Text and Drawings on the Full Video Are Here

One of our most request­ed fea­tures is back and bet­ter than ever.

Text and Drawings on the Full Video Are Here

One of our most request­ed fea­tures is back and bet­ter than ever.

We’ve all heard about the five Ws since ele­men­tary school — who, what, where, when and why. It just so hap­pens they apply per­fect­ly to show­cas­ing our newest fea­ture for bas­ket­ball coach­es — Effects! Yes, you read that right, effects are back and bet­ter than ever. Coaches can now lay­er text and draw­ings into their full game video to eas­i­ly share coach­ing points with their whole team.

Keep read­ing for the full break­down on how this fea­ture came to be. (Yes, tra­di­tion­al­ly you start with who”, but the what” is just too important.) 

What is the new feature?

Coaches can now quick­ly pro­vide visu­al feed­back to the whole team by adding text and draw­ings direct­ly on the full game video.

You prob­a­bly already know why this is such a big deal. The pre­vi­ous work­flow was tedious; adding a com­ment or draw­ing required cre­at­ing a clip, adjust­ing its length, send­ing the clip to a playlist and, final­ly, shar­ing it. We get it. That’s a lot of steps when you just want to tell your whole team, great hus­tle play.”

Now don’t get us wrong — that’s still a great work­flow if you have a les­son that applies to an indi­vid­ual or even a small group. But now, when you have some­thing to say to the whole team, you can leave it on the full video instead.

Who were effects created for?

You. And oth­er coach­es on Hudl like you.

We know coach­es missed this fea­ture last sea­son. And we know coach­es are excit­ed to see it back in action. 

Very hap­py to see this fea­ture added back to Hudl. Now I can use playlists for things like offen­sive and defen­sive sets and keep game [text] and draw­ings on the full game film. Great deci­sion by you guys.” -Head boys’ bas­ket­ball coach Jayme Lawman, Shanghai High School International Division, China. 

Where do they live on your account?

Everything’s all in one place and avail­able for your whole team to see because text and draw­ings live on the full game video. The best part? You can cre­ate them on the web and see them in our iOS app — so your team can view teach­ing moments from anywhere. 

When can you start adding them?

Right after you’re done read­ing this blog! They’ve been avail­able on the web since October 2018 and will be ready for use on iPads and iPhones ear­ly December 2018. (Expect to see func­tion­al­i­ty for Android built out ear­ly next year.) 

Why did we create text and drawings on the full video?

Burdensome” and inef­fi­cient” isn’t how we want coach­es to describe the process of shar­ing coach­ing points on Hudl. When we heard this feed­back from our users, we worked hard to give them what they need­ed. Effects is the answer.

Want to know what else we’ve been working on?

The good news doesn’t stop there. We have a few more updates rolling out that we’d like to share with you.

Do more with your playlists. 
Clips are eas­i­er to man­age than ever. You now have the option to reorder, rename and reuse clips in playlists.

View video in full screen. 
Athletes can’t engage with a film ses­sion if they can’t see what’s hap­pen­ing. So we made it pos­si­ble to view video (and the effects you add to it) in full screen.

Create high­lights in one click.
No need to make a clip and send it to a high­light — just click the star icon from your tool­bar when you see a moment you’d like to highlight.

Take advan­tage of our behind-the-scenes work.
While there’s not a bright new but­ton for this one, it’s still impor­tant. New per­for­mance improve­ments will pro­vide more reli­able video play­back and faster load­ing on your reports pages.

Want to stay in the know on all our updates? We’ve cre­at­ed a spe­cial releas­es page to keep you up to date.