Better Quality Video: Camera to Computer Connection

We’re often asked how to get better quality video footage. As we know, better quality video means more powerful analysis, so we understand why our users are so eager to find out! 

Don’t worry, we’ve got some tips to help you get the basics right to make the most of whatever camera you have. 


Camera to Computer Connection 

The way consumers (as opposed to TV broadcasters) have been able to capture live video has changed a lot in the last 20 years. Once upon a time, it was all analog- then came the digital revolution and Firewire was the technology of choice. Firewire cameras (usually called Mini DV) faded away about 5 years ago and left a technology hole for a few years, but now computers, capture devices, cameras and TV’s are all supporting HDMI. This, combined with a sharp fall in prices and better computers for your dollar, has led to HDMI becoming the technology of choice for consumers wanting HD video capture. 






Better Quality Video: Camera Settings

We’re often asked how to get better quality video footage. As we know, better quality video means more powerful analysis, so we understand why our users are so eager to find out!

Don’t worry, we’ve got some tips to help you get the basics right to make the most of whatever camera you have.

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Camera Settings

If you capture poor video there is very little that software can do to improve it, so you're left with an unclear or distorted image that greatly decreases your accuracy. Modern cameras are very good at automatically adjusting to different light conditions, but there are a few things you can do to improve the image quality.

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Better Quality Video: Lighting and Camera Set Up

We’re often asked how to get better quality video footage. As we know, better quality video means more powerful analysis, so we understand why our users are so eager to find out!

Don’t worry, we’ve got some tips to help you get the basics right to make the most of whatever camera you have.

Click here to view our other posts in this series. 


Positioning of Lights and Cameras

As we've said, even high-definition cameras can't fix low light and bad setup issues; in fact, they just magnify them! If you've got your lights and cameras sorted, read on to make the most of your lighting and camera setup.

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An Introduction to Better Quality Video: Lighting

A question we’re often asked is "How do I get better quality video footage?" 

As we know, better quality video means more powerful analysis, so we understand why our users are so eager to find out!

There is not a single solution; there are a few factors to take into consideration to improve the quality of your recordings.

You may well review a video on your camera or computer and think that the quality looks great – only to be let down when the time comes to analyse it frame by frame.

To avoid the disappointment of less crisp footage when at the frame level, you need to be precise with your setting and environment, especially if you’re capturing movement inside.

The other common expectation is to see footage similar to the HD slow-motion and freeze-frame playbacks we see in televised sport. Keep in mind, these broadcasters use cameras that can cost upwards of $50,000 to $100,000! You’re probably using a camera that costs less than $500, so you’re not paying for quite the same level of clarity that they are.

Having said that, the explosion of reasonably priced HD camcorders has the potential to give us some stunning video for technique analysis. But, HD does not fix low light and bad setup issues; you just get bigger blurred images!

Don’t worry, we’ve got some tips to help you get the basics right to make the most of whatever camera you have.


Lighting

Lighting is a critical (yet often overlooked) part of setup, especially when capturing indoors. Our eyes might tell us that the light is okay, but our eyes are far more sophisticated than any camera.

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