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Everything you need to know, from record­ing to livestreaming.

Your camera’s arrived — now it’s time to set it up.

First thing’s first—down­load the Focus app and make sure any oth­er coach­es and team admin­is­tra­tors do too. The app is key for cam­era instal­la­tion and operation. 

If your cam­era hasn’t been installed, see these steps. Once Focus is on the wall, make sure your sched­ule is up to date, then enjoy a has­sle-free, HD record­ing of your next home game. 

Now that you’ve installed your camera, you might run into some of these logistical questions.

How do I know if I’m recording? 

Look at the light on the device itself or open the Focus app to see the camera’s sta­tus. If it’s record­ing, you’ll see a green light on the cam­era or in the top-left cor­ner of the app. (A white light means your camera’s pow­ered on and ready to record. A red light means something’s wrong with your device, while a yel­low light means your cam­era might have net­work or acti­va­tion issues — check your app for more info. A puls­ing orange light means the cam­era is boot­ing up, and no light means no power.)

Okay, but how do I know every­thing is good to go? 

The Focus app is your one-stop-shop for the sta­tus of your cam­era. When you’re logged in, it’ll rec­og­nize any out­stand­ing actions you need to take to start use your cam­era and will rec­om­mend next steps. We’re always proac­tive­ly mon­i­tor­ing your cam­era for any issues too, so if something’s not right, we’ll reach out.

Which angles are avail­able for my recording?

Basketball

  • Tactical: The cam­era fol­lows plays as they move up and down the court dur­ing record­ing and zooms in when there’s action in the front court. Available for game and prac­tice recordings. 
  • Left and Right Court: This view allows you to see one half of the court at a time. Only avail­able for prac­tice recordings. 
  • Panoramic: This angle is a full-court view. Available for game and prac­tice recordings. 

Volleyball 

  • Tactical: The cam­era zooms into the gym. Available for game and prac­tice recordings. 
  • Left and Right Court: This view allows you to see one half of the court at a time. Only avail­able for prac­tice recordings. 
  • Panoramic: This angle is a full-court view. Available for game and prac­tice recordings. 

Wrestling

  • Center mat: This is the angle wrestling match­es are record­ed with instead of a tac­ti­cal view. Available for game and prac­tice recordings. 
  • Left and Right Court: This view allows you to see one half of the court at a time. Only avail­able for prac­tice recordings. 
  • Panoramic: This angle is a full-court view. Available for game and prac­tice recordings. 

Other sports: 

  • Tactical: The cam­era zooms into the gym. Available for game and prac­tice recordings. 
  • Left and Right Court: This view allows you to see one half of the court at a time. Only avail­able for prac­tice recordings. 
  • Panoramic: This angle is a full-court view. Available for game and prac­tice recordings.

What hap­pens if a record­ing overlaps?

We weren’t kid­ding when we said Focus was a smart cam­era — it knows how to over­lap events and upload the games under the cor­rect sched­ule event and team. The cam­era starts record­ing 15 min­utes before each home game and records for three hours unless it’s stopped or extend­ed via the Focus app. 

My school has two cam­eras in dif­fer­ent gyms and my team plays in both. How should I des­ig­nate which one when I cre­ate a sched­ule entry?

Your team will be auto­mat­i­cal­ly des­ig­nat­ed to use one cam­era dur­ing set­up, so if you’re play­ing in the oth­er gym, record from the Focus app

I have more questions.

See more answers. If that doesn’t do the trick, reach out to our sup­port team.

Congrats — you now have HD video. Here’s how you can make the most of it.

Review game film dur­ing practice. 

With Focus, you’ll nev­er need to wor­ry about if a par­tic­u­lar play was cap­tured — so you can plan your prac­tices around learn­ing from last game’s key moments. 

Film your practices. 

And then watch your prac­tice film…during prac­tice. One way to track your team’s progress is record­ing each drill you run and label­ing it so you can see how a player’s tech­nique devel­ops over the course of the season. 

Practice record­ings can be sched­uled in advance, or you can start them as need­ed through the Hudl Focus app

Create playlists for your athletes. 

If your prac­tice agen­da is full, give your play­ers some home­work. By assign­ing them playlists to watch and com­ment on, you’ll help them increase their game IQ

Livestream your games. 

There are two main ways fans can catch your team’s home games from afar with Focus. 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.

Starting this bas­ket­ball sea­son, you’ll also be able to send your video to any broad­cast soft­ware that accepts video through an IP feed, allow­ing you to choose where you send the livestream and if you want to mon­e­tize it. We laid out all the details on both options in our livestream­ing and broad­cast­ing guide.

Use Focus to connect with other teams in your school and district.

Involve the whole school. 

Any team that plays in the gym can use Focus — so once you’re set up, make sure the oth­er coach­es know about it too. 

You can also use Focus to record non-sport­ing events like half­time per­for­mances and grad­u­a­tion — check with your Hudl rep for more info on how. 

Get your away games.

If the away gym your team is play­ing in has a Focus cam­era, coor­di­nate a direct exchange. The best part? Neither team has to wor­ry about set­ting up equip­ment — that’s a win-win. 


Set up a film exchange.

If there are mul­ti­ple teams in your area get­ting high-qual­i­ty film from Focus, set up a league exchange to make swap­ping that video even easier. 

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