I’ve long had an internal debate about the best ways to provide the service of highlight reels to high school athletes and their families looking to garner attention from college recruiters. I see families who don’t know where or how to start the process, while others spend hundreds or more without any plan for how to utilize it. I’ve also seen flashy highlight reels with irrelevant or lackluster material that may prove detrimental to an athlete’s first impression.
By far the biggest problem is obtaining, gathering and maintaining a selection of clips which truly highlight a player’s ability. Many families stress or lose interest in producing a video because of the time and expense of going through game footage to find usable clips or paying someone else to do it. As a video professional I am very aware of how time consuming the process can be. Add to it, saving the clips and keeping them organized for several years adds another level of difficulty that dissuades many families.
In an effort to streamline the process of saving and organizing clips over a one, two, or three year period, I have decided to offer a flat rate archiving feature. For $175.00 a year, I will organize and store up to 20 identified video clips (:10 sec each or less) for use later in a highlight reel. When the time comes to produce a highlight reel your clips are all in one place ready to be edited together. There is no obligation to use Pawpro to edit the final highlight video from the archived footage.
In the end, archiving the footage provides a solution for overwhelmed families, and streamlines the editing process for me.
Please send me an email if you have any questions about archiving, or want to get started.
Not all highlight footage is equally created. Pawpro produces high quality video footage of athletic teams or individual athletes which may be used as a coaching tool, or to highlight team and personal skills/strengths. Be aware, this is more than just generic game footage which most highlight and recruiting reel companies are mass peddling to schools and parents. Many companies produce footage that is grainy and out of focus. Pawpro videotapes a game with HD cameras, so the footage is crystal clear. See the difference between HD footage and standard definition (SD) footage in the two stills below. These stills are both captured from one frame of video footage. Notice that the field of view is larger with the HD footage, but also the details are sharper. The difference is even more dramatic when the camera focuses on an individual player.
The great advantage to parents, players and recruiters in today’s multimedia revolution is that your footage can be viewed readily and instantly via a link. No need to snail mail endless DVDs and hope that they play for coaches and recruiters. A highlight reel is an essential tool for serious athletes looking to maximize their college placement potential.
For teams and coaches, we do offer full season or multi-game, team video coverage. Call or e-mail for pricing.
Pawpro Media will graphically and visually highlight your player by editing-down game footage to the best moments. Videos may also include any stats or contact information. ( We will compile footage shot by others.)
Highlight reel pricing depends on the amount of footage to be screened, editing extras such as special effects, animated graphics, music, voiceover, and the number of finished minutes in the completed video. Game footage pricing may vary depending on the number of games to be videotaped and the distance of travel to the game location.
Don’t expect to get a highlight reel out of one game’s footage. That’s too much pressure on the athlete and the videographer. We shoot what happens, we don’t make it happen. Our best advice for producing the best highlight reel is to pay for a professional sports media outlet to shoot as many games as possible so that the athlete is given multiple chances to showcase her talent in front of the camera. One game’s footage isn’t enough even for the best athlete. A professional should ensure that the quality of the footage is high.