Recommendations for Video Taping Subjects
The following guidelines will help produce a good quality video of a subject performing a sports skill:
- Good lighting is very important. Outdoor in sunlight is usually best. Make sure the sun is behind the camera.
- The entire subject should be in the video frame throughout the whole movement. Avoid the tendency to follow the ball as the focal point.
- Use a tripod if possible. Keep the camera fixed if the movement allows.
- Start the camera well before cuing the subject to perform the skill. Let the camera run for a few seconds after the skill is complete. This prevents missing part of the skill due to camera mechanical lag. The video can be manipulated later with editing.
- Use a digital video camera, preferably with manual shutter control. Keep original copies of the raw video in its native format (e.g. Mini DV).