Sports highlight videos make it easy to show off an athlete's skills, either for other fans or for recruiters. Whether you’re a player or a fan, highlights are the best way to reach sports lovers everywhere and showcase a player's best moments.

The best highlight videos are simple, thorough, and easy to watch. The video should annotate the action to give the viewer context and should give a full display of the athlete's skills. For a lesser known player, like a high school student putting together a highlight video for a collegiate coach, athletic recruiter, or scout, a highlight reel should include multiple clip of the player performing in a game or race situation. The videos should show all-star plays in quick succession without fancy transitions or production value.

For a professional athlete, you could create a fan edit or YouTube compilation that shows their top moments from a game or season. For this, creators can grab or record existing videos from Reddit, Twitter, and YouTube as the game is happening.

Once you collect your footage, Kapwing makes editing possible in just a few clicks. Follow these steps to make your highlight video today.

  1. Capture your footage
  2. Start with an intro slide
  3. Arrange footage
  4. Add annotations or text
  5. Download your highlight reel

1. Capture and Upload Footage

When filming sports highlights, you want to focus on keeping the camera stable. If possible, invest in a tripod or find a surface or ledge to balance the camera instead of recording from a hand-held device. For a fast-moving sport like running, swimming, or gymnastics, ensure that you can see the full field of play from your vantage point so that you don't need to follow the athlete around.

Next, you want to ensure that the footage is zoomed in enough without cutting off the player's bodies. You can always crop out content later, so ensure that you capture the full range of motion.

When possible, try to find good lighting and minimize background noise. You an enhance lighting in post-production and mute the video later, but it's better to include some organic noise.

Upload all of the footage to Kapwing.com. Open the Kapwing Studio and sign in to ensure that your Project is auto-saved and backed up in the cloud. You'll be able to access the draft from both your phone and computer. Click Upload > Library and upload all of the videos clips you may use of your perspective athlete.

If you have clips online - like on YouTube or Dropbox - copy the video URL to import it into your media library.

2. Start with an intro scene

Help your player get noticed by starting off the highlight reel with a title slide. Use the "Text" tool in Kapwing to add the person's name, sport, age, and date range. For example, here is a collegiate swimmer recruiting video that begins with a black title card:

Some highlight reels have an intro scene that uses a memorable photo or snapshot alongside the title and details. Others have a solid colored background. Both techniques are possible in Kapwing. Adding a solid background color behind the title text box may make it more readable, as in the example below:

3. Arrange footage

College recruiters and athletic scouts generally only watch the first 20-40 seconds of a highlight reel, so you want the best plays or highlights to show up first. Rather than arranging your clips chronologically, put the best 2-3 highlights in the first 20 seconds.

In Kapwing, there are two ways to combine your video clips. More sophisticated video editors can use the Timeline tab to clip, split, and time out videos. Upload all of your media to one scene, then open the Timeline view. Drag video layers to start sequentially and drag the end sliders to change how long the clip lasts.

Beginners can use the "Scenes" view to make each scene play one after another. Click ‘Scenes’ on the top middle and upload the rest of your footage.

Now, click ‘Trim’ on a video layer to trim or cut the footage so your highlights only show the best plays. You can slide the handles or input the exact timeframe you want to leave out.

4. Add annotations and text

When you’re finished editing, click ‘Text’ from the top to title the video or label each scene. For example, you can add the date of the play, the skill exhibited, or the game/match identifier. Labels give the the audience context and make the highlight more memorable. Edit the font, format, color and effect with tools on the right menu.

Sometimes it’s hard to find the featured player in a highlight video, so you may need to annotate the player in the video. To fix this, click ‘Elements’ and add an arrow or circle to help your viewer find the action. Check out this article about how to use elements to learn more.

If you need to adjust the timing of elements or text, select your scene and click ‘Timeline’ to adjust when the overlays appear and disappear. Drag the edges to control timing of each element. Read this article about Kapwing’s Timeline to learn more.

3. Download your highlights

When you’ve finished editing about 4-5 minutes of your best clips, click ‘Settings’ in the top right and change the video quality to high. Then, click ‘Export Video’ and download the final version.

Share your video on social media, upload to YouTube or add it to your personal site so your hard work gets seen by fans and coaches. Next time you need a highlight video, Kapwing is ready to make your creativity easy!

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