Compatible and Helpful Third Party Products November 15, 2019 22:46 Updated Follow Products that work well with Takedown to help you save time or improve results. CAPTURE LIVE VIDEO DIRECTLY TO PC FOR VIDEO PRODUCTION Takedown's Scoring Graphics are best combined with live match video. Here's a little dongle that makes it easy to connect a modern camcorder to a PC where you can mix live video with Takedown's scoring graphics. Doesn't need external power or additional software drivers, it's plug-n-play. Requires a camcorder with 1080P output. CAMCORDER Need a camcorder with 1080P output? We took a look at this one because it was inexpensive and had good Amazon reviews. Does the job and works well with Cam Link. Offers 1080P output required by the Cam Link. APPLE TV Connect your iPad to the Apple TV over Wifi. Connect the Apple TV to your digital monitor with an HDMI cable. On your iPad, turn on Screen Mirroring and select your Apple TV. In Takedown, turn on the Scoreboard. Buy a used Apple TV on eBay for $50 or so. AIRSERVER -- TURNS PC INTO APPLE TV AirServer is a software product that turns any PC into an Apple TV. Why is this useful? Because (1) it is 1/10th the cost of Apple TV; (2) it can stream content to YouTube; (3) it can record a stream to your hard drive and (4) it can source two AirPlay streams at once. Not as convenient as Apple TV, but much more capable and dirt cheap. We use AirServer a lot. CHARGING STATION Charging a bunch of iPads with single socket wall chargers is a pain. Thankfully, there are multi-unit chargers out there that are inexpensive and do the job. This product from Satechi will charge seven devices simultaneously. The rack works well with naked devices and it's a snug fit if your iPad has a case or folio. We bought this on Amazon for $50 and it's worth every penny. Grab a few six inch charging cables as depicted; they're cheap and sold by many vendors. CASE/FOLIO If you don't have some sort of protective case on your expensive iPad, then you should budget for a replacement. When your iPad drops on the floor, it will break. You don't need to spend a fortune on a protective enclosure! We're big fans of the Fintie cases on eBay (shown in photo), delivered for about $10 and available in various colors and designs. You'll find a wide array of cost-effective iPad enclosures on eBay. PORTABLE BATTERY/CHARGER Dollar for dollar, the most useful thing in my magic kit. When your iPad -- or any other mobile thing -- is about to give up the power ghost, you'll thank goodness for a portable battery. Cheap, sturdy, small and easy to use. Just plug your iPad into a portable battery and you're good for another few hours. We have a few Anker units because: Amazon Best Seller. There are lots of choices. Get one or two, keep them charged and throw one in your pack when you go to the wrestling event. VIDEO CLOUD STORAGE Need to spend $560+ annually for a wrestling-specific, cloud service for storing match videos right? Wrong. The easiest and most cost-effective way to make your videos available to your wrestlers and fans is YouTube. Free, robust, simple, secure, accessible and from a $700 billion company that'll be here in two or twenty years. MERGE PDF Takedown's reports generate a lot of PDF files, one for each report type. Users often want a single PDF containing multiple reports, say for a single event or an entire season. We came across PDF Merge, a free online website for combining multiple PDFs into a single PDF. Seems to work well and it's priced right. ONLINE PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS AND EMAIL ADDRESS Email, calendar, spreadsheet, word processing and other tools are all free with Google. Still using your personal email address for your team? Bad idea. Parents, students and coaches move on. Get a team-specific email address that stays with the team. Many companies offer free email as well as productivity tools. Use them! Shared calendars are great, too, for keeping parents and athletes current on the event schedule. HARDWARE SCENE SWITCHER Poking around in OBS Studio with a mouse, targeting a transition button or moving a scene into the preview view are all opportunities to make an error. El Gato Stream Deck turns video production into a series of button presses. Stream Deck is a USB add-on device allowing the user to assign specific scenes to push buttons. Tap a button and the associated scene transitions to the Live View. Configuring and customizing with OBS Studio is easy. Related articles Uploading match results and weigh in to your team's Trackwrestling Account Pre Season Prep #4 Known Issues -- Takedown Scoring and Stats YouTube Playlist Creation What kind of iPad should I purchase? Comments 0 comments Please sign in to leave a comment.