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The Ideal Workflow

Hudl Up Tour 2013 is in the books and we like to think it had a pretty good run. Based on the feedback we’re getting from coaches, one of the most popular sessions was our Ideal Friday Night Workflow. We want you to make the most of your time with Hudl - especially on those days where you want to get home as quickly as possible - so check out the steps below and get used to an earlier Friday night bedtime:

Use a Hard Drive Camera

A hard drive camera is a broad term for a camera that records to a USB or SD card. Bottom line, do not use a Mini DV camera anymore. Not only is the equipment becoming harder and harder to find, but they’re a general pain to work with.

If you’re in the market for a new hard drive camera, we have a couple of recommendations you can consider.

Tag a Game

Imagine walking off the field at the end of the game and knowing you already have 10 basic columns of data filled out in your Hudl.com Library. Designate an assistant coach or injured player to tag a game using the Hudl iPhone app. It’s so easy, a seven-year-old could do it - all you have to do is select options provided by the app as you watch the game. Once you see it in action a couple of times, it’s a breeze to use on your own.

Upload with Hudl Mercury

Hudl Mercury is the recommended tool to get your video to Hudl.com. Mercury is compatible with both PC and Mac computers, and takes a fraction of the time to upload when compared to Video Editor.

The best part of Mercury is designating upload duties to members of your coaching staff. The number of coaches you should have uploading depends on the number of angles you record. Send your wide angle home with Coach #1 and your endzone with Coach #2. They can upload to the same game folder at the same time, and put the video online in half the time it would take to use one computer. Imagine how much faster the process becomes for teams that record three angles!

Pro Tip: Hudl Mercury encodes your video even without an internet connection. With a fully-charged computer, you can begin the Mercury upload process on the bus ride home. Your video will get the encoding, or “heavy work”, out of the way. Once you’re back at school and connected to the Internet, the actual upload takes no time at all.

Intercut Online

Intercutting online now serves two important purposes:

  • The first is combining, or intercutting, multiple angles of film.
  • The second is merging the data from Tag a Game with the video you uploaded using Hudl Mercury.

You will intercut angles and merge the data simultaneously, cutting even more time out of your Friday night routine. After all, you have a bed (or beers) to get to, and we don’t want to stand in your way.

Need a little more detail? View the Hudl Up Tour presentation in its entirety online.

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