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We put this guide together as a way to help users take the best video possible for processing with SportsTrace. It’s the SportsTrace Video Best Practices!
Read below on our simple how-to:
Subjects that are in the full frame of the video yield the best possible results. When parts of the subject’s body move outside of the frame of the video, it becomes difficult for us to analyze their whole body movement.
A stable camera that is focused on the subject is the absolute best scenario for analyzing that subject. Cameras that move around produce video that is difficult to analyze. Find a place to mount or rest the camera so that it remains safe and stable.
Nothing special needed here, just one camera taking video. We can accept video from your tablets, your cellphones, your computers, and professional color cameras as well. Flip phones might be tough.
Better videos are from close up by following all the rules. When the subjects are really far away with lots of other things in the frame, our analysis sometimes has trouble and might not provide the most accurate results.
To measure the entire body, we need to be able to see the entire body. Some obvious things blocking the subject could be fences, other people, other equipment, something directly in front of the phone camera, a batting cage…all of those things between you and the subject could cause problems.
The best video for us to analyze is color video. The good news is that is the default of most cameras. We also ask for well lit, color video scenarios so that our AI automation can see the subject in the video. The problem with black and white videos is that our robots have a tough time seeing the subject.
We can identify humans in video, which is neat. But we have trouble seeing your left arm when…well, we can’t see it. That’s why front facing video is typically the best. For baseball hitting, that from the other batter’s box. For pitching, that’s from either behind home plate or from the arm side dugout. For golf, it’s across the tee box. For tennis, that’s typically from the net for most shots.