14 Ways to Get the Most out of Technique This Season

Haven’t record­ed a video in awhile? We’ve rev­o­lu­tion­ized how you record and review video live at practice.

14 Ways to Get the Most out of Technique This Season

Haven’t record­ed a video in awhile? We’ve rev­o­lu­tion­ized how you record and review video live at practice.

We’ve spent a lot of time dis­cussing how Hudl Technique helps coach­es and ath­letes in indi­vid­ual sports, but it’s also worth not­ing the impact it can have on teams. As we approach the spring sea­son, there’s no bet­ter time to get trained up on using Technique to your squad’s advan­tage. The fol­low­ing 14 tips should steer you in the right direction.

1. Check the new recorder

Haven’t record­ed a video in awhile? We’ve rev­o­lu­tion­ized how you record and review video live at prac­tice. As soon as you record a video, you can instant­ly play it back with the full set of tools. When you’re done, jump right back to record a new clip.

2. Try the new toolbox

Love draw­ing on your record­ings? So do we. You can now cus­tomize your tool­box with the tools that you use most often, and we’ll remem­ber them for quick­er analy­sis down the line.

3. Sync your roster

We recent­ly released a huge update for our users with a Hudl team. Link your Hudl account in Technique to tag and share with the teams, cus­tom groups and ath­letes you’ve already added on Hudl​.com. 

4. Auto-share when tagged

Skip the extra taps. You can choose to have videos auto­mat­i­cal­ly share once a user is tagged. Simply turn on the switch in your set­tings. This tuto­r­i­al can tell you how.

5. Show players the bigger picture.

One of our favorite things about Hudl Technique is the abil­i­ty to replay videos instant­ly and give feed­back on the spot. Rather than hud­dling around a small screen, try cap­tur­ing video using an iPad or larg­er phone to make review­ing eas­i­er for mul­ti­ple ath­letes. For big­ger groups, coach­es will often mir­ror their screen onto a TV mon­i­tor using Apple TV, an HDMI con­nec­tor, or USB.

6. Record your athletes and your feedback at the same time

With Hudl Technique, you can record voice and video simul­ta­ne­ous­ly. Capture a QB’s throw­ing motion and offer your thoughts all at once, then just tap and share the anno­tat­ed video. There’s no need to spend time review­ing and ana­lyz­ing videos after prac­tice when you can knock every­thing out in real time.

7. Watch athletes evolve

There’s no such thing as too much video, espe­cial­ly when it comes to track­ing indi­vid­ual improve­ment. We encour­age coach­es and ath­letes to record every poten­tial­ly impor­tant moment, includ­ing team for­ma­tions and indi­vid­ual mechan­ics, from day one of the pre­sea­son all the way through the play­offs. Recording ear­ly and often will give you plen­ty of clips to com­pare and offer a full pic­ture of just how far your team has come. Position videos side-by-side to show ath­letes (or remind your­self!) how their per­for­mance improves game to game, or even year to year.

8. Practice with the pros

Hudl Technique is stacked with a grow­ing library of pro­fes­sion­al ath­letes for users to emu­late. Use Hudl Technique’s com­par­i­son tool to view your player’s per­for­mance next to a pro’s. Seeing any tech­nique along­side the best in the biz is a great way to make adjust­ments and improve. Use the search” option in Community to find not only pro­fes­sion­al work­outs, but addi­tion­al videos sub­mit­ted by oth­er Technique users.

9. Import your roster for simple sharing

Technique users with an exist­ing Hudl ros­ter can import ath­letes in no time and make the shar­ing process even eas­i­er. Once play­ers equip their own devices with Hudl Technique, they’ll be able to watch videos the sec­ond they’re shared — and you’ll get a noti­fi­ca­tion any­time those shared videos are viewed.

10. Embrace frame rate options

Depending on what device you’re using to record, you could cap­ture video at up to 240 fps (frames per sec­ond). Recording videos at such a high frame rate allows super slow-motion play­back with­out the risk of becom­ing a blurred mess so you can zoom in on every detail. While it’s espe­cial­ly great for golf and base­ball swings, that abil­i­ty to pin­point every high and low can help any ath­lete look­ing to make small but impor­tant changes.

One of the bites of record­ing that many frames-per-sec­ond? File size. The more frames per sec­ond, the larg­er the video, and your phone or tablet could run out of space soon­er than you think. The key is to be aware and only use the high frame rate cap­ture when you need it. If you’re record­ing a longer play or some­thing that sim­ply doesn’t need a super-detailed analy­sis, tap the FPS option and switch over to 30.

If you still find your­self reg­u­lar­ly record­ing high FPS videos, our next tip should help.

11. Save storage space and sync with cloud backup

Reviewing videos record­ed with a high frame rate can be help­ful — we don’t blame you for want­i­ng to do it all the time! But if you’re record­ing a lot and find your stor­age space eat­en up, or have trou­ble switch­ing between two mobile devices, we have a sug­ges­tion: By upgrad­ing to Elite, you can back up an end­less amount of video to the cloud, and sync video from mul­ti­ple devices to one online loca­tion. (And that’s not the only perk Elite has to offer.)

12. Try the 10-second delay

Using a tri­pod to record when you’re work­ing alone is sim­ple enough, but you always end up with videos full of dead space before the action. For indi­vid­ual play­ers look­ing to record them­selves and get feed­back, or for coach­es look­ing to record their own form as an exam­ple, 10-sec­ond delay is the per­fect tool. It gives you a brief win­dow between press­ing record and actu­al­ly record­ing, so there’s time to get in posi­tion. Once you hit record, the app will count­down from 10, flash to indi­cate the record­ing has start­ed, and leave you with a nice­ly trimmed video.

13. Add tags to organize videos

You can orga­nize videos any way you want by adding tags like ath­lete name, posi­tion, play, or tech­nique. We pro­vide pre­set tags, but you can cre­ate cus­tom terms to fit your needs. Tagging videos just after record­ing makes them even eas­i­er to find lat­er, just tap the drop­down menu on your Videos” page to sort by ath­lete or tag.

14. Connect with the community

Keep your pro­file up-to-date and reap the ben­e­fits — like sug­gest­ed drills, coach­ing tips, and updates spe­cif­ic to your pri­ma­ry sport. An updat­ed pro­file will also help you engage with the Hudl Technique com­mu­ni­ty, allow­ing you to con­nect with oth­er ath­letes and coaches.

Remember: Hudl Technique is avail­able for free on iOS and Android. You can down­load it any time to get a clos­er look at the fea­tures above and deter­mine whether or not your team could benefit.

Have ques­tions? Shoot us an email — we’re always hap­py to help.