Mobile Publishing Accessories
For the best “hands off” streaming experience we recommend you have a few items to give your viewers the highest quality live stream possible. For example:
Baseball/Softball: You will want to mount your camera to the outside of a baseball/softball backstop so the lens is stable and centered between the diamond fence opening.
For basketball, tennis or volleyball you may want to mount your camera on a standard tripod or use an extra tall extension tripod to get an even better view.
If you are at a location that doesn’t have a power outlet, you may require a power bank to keep your devices charging throughout your event.
When using a phone, you can also experiment with wide angle lens attachments to capture the right amount of the field or court depending on how far away from the action your camera is.
We have listed a few links below that will provide you with options that can be purchased. If you plan to use your phone you can get a very solid and flexible mount (like the image to the right) for about $30-40.
If you prefer not to have your expensive phone tied up during games, add the hi quality Yi4K Action camera for about $115.00.
Other items that are helpful are a power bank (you may already have) to keep your camera device charged throughout the day of streaming and some type of bag or pouch with a hook/clip that you can store your power bank and/or external data hotspot if you use one.
YourGameCam streaming service plans are available for various lengths of time to meet your needs. Currently, we are offering a 5 day free trial to test out the mobile publishing services! Monthly service is $75. Convenient 3 month plans are discounted to $150 (or $50/month) which if split among the players is only $4-5 each for a baseball/softball team with 10-12 players. For teams or individuals that want to stream various games and events all year an annual plan is available at $450/yr. Remember these fees cover everyone watching for free (no pay-per-view) and you can offset fees by getting team some sponsors who want their ads displayed on your live and replay channel.
Yi4K Action Camera - $115.00
This action camera integrates seamlessly with the YourGameCam Live Streaming Platform and gives a great wide angle view with clear audio which is ideal for many sports including baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball, tennis, etc. The affordable price point makes it a great option for those wanting to keep their valuable phone from being tied up or in harm’s way during sports events.
Mobile Phone Holder and Fence Mount - $7.99 (Get 2!)
When using a mobile phone to stream baseball/softball you will want 2 of these on hand. One will securely mount to the fence and the other will hold your mobile phone in place throughout the event.
When using the Yi4K camera you will only need 1 of these to mount to the fence.
Mini Double Ball Head Tripod adapter - $12.90
This handy little device helps position the camera at just the right angle. When using a mobile phone this goes between the 2 mobile phone holder/fence mounts. When using the Yi4K camera you will mount the camera on one end of this and the fence mount on the other end.
Portable Power Bank charger - $29.99
If you are live streaming at a location without a power outlet, you will likely want a way to keep your devices charged. If you don’t have a power bank already, this 20,000 mAh portable charger will get the job done. We really like the very clear % remaining display, so you know exactly how much power is left at all times.
Pouch for Power Bank and Hotspot - $6.97
This is the most affordable and useful bag/pouch we have seen to hold your power bank and hotspot near your phone camera. You can find this at your local Home Depot store or order online if more convenient. Add a carabiner clip to attach to fence.
VicTsing 3 in 1 Wide Angle Camera Lens - $9.99
A wide angle lens (still looking for the best product in this line) is helpful when using your mobile phone as the camera on baseball/softball fields where the backstop is very close to home plate. The wide angle lens allows you to see the full field without cutting off part of the infield. VicTsing camera lens for iphone works great on most types of mobile phones, including 7/ 6s/ 6/ 5/ 5s/ 4 iPad Air 2/1 Samsung Galaxy and most android smart phones. Please make sure the thickness of the cellphone is no more than 0.6in and the distance between camera and the edge' of the cellphone is no more than 1.57in.
In a hurry? Get something Local that works
If you are planning to stream today or you don’t have time to order online with the above links, you can likely get by with a “gorilla-type” phone mount from a local store like Best Buy, Staples, Target, which will be able to hook to or grab the chain link fencing to position the phone camera lens through a fence opening.
We suggest you do an online search for “iphone tripod” and click the shopping tab and check the "Available Nearby” box to see what local stores may have something like this image.