When filming sporting events, mark your good clips by filming the ground to easily find your best shots

In full disclosure, I was given this tip by a former student, Kyle Button, who is currently doing some great video work at the University of Missouri. He came back to town one weekend and was working with the staff videographers who were filming a football game to get clips for hype videos.

One of his bits of advice that night was to mark your good clips. He said that after he gets a good shot, the next shot he films is of the ground. That way, when he is looking at his clips on his computer, he can easily find the good clips because in icon view mode, the best shots are the ones right before the ground shots that he can easily see.

You can see an example of this in the image that goes along with this post. 1304, 1315, 1321, 1326, etc. are clips that have been taken of the floor, which means the video clips right before those were thought to be keepers by the videographer.

The tip is just a really good way to more quickly sort through lots of game clips if you’re looking to make a game recap or hype video.

Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 26th year of advising student media. He is currently the Director of Student Media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the Journalism Education Association Digital Media Chair and co-Director of Media Now. He is the 2023 JEA Teacher Inspiration Award Winner and is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. He is one of the authors of the textbook "Student Journalism and Media Literacy." You can find him on X and Instagram @manfull. He's a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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