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Dear NBA YouTube Channel, Stop Ruining Highlights With Annoying Camera Angles!

Published on January 27th, 2016 by Astramskas, David | 780 views

The Putback King Kristaps Porzingis had another one on Tuesday night. You can fully appreciate the dunk from the broadcast footage above. Then you can semi-enjoy it with the official NBA youtube video, which incorporates all of those new annoying camera angles that have been pissing off Youtube subscribers for months.

Up, down, up, down, left, right, left, right (B, A, Start – Old school Nintendo players will get the reference), zoom in, zoo out. Chill cameraman!

Here’s a few of the most liked comments on this NBA video.

  • Stop doing horrible camera angles (110 likes)
  • These Camera angles gave me a nosebleed
  • Fuck you NBA. We know you read the comments. change the camera angles, we’ve asked nicely but now it’s pissing us off. (Also stop rigging games)
  • Swear to Gawd bout these camera angles. NBA WILL YOU WAKE THE FUCK UP AND FIX THESE GOD DAMN CAMERA ANGLES!? NOBODY WANTS THEM! DO YOU GUYS HAVE FUCKING RETARD SYNDROME OR SOMETHIN? JUST GIVE US REGULAR BLEACHER VIEW. DAMMIT!
  • NBA…NBA…NBA.. You never learn do you ? Why do you even try with these camera angles? Just give us the clip straight from the game stop editing that shit it looks horrible and we can never see the best of the play.

This type of rage has been going on since the beginning of the season and my personal favorite example is this Jonas V dunk from a few weeks ago.

Here’s the most liked comments.

  • Probably the worst camera angles ever lmao
  • Fucking porno camera angles……
  • Everyone start disliking videos that use these crappy angles…
  • Is it me or is the NBA putting up worser camera angles every time we complain? It feels like it lol
  • WOW i was first worried they werent going to show this, well bcuz they tend to do that to us, but after seeing these FUCKED up Angles I wish they never posted it
  • Fucking camera guy fell for the pump fake too and took the entire play with him all shaky and shit lmaooooooo

Here’s what the disappointed youtubers wanted to see.

I’m not going to post any other examples, but if you randomly select a recent clip off the NBA youtube chanel, there’s a good chance you will see similar angles and similar comments.

MIXTAPE INFLUENCE

So the question is, why the new angles? My assumption is it’s part of a plan by the NBA to try and duplicate the look and feel of hoop mixtapes from YouTube channels like Ballislife, Hoopmixtape, Home Team Hoops and other similar channels, which feature mixes made from footage mostly shot from under the basket by guys sitting on the ground with hand-held cameras.

The influence of mixtapes on the NBA YouTube channel started a couple of seasons ago, when they started using words like “sick” more often, PUTTING IT IN ALL CAPS and ending the title with an exclamation point…or two!!.  An example would be “Blake Grffin Shows Off His SICK Handles!” 4 years ago, they would have called the video “Blake Griffin Has Impressive Moves.”

But the biggest step the NBA made in getting that hoop mixtape feel right, is by hiring the founder of HoopsMixtape, Nils Wagner, to edit NBA mixtapes of players. Anybody familiar with Hoopsmixtape could tell after a few seconds of this awesome Steve Nash mix that it was influenced, if not edited by, a “mixmaker.”

Nils has also done some great work on a Nick Van Exel video and this Jason Williams mix.

The most liked comment on the White Chocolate vid is “the cameraman’s worst nightmare.”  It’s a comment that made me wonder how awful the NBA youtube vids would be right now if they tried to film Williams the way they did Jonas V in the previously featured clip.

So I’ll end my rant here with a plea: Please NBA, stop using such annoying camera angles so we can fully appreciate great NBA highlights and future Godzingis dunks.
Sincerely, David Astramskas fka Mixmaker Vincent Da.

 




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