How We Developed The Analysis Feature, and How You Can Get Started

Ready to explore the new analy­sis beta in your Hudl library? We’re giv­ing you the best ways to get the most out of your ten­den­cy data.

How We Developed The Analysis Feature, and How You Can Get Started

Ready to explore the new analy­sis beta in your Hudl library? We’re giv­ing you the best ways to get the most out of your ten­den­cy data.

As we’ve got­ten to know so many of you over the years, one thing has been con­sis­tent­ly clear: film break­down, both in self-review and scout­ing oppo­nents, is over­whelm­ing­ly the most time-con­sum­ing part of your week dur­ing the season. 

So as you get ready to gear up for the 2020 sea­son (or 2021, if your season’s been delayed), we brought you a new way to save time with an entire­ly new view­ing expe­ri­ence. This is the result of near­ly a year’s work, dat­ing back to the 2019 foot­ball season.

With the analy­sis beta, you no longer have to tog­gle between video and data, print off dozens of reports, or cre­ate so many playlists. The answers you’re look­ing for are just a few clicks away, sav­ing you the hours it pre­vi­ous­ly took you to find what you needed.

So far, the feed­back on this fea­ture has been over­whelm­ing­ly positive.

We’re get­ting specifics that you wouldn’t have noticed just by film break­down alone. Stuff that would have tak­en three guys to notice before.” Wes Burhoe, offensive line coach, Braintree (Mass.)
Without a doubt, this will save me time and headaches.” Joe Tabay, offensive line and linebackers coach, New Brighton (Pa.)
Our whole staff is lov­ing this. Way bet­ter than hav­ing reports of just the data. Freaking awesome.” Marc Marinelli, defensive coordinator, Wichita (Kan.) Northwest

But this is just the begin­ning. We’re going to con­tin­ue adding to this fea­ture based on your feed­back, so look for new updates through­out the sum­mer and fall.

This fea­ture uses all avail­able col­umn data, so the more data you have, the more pow­er­ful it’ll be. For begin­ners, we rec­om­mend start­ing with the 16 data columns that we track in Hudl Assist

Over the next few weeks we’ll be shar­ing some tips and tricks for get­ting the most out of your new scout­ing expe­ri­ence. But before we run through it, let’s walk.

How to Find It

To start, open up your library, and click Analysis Beta in the right-hand pan­el of your library.

This will open up a new win­dow in your brows­er with an entire­ly new play­er. Note that if you’ve nev­er opened the beta before, you’ll have to select a video first. After that, the beta remem­bers your most recent ses­sion, and will load that up for every time after.

Check out the right-hand pan­el. You’ll notice a whole bunch of new cards on the right, along with nav­i­ga­tion up top and a super large screen.

Every visu­al and num­ber you see is click­able. Doing so will fil­ter the video to just the clips match­ing your criteria.

Now What?

To get the most out of the beta, we rec­om­mend select­ing at least three games with the data from the top left drop-down. Your film is orga­nized by sched­ule — click any oppo­nent and see all avail­able video from this sea­son and past seasons.

Why do we rec­om­mend select­ing at least three games? We find that’s gen­er­al­ly the sam­ple size where you start see­ing clear pat­terns emerge. And don’t wor­ry, all your past sea­sons’ games still have what­ev­er data you entered.

You’ll also want to nar­row down to offense, defense or spe­cial teams by select­ing O, D or K in the very first fil­ter on the right-hand side of the screen. 

How to Get Specifics Quickly

Scanning run/​pass ten­den­cies is a breeze. For starters, let’s find your opponent’s fourth-quar­ter red zone ten­den­cies on third down from the left hash.

First, expand the sit­u­a­tions group by click­ing Show More. Doing so will reveal more sit­u­a­tion cards (if you have the data).

Next, click the fol­low­ing in each card:

  • Down: 3rd
  • Field zone: +20, +10
  • Hash: L
  • Quarter: 4

And just like that, you’re look­ing at a spe­cif­ic ten­den­cy. Try it out to see just how fast the beta gets you to where you want to be.

You can even take this a step fur­ther by open­ing the run/​pass card and select­ing these sit­u­a­tions as you go.

Sharing Is Easy

Once you’ve nar­rowed down what you’re look­ing for, get­ting it to all of your coach­es and play­ers is sim­ple. While you can’t share through Hudl yet, you can copy a link to the exact video and fil­ters you’re look­ing at with the Share This but­ton. Then you can paste the link into any mes­sag­ing plat­form you use with your team. These links can only be accessed by mem­bers of your team.

Creating and adding clips to playlists is straight­for­ward. If you want to add a sin­gle clip, just click the plus sign at the top of the screen. If you want to add all of the fil­tered clips to a playlist, select the clip info head­er and then click + Add All. You can access all playlists in the video selec­tor in the top left.

What’s Next

We’ll con­tin­ue to add func­tion­al­i­ty through­out the sum­mer and fall. Based on your feed­back so far, we plan to release draw­ing tools, shared ses­sions, the abil­i­ty to use cus­tom data columns, and a way to see the data in fullscreen over the com­ing weeks. 

We want your con­tin­ued feed­back — and we’ve made it easy for you. Just click Feedback below your play­back con­trols and let it rip.