The Fall Sports season has begun and most teams will have their first match-ups in the next week. Parents and friends will be in attendance to cheer on their favorite teams and players. Many of these fans will also videotape these events whether it's to study an athletic performance, create a highlight reel for college scholarships, or simply to add to the home movie collection.
Did you know you can show off your favorite Scarlet Knights teams and broadcast athletic events on our local channels?
Right now the only sport receiving any coverage is varsity football. What about soccer, cross country, soccer, field hockey, girls swimming, girls volleyball, golf?
If you have your own camera or device and are taping the games and events already, bring us the footage and we'll air it. It's honestly that easy. You don't have to be a member to do this and you'll just have to fill out a short form requesting a time slot (you can even choose when it airs).
If you'd like to get more involved or learn how to improve the quality of your videos, you can join North Andover CAM as a member. We teach members how to use our cameras, let them borrow our cameras to video tape, and show them how to edit the videos and add titles and music. The cost of membership is $20 for one year for an adult.
We also sell copies of programming to members who request it. If YOU produced the content, you can use it as a fundraiser for your sport. What about taping a Senior Night event or Athletic Banquet? Those are events people would love to have and would be a great way to earn some money for your team.
A lot of people don't know we're even here so if you're interested in learning more about what we do, come visit us at the high school (we have our own door on the football field side of the school) or check our our website and Facebook page. You can also call us at 978-687-6570.
A Few Tips For Videotaping Athletic Events
1.) Try to position yourself at the halfway point of the field/court/pool. It's the best place to be able to see everything and looks the best on camera.
2.) Keep your camera zoomed out (or what we call "wide"). This is for a few reasons. If you're zoomed in, it's harder to follow what's going on. When your camera is wide, you can see more of the field/court/pool. This is especially helpful for sports with a lot of quick turnovers like soccer, volleyball, and field hockey. And, the more zoomed in you are, the shakier the video will be, even if you're using a tripod.
3.) Speaking of tripods... use one!
Thanks for reading!
-Tiffany, Access Coordinator North Andover CAM
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