Within sporting and industry environments, we endeavor to create performance analysis environments that encourage autonomy among participants to discover information that can effect change and enable them to deliver interventions. As more performance analysis tools become available, it has become crucial to apply a synergetic combination of products and tools that complement each other.
Timeline-based analysis products tend to be the primary choice for the collection and management of video. Disseminating the information online has also become a high demand in professional and non-professional environments. The key is to ensure that the interfaces and workflows are not too complex, create ownership of performance and encourage engagement.
Recent developments enable transfer between timeline-based products using simple import/exports of the video source and associated data-rich XML files. Importantly, this allows cross-platform exchange between software, onto web-based platforms, and even between operating systems. Ultimately, Windows and Mac software produce the same timeline functionality, which empowers the analysis process. The implications have a major impact on all environments (sport, education, industry and medical) by providing far more flexibility across the board.
Technology continues to race forward, and the array of technical processes we can achieve through platform-based applications and web solutions is becoming huge. However, it is critical to evaluate whether the progressions actually impact performance, especially given the financial implications. Simplicity is proving to be the new cutting edge, along with more informed understanding at the lower and middle levels of our organisations. Cost-effective, intuitive interfaces are available which enable discussion and encourage engagement.
For example, Nacsport is a Windows-based timeline video analysis product, which brings equal functionality to lower and middle levels of organisations. Nacsport has all the cross-product synchronisation functions previously alluded to, where files created can also link swiftly into an online delivery process through Team Performance Exchange.
Both these products are affordable tools, which enable high-end processes to be available at the grassroots levels of our organisations. More excitingly, the products can underpin previous investments made at the professional level to help maximise budget and increase effectiveness.
Through the introduction of this synergetic, affordable portfolio of tools, practitioners can now consider applying high-end workflows throughout their organisation. Using generic, scalable tagging processes, we can create and share data sets of information from the grassroots right to the top level (and vice versa). With rigorous and reliable collection mechanisms, this opens up the possibility of creating common processes, collating large databases of information, and applying them in every aspect of an organisation’s operational processes e.g. to monitor and evidence progression of applied interventions, identify trends and tendencies, etc.
This scalability in a sporting domain is mirrored and extends into other industries. Video performance analysis is currently cascading down from the elite levels to non-elite sporting teams and across departments within National Governing Bodies. Within the educational field, affordable products support the growing need to integrate the tools at both early stages of curriculum within schools and colleges, and within university degree programmes. The great news is that access to the tools and processes are now a reality, rather than a wishlist.
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