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Long Distance Wireless Remote Control

by cee7f / April 5, 2013 1:36 AM PDT

Hello,

I'm going to start off saying I don't know much about camcorders.

I just started an internship with a baseball team. My job is to film the at-bats of the home team, from the open position. So if the batter is Left-Handed, I will be filming from the 3rd base line. However, I cannot run back and forth to the 1st base line to film Right-Handed batters because this distance is so far that I'd miss the start of the at-bat. So I have a camera set up in the home dugout on the first base side and have been instructed to get a player not in the game to do the filming.

After a couple of games, there are constant errors in the video. I don't really trust these guys to consistently record correctly.

My thought is I need to get a remote control to access the dugout camcorder from the stands. However, I have a very limited knowledge of this area. It seems like the only remote controls for camcorders are like television remotes and won't work over about the 200 feet distance I'd be from the camcorder.

Is there anything on the market that would accomplish this? The camcorder currently being used is a Sanyo Xacti VPC-WH1. But I think if there's a decently priced camcorder with a long distance remote control, I could get my MLB team to spring for it.

Thanks

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The usual solution is 2 cameras.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 5, 2013 1:42 AM PDT

Then you select the video you want in post production.
Bob

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That's what I have right now.
by cee7f / April 5, 2013 4:15 AM PDT

I have two cameras set up, but I the people controlling the second camera are mildly incompetent.

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(NT) They get better over time.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 5, 2013 4:20 AM PDT
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Hopefully, but...
by cee7f / April 5, 2013 5:31 AM PDT

It's not always going to be the same person. It'll usually be a starting pitcher who isn't pitching that day, but players cycle in and out of the team as player get promoted/demoted.

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It's like the same old movie director issues.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 6, 2013 4:50 AM PDT
In reply to: Hopefully, but...

There's nothing new here. But a tip. In days of old you were very careful about use of the film. Film costs were far beyond what you have today so don't bother telling them to press stop and record. Just hit record and cut it up in post production.

I've encountered some folk new to this and they were losing hair over the missed shot. It was very easy to solve by pressing record and let it record for the entire set.
Bob

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