Tell me more about the Elevate Pro Sports Analysis Camera System?
There are various solutions to filming at height. Scaffolding or cherry pickers and great but can be expensive and are not really portable. There are also fixed and vehicle mounted telescopic camera masts and filming systems but most are not designed with sports in mind as its important for the kit to be as portable as possible.
Our Elevate Pro Mast technology is a mobile solution for use during Video, Sports and Performance Analysis. Its designed to be a completely stand-alone solution where video footage can be captured straight to the ElevateHD camera then used with any of the popular sports video analysis software such as Coaches Eye, Prozone, Sportscode, Dartfish, Sports Performer, Verusco, Vistrak, Feedback Sport, Silicon Coach, Spinsight and many more.
Our telescopic Elevate camera masts are totally portable and available in three sizes. 2m, 5m and 8m (6ft 5, 16ft, and 26ft) with even the highest weighing in at only 2kg and folding down to 1.2m they are seriously portable and easy to store too.
The Elevate Super Base Mount can be used on any terrain and avoids the need for someone to hold the mast in place during the match.
The ElevateHD camera is the perfect match for the Elevate Pro Mast as its lightweight waterproof body and 1080p HD recording technology are designed with the job in mind. You can of course use our camera mast with your own waterproof camera or camcorder if you want to build your own version.
Our Elevate LiveView upgrade comes with a monitor which allows you to see live video footage from the camera on top of the pole to aid positioning of the camera system pre match. It can also be used to output the live video feed from the monitor to a larger screen so that other coaches or spectators can see the match live from the elevated positions of the camera.
Elevate Pro Sports Analysis Camera System is easy to use, easy to operate and can be set up and put away in under five minutes. We also offer a full range of accessories and spares as well as custom and bulk purchase options. Contact Us if you need something specific!
Can the camera be left alone on the stand?
Yes. If used indoors or outside on a good day the camera will quite happily stay up on the stand. In windy conditions however we recommend the camera is manned or that the stand itself is weighted down with with a few sand bags or similar. The benefit of having the camera manned (especially outside where the field of play tends to be larger) is that that person can follow the action on the field and pan the camera so that the action stays centre screen. If you have any budding cameraman this is a great job for them!
Can I use this without the stand?
Yes. The system is totally portable and if manned (ie with 1 person holding it) it can be used without the stand. ideo is a valuable tool to support the coaching process but its effectiveness is based on many things. The main challenge is to ensure you are able to capture quality video footage as any subsequent analysis relies on having quality footage in the first place. HD footage is the best way to do this as it gives you good depth afterwards to see the detail required.
Guide to using an Elevated Mast Video Camera system for sports match analysis
Mini guide for performance analysts or sports coaches looking to capture video footage for sports analysis of professional, amateur or grass roots sports matches and events.
Good video footage
Video is a valuable tool to support the coaching process but its effectiveness is based on many things. The main challenge is to ensure you are able to capture quality video footage as any subsequent analysis relies on having quality footage in the first place. HD footage is the best way to do this as it gives you good depth afterwards to see the detail required.
It is best to get an elevated position over the training ground or field of play as filming from ground level does not give any perspective as to the distribution of players, the distances between them or the team shape. It can also result in important moments in a game or match being unclear as the view may be obscured by another player.
Tripod or camera mast
To gain height it may be possible to make use of a grandstand or other structure present along with a standard camera tripod. Otherwise the use of a telescopic camera mast or camera pole is usually the best solution which will allow you to get at least 4m off the ground. such as our Elevate Pro Mast.
Lens angle and setup positioning
The lens angle of the camera should be relatively wide so as to capture the whole pitch. We recommend an angle of around 145 degrees + or - 20 degrees. The further away from the action the camera position is, the wider the view of the action will be. If the position is too close to the field of play the whole pitch will not be visible. Positioning will vary depending on the sport you are covering but usually a position within 4m from the sideline is adequate to get the complete pitch in view .
It is important that a little time is spent choosing the best position as locations much too close or far away can make the action hard to follow, making it difficult to see the performance when subsequently analyzing it which can result in important information being missed, such as distances between players, player positioning, options for the player in possession etc.
With the camera positioned at a good height the positioning and angle becomes much easier. If the camera is mounted on a camera mast then a live image feed from the camera can be invaluable when positioning and setting up.
Obviously with many sports taking place outdoors its important to have a fully waterproof setup. The camera position in relation to the sun is also important, especially if filming when the sun is low in the sky. In any event we recommend filming with the sun behind the camera as this will give the best clarity video and best footage.