Video analysis basics | Is it helpful? Rule for a good video analysis
Is it helpful?
It 's the most important question that every coaches should ask all the time before doing a comment, an analysis or an exercice.
In this article, I'm going to give you the best advice to do an efficient and an helpful video analysis. Why? Because I like to search on internet and you can find lots of information, good or bad of course. You need to put it in order.
For example, I found this picture.
- This pic is from an article published by The New York Times, February 17th 2014 ( Click here to read this article)
Of course, a neophyte will be impressed by this effect produced by Dartfish solution. But someone who knows sport will see.... nothing. Frozen positions are too compact when the skater is in the air. A stromotion is a process to get a global view of a move. As coach, I can see the good edge (outside edge) when Yuna's right leg touchs the ice ( Toe pick position). And after?? Yes, as a coach, I try to show and compare performance of top skaters to my skaters. That's why this kind of analysis should be efficient and helpful.
I described on this website all uses of video in figure skating according my experience and some studies. There is one part where I explained camera angles and implications (Click here to read this article). This image is typically a camera angle problem. To get an efficient pic, the camera should be put more on the left. Like that you can have a view more on the side.
When you do a video analysis, you need to keep only ONE rule in your mind, no matter for who the analysis addresses ( coach or athlete).
My work/analysis adds value or not?
When you watch a video and you decide to do a Stromotion effect for example, it can happen that the result is not usable. In this case, it's better to do a slow motion or a comparison with comments, key positions, drawing...etc. I can understand how it's frustated sometimes because you worked for nothing or you thought it was a good idea. And when you see the result of your Stromotion, no. It's part video analyst's work.