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