Game Data Live Setup


There is a lot to set up with Game Data Live. You'll have settings in the Game Data Live application. If you build a Game Data Live network - you'll setup a wireless router. If you use the network server capability, you'll set up an FTP server within the router. You can setup a directional access point to send a stronger signal to the sideline.

Game Data Live - Application Settings

Game Options

Just before you open a game, you'll go through the Game Options screen. You can designate if you want to gather a little data or a lot. You can also designate whether you want the camera to shoot photos or video and video clips can be assigned to one of four cameras (Wide, Tight, Rover and Other).

Game Action Menu

After you Load a Game, you can tap on the Action Menu in the upper right corner of the screen to access lots of settings. The Action Menu looks like a box with an arrow in it. Its next to the Reports button.

Tap on the box to reveal the Action Menu.

You can tap on GDL Network Settings, Video Camera Settings, Video Playback Zoom, Add New Video To and Carry Data Forward to access settings for those topics.

Game Data Live Network

Turn on Auto Transmit New Video to automatically transmit video files after you shoot them.

Use Auto Transmit New Video To: in order to designate which users to send the video to.

Test Network pings another network user so you can measure performance.

Server Setup lets you designate an FTP Server

Turn on Transmit Using Server to utilize an FTP server to deliver video files. If you don't have a server, this should be turned off.

Test Server will let you know if the server is functioning.

Video Camera Settings

You can choose from several Video Resolutions.

Most should choose the 1280 x 720 option. That provides plenty of video quality and can be transmitted over strong WiFi.

If your WiFi is not strong - choose Medium for blurry video.

If you're using SneakerNet, use any resolution you want.

Record Sound can be turned off to record video with no sound.

Turn on Smooth Auto Focus if you have an iPhone 6 or iPad Pro (9.7 inch). If you turn this off, your camera will lock its focus when you start to record.

Auto Focus Range Far makes your camera far sighted which is appropriate for shooting football video.

Low Light Mode is not supported by most iOS devices.

Exposure Lock locks your exposure while you're recording.

Video Stabilization can help reduce the shake in your video

Video Playback Zoom

When you're viewing wide screen video in a space that's not 16 x 9 in shape, you can use these settings to fill the blank space.

Zoom to Fill clips off the ends to fill the space.

Stretch to Fill makes everyone tall and skinny to fill the space.

Carry Data Forward

You'll use Carry Data Forward when you're finished entering data for a play. Carry Data Forward creates the next play and sets the quarter, down and distance appropriately. If you have multiple scrolling data panels, you can have it scroll to the left automatically for you. You may also notice some automatic scrolling after you use the camera.

You can also set Carry Data Forward to just create a new play.

Wireless Network Settings

Game Data Live Network allows multiple iPads / iPhones to share what they're doing. It uses Apple's peer to peer networking over Bluetooth, WiFi and infrastructure WiFi. It does not use internet access to function. You may want to provide your own wireless router at a game to extend the distances between your iPads. Apple's peer to peer network requires iOS 7 or later.

Click Here to See How we Setup our Linksys Router for WiFi

Network Server Settings

We have found that we can make our network more robust by adding a file server to it. Specifically, we use an FTP server to forward the video files through. Video file transfers from an iPad to a server go twice as fast as to another iPad. Once the video is on the server, one or more Game Data Live users can download it automatically. If you get disconnected from the network, you can refresh your network data from another iPad on the network and choose to download the video you missed from the server.

Click Here to Learn How to Setup a LINKSYS Router as a Server

Wireless Access Point Settings

We have also found that you can get video to the sideline faster if you point a directional access point in that direction. We have used access points from TP-LINK and Ubiquity Networks to do this. In particular, we use a TP-LINK CPE510 to provide a stronger WiFi link to the sideline.

Click Here to Learn How to Setup a TP-LINK CPE510 as an Access Point

Wireless Client Settings

With a TP-Link CPE510 wireless Access Point on your press box, you can put another TP-Link CPE510 on the sideline to provide a private WiFi pipe through the sea of cell phones in your stands.

Click Here to Learn How to Setup a TP-LINK CPE510 as a Client