Top 5 Tips to Get the most out of your Video Analysis efforts

Did you know that video analysis is considered the number 1 tool for improving your teams performance? I know we might be a bit biased but we would love to share what we consider the top 5 tips to help you up your video analysis game.

Whether you’re a coach, athlete, or aspiring analyst, harnessing the power of video can significantly enhance the performance and understanding of your team. Here’s our first tip to kickstart your journey:

  • Tip #1: Define Your Goals Before diving into the technical aspects, take a moment to define your objectives. What are you looking to improve?  Your attack, defence, or something more specific like catch pass skills? Clarifying your goals will help tailor your approach and focus your efforts effectively.

  • Tip #2: Invest in Quality Equipment, and while you don’t need top-of-the-line gear, investing in good quality, reliable equipment can make a big difference in the quality of your analysis.

    Sometimes a mobile phone is enough but if you can get a budget together then consider factors like camera resolution, frame rate, durability and also the weather!!

    An essential part of the toolbox is a quality tripod… get as high as possible when you are filming.

  • Tip #3: Optimize Your Filming Setup. Pay attention to lighting try not to shoot into the sun, get your angle right, if you’ve not got height then shooting from behind the posts is probably the way to go it will give you a better view of the action.

    Height is key.. get as high up as you can, if you can’t get a mast tripod get up on top of that clubhouse!!

  • Tip #4: Organize Your Data Methodically Establish a system for organizing your videos and analysis data. Whether it’s creating folders, using tags, or employing dedicated software, a structured approach makes it easier to retrieve and review insights when needed.

    Remember your goals from step 1, its easy to get carried away and plough countless wasted hours into your analysis, stay organised and stay focused.

    Keeping things organised is a bit easier when you use a platform like RugbySmarts, just upload your footage and let it take care of all that boring stuff so you can concentrate on the good stuff of performance improvement.

    Remember, analysis is an iterative process. Continuously refine your techniques and strategies based on the insights gained from your data.

  • Tip #5: Research Analysis Software Options There’s a plethora of software available catering to various needs and skill levels. From basic video editing tools to advanced analytical platforms, research and compare options to find one that aligns with your goals and technical proficiency. Find one that suits your needs.

Of course we think RugbySmarts is the best platform available to Rugby coaches, it automates event detection, you don’t need a degree in Performance Analysis to use it and it keeps everyone on the same page.. simple and smart!

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