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HOW WE FILM YOUTH LEAGUE MATCHES AND EDIT & PRODUCE DVD’S

WHAT WE OFFER YOU ON OUR FULLY EDITED YOUTH MATCH DVD’S

CAMERAMAN AVAILABILITY & THE AREAS WE COVER

INFORMATION WE REQUIRE WHEN YOU BOOK US TO FILM YOUR MATCH

CHILD PROTECTION

VANTAGE POINTS FOR FILMING YOUR CUP FINAL

INFORMATION WE REQUIRE ON THE DAY OF THE MATCH

TOURNAMENT FILMING

HOW WE FILM, EDIT & PRODUCE YOUTH LEAGUE CUP FINALS & OTHER MATCHES

All Youth League Cup Finals are filmed from as near to the half-way line as possible, using just the one camera on a tripod from a reasonable vantage point in (or on top of) a main stand of a Non-League Club's stadium (which is where most Cup Finals are played). For Cup Finals and other matches which are played at more basic venues, we will try and use a small scaffolding structure or some sturdy tables if we can, so that our cameramen can at least get some sort of vantage point and an unobstructed view of the action. We do not currently use aerial mast filming equipment as it is too expensive and is only really suitable for wide-angle performance & tactical analysis filming where the action is too distant and close-ups are difficult to obtain.

Depending where our cameraman is filming the game from, we normally film the post-match presentations of trophies and medals by taking the camera off the tripod and using it 'shoulder-mounted' at the presentation table to enable good close-up shots of the delight (or misery) on players' faces.

We currently use a Canon XA20 camera in 1080p high definition with a 28Mbps bit-rate, together with a 50 frames per second frame rate which produces excellent slow-motion replays. Some of our freelance cameramen use even better high definition cameras that film matches in full TV broadcast quality.

After filming the match, the captured footage is edited using computer software which inserts slow-motion replays, titles and transitions. The finished (fully-edited) version is then kept as a Master Copy for an unlimited period of time, so copies for customers can then be run off at any time in the future (as per those listed in our Catalogues on this website). All Youth League Cup Finals & Other Match productions include the full match with Extra-Time & Penalties if necessary, together with all the usual post-match presentations. We do not generally include a match commentary or film pre-match build-ups, mainly because the cost of recruiting extra cameramen or a commentator is too expensive for the average Youth League club. However, we have now added commentary as an option on our Price List should teams wish to pay for it.

If teams are choosing the option to have highlights of their match uploaded to our You Tube channel, these are edited from the full match production (including titles and slow-motion replays of goals and any major incidents) and usually have a running time of approximately 20-30 minutes.

Since we started filming in 1080p high definition (from January 2014 onwards), we have continued to produce standard definition DVD’s only instead of high definition Blu-Ray discs. However, full matches including titles, graphics, slow-motion replays (and commentary if required) from Season 2016-2017 onwards are now more likely to be in high definition instead of standard definition due to the far superior picture quality. For customers to purchase high definition footage, we now offer whole matches on USB Flash Drives (otherwise known as ‘USB Sticks’) in full 1080p HD, thereby providing the picture quality that our customers will be used to when watching HD broadcasts of professional football on TV. We use Hughes Video Services-branded 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drives formatted as ex-FAT, and these play back on PC’s, Apple Mac & Windows laptops, Android & Windows tablets, and also on TV sets via an HDMI lead from PC’s & laptops. The match can be watched directly from the USB Stick or the file can be copied from the drive into your PC or laptop’s own hard drive, and from there into an external hard drive if necessary. (Please note that 90-minute matches in full HD (AVCHD 1080p at 28Mbps) are generally 20GB in size). Although we allow unlimited copying from USB Sticks that we supply to our customers, we are gradually reducing our prices as they are so much quicker, easier and cheaper to produce than DVD’s. That allows us time to film, edit & produce more matches, and we now make money that way rather than relying on DVD production. Other high definition options we are now using are for customers to pay to have whole matches uploaded either to You Tube or to Dropbox (or a similar file sharing program) for them to download from there. The You Tube & Dropbox options are uploaded as MP4 720p 7-10Mbps files, which are of a lesser quality than that which we provide on our USB Sticks, but they are still a much higher quality than the standard definition DVD’s that we are now looking to gradually phase out.


WHAT WE OFFER YOU ON OUR FULLY EDITED YOUTH LEAGUE MATCH PRODUCTIONS

When a Youth Team reaches a Cup Final, one of the first ideas that comes to mind is to capture the event on video. However, that usually means relying on one of the players' parents to carry out the task using a cheap hand-held palmcorder which is normally only used for occasions such as 'larking about in the back garden' or at weddings & christenings. Of course, filming a football match is a very different matter, especially when your son (or daughter) finds themselves clean through on goal, causing you to get too excited and film the sky, the back of somebody's head in the crowd or close-up shots of a few blades of grass on the near touchline instead of the ball going into the back of the net !

That’s where we can come in to solve all those problems by offering a cheap but professional service in covering the following for you:

  • FILMING OF THE WHOLE MATCH (including Extra-Time & Penalties if necessary)
  • FILMING OF POST-MATCH PRESENTATIONS OF CUPS & MEDALS (For Cup Finals)
  • SLOW-MOTION REPLAYS OF GOALS & MAJOR INCIDENTS
  • TITLES & CAPTIONS including BOTH TEAMS LINE-UPS & FORMATIONS, GOALSCORERS NAMES, SUBSTITUTIONS, LATEST SCORE, etc.
  • STEADY CAMERAWORK WITH GOOD CLOSE-UPS AND EXCELLENT SOUND & PICTURE QUALITY
  • FULL MATCH COMMENTARY BY PROFESSIONAL COMMENTATORS (Optional service provided by commentaryservices.co.uk)
  • WE CAN FILM MATCHES ON ANY DAY OF THE WEEK (Evening Matches included)

We are very aware of how football is covered on TV and we make every effort to transfer their filming & editing ideas to our coverage of Amateur & Semi-Professional Football. This includes when to cut away to the crowd or the Team Managers, when to zoom in on the referee (after he has made a contentious decision), when to put in a slow-motion replay, having the current score displayed in the top left-hand corner of the screen, and displaying accurate team formations before the kick-off with the players warming up in the background. Obviously, we cannot reproduce the sort of coverage that they manage on Sky (with 20 cameras dotted around the ground and hi-tech graphics in abundance), but for Amateur & Semi-Professional footballers the most important thing is getting the match filmed properly for an affordable price and we manage to do that rather well, as you will see from these testimonials we have received over the years !

If a commentary option is chosen, we use talkSPORT’s excellent commentator Barry Swain and others from his company commentaryservices.co.uk.
An example of one of our productions with Barry as commentator can be found HERE.

We do not film pre-match build-ups such as coach journeys to the venue as anybody could do that. Our expertise is in actually filming the match, as that is what unpaid and un-trained volunteers find extremely difficult. We can film Pre-match or post-match interviews with players and managers if it is practical to do so, but invariably we would require a volunteer from the club to hold the microphone and ask the questions. The reason for that is the lack of additional personnel available to carry out such jobs, together with the extra editing work it involves. Ultimately, it would result in clubs waiting twice as long for their finished product, while we also have to charge them twice or even three times as much as normal to pay for the extra cameramen, interviewers and possible hire of equipment. We prefer to offer a basic and affordable service whereby only one cameraman is used to film the match (and the presentation ceremony for Cup Finals) only. By doing this, we can cover more matches for more clubs.

Our cameramen film all matches as a complete neutral and show no favouritism towards any one side (such as refusing to zoom in on a goalscorer because he is playing for a team who have not initially booked us to film the match). This is because the team who have not booked us may decide after the match that they would like to share the filming fee and order copies.


CAMERAMAN AVAILABILITY  & THE AREAS WE COVER

During each Season up until the end of April and even into early May, we are generally unavailable to film Sunday MORNING matches as Laurence Hughes runs and films his own Sunday morning team Edmonton Rovers. However, we may be able to cover Sunday AFTERNOON matches if they kick-off after 2.00 pm, while we may also have other cameramen available such as our top freelancer David Richardson (Pictured Left) to cover Sunday matches at any time. Further details regarding David and other freelance cameramen that we use can be found on the ‘About Us’ page. Youth League teams playing in midweek Cup Finals can easily be covered, so please contact us if you are interested.

For Cup Finals, subject to the payment of travel expenses, we are prepared to cover games as far as Peterborough to the North, Norwich to the East, Gloucester to the West, Southampton to the South-West and Margate to the South-East. Generally though, the area we cover is within a 50-mile radius or a one-hour drive from our base in Edmonton, North London, and for those distances, travel expenses are already included in the prices on our Filming Options list.


INFORMATION WE REQUIRE WHEN YOU BOOK US TO FILM YOUR MATCH

  • WHICH OPTION YOU REQUIRE FROM OUR PRICE LIST
  • YOUR NAME, POSITION WITH THE CLUB (e.g. Secretary, Manager, etc.), ADDRESS (for invoicing & delivery), MOBILE PHONE NUMBER & E-MAIL ADDRESS
  • YOUR TEAM'S NAME
  • THE OPPOSING TEAM'S NAME
  • THE NAME OF THE LEAGUE (including sponsors) & DIVISION or CUP COMPETITION & WHICH ROUND
  • THE VENUE FOR THE MATCH (including address & postcode)
  • THE DATE OF THE MATCH
  • TIME OF KICK-OFF
  • Whether you have contacted your opponents to find out if they are interested in booking us as well (and sharing the cost). On some occasions, we have been filming for one team while another video company has been booked to film for the opposition.  This usually means that there is another Cup Final being played somewhere without a cameraman at all, and that both teams would have saved money by only booking one video company to film for both teams. Indeed the respective video companies also earn more money by filming separate matches as they will have more players and supporters to sell copies to.
  • Please note that for the match to be filmed professionally by one of our cameramen, you MUST obtain permission in advance from the League/Cup Final organisers. Some Leagues and County Football Associations charge prohibitive ‘filming rights’ fees for their Cup Finals to be professionally filmed (which we then have to charge the club that has booked us), while others will not allow us to film at all because they may already have a deal with another video company to cover all their Cup Finals.

Once we have all the above information, we then check on the availability of a cameraman and once that is confirmed, we will then send you a Confirmation of Booking letter by e-mail which will give you all the necessary details. This is normally done on the Monday before the match if it is a Sunday fixture or 7 days before the match for other days of the week.

The Confirmation of Booking letter will also give you instructions on whether you can pay the cameraman on the day or whether you will need to pay in advance. This is because some of our cameramen are freelance operators who we prefer to pay ourselves once they have given us the camera master tapes from the actual match.

TO BOOK US FOR FILMING YOUR CUP FINAL (or other match), PLEASE COMPLETE OUR BOOKING FORM or CONTACT US HERE


CHILD PROTECTION

If you are booking us to film your Youth Team's Cup Final or any other match for players under the age of 18, you MUST obtain permission from the parents of all participating players from BOTH teams (in addition to that of the Competition/Cup Final organisers). This is a Football Association requirement.

Some clubs, Leagues and County Football Associations have ready-made forms for this purpose whereby each participating player is listed and the parents sign the form next to their child's name which then gives their consent for the game to be filmed. In some cases that is now included on Youth team players’ League registration forms that they fill in at the start of each season. However, if that is not the case, we have our own Parental Permission Form which you can complete and hand to the cameraman on the day (before the match kicks-off).

To download, print and fill in our own Parental Permission Form (in PDF format), please click here. If our cameraman does not have evidence of parental permission, he may be stopped from filming the match by the Competition organisers.  


VANTAGE POINTS FOR FILMING YOUR CUP FINAL

Finding a good vantage point to film a Cup Final from can often be difficult because some venues are no more than a roped-off pitch with no main stand or flat clubhouse roof alongside the touchline. If we have to film at ground level, invariably the Referee will tell our cameraman to move his tripod back a long way from the touchline so that players do not run into it, and that will mean that spectators will obscure our view of the pitch and goals could be missed. As none of our freelance cameramen are able to bring their own scaffolding and we do not currently use aerial mast filming equipment, we therefore may have to rely on the team(s) who are booking us to provide a suitable raised platform that can be erected near the touchline so that we are able to film over spectators’ heads.

The ideal size of the platform needs to be at least 4 ft. x 4 ft. square for our cameraman and his tripod and other equipment to fit on comfortably. Here is an example of the type of structure we require. (Preferably half the size in height though...as in the picture right). Our full match productions and/or You Tube highlights will be much more appealing to your players and supporters if they include a good clear view of the pitch from a decent height.

Please note that if we are lucky enough to be filming under cover at the back of a main stand in a proper stadium with mains power available, then we will be able to run off unedited footage of the match straight on the final whistle (if you are choosing that option from our Price List). Obviously we will not be able to do that if we are filming on a roped-off or park pitch out in the open though.


INFORMATION WE REQUIRE ON THE DAY OF THE MATCH

Your cameraman for the match will normally arrive at the venue an hour before the kick-off.  On doing so, they may find that the person who has booked us to film the match is busy doing a team-talk or getting changed. In that case, the cameraman will quite often go straight into the stands or onto the side of the pitch to look for the best vantage point from which to film the match from, so it is best to approach him when you come out onto the pitch if he has not introduced himself to you first.

To enable us to produce a DVD and/or You Tube highlights of the quality that we advertise, it is essential that on the day of the match our cameraman is supplied with an official match programme (if there is one) and given the following information regarding your team:

  • YOUR PLAYERS’ FULL NAMES (no initials or middle names) and CORRECT NUMBERS OF SHIRTS WORN ON THE DAY.
  • YOUR TEAM’S STARTING FORMATION (e.g. 4-4-2, 4-5-1, etc.) AND WHO PLAYED WHERE.
  • YOUR TEAM’S (& YOUR OPPONENTS’) COLOURS PLAYED IN ON THE DAY.
  • CAPTAIN’S NAME
  • Confirmation of GOALSCORERS (in order of who scored)
  • SUBSTITUTIONS MADE (who came on for who and at roughly what time in the match...this is especially important if any half-time substitutions are made)
  • BOOKINGS or SENDING-OFFS (if any)
  • TEAM MANAGER & ASSISTANTS’ NAMES
  • REFEREE & ASSISTANT REFEREE'S NAMES

At most of the Cup Finals we film for Youth teams, we find that the Team Manager is normally (and understandably) too busy to write out all the above details for us on the day, so we strongly advise clubs to appoint another club member as being responsible for providing this information for our cameraman. It is always best if a club can find somebody to write things down as the match goes on, especially for details such as the correct shirt numbers for players, substitutions made and the goalscoring order, as these can all be easily forgotten after a match and it is extremely difficult for us to guess which player is which if we do not have the correct shirt numbers available when we are editing the footage. This is also extremely important if you have chosen the option to have professional commentary added to your match.
If our cameraman has already left the ground after the match without being given the above details regarding team line-ups, etc, please e-mail them to laurence_hughes@yahoo.co.uk


TOURNAMENT FILMING

In addition to filming Cup Finals and other single matches, we are now covering whole Tournaments, having filmed such events for Football For Fans since 2007. However, if your Tournament involves a number of matches taking place at the same time on different pitches which all require filming, we may not be able to guarantee the availability of enough cameramen to cover the event. Our charges for filming Tournaments are negotiable depending on what is required and they are therefore not included on our Price List.

Please contact us for further details.