has reached its maximum height. Once maximum height has been reached the section will lock. Rotate the knob clockwise to tighten and secure.

    Next, move onto the fourth, then fifth knob from the top of the tripod and repeat the steps above until the camera is raised 15–20 feet in the air (based on the distance and height requirements), which will allow the camera to capture the whole field, including all four corners and the near sideline.

    Keep all knobs tightened, even the ones with sections that aren’t extended. This will help keep the camera pointed in the correct direction in case of high winds.

  10. Loop the safety cables around the stakes. Now that the camera is raised in the air, finish setting up the Stabilization Kit (safety cables or sandbag) to stabilize the camera. Failure to do so may result in shaky video, injury or property damage.

    Take the loose end of the safety cable and loop around the hook of a stake. Do not tie the safety cable to the stake. Repeat these steps with the remaining two Stabilization Kit safety cables and stakes.

  11. Stabilize the tripod. Push stakes into the ground, out away from the tripod; using the metal safety cable adjuster, tighten the safety cables, each a little bit at a time to ensure all three safety cables are even. Do not push stakes through the holes of the tripod legs.

    Stakes should not be used on artificial turf—place the filled sandbag across two tripod legs to stabilize it.

  12. Log in to the Focus app. Using your Hudl account, log in to the Focus app.

  13. Connect to your camera. Tap Connect next to your camera, then when asked to join the “HUDL-Focus” Wi-Fi network, tap Join. You’ll need to connect to your camera’s Wi-Fi to calibrate the camera to the field and start your first recording.

  14. Calibrate your camera. Before recording, you’ll need to calibrate your camera to the field. Tap Calibrate Camera on the Record tab in the Hudl Focus app.

    For safety, if you need to move the camera to a different position please lower the tripod before moving.

  15. Match the arrows to the field corners. Follow the steps in the Focus app to calibrate the camera. Make sure the top of the arrow aligns with each corner of the field, use two fingers to zoom in and refine the placement.

  16. Start a new recording Tap Start Recording. Select whether it’s a game or practice, and give it a title. Hudl Focus Flex will automatically record for the time you select, anywhere from five to 180 minutes.

    No need to keep the Focus App open when a recording is in progress. If the camera’s front light is green, it’s recording

  17. Extend or stop a recording Tap Extend and select an amount of time to extend a recording by or tap Stop to save and end a recording.


    Check the Camera Status tab for camera connection, battery life and more details on the status of your device.

  18. Turn off and pack up the camera. Once you’ve stopped your recording, turn off your camera by pressing the power button. After a few seconds, the light on the front of the camera will turn off, indicating that the camera is powered off.

    If the camera is left on while in the case it could overheat and get damaged.

  19. Charge your camera. To charge, plug your camera into an outlet using the power cable provided. The lights on the back of the camera will flash orange when charging.

    We recommend charging for at least four hours for a full charge. You’ll know the camera is fully charged when all five lights are orange on the back of the camera, or by looking at the Camera Status tab of the Focus app when the camera is powered on.

  20. Upload recordings In the Hudl Focus app Recordings tab, tap Connect Flex to Wi-Fi to begin uploading. Your recordings will then automatically upload to Hudl.com. If your camera is connected to a network while recording, it will upload during the game or practice. If Wi-Fi connection is unstable, connect Flex to a Wi-Fi router using the Ethernet cable provided.

  21. Check upload progress.

    • Not uploaded: The recording is ready to be uploaded to Hudl.com. Tap Connect Flex to Wi-Fi in the Recordings tab to begin uploading. Your recordings will then automatically upload to Hudl.com. If Wi-Fi connection is unstable, connect Flex to a Wi-Fi router using the Ethernet cable provided.
    • Uploading: The recording is currently uploading to Hudl.com. Tap Recordings to see the status of your upload.
    • Upload paused: The recording upload has paused because the camera is no longer connected to a network. Make sure your device stays connected to a network to ensure the upload isn't interrupted.
    • Uploaded: The recording has successfully uploaded to Hudl.com. All uploaded recordings are automatically removed from the camera’s storage.
    • Upload error: Something went wrong uploading your recording. Please try reconnecting your camera to Wi-Fi in the Focus app, or to your Wi-Fi router using the Ethernet cable provided. If that doesn’t work, tap Camera Settings > Help > Call Hudl Support.