Performance Analysis, Product Reviews

Endzone v's Hi-Pod

20 Jan , 2011  

Endzone v’s Hi-Pod

Guest Article written by Dan White, Bristol

I have been fortunate to have access to both the Hi-Pod and Endzone video systems during my time as a video analyst. The purpose of this article is to compare the two systems in all areas of use from my personal opinion and to help people, who may be considering purchasing  either of the systems, make a decision to which one is better suited for their needs.

Size:

The first thing to be considered is the size of the systems. The Hi-Pod comes in at 31ft which is 6ft taller than the Endzone which is 25ft. Both systems give a great view to film from even though the Endzone is shorter it still gives a good perspective on the area being filmed. The additional height on the Hi-Pod does however make it more difficult to transport. The Hi-Pod breaks down into two sections, the telescoping tube (Dimensions approx. 220cm x 30 x 30) and the base section (Dimensions approx. 120 x 50 x 40). These both go in individual cases to be transported with the telescoping tube being awkward to fit into a standard UK or European sized 5-door car. The Endzone stays as one part which slots into a custom made box which has wheels for easy transport (Dimensions approx. 210cm x 35 x 40). The Endzone box is shorter than the Hi-Pod telescoping tube case. This allows the Endzone to be transported in the back of a small European 5 door car.

Extra Equipment:

In terms of cases for extra equipment the Endzone comes with a custom made briefcase which the remote control, screen and camera fit in.

Hi-Pod have also recently released a case for this purpose however I have not seen to be able to comment on this.

Set Up

The set up and taken down of the systems probably shows the greatest difference between the systems.

Connection of main parts: When setting up the Hi-Pod the telescoping tube is lifted above the base and slotted into position, this can often be challenging if setting up on your own especially if you’re not the tallest of people. The Endzone however is simply taken out of the box and is ready to set up.

Endzone Video System

Securing the legs/Stability: The Endzone has 3 legs which simply slide into position automatically locking in place with push bolts. In comparison, the Hi-Pod has 4 legs which have to unbolted, extended, re-bolted, screwed tight and security locked, which takes significantly longer than the Endzone. When looking at the stability of the two products I would defiantly say that despite having only 3 legs that the Endzone feels more stable and balanced than the Hi-Pod when they are both fully extended. The Hi-Pod does have a spirit level attached to help you level it, where the Endzone is done via eye.

Attachment of camera: Again the systems differ greatly, with the Hi-Pod the camera has to be screwed into the cradle at the top of the telescoping tube which can be a challenge without something to stand on to reach the cradle (approx 6 ½ foot off the floor + cradle doesn’t detach). The Endzone however uses a system much like a traditional tripod where you screw the camera into a plate which is then simply slotted onto the camera mount which is the tightened. There is even a safety mechanism so if you didn’t tighten the camera plate properly the camera cannot slide off as there is a push bolt which clips in when the camera plate is slid on. With regards to the cables running from camera to screen; both Hi-Pod and Endzone operate with a similar cable which allows AV and remote control in one cable to be connected into the screen and controller.

Hi-Pod Camera System

Screen Attachment: On the Endzone the standard 7 inch screen screws into place on a platform with one screw and the battery just slides into the back just like a camera battery would do on a camera. The Hi-Pod has  9 inch screen which slides onto a single bracket which is then tightened into place. The major difference here is the power for the Hi-Pod screen which comes from a large battery which is in a separate bag which can be worn around the waist or placed on the floor. The Cable connecting the screen and battery also connects to the remote control and AV cables. One thing that the Hi-Pod does have is a sun visor for the screen which can attach with Velcro as the screen does suffer when the sun is shining brightly, where the Endzone screen doesn’t really suffer as a result of the sun. With regards to the adjustability of the screen the Endzone screen is fixed so unable to move. The Hi-Pod screen is more flexible with it being attached to an arm of the main console allowing you to position the screen at a comfortable angle as well as the height of the screen which can be adjusted.

Raising the systems: Probably the biggest difference here , the Endzone uses a crank system which makes life very easy! Simply crank the Endzone up to the required height and then lock the security catch. In comparison, with the Hi-Pod you have to slide each individual section up and locking each section and bolting for extra security. This is slightly challenging if you’re not 6ft plus where something to stand on is required. Raising and lowering of the Hi-Pod is made slightly more difficult in wet weather due to lack of grip.

Endzone Tilt Control

Camera Tilt and movement: This again differs largely between the two systems with the Hi-Pod using a cradle and cord system and Endzone using one piece of cable. The Endzone is the simpler of the two as you connect the cable from the controller which runs direct to the camera tilt plate. When the camera is at desired height simply lock in place and you are ready to tilt with a lever. The Hi-Pods cradle is controlled by pieces of nylon cord which hang either side of the cradle coming down into a handle where they are clipped in place. This is sometimes a little tricky to get it set at the correct angle and if not set up perfectly can be a bit of battle to control during a long match. With regards to ease of movement the Endzone is the smother of the two systems as it turns with much less effort than the Hi-Pod.

One handed Vs two handed: One major advantage that the Endzone has over the Hi-Pod is that you can do everything with one hand. The tilt control level has a remote control built in making it easy to zoom, tilt and turn with one hand. The Hi-Pods tilt control being a handle which is rotated to tilt this means that you have to use the remote control in the other hand. The plus side to having a free hand is that you can tag the game live, saving you time in the long run and also being able to feedback to coaches at half time or immediately after a match.

Waterproof kit: When filming in the UK this is a key aspect of any kit for a video analyst. The Endzone waterproofing kit is very well thought out and comes as standard. It contains a cover for the camera, the screen and the tilt control which are all custom made and fit perfectly. Hi-Pod also offer a waterproofing kit which also consists of a camera cover, remote cover, battery cover and a screen cover however it looks cheap in comparison and does not fit as well as the Endzone kit.

Price:

In terms of price the Hi-Pod has recently slashed their prices, making it more affordable and a similar price to that of the Endzone.

Endzone price: $5,999 (remember shipping, taxes and duty will apply)

Hi-Pod Price: $5,150 (remember shipping, taxes and duty will apply)

Both come with travel cases, but the camera choice is up to the purchaser (ie you can use existing cameras if you have something suitable) – likewise battery choice is down to the customer

Final Comments:

Overall I would say that the Endzone is the better system, it just seems to be a more thought out and is easier to set up, use and transport. That’s not to say that the Hi-Pod isn’t worth considering as it gives you extra height and would be suitable for a relatively fixed venue. Both systems give you great elevated shots that are far superior to any scaffolding tower that I have seen in my time as a video analyst.

Endzone with Case

HiPod with Case

HiPod with Case

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A big thanks to Dan for writing this article. A lot of time and effort went into it. If people have any of there own experiences of using these or similar systems leave a comment below.

Dan White: Dan graduated from UWE Bristol with a degree in psychology and sports biology. Dan is currently an academy analyst with Bristol City (2 years). Dan also works as an analyst with UWE working with many of the University Sports teams.

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  • Ryan

    Personally, I like the HI-POD better. The ability to adjust the legs individually allows for an even shot on any landscape. We use this to film soccer and it has given us great results. Yes, you have to push up the polls, but it’s not too bad, and the price break is worth it. It’s like crank windows vs. power windows on a car.

  • steve jenks

    You can adjust the legs on the Endzone individually !!!!!

  • Stacey Cady

    Hi all, I have a competitive product to Hi-Pod and Endzone called Hi Cam which is the preferred solution to England Rugby, The Wallabies plus Premiership Football Clubs and County Cricket. My system is fully automatic, with integrated tripod, all terrain wheel system, Individually adjustable legs, laptop shelf and all cabling to control your camcorder from ground level as well as all connections for PC and MAC or Canopus Box. It has the capability of taking two camcorders on the top of the mast allowing you to film separate positions and angles. It can attached to a vehicle allowing you to film/code from inside when the weather is bad or where space is at a premium. We have a lateral extender which allows you to film directly over the top of a scenario. Our Hi Cam comes in 5m to 15m models. It is fully annodised, robust and weather-proof and only takes five minutes to put up and take down. Let me know if anyone is interested. Thanks

    • marcos jesus

      can you please give me some prices on your product and how can I see (website) thank you

    • http://www.videoeduca.co.uk marcos jesus

      can you contact me for more details please. 07765290606 marcos

  • http://www.performancevideo.co.uk Blake Sporne

    Where can we see details of the Hi Cam to compare it, I can’t find it anywhere?

  • Todd

    Anyone have a compare between the US Sports Video Raven and the EVS 25?

  • Dave Hewett

    Does anyone have any feed back on the Hi-Cam Filming System from SportAV? Just looking to get some comparisons between it and the others. Regards Dave

  • http://www.sportav.co.uk Stacey Cady

    Hi Dave, have a look at the testimonials section on my website http://www.sportav.co.uk or I can put you in contact with any of the teams that you it. cheers Stacey

  • http://www.sportav.co.uk Stacey Cady

    Hi all……just a quick update for those that are interested. We now have three specific models in the portable Hi Cam range. The 6m, 7.5m and 9m. The beauty is that the retracted / fully closed height of all three units ranges from 1.46m to 1.55m !!! This means they all will fit into a car or van and the set up and take down time is under five minutes. Have a look at the new SportsCam Pan Tilt Zoom http://www.sportav.co.uk/sports_cam_pan_tilt_zoom.html,it fits perfectly on top of any Hi Cam and allows hio speed pan and tilt with powerful zoom, you can record straight to the laptop or mac. If you need any more info then please dropm me a line. Stacey

  • http://www.videoeduca.co.uk marcos jesus

    I can get hold of some HI-POD TO SELL FOR THE BRITISH MARKET . PLEASE CONTACT ME IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED. 07765290606. THANK YOU

  • Jeff

    The Hipod X7 is totally different than the unit reviewed here. The Hi-Pod in these pictures is at least two years old. The reviewer does not even take into account that the Hi-Pod can be two different units, a 17 foot mobile, and the full 31 foot endzone style unit. And a from one price…thats hot.

  • Ollie Waldron

    Looking for a Hi-POD LCD Screen English Distributor. Please contact me with details of UK Distributors

  • Ollie Waldron

    Looking for a Hi-POD LCD Screen English Distributor. Please contact me with details of UK Distributors. ollie.waldron@lcfc.co.uk

  • http://www.sportav.co.uk Stacey Cady

    Hi all…. Please check out the new website. We have a range of portable, fixed and vehicle mounted SportsMasts to suit a variety of budgets. We have also launched the new SportsCam which can be mounted on top of our SportsMasts or can be a fixed system with live feed into Sportscode and Dartfish etc…. Please drop me a line at staceycady@sportav.co.uk or on 07702 004842…. Cheers and have a great Easter

  • http://www.fcvideoanalyse.nl/ André van Teeffelen

    FC Video Analyse in The Netherlands is the European distributor of the Endzone EVS25. We fully agree with the article above; the EVS25 is a great tower, easy to use and top quality. For prices and packages have a look at our website; http://www.fcvideoanalyse.nl If you want further information drop us a line or give us a call. info@fcvideoanalyse.nl

  • http://www.endzonecamera.com James Hill

    There is a better option, the fully remote controlled system from ENDZONECAMERA.COM
    Less expensive, easier to set-up, it takes just 3 minutes and no bolts, pulleys or cranks. Fits into almost any car, carried by one person. Check out the website it’s cool!