Lately I have noticed a trend with our coaches. Many of them want to know how to capture a still frame of their formations and print playcards from reports. We have the perfect solution and it just happens to include one of my favorite tools.
Greenshot is my capture tool of choice. You can download it free onto any PC. It allows you to easily click and drag exactly what you want to capture, then copy the image into any program or save it as any image file. Many computers also come with built-in screenshot tools, if you don’t want to download anything to your computer.
On a PC
Download Greenshot and run the install file.
- Once installed, go to your Start Menu and open Greenshot (I suggest keeping Greenshot open at all times because you never know when you’ll need to screenshot something).
- Click Print Screen on your keyboard.
- Click and drag on the section of the screen you wish to capture.
- Greenshot will then open up an editor where you can copy the image to your clipboard or save it as an image file.
Don’t feel like downloading anything? If you are a Windows 7 user, just open the Snipping Tool that comes loaded on your operating system.
On a Mac
No need to download software, your machine already has a sweet capture tool built in.
- Click Command+Control+Shift+4.
- You’ll be able to click and drag on the screen where you want to capture.
- Your image will then be on your Clipboard waiting to be pasted into any program.
Using Your Capture Tool
- Play your film and hit pause where you want the still frame.
- Next, get into your screenshot tool.
- Click and drag on top of the section you wish to capture.
- Then save it (we suggest a .png or .jpg) or paste it into any program you wish.
You can also use the screen capture to print play cards from Hudl. Just run our formation report and expand it to full screen. Then capture whatever formation you want on the play card.
This applies to any sport. This will give you a chance to focus on individual athlete technique.
- Pause the frame you wish to capture.
- Make telestrations on the image.
- Screenshot it and use it as a teaching tool by inserting the image into a PowerPoint or Hudl Presentation.
How do you use screenshots for your team? Are there any other programs you love that could serve as a coaching tool? We want to hear about it!