iOS Recording Quality
HD Recording Is Available on Most Apple Devices
Most Apple devices made in the last four years will record 1080p HD video, which is likely the same resolution as your existing video camera (depending on the model).
To see how recording quality stacks up, check out the comparison of two videos recorded with Hudl Sideline — one from Sony HD camera and the other from an iPad Air 2.
Advantages of Recording with an Apple Device
- Overall video resolution is equal to most video cameras used by amateur sports teams.
- The newest Apple devices record at 4K and work well in low-light situations (9.7 inch iPad Pro, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus).
- An iPad’s large, high-quality screen is helpful for videographers.
- If replacing an existing camera with Hudl Sideline’s video recording option, this person can operate Hudl Sideline (ODK and flagging plays) while acting as your videographer. No extra operator for Hudl Sideline is needed.
- iPads generally have a great battery life. Backup battery and charging options are inexpensive.
Disadvantages of Recording with an Apple Device
- Apple devices do not have optical zoom capabilities. Though the built-in digital zoom can work well, attachments are generally needed to compete with video cameras with an optical zoom.
- Without the ability to swap in a new memory card, disk space needs to be monitored closely.
- With older devices, night games at fields with poor lighting, can see decreased video quality.
If recording with an iPad or iPhone for Hudl Sideline, we recommend these accessories to help you get the same quality as your current setup.
There are a number of simple, inexpensive tripod mounts that will fit Apple devices. This will help stabilize your video and make panning to the left and right much smoother.
Zoom (2x or better) Lens Attachment
For most high school and college stadiums, coaches agree that at least a 2x zoom lens is mandatory in order to achieve a good wide angle. You can pair a 2x optical zoom attachment with an Apple device’s digital zoom to achieve great results. However, it’s best to test different attachments at your field to find the zoom strength that fits your stadium.
Portable USB Battery
Just like your existing video camera, it’s recommended to keep an extra power source on hand if you don’t have access to an outlet. iPads and iPhones can be powered by inexpensive portable USB batteries.
Test It out at Your Field
It’s worth testing a few different Apple devices at your field. We recommend that you record a few clips and see if it’s going to give you the desired view. This is also how you will find out what level of zoom attachment you might need.