Advice wanted on remote camera for basketball

Discussion in 'Sports' started by andy_chubb, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. Hi.
    I regularly shoot the Sheffield Sharks basketball team.
    The team are open to me placing a remote camera above the backboard, pointing down onto the ring for one of their games. I'm currently completing a risk assessment for this.
    My idea was to place a GoPro Hero 4 (with extra battery pack as it'll be in place for at least 3 hrs) into a skeleton cage, attach this to a Manfrotto Magic Arm and clamp. Attach the clamp to one of the bars behind the backboard and use the Magic Arm to position the camera correctly.
    They're a pretty good team - the likelihood of a stray shot hitting the gear is small. However, I'm going belt-and-braces in also attaching a separate wire to the gear/backboard and use a bit of gaffer tape to wrap up anything exposed/likely to fall as fragments in the event of a breakage (I'm hoping that if it does all go to pot that the main unit would stay together with the gaffer tape and the wire stop it from falling onto the field of play - except perhaps for a few small plastic fragments?!?!?!)
    Any ideas/suggestions for this set-up/something better/something that works for you would be gratefully received. We're currently looking at a game in mid-March so just prepping at the moment.
    Andy Chubb
  2. Henry,
    thanks. That's what I meant when I said 'wire'. I've made a couple of my own over the years that fit the need. But definitely need to use them on this job. A DSLR would be best, but we'll see how the GoPro (smaller target!) works for now.
    Andy Chubb
  3. If the camera is directly above the rim, it could interfere with a ball in play. If it is behind the plane of the backboard, it would be considered out of bounds (like a shot clock above the goal). You might want to consider mounting the camera behind the backboard (assuming it is transparent).
    Please post your results. I've considered something similar. I'd like to see how the shots look.
  4. Depending on level of play and athleticism of players (above or below the rim), it might just be more efficient to mount it just under the backboard a little further back so you don't have to deal with taping up and blocking out reflections when mounting from behind the see-through backboard. Tethering safety cable is definitely a must. If doing through behind backboard, make sure to clean front and back of backboard before guys start to warm up. Putting up black pieces of paper to eliminate reflections is also time consuming, so make sure to spare ample time for that, unless of course you don't mind the reflections on your shots.
  5. Here are a few more samples..
  6. and here's one behind the backboard. Notice reflection from not putting up black cards to block out strays.

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