Preparing to Upload
WatchGameFilm.com accepts both film clips and full-length film for upload. Because most cameras create separate video files (clips) each time the camera starts and stops recording, the easiest method of upload is to upload the individual clips directly to us.
Some teams however decide to leave the camera running and start and stop the recording only at the end of play (for example a quarter, period, half or game). This results in very large clips in both file size and film length. When recording non-stop, teams will also lose the ability to individually tag clips or plays so that users can filter the video to watch specific clips such as pass plays, defense, etc.
While WatchGameFilm.com does offer the ability to splice a video clip; it is intended to split a full-length game into halves or quarters as well as for players to splice out a highlight from a very large file. It is not practical in our design to splice a full-length game that is a single clip into dozens to hundreds of individual plays. Thus, we recommend that for best use of WatchGameFilm.com, teams upload their games as individual play clips so that their coaches and players can work with the film easier.
How to Upload Film
To upload video, we must first Create a Film within WatchGameFilm.com. To upload a film, follow these steps:
- Step 1: Click View Film under the Film List section of the Dashboard.
- Step 2: On the Film List page, click Add New Film.
- Step 3: Click Create Film after completing the required information for your new film. A separate Upload window will open.
- Step 4: Click Select Video Clips to Upload and choose your video files. The video files should now be listed on your upload page.
- Step 5: Click Remove if you want to remove any file from the upload list. Make sure they are in the order that you want.
- Step 6: Click Upload the Selected Clips link to begin sending these files to WatchGameFilm.com. Upload progress will be shown until completion.
- Note: Once uploaded, we will encode the video for streaming across our platform. Once optimized (usually after a few minutes), your team can view the film.
Creating a New Film
Besides filling out the common fields when creating a film such as Date, Title, etc. there are a couple of important fields to note:
Security: You can set the security for who can view this film.
- Coaches Only means that only Coaches can view this film. Players and Parents will not see this film listed in your Film List and will be unable to view it
- Entire Team: means that Coaches, Parents and Players are able to see and watch this film. But you must log in and be a current member of this team to view this film.
- General Public: means that you do not have to log into your team to view this film. An example of a film that might be marked Public is a Player's Highlights.
Audio: In some instances, you may not want the audio to be available with the video. You are able to remove audio from clips by selecting No Audio. Note that this will only work at the time of film creation. If a film was previously created with Audio and uploaded, audio cannot be removed at a later time. Also if your film does NOT originally contain sound, you will need to mark the New Film record as Remove Sound before uploading the video clips.
Uploading Video Clips
Once you have created your new Film Record, WatchGameFilm.com displays the Upload Film window. Use the browse button and select all of your video clips that you would like to be uploaded for this film. Your clips will be listed in the order of how they will uploaded and added to the film. Once you are satisfied with the list of video clips to be uploaded, click on the Upload Selected Files button to begin the film upload process.
Understanding Film Upload
- It is important to understand that it takes some time to send large amounts of video across your network especially if you are uploading the data. Most internet connections support large bandwidth download connections but smaller upload connections. Be patient and let the process complete.
- Once you have completed the film upload process, there is a small delay on our side before posting these clips as working video to your team. In order to show them within your team, we need to first encode them to a standard MP4 format that we use to stream all of our video. This process usually takes under 20 minutes for a large full length game film.
The upload window will return to its original state after the video clips are successfully uploaded. You can then go to your Film List to see the number of clips listed as well as the length of the film. If the film length doesn't match your time, please wait to see if it is still encoding. The film length will increase as the encoding of each clip is completed.
Upload Timeout or error "The web server returned unexpected response"
If your upload is stopping before completion, it is most likely happening because your computer is going into "sleep" mode during your upload. Uploads can take up to a few hours depending on your upload bandwidth and the amount of data you are transferring. Change the sleep timer on your computer to be longer than the upload to avoid this problem. We also recommend to record your games using a lower video quality setting such as SD instead of HD in order to lower the file size of your videos which will in turn shorten the length of upload time.
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