This article will detail the Home Page
The home page is one of the most important pages on the Sport Scope App. When using the Sport Scope system, this page will be where most of your time is spent.
The Home page is where you control your cameras and recordings for each of your angles.
If this is the first time your iPad is using the system, you’ll see a Demo Game which doesn’t let you use the system, but does allow you to view some samples of replay clips.
Before you can use the system, we have to create a new game from the Games menu, which is discussed in it's own article here.
How to Expand Controls Panel:
Once you've created a new game, you'll automatically be taken to that game back on the Home page.
On the Home page you have the control bar on the right side.
By default this control panel is collapsed. On the Control iPad only, tap the “up” arrow to expand it.
If you have a Smart or Wireless Camera this’ll bring up the live feed, assuming your “Endzone” angle is in the center screen. If it’s not, tap the picture-in-picture window to swap screens.
You will never see the live feed of the other angle in the PiP window in the top left. This is normal. We only show the status of that camera angle in order to prevent an excess of unnecessary workload on the network.
For Wireless and Smart Cameras, to activate the controls, place your thumbs on the left and right sides of the screen.
The joystick on the right controls pan and tilt.
The plus/minus controller on the left, controls the zoom.
If you have an EDGE Replay system, you should only see a black screen with the current status of your camera angles unless you’ve turned a live feed on, which is an option we’ll discuss later.
Now we will examine all the functions/options within the controls panel on the right side:
Camera Power Button:
If you have a Smart or Wireless Camera system you’ll see a power icon at the top of the control bar for the endzone angle. If you only have EDGE Relay, you won’t see this icon.
This button allows you to turn a Sony camcorder on or off if it’s connected to a blue Smart or Wireless Camera Head.
Next, the gear icon opens a smaller menu which will allow you to adjust a number of settings,
This is a feature that wouldn’t be used for Football but might be useful for other sports such as soccer or lacrosse.
Using “Auto” can have the system automatically clip the recording to specified durations and pause times in-between.
Set the pause time to zero to get a constant stream of clips in succession.
However please note that for auto clipping in this way, we highly recommend you limit the record time to a maximum of 30 seconds.
(Important: if using Clipping settings for more than one angle you will need to adjust the record and pause time of each angle to be identical with each other. This avoids the auto clipping of each angle being offset from each other and we recommend matching them from the Cameras page).
Using “Manual”, the system will use your specified recording time and then stop until you manually hit record again. Pause time is not relevant when using “Manual” so it can be ignored.
“Off” is the default selection.
Next is Pan/Tilt Settings for Smart and Wireless Camera systems. If you only have EDGE Replay, you won’t see this section.
You can adjust the speed of both the pan and tilt motors, flip which side the Pan/Tilt and Zoom controls are on, and also invert the pan and tilt controls.
Record to Camera/Record to iPad:
Below these settings are the Record to Camera & Record to iPad settings for the Wireless or Smart Camera.
These toggles allow you to choose whether you’re going to record to an SD card in the Sony camcorder, or record to the iPad itself.
We highly recommend that football teams only record to the iPad & don’t turn on Record to Camera.
The reason behind this is a limitation with the zoom cable’s connection to the Sony Handycam.
If Record to Camera is turned on and the recordings are short, successive clips like you would do for football, there is a high likelihood that the zoom function will stop working in the middle of a game.
The Record to Camera feature is intended for other sports such as soccer or lacrosse.
For these sports, you must turn OFF the Record to iPad slider and turn ON the Record to Camera slider so that the long-form footage is recorded to the microSD card in the Sony camcorder.
The Record to iPad feature maxes out at a 2 minute clip length.
Also, for longer clips while using Record to Camera, the loss of zoom controls is no longer an issue.
- Record to iPad is to be used for shorter clips such as football to avoid loss of zoom functionality.
- Record to Camera is to be used for longer clips such as soccer or lacrosse to avoid the clip length limit.
Next on the home screen control bar is the refresh button, which is a helpful tool for older Smart and Wireless Camera systems.
If you have one of these systems purchased from 2018, and the video becomes delayed, try hitting the refresh button to reset the video feed.
Below that is the large red record button which allows you to record clips to the iPad or Sony camcorder, depending on the recording setting you’ve selected.
Underneath the Record button is the Cam Assist button, which is only available for football game types and is covered in more detail in its own help center articles.
Last are the ODK options. By default these are only visible for games created for Football.
The ODK buttons on this screen allow you to tag the current play being recorded by Offense, Defense, or Kicking.
They’ll also disappear when Auto-tagging is turned on, which is in the tagging menu discussed in-depth later.
The Undo button on the left side will move the Smart or Wireless Camera back to its the last location.
In the bottom left corner, there is a broadcast button. This is used to start a livestream to YouTube, Facebook, or another streaming platform.
For more information about live streaming in general see our Sport Scope Live page or contact Support for more information about streaming from the Sport Scope app.
Once you’ve recorded a clip using “Record to iPad,” the clips will appear at the bottom of the page.
Note that you can only watch replays if you have a replay license, such as with the Smart Camera or EDGE Replay systems.
The arrow in the middle divider can be used to expand the list so you can see more clips at a time.
Again, assuming you have our replay license installed, when you select a clip the video will play on the main screen above.
For the Wireless Camera, the thumbnails for each recorded play will appear to show how many clips you’ve downloaded, but you won’t be able to watch the playback within the app.
There’ll be a message about the lack of replay in its place.
You can still export and upload plays out of the app after you’ve finished recording from the Games page. For instructions on how to export see our How to Upload articles.
You can start and stop playback by pressing the play/pause button, fast forward and rewind, change clip speed, and go to the next or previous clips.
The picture-in-picture window is used when you have multiple angles such as with the Smart Camera or EDGE Replay systems.
Tapping on the picture-in-picture window will switch the main view angle so you can see the recording from multiple angles.
On the lefthand side near the bottom there is an arrow.
If you open that menu, you can see Draw, Tag, Sort, Stats, and Favorites.
For a full walkthrough of our Draw, Tag, Sort, Stats, Favorite, ODK, and In-Depth Tagging app features, please see our “How to Tag Replays, Sort, Favorite, Draw, etc” help center article.