Video Recording Guide

Recording your rounds is mandatory when playing in NEXT Golf Tour – both for ruling purposes and score verification, but also so NEXT can create content covering the tournament, including results, highlight reels, player profiles and more!

We understand that recording and uploading can be finicky, so look in this article for a comprehensive guide on how to record your tournament rounds, what settings you should use, and how to position your camera.

A similar guide for how to upload can be found here : Video Upload Guide


What Settings Do I Need To Be Aware Of?

Most modern smartphones should be more than adequate to record NEXT Tour rounds.

Before you start playing, make sure you have sufficient space on your device to capture the entirety of your round. As a rule of thumb, a full round of 18 holes is estimated to take between 30-40 minutes – depending on your camera settings, file sizes can change drastically.

For best results, we recommend recording at 1080p HD at 30fps. With these settings, a 30-minute recording should occupy approximately 2GB of space on your device. For good measure we recommend you have at least double that freed up, to eliminate issues related to lack of space during your tournament play.


If you’d like to record in a higher framerate/resolution, go for it! Just be aware that it will increase file size.

Also remember to account how many players are competing simultaneously. Each additional golfer playing a full 18-hole round of golf adds approximately 30 minutes to the total play time (and recording time).


Positioning The Camera

  • Round recordings should be done in vertical orientation
  • Position the camera behind the hitting area so that your entire body/swing and the screen can be seen (see image)
    • Typically, this means positioning the camera in line with the Trackman unit in your simulator
  • You can consider making two recordings: one for the front 9 and one for the back. This reduces file sizes and can make the upload process easier

Additional Tips & Tricks

  • Make sure you put your device on “Do not Disturb” mode or better yet, flight mode. This ensures that your recording won’t be disrupted by things like phone calls or other notifications
  • Use a tripod to keep the recording angle the same during the entire round
  • Make sure you can see the impact screen clearly in the recording – if necessary ask the facility to increase the brightness of the projector

Transfer To A Computer For Easier Upload

See the article on uploading footage to NEXT more information here : Video Upload Guide

While you can upload to wetransfer straight from your phone, we recommend doing so from a computer with a stable highspeed internet connection for best results.

If you decide to upload via your smartphone’s browser, ensure you have a stable wifi connection, that you have enabled “Do Not Disturb”, and that your devices sleep/power saver options are disabled. If not, your phone’s upload will be disrupted by incoming calls, app notifications and screen inactivity – resulting in incomplete uploads and a headache!

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