As the season gets started, don’t forget to check the settings on your camcorder.   We’ve spoken to several coaches this week that wanted to improve their video quality, only to find that their camcorder was set to SD instead of HD.

So check your camera and see if you have it set to HD or SD, 720p or 1080p.    You can typically change the settings using the camcorder’s menus.

  • 720p = 1280px x 720px  (width x height)
  • 1080p = 1920px x 1080px

You might also want to check the bit rate (aka data rate) settings.   Anything over 5000 kbps or 5 mbps is overkill for most.   Setting the rate to a higher value has very little effect on the quality, but has a major impact on the overall file size.  The file will upload much faster if its 2 GB versus 15 GB.

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Verify your settings

If you do a test recording, you can check it to see if the settings are correct.  The easiest way is to open the video in Quicktime player and view its “movie characteristics” under the Windows menu.
We also show video quality settings for videos already uploaded to TeamXStream.   Click the “i” icon from the main video page to see details about each file.

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File Merging

Most HiDef cameras will split the video into many small pieces.   For some, this can cause issues because it makes the video files difficult to manage.   We have file-merging right into TeamXStream, so make sure you consider this when picking a plan.  We offer it this the TXS-20 plan and higher.  Just upload all of the clips and we take care of the merging and conversions.