Disc golf media. We all love the videos produced by the gaggle of folks filming tournaments. There are criticisms, favorites, ifs, ands, & buts about all of them. The one thing that is constant about the videos is that they get watched by those of us not able to be present at said tournament. I watch them to see the play of the top professionals on the course.
Nowadays, I am also watching to see how the camera person is performing. How steady is the camera? Is the flight of the disc followed well? How close are they to the player when they are filming? Do you hear much of the interaction between players in the video? So many things I want to learn about filming disc golf.
I’ll get another chance at improving my skills on July 9th. Occam Outdoors is hosting their Kinetic Open Championship in Savannah, TN. We’ll be filming a feature card for the first round, and filming the MPO lead card for the second round. While it is “only” a PDGA B-tier, it will be my first such level of event to film. The Weapons of Grass Destruction event I filmed in my hometown was a C-tier.
I had some battery life issues to deal with during that C-tier. Namely, I could only find one battery for the camera, and it would only last an hour. Since that event, I found out that the batteries that came with the camera are the smallest in capacity made for that model. The day before the WOGD event, I ordered a knock off replacement battery that was of the highest capacity made for the camera. After charging it up, the camera said it would last for well over 5 hours on a single charge.
I also purchased a monopod to attach to the camera. After kneeling on the ground during the first round of the WOGD tourney, and subsequently using a hunting stool similar to the ones sold for disc golf, I knew I’d have to do something different when I filmed another tournament. I know there are much better options to purchase, but being a Mississippi boy on a Mississippi salary, I went with the one I could purchase at the local Walmart. What’s bad is I had to get them to sell it to me for the advertised price. The store I went to had it priced at $15, when it was cheaper on their website and in my hometown store.
Since I have some time before the event, I’m able to get some of the graphics for the video ready to go once I have the footage. Having those set pieces in place is a bit of work out of the way. One thing I’m looking forward to with the camera having lots of battery life is being able to edit longer video clips. On that first tourney video, I had to put in each set of shots on each hole. Those clips were 3-5 minutes each, and then I had to cut them down, and also keep them in order for each hole.
Having learned well how to do the score cards for each hole, I can get that done much easier now. I stressed learning the software you have in a previous post as well. Knowing the shortcuts available to you can save hours of editing time. I will probably be doing the editing on my desktop this time around though. It’s much faster than my laptop at rendering the video. While I like the portability of my laptop, finding a comfortable setup spot for it can be challenging at times.
Working in IT, and being a computer lover since high school, I’m always keeping an eye on the latest and greatest in computer hardware. In doing so, I built my desktop to last for at least 5 years before doing any upgrades on it. At the time of the build, the Samsung 840 Evo was the fastes solid state hard drive (SSD) on the market. It is still very fast to this day, almost three years later. I upgraded my laptop with a SSD earlier this year, and it is amazing the difference in speed that is had over the old mechanical hard drive.
After receiving the high capacity battery for the camera that I am able to use, I played around with some settings on it. One of the issues I had filming for the first time was the speed of the zoom. I figured out the zoom speed controls, so I won’t be facing that problem anymore. The Canon Vixia HF G20 has spots for two SD cards to record video onto. One 32GB card is more than enough to hold a full round of disc golf, and I’ll have my laptop on hand to pull the video off to ensure enough room for the second round video clips.
I’ll have some other work to do when it comes to the course itself. I’ve never been to that particular course, and it’s a fairly new one, having only been installed in 2015. The pictures on Disc Golf Course Review show what looks to be a well maintained course. Learning the best angles to film from will take a lot of practice, so I see this upcoming tournament as a great learning experience. Prodigy is a great company, and being the title sponsor for the event, I want to produce a quality product.
If you want to play in the Kinetic Open Championship, you can preregister at Disc Golf Scene. The tournament directors for the event are Dustin Morris and Tyler Walker. Thanks to the Savannah Disc Golf Club for supporting the tournament. Special thanks goes out to Prodigy Discs for being the title sponsor for the event.