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Video Taping Your Game

Video Taping Your Game

I did a search but only found a few posts regarding video taping one's game.

Does anyone have a recommendation for a fairly inexpensive video camera that would work "very well" in taping ones game. It would have to be able to be on a tripod but other than that I am not sure what to get. I have never had a video camera and I don't have a clue what would make a good camera for a pool game. I do see that some have hard drives which makes it a lot easier for taping a long game.

Any suggestions are kindly welcomed.

Video Taping Your Game

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  1. stevesdlMitch Alsup on 5/21/2009 12:11:43 PM

    If your ceiling has sufficient height, put a camera holding bezel on the ceiling looking down at the table with the FL set to see a little more than the whole table. This way, you can go back and reason about the physics of the shot, not just see the make/miss.

    You can make a light shield (cone) with black construction paper so the overhead light does not wahsout the camera images.

  2. stevesdlstevesdl on 5/22/2009 12:48:56 PM

    Thanks for the reply Mitch. Do you have any suggestions of what type of video camera?

    Thanks Steve

  3. stevesdlMitch Alsup on 5/22/2009 1:17:01 PM

    Almost any of the zillion available today would work perfectly. However, those that drop the data on to a CF-card or SD-card or DVD would be easier to get onto a computer than those that use 'tape'. Any modern video camera can emit directly to TV or to DTV.

  4. stevesdldkrager on 5/24/2009 11:30:14 AM

    While I agree that just about any camcorder will do the trick, it’s only half of the picture. Once you get your video. You will need some way to study it.

    My personal weapon of choice is Kinovea sports video analysis software. It's free open source software that is perfect for doing DIY billiards stroke analysis. With it you can slow the video down to the point of seeing the slow motion deflection of the cue, draw lines through the video like John Madden and a whole bunch of other things. It also has a really neat adjustable zoom feature that is similar to PIP on a TV set where you can zoom in on say your bridge hand or back hand and really get a clear idea about what is going on. It's a real gem of the web and I highly recommend it.


    Cheers, Dave

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Video Taping Your Game

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  • Published: 5/21/2009 8:40:23 AM