Like most DIY projects, the end result is never exactly the way they show it on the internet. Many articles are circulating around the idea of families creating their own recruitment tapes, urging them that this is something that they can do on their own. I do agree, it is possible for families to make their own tapes, but the undertaking is usually much more than they can even imagine. There are many roadblocks that parents run into that are certainly more headache and hassle than the typical family it ready to handle.
Creating your own recruitment tape is possible, but it is time-consuming. Typically, when we go get footage of a player in a one on one shoot, the shoot itself takes about an hour and a half. From that shoot, we get between 25 and 30 minutes’ worth of usable footage. It is a major time-consuming task to upload that footage and bring it down to the best 3 – 4 minutes.
Film editing software can be difficult to navigate for the first time and unless you already have it on your computer, your most likely going to have to purchase it. If you have a Mac, you probably have iMovie, but it’s not the easiest tool to use. Your windows machine most likely doesn’t come standard with video editing software. Selecting a film editing software and then learning how to use it costs money, time, and adds to the headache, and there is no guarantee that you’ll be able to figure it out.
Clean Camera Work
Having the athlete in the frame and in focus is essential. Creating the right mix of camera angles that can showcase a players ability is imperative. The two of these elements are often overlooked and hard to achieve without the proper training and equipment. A big step in the right direction is a quality tripod, an HD camera, and picking a good spot away from all the screaming parents.
A camera, tripod, video editing software, radar gun, are essential to creating a baseball or softball recruitment tape. Having a decent camera that isn’t exactly cheap, I highly advise from using your camera’s phone for many reasons. Tripods that can pan across the field correctly are also not cheap. Radar guns are also hard to come by and borrow, nor are they cheap. Finding a way to borrow all of these materials are purchase them cheaply is again time-consuming, and purchasing these can be more expensive than what you would pay for a recruitment video.
Even when a family can orchestrate all of these elements together, there is a lack of professionalism that comes out of the end product. The lack of transitions, taking too long between takes, wacky graphics, and overall lack of guidance usually creates a cheesy and poorly produced video. In the end, you’ve placed all this time, effort and money into something that you aren’t exactly thrilled to show to your dream schools. If you are serious about wanting to play at the next level, you’ve got to treat your opportunities like life and death. You want to be confident that the video you are showing your potential future coach is going to get them interested in you, even the smallest mistake can get you buried on their prospective ranks.
Instead of wasting your time, energy, money into making your own video, consider the alternative and have it made at a reasonable cost. The most important thing you are trying to do by creating a recruitment video is to get them to next level, not to save a buck. So don’t jeopardize their future by starting your own DIY project, get it done right the first time so they are can start to talk with recruiters and to select their prospective colleges.