View The Race is now offering a new service. In addition to narrated course videos, race website design, and race registration we are now offering live race filming. This is just another way that View The Race can continue to be a resource to runners, cyclists, and triathletes by allowing you to View The Race Before You Do The Race!
How does it work?
The concept is really pretty simple. Everyone enjoys the pictures that photographers take at races. It is pretty cool to see yourself in several snap shots from different areas of the course. What would be better than a picture? Video of course...Everyone loves to see themselves in action on the race course. Even if it is only for a few seconds it is still cool to see what you looked like on a race day.
What makes View The Race different?
Now I have seen many videos of runners crossing the finish line and we definitely will have a camera at the finish line to get that all important finish line sprint on video. In addition to the finish line video we will also strategically place a second or even third camera to capture racing action from different parts of the course. This will enable athletes to see themselves several times on the course. Imagine seeing yourself on video 3-4 times in the same race.
Probably the most important part of our new service is the video editing. Here are a few things we do to make your live video great to watch.
1) We try to list as many names as possible on the video. As athletes are seen in the video we match up the race numbers with the results and list the athletes name, time, and place as appropriate. We especially like when there is a great sprint to the finish between two racers and we make a note of that on the video when possible. I also will add a few comments if I see something noteworthy. This gives athletes a chance to be "famous" on the video.
2) In order to shorten the length of the video we eliminate any space between runners. This allows a continuous flow of runners on the video and eliminates any "dead" time on the footage.
3) We also make separate videos as needed with descriptive titles so you know what part of the race you are viewing. For instance finish line, top of the big hill, corner of Smith St and Jones St, etc.
This is a new service and is a work in progress. As more races are filmed I am sure we will be adding new features and enhancements to the videos. Check out a few of the videos we have filmed this summer on our new Race Event Videos page.
As we continue to develop this service we are offering this free to all races for the remainder of 2013. If you are a race director please contact me if you are interested in having View The Race film your event. In addition if anyone has any ideas on how to improve these videos please let me know. Our goal is to be the website athletes rely on to View The Race Before You Do The Race!