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Slow Motion Video Training Resources

Video feedback is one of the most valuable training tools for an athlete. Here are some simple resources you can use for video analysis on your own!

For Mobile Devices

One of the easiest ways to receive live feedback when you’re practicing on your own is to take a video with your smartphone or tablet and immediately watch it frame by frame, comparing what you see to what you know you should be doing. Recently, for example, I had a student who was learning a backhand flip change-up. It wasn’t working, and when we watched the video it was immediately apparent that her hand was coming into the throw zone in fastball position.

There are probably many apps out there that get the job done, but I’m going to share my favorites. All of these methods are either extremely inexpensive or free.

Coach’s Eye is the most comprehensive. You can read all about it here, but to summarize briefly, it allows you to take a video, import it into the app, and the scrub through it in slow motion while doing things like zooming, drawing on it, comparing it side by side with another video, etc. It’s pretty awesome. If you’re a coach, it also lets you record your analysis and send it to your athletes. Coach’s Eye costs $4.99 and it’s well worth it.

VideoPix is what I use most often during my own lessons. It’s IOS only, as far as I know, and it’s a simple frame-by-frame video player with no frills. When I’m physically there with the student and I can talk and point, I usually forego the more comprehensive tools of Coach’s Eye in favor of quickness. This might also be a good solution for you if you’re not that tech savvy and would prefer something simple, with as few options as possible. It costs 99 cents in the Apple app store.

I personally don’t have an Android device, but I found something called SlowPlay on Google Play. I can’t vouch for it, but it sounds like it accomplishes the same thing as VideoPix. It’s free.

On Your Computer

If you’re filming with a regular camera, or simply prefer to view video on a larger screen, you can easily watch videos in slow motion or frame by frame using a program called VLC. It’s free to download. Many other video players probably get the job done, but I always recommend VLC because it plays just about any type of media on any type of computer.

You can speed up or slow down a video in VLC by hitting the + or – buttons on your keyboard. You can pause and scrub forward one frame at a time by pressing the “e” key repeatedly.

If You’re Not Sure What You’re Looking At

If you’ve successfully watched your slow motion video and still don’t know what’s going wrong, that’s where we come in! Check out our comprehensive video analysis.

About the author

Carly

Carly is a windmill pitching specialist and co-founder of Fastpitch Power. She has coached teams at every level from 10U to NCAA. She also designed and built fastpitchpower.com. Please feel free to leave questions and site feedback in the comments or via our contact page!

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  1. jordan

    carly,

    hi. for the PC, the program Kinovea is excellent.
    slow-motion, write lines, circles, calculate velocity, linear, angular and a host of other stuff.
    best of all, it’s free!

    regards,
    jordan

    1. Carly

      Thanks Jordan! I’ve actually used Kinovea before but I forgot about it!

  2. Lance

    Loved Coaches Eye…I was able to do side by side with my daughter with male Japanese pitchers to compare leg drive. Thanks

    1. Carly

      Glad you like it!

  3. John Vickers

    Carly,

    Watched the flip change video. Also bought the Coach’s Eye video system. My questions are: May I use your flip change video in my Coach’s Eye? If I can use the video can you walk me through how to put it in my Coach’s Eye? I would like to video my pitcher throwing her change and compare. I understand if you do not wish for me to use your video.

    Thanks

    John

    1. Carly

      Hi John, sorry for the slow response… I missed this while looking through the comments somehow.

      I don’t mind you using content from our site at all for your Coach’s Eye, however the “video” on the flip change article is actually an animated GIF. I’m not sure you can import those into the app; I think it has to be in video format.

      I may have deleted the original video to save space after making the animation, but I’ll check and email it to you if I find it.

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