Broadcast sport events like a pro with this essential mobile journalism kit
Written by Watchity
New technologies are changing the way we watch sports. Younger audiences are streaming sports on mobile phones more than ever, and on-demand content is on the rise.
If you’re in the sports business, maybe you would like to check how to produce your own quality content based on mobile broadcasting, and grow your audience along the way.
If you already have in mind what you want to stream, you should consider three items before starting: what do you want to do, what equipment do you need to do it, and who’s my audience?
What is the event you want to present?
Before broadcasting, you have to think of what you want to show and the characteristics of the competition.
Is it a tournament? Are they many simultaneous matches? How big is the field? What is the best perspective to watch the game?
Do I need to shoot the players? Just to name a few of them.
The more you know about the event, the better the results you’re going to get.
Suppose your game is going to be played on a soccer field of 1.080m² with 22 athletes, 90 minutes long, with a break of 15 minutes after the first half.
What would you like to show? Do you still think you’ll only need one camera, or would you want to try a complete coverage?
If you don’t know what you need for your broadcast, you can read this list of essentials for a mobile journalism kit. But since we’re talking about sports, there are some things that can be more useful than a more generic checklist.
- Cameras: Since we’re doing Mobile Journalism, for a camera you’ll only need a smartphone with internet connection, it doesn’t get any easy than that. But you’ll have to think if you’re going to livestream your game with just one camera, or if you want to have more people reporting other aspects of the event, like the audience, backstage or maybe closer shots of the players.
- Lenses: Try using auxiliary lenses like a telephoto lens to get a closer look of the players, or a wide angle to get a stylish shot of the field. Any lens on the Beastgrip Lens, attached to their custom rig, will get the job done. If you really need to get closer to the players, use the Beastgrip DOF adapter to connect a DSLR telephoto lens to your phone, to get real details on the field.
- Tripods and monopods: For any static camera that will be broadcasting the game, you’ll need a tripod. And for any mobile journalist covering the development of the event, you’ll need a monopod or a hand-held support at least. If you’re planning on using telephoto lenses, you’ll need a tripod.
- Audio: Your static camera will only need an ambient mic, but if you’re planning to do include comments on the game, you’ll need lavalier microphones for your hosts, and a hand-held microphone for your reporters. And don’t forget to put a plastic cube with your logo on the mics to achieve a professional look in your broadcast.
- Accessories: When you go live, no one knows what’s going to happen, so you better be prepared for any inconveniences. Take a power bank with you, a portable LED light with extra batteries, replacement cables for your audio and an extra phone, just to be on the safe side.
Think of your audience
If you’re interested in sports, you’ll know that the type of content associated with them isn’t just competition broadcasts.
You can do interviews, pre-game specials and post-game analysis. Put yourself in the mind of your audience: what would they like to watch?
Mojo Broadcasting is an opportunity to expand your content and experiment with new formats
Broadcast like a professional
New technologies offer the chance to create unique quality content with less resources than ever.
Mobile journalism, internet and broadcasting are the future of communications, and at Watchity we want to help you bring your ideas to life.
Our cloud management system will allow you to create, edit, produce and distribute video, all from a single webpage.
If you’re interested, contact us for a free demo.