Adding Video Results to Your Race
IMPORTANT: In order to post using RunSignup's video results feature, you will first need to have the corresponding results uploaded for your video, and they will need to include Clock Times for your participants, AND you will need to post your video to YouTube.
Adding Video Results to Your Race
Getting video of your race is becoming increasingly inexpensive while still remaining high in quality. GoPro cameras are now under $200 with extraordinary capabilities to get video to YouTube quickly, and YouTube is free for uploading videos. Setting one up at the finish line is simple and the times will align nicely. You can also set up cameras at split points if you have timing equipment there.
TIP #1: One trick you can do is set up your camera before the finish line when runners are looking fierce rather than exhausted after they cross the line! You can set an offset in RunSignUp to adjust for the time difference.
TIP #2: Put a “SMILE” sign or a "You're on Camera!" sign above the camera, to let people ham it up a bit for more fun.
In order to post using RunSignup's video results feature, you will first need to have the corresponding results uploaded for your video, and they will need to include Clock Times for your participants AND you will need to post your video to YouTube.
Once you have your results uploaded, then you can go to the RaceDay Tools tab, open up the section for Results, and then click on Edit Results.
For each results set you have created, you will see a button for Video Settings.
Click on this button, and the Results Video Settings pop-up will appear. If you would like to Set up a finish line video on YouTube (or even a video that takes place at another point along the run which is not the finish line), then check off the box to indicate this, and more video settings fields will be opened up for you.
The first field you'll need to fill in is the YouTube Video ID. You can find this at the end of your YouTube video's URL, after "watch?v=". Copy and paste the portion AFTER the equal sign (=) into the box provided; do NOT include the equal sign (=) or anything before it.
Once you have your video results set up, runners will be able to click on their Race Video link, and this will bring them to the point in your video that syncs up with their time (based on your video offset settings, which will be explained below).
Using the dropdown options of 2 Seconds, 5 Seconds, or 10 Seconds, decide on how much extra time should be shown before the actual finish, when people click the linking to view their finish.
This allows the person clicking the Race Video link on a particular result to see the video from either 2, 5, or 10 seconds before they reach the line.
Next you can set the Video Offset. This is to map out which portion or portions of your video show your finishers.
In the first row of the Clock Time column, enter the exact clock time of the first finisher who is seen in your YouTube video.
Then, in the first row of the Start Time Video Offset column, enter in the exact time in the video at which that Clock Time occurs.
NOTE: Clock Times and Start Time Video Offset times should be entered in the format of hh:mm:ss.
If you have no breaks/edits in your video, and if your video wasn't recorded at a faster or slower speed than your clock, then you likely won't need to do anything more.
However, if your video does have breaks/edits, or if your video was recorded at a faster or slower speed than your clock, then you will likely need to click Add Another Offset.
For instance, if you needed to change the camera battery between when the 119th finisher came in and when the 120th finisher came in, then you may edit together those two clips together in order to create one video upload, by simply having the second video clip start where the first video clip ends. While there won't be a time jump in the video's timecode, the clock time displayed in the video will jump forward in time. Without adding another offset, all finishers who came in AFTER the 119th finisher will click on their link and be brought to a section of the video AFTER their appearance in the video.
By clicking Add Another Offset, this will allow you to repeat the offset process for another point in your video.
For the example we just discussed, you would enter in the exact clock time of the 120th finisher who is seen in your YouTube video in the Clock Time column, and then enter in the exact time in the video at which that Clock Time occurs in the Start Time Video Offset column.
IMPORTANT: If you Add Another Offset, then you will need to fill in an ending Clock Time for the row above it.
Once you have finished customizing all of these settings, be sure to click on Save Video Settings, they go to your race's results page, select a few finishers, and make sure that you have your offsets set up correctly.