If you’re an athlete trying to get recruited to play in college, then you KNOW you need to have video. You have several options for creating your video from doing-it-yourself to hiring someone who specializes in recruiting videos. I’m a big believer in starting with the cheapest option first. If nothing else, it will make you appreciate that much more the professional’s product that you eventually get. So I’ve collected a list of resources you can use to shoot video with your smart phone.
If you want a general overview, start with my post on 9 Resources for Creating Your Own Softball or Baseball Video. I’ve listed below the one must read resource from the post so you can skip it if you want to get started right away.
Step 1: Know How to Use Your Phone
If you haven’t tried to use your phone as a video recorder, I suggest you try first to establish what you don’t know about using it. Then visit these websites for more information.
- How To Shoot Video on Your Phone Like a Pro
- How Can I Shoot Better Video On My Smartphone?
- How to Shoot Good iPhone Video (video)
- How to shoot, edit and publish videos from your Android smartphone (video)
Step 2: Get Your Equipment
The easiest way to dramatically improve the quality of the video is to use a tripod. You can get a tripod for the cost of a pair of batting gloves. There is no reason not to.
You have two choices. Get a generic tripod and an adapter for your phone or a custom tripod for your phone. The generic option will cost you more in the short-term, approximately 2 sets of batting gloves. The custom option is the cheapest but then you can’t use the tripod for other camera uses.
Step 3: Plan Your Video
Plan your skill shots. At the minimum you’ll need one other person to help, two would be better. Depending on the position, you may be able to get some of the shots from pregame warmups.
Tips for Shooting a Baseball or Softball Skills Video: Comprehensive lists of skill shots and how to record them.
Step 4: Edit Your Video
- Download a free video editor iMovie or Windows Movie Maker.
- Cut as much dead time as possible, length should be between 2 to 4 minutes.
- Eliminate the sound.
- Don’t add music.
- Include an introduction with the player’s name, class, and positions.
- End with the same information and an internet link for more information.
Tutorials and Help
- iMovie Help
- The iMovie Guy
- Windows Movie Maker 2 Training (video)
- Windows Movie Maker Video Tutorials
- Window Movie Maker Instructional Manual
- Basic Editing using Windows Live Movie Maker
Step 5: Post Your Video
YouTube and Vimeo are generic free options. If you use either of these, be sure to check the privacy options and make sure you turn commenting off. Use the DIY College Search Spreadsheets to target the right schools for your video.