Hudl User Guides

Basketball Recording Tips

Use these tips to make sure you have the best vantage point, workflow and accessories to record the clearest video. This will have a big impact on your post-game review and ability to create highlights, especially if you plan to tag stats afterwards or send your video to Hudl Assist.

Preseason Prep

Choose your favorite device to record—iPad, iPhone or camera.
Decide the ideal recording setup for your team. An iPad or iPhone gets video online faster because it can upload live with a WiFi connection. But a camera gives you better zoom and quality options. It also gives you more storage freedom since you can use multiple memory cards to record several matches in one day.  

Style your setup.
Use a tripod to keep video stable and check out lenses and cases to help you get the best picture if you’re using an iPad or iPhone. Use a wide-angle lens when you record close to the court and want to capture more in the picture. Or grab a telephoto lens if you’re recording farther away from the court.

Test it at a practice or scrimmage.
Before your first game, test your setup by recording an entire practice or scrimmage. This is the ideal way to try out your hardware and train the person behind the camera on how to get the best video. Pro tip — send them this article.

Game Day Tips

Set up at mid-court.
The best vantage point is mid-court, to the side of the scorer’s table. From that angle, your recording device will only have to rotate slightly, depending on where the action is.

Get smooth video with a tripod.
No one wants to watch shaky video. Plus, the height of a tripod can help you reach the perfect vantage point, especially in a smaller gym.

Record the scoreboard.
Take quick scoreboard shots throughout the game, especially at the end of each quarter. Or simply include the scoreboard in your shot to make it easier to follow along. This will help our analysts as they tag and you as you review.

Capture referee signals.
Keep the referee in the frame so you can record their signals throughout the game. Being next to the scorer’s table will keep you from missing the action.

Go easy on the zoom.
Stay far enough away to get both teams without using the zoom too often — you’ll thank yourself during review.

Only pause at timeouts.
To keep up with the flow of the game, and catch all substitutions, only pause at timeouts or between quarters. Even if there’s a call in question, keep recording so you (and our analysts) can catch the outcome.

Game Day Checklist


Record with an iPad or iPhone

Charge your device completely.
Clear storage space — you’ll need 2-3 GB free for a match.
Update your operating system and the Hudl app.
Grab the tripod and any additional hardware you need.
Bring a backup device — don’t risk missing the match because your iPad suddenly died,            crashed or ran out of storage space.

Record with a camera

Make sure the battery is fully charged.
Check the memory card’s available space, and pack an extra to be on the safe side.
Grab the tripod and any additional hardware you need.
Bring an extra battery — if there are no outlets near your setup, an extra battery like this            can be a lifesaver.

When recording

  • Don’t expect someone to hold the camera steady for an entire game.

  • Do use a tripod to keep video stable.

  • Don’t get dizzy zooming in and out.

  • Do record at mid-court and pan smoothly.

  • Don’t stop recording at every dead ball.

  • Do pause at long breaks and during timeouts.

  • Don’t lose your view of the court, athletes and referees.

  • Do capture jersey numbers and referee signals.

  • Do get shots of the scoreboard.