Puckeye How-To:


Install – quick method

Video instruction coming soon.

Step 1) Turn on your ©GoPro Hero3 or 4 camera while inside it’s ©Gopro Hero Skeleton case, press record and place the camera inside the Puckeye case, secure in place with the aluminum wedge.

Step 2) Open the padding around the centre bar, 1/4 way up from the ice. Place the gasket approximately 14″ above the ice surface, then affix the clamps to the gasket, tightening just enough to hold in place.

Step 3) Step back and adjust direction of the case up/down and left/right for an approximately centred view.
While it may not be centred perfectly, the goalie should still see 90%+ of his movements in net.

Step 4) Tighten the clamps down, and close up the padding, re-attacehd the Velcro on the center foam cushion around the Puckeye case.

Install – precision method

Video instruction coming soon.

Step 1) Turn on your ©GoPro Hero 3 or 4 camera while inside it’s ©Gopro Hero Skeleton case, pair to your smart device to view video feed.

Step 2) Once at the net, open the padding around the centre bar, 1/4 way up from the ice. Place the foam gasket approximately 14″ above the ice surface, then affix the clamps to the gasket, tightening just enough to hold itself in place.

Step 3) Place camera inside puckeye case and secure in place with the back pin. Step back and view the camera’s angle on the smart device. Adjust up/down and left/right to get the view you are looking for. Should be able to see few inches outside either post, as well as portion of crossbar and goal line.

Step 4) Tighten the clamps down, then check again to ensure camera didn’t move or twist while tightening

Step 5) Close up the padding and re-attacehd the velcro on the center foam cushion around the Puckeye case.

how to run a tournament

Video instruction coming soon.

Below is a guidline on what you need for equipment, as well as steps to recording a full day of games during a tournament. This can be done by one person, having done it myself, but is less hectic with a 2.

What you need:
Puckeye case x 2
©GoPro Hero 3 or 4 camera x 4
©GoPro Hero 3 or 4batteries x 6
©GoPro dual sided battery charger w/cord x 2
©GoPro usb cables x 2
Class 1 or higher HD video card x 4
Smart device with ©GoPro app installed
External Hard drive x 1 (1TB recommended, 500GB suitable)
Laptop computer
Workstation – Table and chair for comfort, in close proximity to ice surface, with power outlet

Before we go on, this guide is assuming the camera will begin recording at the beginning of the came straight through to the end.

For the remainder of the explanation, the cameras will be labeled camera1, camera2, camera3, camera4 to keep cameras organized.

Each ©GoPro camera will need to be linked to the smart device, before tournament, be sure to have passwords for each camera, and link via wifi well before hand.

Prior to each day of filming:
– Charge all 6 batteries
– All videos downloaded to external hard drive then deleted from memory cards
– Settings are properly programmed; camera should be in video mode, 1080-60fps-W(ide) angle

1st Day

– Arrive 1 hour before first game
– Turn on all cameras, ensure batteries as full, and correct video settings, then turn all off, with exception to camera1
– Turn on the wifi for camera1, link with smart device and begin to view using ©GoPro app (you should be able to see camera view on device)
-Place camera securely in puckeye. It is a tight fit, you may need to press hard. Slide the anchor pin behind camera to hold securely in place.
– If your fingers touch the lens face, be sure to wipe off with lint free cloth
– At the first goal, take off center pole padding
– Loosen clamps on the puckeye case base, affix to the center bar and tighten wingnut until case is snug (do not over tighten at this point)
– Step back and view the angle on your smart device.
Adjust up/down, left/right as needed. Should have a good frame of the posts on the left/right side, as well as see the goal line at the VERY bottom of the view, ideal if can partially see the crossbar across the top.
This usually works best when placed about 14 inches from the ice, angled slightly up.
– When find correct place, tighten the wingnuts as tight as possible to avoid slippage.
– Once done, look again through the camera to ensure camera view is still correct, hasn’t shifted during tightening.
– Repeat process for the 2nd goal.

Now you should be set for the rest of the tournament.
Though it is advised to re-check every 2-3 games, and every game during finals to ensure best results.
Re-adjust as needed.

When satisfied with camera view/angle, be sure to turn the wifi off of the camera, wifi drains the battery much quicker and may result in camera shutting down mid-game.

You are now ready to record the day’s games.

Before every game
Have cameras 1 and 2 fully charged, cards empty.
When walking to goal, turn the camera on, check settings are correct, video mode, 1080-60-W.
Before putting camera in case, push record and watch for 3-4 seconds, ensure red light is blinking and video is recording.
Place inside the puckeye case, slide the back supporting pin into place
Do the same for 2nd goal.

End of every game
– As soon as game is finished, before or during the Zamboni is cleaning the ice, go and retrieve the cameras
– Stop recording and turn off, place the pin back into the puckeye case, as can misplaced.
– Bring cameras back to work station.
– Cameras 3 and 4 should be charged and ready
– Link camera 1 and 2 to laptop via usb or card reader, open and begin to copy all files to the external hard drive.
– Copying should take approximately 35-40 minutes.
– Save each game in separate folder for easy organization
– Once camera data has been copied to hard drive, delete all files on the camera.
– Once camera 1 and 2 are finished copying over, replace with fresh batteries 5 and 6, and begin charging batteries 1 and 2

**Tip
– Do not put cameras in during warm-up, there is too much time recording and chance battery will run out before the end of the game. Wearing skates and skating to each net will speed up this process as well.
Cameras are to be turned on and placed inside the puckeye case after warmup and before the game begins.
– There is not enough time to completely recharge the first pair of batteries between games (assuming games are standard 1 hour long), hence needing 6 batteries for 4 cameras. You will continually be charging batteries and rotating them between the cameras throughout the day.

Repeat
– There is little time to complete everything and have all equipment ready for the next game. It is important not to forget the steps, as if batteries are not charged or files have not finished being transferred over, it will affect the next game, and may result in not being able to film the game.
Once the game starts, you cannot jump on 6 minutes in to put in the cameras. Once its begins, times up and you miss that game.

End of day
Ensure all films have been downloaded onto the hard drive
After downloaded, erase all data from the cameras.
Charge all batteries
Prepare for another day of filming.

FAQ

Is the box guaranteed to prevent damage to my camera?

We have tested the box by taking wrist and snap shots from approximately 10 feet away, directly at the puckeye with camera inside, and the camera continued filming with no major issue. (there was some vibrations). That said, we do not guarantee it will protect against those with high speed shots or direct slap shots, or if the camera is continually hit over long periods of time. Our case is designed to help deflect the stray shot that sneaks by us tenders. If we are doing our job, there shouldn’t be too many pucks making contact with the camera.

Who who benefit from using this product.

Those goalies whom are wanting to accurate and unobstructed video replay of their game from this rarely seen and exciting angle. Those wanting to improve their positional game together with their goalie coach or by themselves, improve your angles while following the play. Mostly, it is for those who want the cool video replay of themselves while in net, and to give your friends and family a small taste of what its like to be the in the hot seat as the last line of defense for your team.

Video settings for best result best view.

If you are videoing your game, we recommend having the camera settings at 1080(not superview), Wide angle and 60fps which should allow you to capture both posts and give you a complete view of the net.
We find this is the simplest and most convenient way to film a game or practice. Please see our How To Use page.
Setting to 780 or 30 or 48fps will also work if you are low on memory, but makes it much more difficult if you want to get screen capture shots later.

If someone is remotely controlling the camera to take photos, essentially all setting will work just fine, you can adjust as you see fit.