by Alex Benepe | September 22nd, 2012
After a very long wait on the part of IQA players and fans, most likely to the point that some people never thought it would be available, the IQA is proud to finally release up-close and personal, multi-camera footage of the World Cup semi-finals and finals, which took place at Randall’s Island in Icahn Stadium on November 13, 2011.
Each game has been filmed with three field-side cameras and has been edited and combined into smooth, continuous game coverage by IQA video editor Johnathan Segarra. Segarra has been working on the videos in the IQA office for most of the summer. The on-site video coverage was directed by Jared Kowalczyk – whose voice can be heard on walkie-talkie orchestrating the crew – and manned by intrepid IQA volunteers, who fought through numbing cold and long hours to capture all of the footage.
Sadly, sections of the Texas A&M vs. Middlebury game were completely corrupted and unusable (obviously deleted as part of an IQA conspiracy). In the A&M game, this was replaced by footage captured from the stands and courteously lent to the IQA by Veronica Ramshaw. However, the good news is that there was one camera angle captured of the Division 2 finals, and fans can expect it in the near future.
Between the multiple cameras, running scoreboard, and power-play notifications, this is by far the best footage of real-life quidditch and they now comprise the most exciting, full-games available to watch online.
Jonathan has worked through many glitches and kinks in editing, syncing, exporting, and uploading these three videos, and he is now working full-steam ahead on all of the footage from Field 4 on Day 1 and 2 of the fifth annual World Cup, which will be released as soon as it is available.
You can watch all three below:
Semi-Finals: University of Minnesota vs. University of Florida
Semi-Finals: University of Texas A&M vs. Middlebury College
Finals: University of Florida vs. Middlebury College