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Livestreaming Your Games

Take advan­tage of broad­cast­ing tech­nol­o­gy to help fans view your games and con­nect with your pro­gram beyond the field of play.

Making your sport­ing events avail­able to fans via livestream­ing tech­nol­o­gy sets your pro­gram up for suc­cess in today’s on-demand world — espe­cial­ly when face-to-face con­tact is lim­it­ed or large gath­er­ings are restricted.

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Livestreaming Benefits for Your Team 

Schools and clubs are livestream­ing their sport­ing events to stay engaged with fans and pro­mote their athletes.

  • Cater to your fans. Broadcasting your games via livestream helps you meet fans’ demands for deep­er, more engag­ing con­tent from their favorite teams and ath­letes. With the rise of on-demand ser­vices, fans are also used to con­sum­ing that con­tent at times and on devices most con­ve­nient to them. Thankfully, there is no short­age of stream­ing solu­tions that let you cater to your fans’ view­ing preferences. 
  • Keep the spot­light on your ath­letes. Social dis­tanc­ing restric­tions have changed how schools and clubs approach recruit­ing. Because coach­es can’t vis­it recruits in-per­son and ath­letes can’t con­duct on-cam­pus vis­its, schools and clubs are depend­ing on video con­fer­enc­ing and stream­ing tech­nol­o­gy more than ever to pow­er their recruit­ing efforts. While teams use video con­fer­enc­ing to com­mu­ni­cate as a team or one-on-one, broad­cast­ing your games via livestream show­cas­es your ath­letes on a large scale and keeps the eval­u­a­tion process mov­ing for recruiters. 

These are a few ways livestream­ing helps schools and clubs thrive in the era of social dis­tanc­ing. Learn how livestream­ing can help pro­grams make up for lost gate rev­enue and increase spon­sor­ship opportunities.

Already sold on livestream­ing and set up to record? Check out our third-par­ty stream­ing overview page for instruc­tions on how to livestream via mobile device, cam­era or Hudl Focus.

Start Livestreaming Your Sporting Events

Knowing your livestream­ing needs and capa­bil­i­ties is the first step to broad­cast­ing your games. Here are the hard­ware, soft­ware and per­son­nel fac­tors you need to con­sid­er in order to find the best solu­tion for your team.

The Basics of Livestreaming Sports

Whatever your goals are, you’ll need to have these basics cov­ered to get your livestream­ing strat­e­gy off and running: 

  • Internet con­nec­tion – Livestreaming can be achieved on a shared inter­net net­work, Wi-Fi or 4G, but we rec­om­mend using a ded­i­cat­ed inter­net con­nec­tion for your streams to ensure the high­est con­nec­tion quality.
  • Recording device(s) – Teams can use tools they already have — such as the cam­eras and micro­phones on their staff’s phones — or pro­fes­sion­al-grade solu­tions that can han­dle not only the record­ing of games, but also the upload­ing and shar­ing of game footage. 
  • People pow­er – Identify the staff mem­bers and vol­un­teers who can help you tack­le all your record­ing, upload­ing, broad­cast­ing and shar­ing needs and deter­mine what addi­tion­al sup­port you may need. For exam­ple, if you have mul­ti­ple staff mem­bers or vol­un­teers that can help you record games and mul­ti­ple record­ing devices, then you can stream on mul­ti­ple social media plat­forms (e.g., Twitter and Facebook) at the same time. If you’re light on resources, then you’ll want to ded­i­cate your ener­gy to stream­ing on the social media plat­form that’s most pop­u­lar with your fans. Student man­agers and mem­bers of your school’s audio­vi­su­al club are per­fect can­di­dates to take on these responsibilities.
Livestreaming benefits for your team

Livestreaming Hardware 

Your team’s venue and sport will deter­mine which livestream­ing hard­ware is right for you. 

If you play in a gym, smart cam­eras like Hudl Focus auto­mat­i­cal­ly record and upload your games and prac­tices so they’re avail­able to stream. If you play in an out­door set­ting, pop­u­lar video and social media plat­forms like YouTube and Facebook offer livestream­ing capa­bil­i­ties that work with most film­ing workflows.

Teams that already have their record­ing and livestream­ing hard­ware squared away can check out our third-par­ty stream­ing overview page for instruc­tions on how to livestream via mobile device, cam­era or Hudl Focus.

Livestreaming for Indoor Sports

For indoor sports, you’ll need a record­ing set­up that keeps pace with the fast-mov­ing action of a bas­ket­ball game or vol­ley­ball match. If you plan to record your games with the Hudl app, you need to make sure your device is on our list of sup­port­ed devices. If you’re using a hand­held cam­era, you’ll need equip­ment like a Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder and an Apple Thunderbolt 3 Male to Thunderbolt 2 Female Adapter to send your video from the cam­era to a computer. 

Check out the record­ing work­flow rec­om­men­da­tions for every­thing else you should con­sid­er when deter­min­ing what equip­ment you need. 

If you’re look­ing for an option that requires min­i­mal peo­ple pow­er, equip­ment and game day involve­ment, our Hudl Focus cam­era is a per­fect solu­tion for you. The set-it-and-for­get-it tech­nol­o­gy comes with com­plete Hudl inte­gra­tion, mak­ing every step of the process, from instal­la­tion to stream­ing on YouTube, eas­i­er for every­one — espe­cial­ly coach­es. And because the Focus cam­era is per­ma­nent­ly fixed to your gym’s ide­al record­ing loca­tion, all teams that play or per­form in that venue have access to qual­i­ty video from games, prac­tices and scrimmages.

Livestreaming for Outdoor Sports 

Recording from a high angle is cru­cial to cap­tur­ing all the action on the field or pitch. To record your games with the Hudl app, you need to make sure your device is on our list of sup­port­ed devices. If you’re record­ing with a hand­held cam­era, you’ll need equip­ment like a Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder and an Apple Thunderbolt 3 Male to Thunderbolt 2 Female Adapter to send your video from the cam­era to a com­put­er. While we rec­om­mend Hudl Sideline users use this ViewHD HDMI split­ter to split the feed com­ing in from their cam­era, a third-par­ty solu­tion is still required to livestream games.

Check out the fol­low­ing work­flow and hard­ware rec­om­men­da­tions for every­thing else you should con­sid­er when deter­min­ing what equip­ment you need to livestream your foot­ball, soc­cer or lacrosse events. 

If you’re look­ing for a solu­tion that requires min­i­mal set­up and man­age­ment, our Hudl Focus cam­era for out­door sports will meet your needs. Sign up here to receive updates about gen­er­al avail­abil­i­ty for your sport. 

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    Livestreaming Software 

    Once you’ve fig­ured out how to record, the next step is to deter­mine which stream­ing plat­form you’re going to use to broad­cast your games. 

    Streaming with Basic Features 

    If you want to broad­cast your games in a raw” for­mat with­out any bells and whis­tles, the most basic stream­ing solu­tions will work best for your team. 

    Hudl Focus teams can broad­cast their games on YouTube by fol­low­ing these instructions:

    If you’re record­ing games on a hand­held cam­era or mobile device (iOS or Android), the fol­low­ing tuto­ri­als will help you get start­ed with the third-par­ty stream­ing plat­forms rec­om­mend­ed by our coach­ing com­mu­ni­ty. Please note that only YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo offer livestream­ing via camera. 

    Streaming with Broadcasting Features 

    If you want to include fea­tures like voiceovers and graph­ics in your streams, then you’ll need to use a broad­cast­ing plat­form in addi­tion to a third-par­ty stream­ing service. 

    You can use free broad­cast­ing soft­ware like OBS, or paid soft­ware like BlueFrame Production Truck, Wirecast and StretchCast. There are tons of oth­er broad­cast­ing soft­ware options out there that also work with Hudl Focus — just make sure they accept IP feeds as an RTMP video source. For more details and to see how it works, check out our livestream­ing and broad­cast­ing guide.

    If you are look­ing to mon­e­tize your broad­casts, con­sid­er the tips includ­ed in this guide to earn­ing mon­ey from livestreams.

    These tools and guide­lines will help you suc­cess­ful­ly broad­cast your games, all while com­ply­ing with social dis­tanc­ing reg­u­la­tions. Work with your school, local health, and/​or gov­ern­ment offi­cials to gain a sol­id under­stand­ing about health and safe­ty require­ments relat­ed to COVID-19 and how livestream­ing can help you pro­mote your pro­gram and pro­vide a safe and engag­ing envi­ron­ment for fans.

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