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Video Guide

Video Guide

Hints and tips on video equipment, filming and uploading your video.

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Video equipment

Most modern video equipment will be suitable for filming tests for Dressage Anywhere competitions. Whilst you don't necessarily need a broadcast quality professional camera there are some specifications you should ensure your equipment meets.

Type

  • We're unable to accept videos filmed on mobile devices that don't have a zoom function. This includes iPhones, iPads and Android devices.
  • MoviePro (available from the App Store for £2.99) can be used on any Apple device and includes an acceptable zoom feature.

Zoom

  • Optical or digital zoom, 10x or better.

Recording format

  • Recording format at least standard definition (SD)
  • Make sure you have the right cable to connect your camera to your computer.

If in doubt, get in touch providing details of your video equipment and we'll let you know if it's suitable.

Video hints and tips

You will need a friend or colleague to film your test for you. Ask them to follow these instructions to ensure your test can be judged online. For an example video see our YouTube page .

Filming position

  • Film from behind the judge's position at the C marker, outside the arena
  • If it's a sunny day, try to ensure the sun is behind the camera
  • If you can, mount the camera on a tripod to keep the equipment steady.

Technique

  • Start filming a short time before the rider enters at A, e.g. as the rider passes the E or B marker
  • Keep the horse and rider in the centre of the frame
  • Sound must be recorded.

Zooming

  • Avoid excessive zooming in and out - the judge will need to see the part of the arena the competitor is in and the whole horse and rider clearly
  • Some zooming is necessary when the horse and rider are at the far end of the arena

Framing

The horse and rider should fill about half of the vertical space in the frame whenever possible. The pictures below show examples of good and bad framing.

Correctly framed horse and riderIncorrectly framed horse and rider, zoomed too much

Upload your video

You can get your video to us in many different ways:

FAQs

Uploading your test video at a later date?
  • You can enter a class and upload your video another day. Simply login to the website and go to your My Dressage Anywhere page. Details of your entry will be available here. Click the ‘Go to upload’ button and follow the instructions to upload your video. Make sure you upload your test before 23:59 hrs on the closing date.
How to connect your video camera to your computer
  • If your video equipment records video onto an SD memory card, simply remove it and insert into the memory card reader of your computer
  • For a mini-DV camcorder, you can connect to a Firewire port, often labelled DV. Your computer will need a Firewire port and cable
  • For DVD or hard drive video equipment you can connect via USB 2.0 socket. Your video equipment should have been supplied with a USB cable for this purpose.
How to download your video to your computer
  • Connect the video equipment and computer using one of the methods outlined above
  • You may have software supplied with your video equipment which starts automatically and allows you to choose video clips to save to your computer
  • Otherwise, navigate to the relevant drive on your computer which represents the video equipment and copy the video to your hard drive.
How to reduce your video file size
  • If your video exceeds 500MB you will need to compress it to reduce the file size
  • You can do this with video editing software, such as Windows Movie Maker (on a PC) or iMovie (on Macintosh)
  • If you are having any difficulties doing this then please feel free to email telling us what software you are using and we'll do our best to help you.
What video format?
  • Dressage Anywhere can accept most file formats including: MOV, MOD, AVI, MP4, M4V, WMV
  • We cannot accept ZIP, WMLP or HTML files.
Upload to Dressage Anywhere
  • Upload your video at any time up to the close of entries (last day of the month)
  • Go to your My Dressage Anywhere page. Choose your horse and tick/untick the checkboxes for privacy and rules
  • Select the Upload Video button against your entry and follow the on-screen instructions
  • The video may take some time depending on your broadband speed and size of the file
  • Once uploaded you'll be returned to your My Dressage Anywhere page where you should check that it's been uploaded
  • Refresh the page after a few minutes and you should see the status message 'Video being processed' change to a thumbnail view of your video
  • If you see 'Video failed processing' your video hasn't uploaded and you will need to contact us to remove it for you. Check your file format is accepted by Dressage Anywhere and ensure there are no interruptions to your internet connection.
Upload to YouTube
  • Upload your video to your YouTube account and ensure it plays back in full
  • Login to your My Entries page
  • Select your entry, copy the link to your YouTube video and paste it into the YouTube link box
  • Click Submit.

Make sure you set your video settings to unlisted or public. Private videos cannot be viewed by anyone, even our judges!

Share via a free file sharing website
  • Use this option up to the 25th day of the month - to give us time to process your video
  • Email to let us know to expect your video via this method and with details of your name, horse's name and the class and test numbers
  • For Dropbox , ensure your folder is shared with info@dressageanywhere.com
  • For the WeTransfer service input info@dressageanywhere.com in the friend's email field.
Post your video on a CD or DVD (for UK competitors only)
  • Use this option up to the 20th day of the month - to give us time to process your video
  • Email info@dressageanywhere.com for postal address details
  • Double-check your disc before posting to ensure it isn't damaged and the video file has copied in full
  • Enclose a stamped addressed envelope if you would like your disc to be returned
  • To ensure your entry is received in time, it's best to post it at least ten working days before the competition closing date.