New Sportscode launched: Verdicts from Belgium and Ireland
Written by Simon Austin — July 18, 2019
THIS is a significant day for analysts everywhere: the new version of the world’s top performance analysis software has been launched.
Sportscode has been rebuilt by Hudl to offer multi-angle video capture and editing, a more powerful engine, higher data rates and 4k video as standard, as well as the ability to create club-specific workflows.
The US company has 4.3 million users across its range of products, more than 200 of which have been beta-testing the new Sportscode for the last year. We asked two of them - Luke Benstead, Head of Performance Analysis and Innovation for the Belgium FA, and Gerard Dunne, Head Performance Analyst for the Football Association of Ireland - for a sneak preview.
Benstead, who previously worked as an analyst for Manchester United and Everton, told TGG: “The biggest thing for me about the new version is the multi-angle capture.
“You can bring in six different feeds live in one view. Most of the time a team will have two analysts working with a total of two or three angles - one wide, one main footage - but both of you can now have six angles and can pick whatever you wish.
“They’ve made the movie organisers a lot simpler and more interactive as well. The fact they have gone from scratch has allowed them to build such a great platform.”
Dunne, who has worked for the Football Association of Ireland for 17 years and been their Head of Performance Analysis since February 2015, added: “We’ve been using the beta versions of Sportscode with the Republic of Ireland senior men’s team for exactly a year now. The speed and development of the program has been phenomenal and the processes are so easy to work with.
“I particularly like the multi angle IP capture as this was something we really needed, both in training and on match day, with multiple feeds available to us.
“The presentation tools have improved the workflows for our coaches. This has made team meetings slicker and quicker as it’s much easier for them to use.”
Benstead, Dunne and other analysts - including at the English Football Association - have told TGG that the multi-angle video capture on the new Sportscode will revolutionise the way they go about their jobs.
Hudl product manager Paul Arnott, who has been working on the upgrade, gave more detail about how it will work in practice.
“Multi-angle capture is possible in Sportscode in the previous version, but it was difficult and a clear pain point for users. It needed a separate computer to record each angle - so if you want to record five angles you need five computers.
“Most teams recording multiple angles at training tend to have the cameras set up and connected to several computers in the office, all recording one angle to each device. Some teams stack video after training.
“This adds additional complications because you have to align the angles with each other, and also align the data with video. It’s even more complicated on game day.
“This process is much easier in the new Sportscode. You can now record multiple angles on a single computer. You just need to press record once at the start of training, and press stop at the end. It really is as simple as that.
“At the end of training, all of the angles will be in one video package on one computer. The angles are aligned, and if you tagged any data during training, that’s also automatically aligned with the video.
“It takes less time to set up and pack up equipment and means coaches and analysts can review video and do their own analysis immediately after the match because you’ll have a complete multi-angle package with video and data already aligned.”
Arnott said sharing speeds had also improved significiantly, so it only takes six to eight seconds for video to reach the viewing computer, and four to six seconds for data.
“If a coach needs to make a quick decision, they can depend on seeing the video because it’ll now be available much faster,” he said. “If you require an even quicker response, you can always capture the video on multiple computers to see the video almost instantly.
Sportscode integrates with Hudl’s collection of online, offline and real-time video and data analysis tools, including Hudl Replay, to create a more streamlined experience.