SPORTS VIDEOGRAPHY - A Crash Course | Greg Hung | Skillshare


Greg Hung, Travel Videographer


Greg Hung, Travel Videographer

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9 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. Sports Intro

    • 2. Sports Best Gear

    • 3. Sports Footage Best Settings

    • 4. Sports Best Shot

    • 5. Sports Quick Interview

    • 6. Sports Pacing

    • 7. Drone sports

    • 8. Project Team

    • 9. Sports Summary

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This is a crash course for Sports Videography. This course is designed for Sports Photographys or Videographers that want to prepare to shoot professional Sports Event Videography. The course is very practical and covers both the technical and planning skills to pull off a success Sports Video Shoot. The course will recommend gear, best settings, working with a team, pacinc, and getting the best shots.

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Greg Hung

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Hi I'm Greg. I'm a South African Canadian Travel Videographer aka Global Citizen. I first got into video filming with a sharp camcorder in high school making my own short films and tennis video and editing on a VHS.  In 2011 in Simon Fraser University (Vancouver Canada) I rediscovered my love for video while filming an earthquake hiphop safety video for a Media Course. 

After I graduated from Simon Fraser University (BA Communications) in Vancouver Canada I went on to pursue a successful IT career working 13 years as an IT manager. I went onto to complete my MBA in Technology Management SFU and found my Entrepreneurial inspiration to start my own travel video business in 2011 during the DSLR video revolution. I sold my downtown Vancouver Apartment, bought an iMac, a Can... See full profile

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1. Sports Intro: Hi, My name is Greg Hung, and welcome to the Crash course for sports videography. This course is designed for videographers that may not have film sports before, but I want to make the transition of sports. Or maybe you're a sports photographer that wants to make that transition to video. Or maybe you're just someone who hangs around sports your apparent or you're someone with the camera that likes to walk sports a lot, and you want to begin to crew your video sports video, specifically iPhone footage off my tie, basketball working out and, most recently, an international softball and baseball. A lot of my examples are going Teoh apply to a baseball then, but you should be able to apply a lot of skills and techniques that you learn in this course towards other sports. We've got an exciting course outline here. We're going to start off by talking about the type of year that's best suited for foaming sports. We're also going to cover the different video techniques that in your lives they captured those best shots as well as actual real life situations. Working with a pro jack team where you're pulling a role and maybe a team of four or more how to deal and film in different weather conditions. How to pace yourself in a long 10 hour than or more and conserve your stamina as well as a nice workflow for you to use throughout your day. They're also give you tips for how to capture a little special moments, the highlights with celebrations because a lot of sports is about capturing those special shots. Or maybe it's the end of the game or the opening ceremony. Half the battle is preparation being in the right place at the right time. In addition to having the right gear and techniques, we're going to cover things like doing interviews or even filming sports with droves. So this sounds interesting. Please click that enroll button. Check out some of the free lessons if you need to, and we'll see you in the course 2. Sports Best Gear: in this video, we're gonna talk ball. What is the best gear for shooting sports? Well Ah, good camera. You want a good camera that could film at least full HD with the high frame rates. So 60 frames 120 frames a lot of the current mer les cameras, like the Panasonic GH five or the Sony A 73 And do that. I want a good, solid tripod tripe tripod that can support the weight of your camera in the body and something that has a fluid head that allows you to pan insult very quickly and follow the option. And then you one things like memory card. You want a high capacity memory card? So when I say high capacity, anything that 64 gigabytes or more, which is good, I Ideally, I like to have 128 gigabytes, and a lot of the newer cameras now have dual card slots. So if you have 228 gigabytes, that should be enough for the day on. That will prevent you from swapping out memory cards during your work day. You also wanna have lots of batteries that are fully charged. I like toe have a workstation set up where I can have my battery charger at my backpack, my tripod back. And just during the day, you may want to go back and just swap your battery. Get a new one so that you're constantly cycling the power on if you really need to, you can get a memory card, and you can dump your footage on your laptop, so it's nice to have central base that you can have the power points. Also, you want a good backpack because you may be actually taking the backpack out to shoot. Bring some water. Maybe you need some extra supplies like your ND filter. You want to carry your phone sunscreen. Um, saving a good backpack is also very important. Things liken nd filter are sunglasses for the lens are very good for sports, especially shooting outdoors on and having a good lunch. So what I mean by Good lens is a versatile zoom lens. 24 105 is verse tell because you can shoot wide at 24 millimeters, but you can also get in tight at 105 but something that's a little bit better for getting up close is 72 200 which is the lens I showed you earlier. You can get in closer, but you can't get his wide. So maybe you're shooting as a team, and maybe one of your members has a lens that can get in really close so you can focus on the wide shots. Or maybe Vice versus So it's good to know what year that your team members have, and we'll get more into this when it comes to working with the projecting. 3. Sports Footage Best Settings: in this video, we're going to talk about the best video settings for sports. So in my baseball event, I was told that we want to film at full HD 60 francs per second on Put It on Auto. So full HD is 1920 by 10 80 p and you have to choice off different frame rates. You've got a choice of 24 frames, which is more of a cinematic look. You've got 60 streams, of course, which is more for sports or news broadcasting. And you've also got 120 frames on 180 frames. Now these are used for YouTube videos, sometimes for super slow mo replays or speed ramping. But just for regular action, 60 frames per second Full HD is good. Now, on your camera, I recommend turning on something called Peaking. So what this is gonna lie to do is it's gonna highlight on your screen. Watson Focus, and why this is important is because when you're filming something like a baseball field and it's gonna be very bright outside, it's very easy to think that you've got the players in focus. But they may not, because it's so bright, so if you have an electronic viewfinder like you do on the Panasonic Gauge five, where you can actually peek into the screen. Or maybe you've got something else that can give you a shaded view. It's a viewfinder, but it shaded so you can actually see the screen. Despite what the weather is, then you can get a better look at what's actually in focus. Also, I recommend turning on in body stabilization by default. This is on, but sometimes it can accidentally turn off. And it does turn off things like handheld shooting can look really horrible. So definitely have stabilization turned on on your lens and in the camera. Bonnie. Now for your actual video settings. I've talked about the resolution, but there's also some other decisions need to make one. Is the aperture, citing. So if you're filming on auto, then you don't have to worry about it. The camera's gonna make those decisions, but I do recommend personally filming on manual because you can control things like the aperture control things like the shutter speed and the isil setting. So for the aperture, ideally, you once a low aperture, but it is very bright outside a recommend using an ND filter. This is like sunglasses for your lens, and this is gonna lying to use a lower aperture but not overexposure shot and still get that nice cinematic shot. Now Andy filters can vary based on the type of lens that you have, but you can find one that fits your lens, and I recommend using it outdoors. But if you're going indoors, you can take that off. Other tips I recommend is to keep your eyes so as low as possible. So the typical isil settings that air recommended for cinematic type of video are isil. 100 204 106 40 801,000. But maybe you need to just things like your aperture or your shutter speed to get the ideal settings. I'll give you some sample settings that I use. I used at four a lot because of ah set up that I had. If I used an open aperture like F 2.8, then maybe it wouldn't focus as well. So my go to setting would be around full HD 60 frames per seconds, ice a 100 if possible at four, and then the rule of thumb for shutter speed is that it's typically double what your frame rate is, so if it's 60 frames per second and maybe shutter speed 125. But if you're not filming sports, if you're just filming emotional reactions, you can dial that shutter speed down to something like 60 frames anywhere between 60 and 100 25. And it's not gonna hurt your picture. But if you're getting if you're filming the actual sports auction, then closer to double the frame rate, which is 121 125 is gonna be smoother for sports. If you're not comfortable yet making all these decisions, you can set it on what we call aperture priority. And then you can set the aperture, and it will control things like the shutter speed and the isil for you. So that's a Knicks step you can use if you want to find aperture priority. It's usually labeled a or a V on your camera. This gives you some form of control, but it leaves some of the decisions to the camera. Last, I would recommend leaving your camera lens on manual. I don't want to rely on auto focus on the lens because you just have unpredictable results . So it's always better to have manual focus on your lens. And if you're filming outside, try to have something that shaves your viewing screen sake and take a look at it better. Or if you have the electric tronic viewfinder, use it so you can get a clear picture, even if it's very bright outside. So hope these tips help for video settings for shooting really great sports. 4. Sports Best Shot: his video. We're going to talk about how to get your best shots during the game. So this is seems you've got the right gear. You've got the techniques. These are the intangibles. So first of all, we mentioned the shot lists in the previous video. Knowing the shots that you have to get, we'll give you a goal. It will keep you focused because sometimes if you're out there all the shooting B roll, you can easily just shoot a lot of footage. But you may not be getting all the shots that you need. So, for example, you want to get the opening ceremony. You want to get the training. Maybe there's some specific shots off the actual gameplay that you need, like the pitcher throwing the bowl. Or maybe you need to show some of the reactions off one of the teams. Make sure you get all your shots, and then once you have your check box for your shot list, then you can focus and improvise and relax a little bit. Now you may not be shooting alone. You may be shooting with other videographers from different countries. Some other team members, some tips for dealing with the other media are to first of all, be friendly. Introduce yourself, be professional. That goes a long way. Someone might be courteous to you. That may look out for you, and it could be crowded in the camera area, and you may be shoulder to shoulder, especially during the busy game. So be respectful. Get your shots. But don't campell there all day. Ana. Let other people get their shots. You may be sharing the space with photographers. You may be sharing with videographers, but get your shots or ask people if you need to get a particular particular position. No, all the positions that you have access to. Most likely you'll have a media pass that gives you access to Goto a lot off places in the stadium that the public can't. So, for example, you may have access to camera areas, but that's not the only place you can film. You may have access to the locker room where the team members hanging out, which is a good spot because the other camera members don't typically go there. If you want to get those nice wide shots, it's good to go high up into the rafters where you can get a high vantage point and find a good spot to plant your tripod. When I was filming the baseball event, I found, Ah, nice empty area with the table that was close to the center but high upon the stadium. Allow me to get a lot of good wide shots behind the net as well as a lot of crowd shots. So because of my good position, I could cover a lot in the game and I could also zoom in and use the virtual tele converter , which is a function allows me to getting quite close, even though I'm not that close and get those close up shots all from one position. Of course, it's nice. Have variety. Sometimes you gotta take your camera off the tripod. The tripod is good for gang, those stable shots for shooting different plays because it's very stable. But handheld shots are good for B roll, where you need that freedom to move around things like at the end of the game when there's celebration and just need to be very mobile. It's good to shoot hand help now. These the cameras have good stabilization in the Bonny in the lens so you can shoot, hand out and still have good, stable shots. But if you're shooting a 10 hour shoot, I would recommend having a tripod with you to take some of that load off of holding that every camera all day. Eso there's a time and place for using a tripod doing handheld shots. And what about the gimbal one about things like the ruining those gimble is good or particular situations, like a ceremony or opening ceremony where you want to get a different camera angle. But I can tell you from experience shooting sports with the Ronan for a 10 hour shoot is pretty hard in your arms. I started cramping up because it's so heavy. It's good for occasional use, but I would use it in combination with a tripod and hand help. The gimbal does have strengths, because you you are more flexible, you can even run, you can do low angle shots, and you can even use the joystick. But in my opinion, having attritional tripod with a good fluid head will be better than using the gimbal. The lost tip that I have is for whatever sport that you're shooting for example, tennis or baseball know the rules of the game. For example, in baseball, they have different innings. They have a certain number out that will allow you to place yourself a position yourself in the right spot at the right time, which is key to getting those shots. For example, Ah, baseball game has six innings. So when it would get closer to the last inning or what, Make sure I will be closer to the players area so I could film the celebrations. I could film some of the reactions after and be ready to film an interview. But if I was at the beginning of the game, I will position myself. You know, either in the camera area or in the rafters, where I could shoot some different plays or get some wine angles. So depends on the type of sport that you're shooting. Something like. Baseball has a large stadium, so you have to give yourself time to get to that area with your camera, um, and get in position 5. Sports Quick Interview: in this video, we're gonna give you some tips for filming quick interviews for sports Now in sports, you don't have a lot of time to set up like you do for corporate interviews and actually maybe filming the game itself. So some tips for getting that interview done effectively are to be prepared when the game is almost finished that you're going to need to capture that player or two to get him for an interview, have a particular position or location in mind. A good location is one that's not too noisy. Maybe has a good background, good lighting, etcetera. And then you want to capture that player or the coach. Whoever is going to do the interview, bring him over to the interview site now for audio. You definitely want to have, uh, external microphone. Don't rely on the camera. Might I recommend a wired live mike? Ah, wireless live Mike is good, too, but it takes longer to set up. They may have to put on the transmitter pack. Where is Ah, wire lock Mike. They just have to clip on alive, and the sound is equally good. So have external microphone prepared. Have a tripod or a stabilizer. Or if you shoot handheld, make sure it has stabilization. And then when you're actually framing the shot, leave room on the side. So framed them to one side off the camera so that you you have the one side open for things like texts, and you may or may not be asking the questions. Let's just say there's someone else asking the questions interviewing there. The person being interviewed would look at the, uh, person asking the questions. So they're looking off camera, not looking at directly at the camera, and you can quickly explain that to the person that's doing the interview. Chances are they may have not have done an interview before. So just explain. Explain to them, Look at the person s and the questions and please stand here and then just might come up and that's it. Those are some tips for getting a good, fast sports interview done 6. Sports Pacing: lesson. We're gonna be talking about stamina, pacing on workflow, basically getting through the entire day and being effective, being able to perform it could be a very long day. I was contract ID to film 10 hour days, but maybe those days might be longer. There's a whole travel time preparing, and maybe you need to film. Even before the players arrived to the stadium, you got to capture them arriving from the bus, entering the stadium, going into the locker room. So be prepared for a long day. If you're gonna be filming outside some my tips are to bring sunscreen. You also want to select, uh, positions to film that are shaded. Or maybe you gotta pay attention to where the sun is shining. You don't specifically have to stay in one spot all day. So if one position is shaded during the beginning of the day film from there and as the sun position changes, you can go to the other spot when the sun is not beating down on it. Some of the regular professionals, the guys with the broadcasting cameras, they have big umbrella covering them, and I think that's very smart because they know that the sun is going to be there and they're not as mobile. Using those big broadcasting cameras, eso rotate your positions a lot. Knowing the shot list is key, so you can talk to the content producer Whoever's in charge with in charge of content. Like I said, you may not be working solo. You have to produce this particular shots in the game. So an example of a shot lists may be capturing the team arriving. You want to capture the warmups, the training When a capture, opening ceremonies wanna capture crowd reactions and certain plays during the game of its baseball, you wanna capture the pitcher throwing the ball? Maybe it's the baseball player making a hits and getting ah, steel or run. Want to capture, uh, the end of the game when there, ah, high fiving or shaking hands with the team or celebrations of the team? Or maybe it's it's, ah, angry or upset reaction. You want to capture that? So, uh, being able to know what the shot list is is important because you don't necessarily have to capture some of those shots in a certain order. Some of them you do like the team arrivals and the training. But once the game starts, you have some flexibility for where you position yourself Now. Another tip that's not so technical is managing your nutrition. So because it's a long day and there maybe not a lot of breaks in the auction, it's good to have a very good meal before you begin your days so you can perform. So have a good healthy breakfast. Lots of fruits and lots of grains. Have a nice big breakfast fruits and juices eso that you've got to feel to carry you through your day. You may not be able to have a good meal at the stadium or wherever you're shooting this force because they don't have restaurants or because you don't have time. So carrying something like a banana, which is high in nutrition but very portable, it's easy eat and snack. Maybe you have a short break in between, and you can just have a banana. But breakfast is is something that usually happens before the event, so make sure you have a good breakfast, and then throughout the day, make sure that you hydrate yourself. Always carry a ball of water with you. Some of those tips should help you get through your day and get through a long shoot 7. Drone sports: with less than we're gonna give you some tips for using a drone to film sports events. First of all, drone is amazing for capturing angles from the air that you just can't get from ground cameras. But first of all, the main priority is safety. Chances are there's gonna be large crowds, so make sure that wherever you're flying, you're keeping safety in mind. Do not fly directly over a lot of people if you do not have to. If we are filming over a baseball stadium, you can fly from outside the stadium and the camera cameras on the drones are very wide, so drones are good for capturing good wide shots. But what other sports were to drone be good for? I've used it for filming surfing, where you can go over the ocean yuk unjust, cover certain angles that cameras from the land hands. So knowing a drone's capabilities to get closer to the action, like over the ocean, is something where drone really shines. I've also filmed a cyclist where I filmed and folding from a side angle, or had the cyclist fly towards the drone and the drones flying backwards, and then you can dio a a fly away those air pretty nice. I've also filmed drone footage for basketball where I've got an angle of the entire court, but it's not low enough that it could get hit by the basketball. So be creative. Depending on the type of sport that you're shooting. A drone can get some really creative shots that can't be form from the regular cameras. But for filming the bulk off the action, you're going to need an A camera. A drone is gonna be able to get some of those B roll shots or establishing shots that he can't normally get with a regular camera or again. Like I said, if you're filming things like surfing or skiing, those cameras air good for following the option while it's happening. 8. Project Team: in this lesson, we're gonna talk about working with the project team. You may be working with team members that have the same goal, the same purpose, but you may not have worked with them before. The last project that I worked with were three different, three different groups. We had never worked with each other before. We didn't know what each other skills, what each other's personality was like, what gear that we have. So I'll give you some tips for working with a project team. The first thing is to be professional, be friendly, of course, and there's gonna be a feeling out period where you get to know the people. You get to know what they're good at, what type of gear they had. For example, I had one of the team members and he didn't have a tripod. He liked to shoot a lot of B roll, close up tight shots. So during the entire week I would shoot a lot of the tripod stable shots of the wider shots and a lot of the panning and the play shots because he didn't have a try. But who was shooting a lot of his shots? Handheld one of the other team members was focused on video editing and he had a drunk. So he was focusing on his editing, and his thing on my mingle was to provide the bulk off stable sports footage. So some keys to being an effective team member. Issa Neuer role. For example, if you're playing basketball and you're tall, athletic guy, maybe year the dunker, or maybe you're a bit smaller, Faster, good ball handler, you're gonna be the point guard. So the same idea is applied to video Team. Uh, not everyone is gonna have the same gear. So I had the deejay ronin and the tripod, so I had good support, stable systems for getting footage. I had 24 105 ones, as well as the virtual Tele converter, which allows me to zoom in and get those wide shots as well as a very flexible lens. Eso being able to know your team members skills and capabilities at personalities. We'll help you get through the week and our typical workflow throughout the day. Waas uh, we'll communicate what type of shots in which areas we'll be shooting and that the end of the day, I would download the footage. I would give the memory cards to my team members and let them download the footage onto their laptop hard drives. Not everyone was focusing on shooting the same type of footage, but it does help Teoh checking once in a while in the media room. That's where I was doing things like charging my batteries. I would keep my gear there on. That would be a good meeting point Teoh checking with your team members to see what shots that they meet they may need during a certain time. For example, I would check in, and the content producer was telling me, Greg, we need to get the celebration. That's a very important shot, Greg, we need to get the locker room shot for this particular team, even though I had the shot lists. Some of the situations may change that. The man a certain shot be captured. So you're not working on a team means that you have to work for the projects objective. You're not solo when your soul you have more freedom to decide those things. So I hope those tips help you work with the project team, where you don't know the people on having worked with them before, 9. Sports Summary: so guys and girls. Thanks for taking this course. I hope you learned a lot. This is a crash course, so it hasn't covered one particular sport and depth. But hopefully it's a good introductory course to prepare you to film your first sports event. If you like my teaching stuff, you want to follow me on social media. You can follow me on Instagram at epic footage. My YouTube is at Sheikhly ours. That's C H I C v o. Why a g e. I post a lot of videos there from travel, business and lifestyle. I also have my own courses at Phantom three dot teachable Lahham and lasting my website Sheikh Layoff productions dot com. Thanks a lot for taking the course and hopefully I'll connect with you in the future in some of my other courses. Good luck filming your sports events.