So, I recently volunteered my time to help my high school's athletic director to film school sporting events. I'm rather new to the sports filming, having my previous experience in school film-ish projects. Here's the materials I have:
- two digital cameras capable of video
- a large tripod
- a small flexible camera mount
-Adobe premier, audition, and various related packages
- an iPad
- an R/C helicopter with a built in camera
-about 200 dollars, possibly able to get more
- a lot of time
so, the first sport is tennis. There are 4 adjacent courts, and I was thinking that I'd just focus on one. I thought maybe I could mount a camera on the chain link fence, one behind each player, at a slight downward angle, so as to capture the game from behind each player. Side angles would be awkward as it would capture other active tennis courts. i'd then edit it to switch from one camera to the other so as to best capture the player who was interacting with the ball. Main question here: Is there any way to wirelessly connect both cameras to my laptop/iPad and toggle between which camera feed is part of the video (basically on-the-go editing) or at least make it so they're recorded simultaneously? Or at least a media suite where I can play these two videos simultaneously?
Next is baseball, an entirely different monster. I've found a spot where, held up to the normal gaps in the chain link fence, I can get a nice picture behind the batter where the pitcher is also visible. Then I could mount a camera on both right and left field fences, perhaps, to capture the field players interacting with the ball. Main question here: Is there any efficient way to edit it so that I can take a normal, large, wide-range video to look like it's zooming in? I'm sure it's possible, but I'd like to avoid going frame-by-frame.
Lastly is soccer, probably the easiest to film, since the ball is relatively large and slow-moving. However, the movement of the players is more unpredictable, and might get in the way of my shot. So I'm guessing I'd want to set up as many cameras as possible, and maybe even experiment with getting aerial shots with that helicopter (never going over the actual field, always at the side). basically just looking for recommendations here.
I'll probably also want to set up a camera on the fans if possible, as those are always nice for transitions and lapses in gameplay. Generally my cameras will need their batteries replaced before the end of the game, so any recommendations for that are also great. Also, what other equipment will I need? Probably a microphone. Should I use a condenser or something else? How many would I need?
Thank you for helping me, I'm just trying to make sure I don't screw up.