Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sports Videos. Your own NFL Films-like production in any sport!

Sports action is made for video.

Action, color, drama, and excitement all make for great video stories, whether it's basketball, hockey, soccer, baseball, or any other sport. But the great granddaddy of sports drama is NFL Films. They still lead the way in telling and retelling us mesmerizing legends of the playing field: impossible dreams, long quests, gritty action in all kinds of settings, bitter defeat, and glorious victory.

If you're even a casual fan of pro football you've seen the meticulous production and editing that turn a football game into a ballet, an opera, or a battle between the Persians and the Spartans. Surely you've heard the deep baritone voice of the late John Facenda speak of "the frozen tundra of Green Bay", or a Robert Frost-like poem accompanying the sights of large grown men playing a boy's game. This style - often mimicked and parodied - is the face of the NFL.

What makes these productions so intriguing? Did you know that with today's editing software you can create your own great moments in any sport in dramatic style? We specialize in editing your sports footage into Sports Highlight Videos. Here are just a few of the elements we see in big time NFL Films productions that we can approximate with your sports action:

  • A soft, arty "film" look that tugs the emotions
  • Lots of slow motion.
  • Lots of sound - from the field, the sidelines, the locker room, etc.
  • Booming narrations quoting literature greats like Shakespeare, Frost, and Browning
  • Signature camera shots, tight on the ball, jump cuts, close ups, multiple cameras
  • Dubbed sound bites of enthusiastic local broadcasts over key plays
  • Very macho, muscular music scores

Are the cameras rolling at your local sporting events? The field of athletic competition produces some of the best memories of our lives, and the lives of our children. You have the human drama of athletic competition in your hands as well. What are you doing with it? Where are your son's Little League games? Or your daughter's soccer matches? Or your bowling league? Or your well-played charity golf tournament? Don't let them sit in cameras or in drawers! It's time to make a play and turn these into interesting stories! Let us help you bring all your great sports moments to life!

It's all up to your imagination. We can create highlight arrows, isolation techniques, quick cuts, slow motion, stop action, high energy music, narration...the possibilities are limitless. But in the end you'll have your own "NFL Films" production!

Speaking of video and sports, another of our specialties is a Sports Scholarship Video. More and more coaches use these videos to begin the sports scholarship process. No matter the sport, one thing is sure: There may only get one chance in the Sports Scholarship arena. We know how to do it right!

Do you have good video that shows your athlete in their best light? Coaches will make choices in ten seconds or less to stay or move on. Do you know what they're looking for?

  • A sports scholarship video must be concise and to the point. Our editing skills and equipment assure this.
  • A sports scholarship video must include your name, contact information, school, position, uniform colors, jersey number and current grade level. We can do this correctly and make it look sharp.
  • Don't forget the packaging. The greatest Sports Scholarship video in the world will be passed over if it doesn't look appealing. We know how to package videos with labeling that looks great.

There's a lot that goes into a Sports Scholarship video. Maybe more than you feel comfortable doing yourself! We are able to provide all the elements to present your student athlete in their most favorable light - from shooting your athlete in action to using your video to edit or any step along the way.

Call us today! 559-732-3050

Home Video Studio-Visalia: Top 5 Tips for Shooting Sports Action

Do you want to shoot video of a child, or a team for a sports highlight keepsake or even a scholarship video? Here are some time tested tips for shooting sports action. 

Good conditions - If you have a choice wait for a day with bright sun, little wind and no rain. Low light is your least favorable condition, and high winds will mess with sound as well as annoy you. Remember, the sunlight is your best friend as long as it’s behind you. Shooting into it sun will give you washed out footage.

Use a tripod - It may be bothersome to set up and place for all your shots but it’s worth the effort. There is nothing more distracting in a video production than a shaky image.

Avoid the zoom - How often do you see a quick zoom in movies, TV shows or live events? Hardly ever. The zoom button is there to frame your shot, not to simulate being closer. If you need a closer shot get closer to the action.

Pay attention to the sound - One of the most neglected aspects of shooting your own sports video is the sound quality. Most built-in microphones don’t do well in wind, causing the ambient sound at the event to be lost. Choose a camera that accommodates an external microphone. These usually have a foam sleeve to cut wind noise.

Watch your subject matter: keep a broad view – Even if there is one person you’re concentrating on (a child, relative, etc.) film and frame the action around them. They need a context. (By the same token, as the cameraperson resist the urge to cheer. Be a discreet presence.)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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About Home Video Studio - Visalia

Arthur Zepeda, Owner/Video Artist

Your local Home Video Studio offers a wide range of professional video production services to consumers and businesses alike. We value our customers and want to thank you for being a part of our success!

Home Video Studio strives to make your experience with us enjoyable and truly memorable. Our specialties include video production, video editing, home movie and video transfers, CD and DVD duplication, and much more! For all of your video needs, call Home Video Studio today for an appointment!


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2015 Hanley Award Nominee for Best Company Promo