Mike, I definitely think that this is the future of distance training for qualified coaches. I was thinking of doing the same thing as I am getting training requests from various athletes outside the local area, so I am thinking about similar options. What do you think about having Nick load the video into an analysis program (Dartfish/SiliconCoach etc), then send it to you….or vice/versa?
I’ve done this for 7 years actually. I’ve mentioned it here[/url] and occasionally even write tweets about it. I started doing them using basic video editing software then moved to dartfish and a combination of dartfish and maxtraq and in the last 6 months have eliminated practically all use of dartfish in lieu of some better options that all my athletes receiving reports seem to like. Dartfish provides a cool interface but it really is a dud in my opinion for making these types of reports. Their in-the-action option looks promising if it could be effectively streamed but at the present time this doesn’t appear to be the case. I have a business account with yousendit that athletes upload their videos to and I then analyze them and depending on their preference, I either put them on our site for web viewing or send the mini-report back to them via yousendit.
Possibly, post the videos into a certain “client section” of the website and give feedback?
We have a client area on our site that logs training data and has all the videos in our training inventory and a file repository is actually in the works. I’m working out a way to make it foolproof on the client side where it requires little tech no-how.
Keep a progressive video analysis log for the athlete follow their improved skill set?
This would be the idea…to have all videos stored in one place for easy access and viewing and progress could be tracked long term.
Is the video analysis set up to coincide with the athletes training time so that you can give timely feedback?
Yep…the turnaround time is generally 1-3 days from the date I receive the videos. In rare cases that it’s longer than that I always try to get it to them before the next technical training session.
What kind of payment system would you structure for timely video analysis vs. feedback at the end of the day/week?
They are options for people receiving training. This past week was the first time I’ve been able to provide near-simultaneous feedback so I haven’t given it much thought. For the delayed (by 1-3 days) feedback options, those are actually an option to add on to training plans.
Would you think it helpful to have a simul-video of elite performance for comparative learning or post video on the client’s page of an “optimal” skill set for their particular event?
It could be helpful but not nearly as much as most think. Expert learning, especially when the sample size is 1, actually isn’t as effective as one would think. In fact, it’s often more effective to use athletes of the same or lesser skill levels to enhance learning. Overall, the general idea is good but I think this one would require a lot more thought to make it truly effective.