Where to I get the video footage?
This varies by sport. For football and basketball, for example, the best source is usually to obtain copies of each game DVD from your coach. The quality of the video will be very important. We recommend talking with you coach before the season to determine if you are comfortable with the quality of the video which will be captured. If not, you may want to either capture game video on your own, or make arrangements for someone else to capture game video for you. In most cases, the game video captured by high school coaches is more than adequate.
In sports such as baseball, actual game video is rare, and the skills video is more important. This video can be captured using your own camera, or by a third party.
How do I submit video to GOT GAME?
The most common way to submit video today is on DVD. We will import your DVD content into our video editing software. We can also work with you on a case by case basis to have video submitted via electronic file transfer. Most video files a extremely large, and can very time consuming to upload and transfer. However, the tools and bandwidth available for electronic transfer are improving rapidly, and will become more common and easy to use in the very near future.
We will provide you with a form to submit the plays you have selected via the specific time line on the DVD or video file.
How long should my highlight video be?
The industry standard recommendation is no longer than 5-6 minutes. The video should only include your best plays. The sequence and variety of plays you select also matters. Coaches literally view thousands of videos and have a very short attention span, so the first 30-60 seconds can be critical.
Should I create my highlight DVD on my own?
Many athletes and their families have become comfortable with the capturing and editing of video. There are a number of outstanding consumer level tools available on the PC and Mac platforms such as Pinnacle Studio, Roxio Easy Media Creator Suite, Nero 8 Ultra Edition, Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premier Elements, iMovie, and Final Cut Express which can make the process relatively straightforward. We have found that even those who are comfortable with video editing at home can get frustrated with transferring video from different DVD/camcorder sources and formats into their home, in addition to the learning curve associated with creating the type of high quality recruiting video which coaches want to see. Figuring out techniques such as highlighting the athlete with a shadow, arrow, or box can also be challenging and time consuming. These combined factors make the relatively small investment to outsource the recruiting video process an easy decision. GOT GAME exists to help athletes and their families with this process, and will gladly offer input upon request to those wishing to create their own recruiting videos.
Should I make my video available online?
Yes, definitely. This is a critical part of getting your video distributed and viewed. The process of distributing recruiting video is transforming very rapidly to a web based delivery system. Today, both the DVD version and the web based version of a recruiting video are still required, depending on the coach or the school requesting the video. An athlete should be prepared to either mail or hand deliver a DVD version of the recruiting video to a coach, email a link to the recruiting video, or upload to a specified site at any time. In addition to your professionally produced DVD, GOT GAME will also provide you with a video file which can be posted to YouTube, Rivals, Scout, or any number of recruiting service web sites.
What if I plan to work with a recruiting service?
Whether you are contacting school and coaches on your own, or if you are working with a recruiting service, you will still need a high quality recruiting video as your most important tool. Most recruiting services have a technology platform which allow you to upload your video as part of your profile. GOT GAME recruiting videos are created to the same high standards and specifications recommended by most recruiting services, including those we partner with such as SportsWorx. Your video will be available in a format to be electronically uploaded to any recruiting service platform.
We always welcome your questions and comments. Please feel free to submit additional questions to us anytime using the form available by clicking the "Contact Us" link on the web site.