Hudl Sports­code Count­down: Improved Performance

Hudl Sports­code Count­down: Improved Performance

Prod­uct Man­ag­er Paul Arnott takes a clos­er look at the pos­i­tive impact Hudl Sports­code will have on users’ day-to-day work­ings in blog four of our series.



The first time you open a time­line in Hudl Sports­code, you’ll instant­ly feel how much smoother the scrub­bing is. Even with high qual­i­ty video and data rates, it’ll feel like the kind of per­for­mance you’d expect from Apple’s native Quick­Time player.

Zoom­ing and scrolling are bet­ter. If you use the zoom con­trol on a time­line with a large amount of data, which we typ­i­cal­ly see with third-par­ty data sources, you’ll now see instances expand and con­tract in a more respon­sive man­ner. Scrolling the time­line, both ver­ti­cal­ly and hor­i­zon­tal­ly, is much smoother than the cur­rent ver­sion. Plus the macOS stan­dard hotkeys and mouse/​trackpad ges­tures are com­pat­i­ble with Hudl Sportscode.

All of the video play­ers in Hudl Sports­code are based on Apple’s mod­ern video frame­works. They’re resize­able — sim­ply click and drag on the cor­ner of a video play­er to change the size. You have com­plete con­trol over the size, mean­ing you have more options on how your desk­top is laid out. 

Hudl Sports­code has also improved the expe­ri­ence work­ing with a larg­er num­ber of angles and high­er qual­i­ty video. Now video with high­er data rates, high­er res­o­lu­tion (includ­ing 4K), and high­er frame rates (includ­ing 120 fps) is sup­port­ed. Mod­ern encod­ing for­mats like H.265 are also accept­ed. This allows for high­er qual­i­ty video at small­er file sizes, which means you can quick­ly copy video to an exter­nal dri­ve, share it to an iPad, or upload it to Hudl. Play­back, frame by frame step­ping, and skip­ping between instances are all much smoother.

We’ve also designed a mod­ern play­back con­troller that’s more intu­itive. It aligns with Apple’s native Quick­Time play­er con­troller and the oth­er video play­ers in the Hudl Pro Suite. New users will pick it up much quick­er, and exist­ing users will still have the same con­trol when it comes to play­back speed.

With more mod­ern video for­mats to choose from, you like­ly won’t need to con­vert video when import­ing it into Sports­code. We’re excit­ed about how much time this will save users.

Speak­ing of time, all files load quick­er in Hudl Sports­code. If you’re open­ing a video pack­age, a matrix, a sorter or an organ­is­er, even with large amounts of data, they will open much quick­er. You’ll be able to get on with your analy­sis soon­er. And script­ing runs faster too. In code win­dows we’ve test­ed, there’s been up to five times improvement.

The improved expe­ri­ence doesn’t end there. Cap­ture is more sta­ble because we’re using a mod­ern mech­a­nism for record­ing — you’re much less like­ly to suf­fer dropped frames. And live shar­ing to oth­er com­put­ers is quick­er — video is trans­ferred in as lit­tle as six sec­onds, data in as lit­tle as two seconds.

In the exist­ing ver­sion of Sports­code, sorters and organ­is­ers reached a lim­it if you had too many clips or images. The new ver­sion can han­dle much larg­er amounts of data. But at the same time, CPU usage is low­er in all oper­a­tions, so you’re less like­ly to see dropped frames or oth­er issues. 

Maybe best of all, Hudl Sports­code uses a mod­ern macOS stan­dard mech­a­nism for auto-sav­ing all files. Sorters, organ­is­ers, code win­dows and time­lines all autosave every five sec­onds. If you ever suf­fer a crash, you’ll now lose a min­i­mal amount of data, if any. 

Hudl Sports­code is just part of the cap­ture, data and dis­tri­b­u­tion solu­tions that make up Hudl Pro Suite. With this com­plete solu­tion, every Hudl prod­uct will now work bet­ter togeth­er, mak­ing life eas­i­er for ana­lysts and coach­es. As you can tell, we’re pret­ty excit­ed about how this is going to make your life eas­i­er and bet­ter. I hope you’re excit­ed too!