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Set Up the Stabilization Kit

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Your Stabilization Kit package comes with the following:

  • Safety cables (3)
  • Adapter plate (1)
  • Stakes (3)
  • Sandbag (1)
  1. Position the tripod. Set up the tripod approximately 9–20ft/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 the tripod knob that's second from the bottom, while keeping the bottom knob tightened, then expand the tripod legs until the leg brace is parallel to the ground. Next, tighten the knob at the leg joint to secure it in place.

    The tripod is most stable when the bottom of the center column is even with the parallel bars. Letting the column rest on the ground actually worsens the stability of the tripod.

  3. Set up the tripod Stabilization Kit. Anytime the camera is raised in the air, especially on a windy day, the tripod must be stabilized. Failure to do so may result in shaky video, injury or property damage. The Stabilization Kit includes safety cables and stakes for grass fields and a sandbag for artificial turf fields.

    • Grass fields: secure each tripod leg to the field using the safety cables and stakes from the Stabilization Kit.
    • Artificial turf fields: fill the sandbag that came in your kit and place it across one tripod leg brace to stabilize the setup. The stakes provided with the Stabilization Kit cannot be used on an artificial turf field.
  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.