By the beginning of April, it should start to feel a lot like spring outside - at least for most of America. For those of us in Nebraska, not so much. Either way, spring has sprung and it’s time to revisit your Hudl account! Set aside some time to do a little cleaning and show some love with our top 10 tips on gearing up for the 2014-2015 season.
This is a big deal. Not a huge deal, per se, but pretty great. It’s not often we have an announcement that gets both sides of the ball excited. With the latest updates to Hudl Playbook, not only will the offense have a better building and sharing experience, but the defense now has tools of their very own. Defensive Playbook is officially live and, like our other play tools, it’s totally free until your next invoice is due.
Android users, get excited! The Hudl app just got a brand new makeover, and we think you’ll be pretty happy about it. There’s been so much love for iOS lately that we decided it was time for Android to get in on the action. When you log in, you’ll probably notice quite a few changes to the app’s design, including the smart new home screen and main menu. The brand spankin’ new main menu makes navigating the app easier, allowing you to toggle between features without hitting the back button over and over again.
The Hudl basketball squad has been working ridiculously hard trying to create an awesome new basketball product for our coaches. But when it comes to fully understanding how coaches utilize the product, there’s only so much we can do in an office. To gain some first-hand insight, a few members of the basketball squad took a trip to De Soto High School in Kansas to see how their team uses both versions of Hudl for basketball - the current system with five-minute long clips, and the beta system built for iPads and automatic bookmarks.
Campaign success stories are becoming more and more common as coaches understand the positive impact they can have on a program. The Conestoga girls’ basketball team showed us that it doesn’t always matter the size of the team or the number of athletes participating; the real key is setting clear goals for players to reach in an effort to help facilitate the process.
2014 may have just started, but is it ever too early to spice things up? We don’t think so. That’s why we’re excited to announce our brand new pricing for Hudl Play Tools. Now, Hudl Playbook and Practice Scripts come as a pair available for $199 a year.
With the high demand for Playbook and coaches’ dedication to Practice Scripts since its 2012 release, it only makes sense to bundle ‘em up and give everyone on your staff exactly what they need to dominate.
We’ve been working hard on the next version of Hudl for basketball, but there are still thousands of coaches using the current Hudl product to break down their basketball video. So we took a break from the new and focused on updating the old - and we made sure everything was ready to go before your holiday tournaments tip off. Here’s what we’ve done so far:
Even if your offseason has already started, there are a handful of Playbook updates worth checking out – from a tiny change in drawing tools, to a whole new way of seeing your plays in action. Football may be over, but the feedback never stops, and neither should the updates.
Updates to our mobile apps are usually sporadic, and typically apply to only iOS or Android, not both. But this week is different. This week is monumental. This week, we have multiple updates for both iOS and Android devices. We took a look at all of the feedback we received from coaches and players, and made sure everyone got a little something out of our latest releases.
Sometimes change can be a little scary. Especially when big changes are made to something you use all the time, like the Hudl Exchanges page. Considering the regular season is almost over – or totally over in some states – your Exchanges page has had its fair share of visits in 2013.
With the exception of our new basketball tools on iOS devices, it’s been a while since we made some big updates to the Hudl mobile app, and we jump at any opportunity to show Android users the love they deserve. (Contrary to popular belief, you have the same rights as the rest of the mobile world.)
We’ve made Hudl Playbook available to more than 800 teams through the beta program and couldn’t be more excited. While we hope our coaches are just as thrilled to get started, we want to make sure they’re getting the most out of the new feature.
We talked to some of the guys behind Playbook, as well as one of the first coaches to work with it, to provide a little insight on how to change up the Playbook routine to fit your team’s specific needs.
High school football stat-keeping has come a long way over the last few years. Previously, a member of the coaching staff kept game stats in a notebook. That poor guy would be up in the box every Friday night, intensely focusing on jersey numbers as the players ran around executing the plays called out from the sidelines. Who did what? Where? And who helped?
The more coaches use Playbook, the better we want it to be. Hundreds of teams have taken advantage of our beta testing opportunities and it’s fueling the fire behind updates to the feature. One of the biggest requests we’ve received in the last few months was printing. While having your playbook online is great, it doesn’t hurt to have those hard copies on hand, just to reference.
We also realized some original features really limited how you customize your playbook. So we put our heads together and recently launched a couple of updates we think coaches will like.
We recently came to the realization that Hudl’s core features need a little updating. When building these features out, we didn’t just look to slap a new coat of paint on them – we really wanted to spend time investigating how coaches have used our tools over the past few years. We tried to identify and remove roadblocks our coaches run into, and find ways to make each tool even easier to use.
It’s been a few weeks since we released our Playbook beta, and the feedback has been coming in hot. We love it. It helps us improve new features so they do exactly what you need them to do. And based on what we’ve heard from the first hundred testers, Playbook could be better. So we’ve already made a handful of updates to accommodate those requests.
Hudl Campaigns are officially out of beta and available to everyone. They’re almost too easy to put into words: You answer a few questions about your team and its mission, we do the heavy lifting by building a customized page, and your players spread the word through email and social media.
Five minutes of work and a couple clicks of the mouse can earn you and your team thousands of dollars.
In the midst of all this Playbook talk, defensive coaches might be feeling a little left out. But that shouldn’t be the case, because you’ve had the joy of creating Practice Scripts for over a year now! We understand the appeal of shiny new toys, which is why we created the Magic Script.
By now, you probably have a pretty solid Friday night workflow figured out. Just shoot the game with a couple of hard drive cameras so you can intercut wide and tight angles on Hudl.com. Upload each angle from a different computer using Hudl Mercury so everything is done in half the time. Then, just assign each coach a couple of data columns to fill in before heading home for the night.
You have plenty of things to worry about during the season: injuries, starters, who is and isn’t watching Hudl every night. You don’t have time to worry about other stuff, like when and where you’ll meet every other coach to exchange film. That’s why league pools exist – to save your coaching staff time every week and allow you to worry about everything else.
We’re not going to lie – our athlete profile pages are boring. But it’s not the athlete’s fault. It’s ours. We’re not doing a good job of making you look like the rockstar you are.
You can’t really customize the page to reflect your true athletic self. And isn’t that the point of a profile? Not only that, but sharing specific highlights with family and friends isn’t easy. They either get your whole profile or nothing. It’s a pain and we’re sorry, but we have some ideas.
Basketball coaches love iPads. In our research with coaches, we’ve seen and heard about all the creative ways they incorporate iPads and tablets into their game prep routine. As a designer, I always ask, “Why?” Why do coaches love their iPads so much? And how can we improve on something they obviously love without screwing it up?
We know everyone is excited to get their hands on our new Playbook tool, so we’ve been working hard to reach the point where a few lucky coaches can start kicking the tires.
Early on, we decided to focus our efforts exclusively on the offensive side of the ball. We have plans for defensive and special teams coaches as well, but those won’t be available until after the season. (We also have some awesome new features being added to our practice script tools.)
As a football coach, you have a thing for stats. You don’t have to admit it, but we know it’s there. Even if they don’t play a huge role in your weekly routine, you have to look at a few of those bad boys regularly.
It could be in an effort to target your opponent’s tendencies, or figure out where your own players excel and fall short. Whatever the reason, you need statistics, and Tag a Game exists to make compiling them a heck of a lot easier.
If you’re an athlete with an Android, you now have the ability to tag highlights right in the Hudl app. Sure, iOS athletes have been able to do that for a while now, but this time it’s different. This time, you can also trim the highlight right when you tag it.
If you know anything about Hudl and mobile devices, you know we tend to develop for iOS before Android. We don’t like having to choose, but we see more users on iOS devices. So this is extra special, because the trimming feature isn’t out for Apple just yet.
I’m biased but I think Hudl is pretty damn powerful. The simple concept of tagging one piece of video with multiple pieces of meaningful, customizable data is incredibly useful to coaches. With our current product, there are half a dozen ways to slice and dice your games.
But the goal with the next version of Hudl for Basketball is to simplify everything to its core. I’ll tell you how we’re starting with bookmarks, notes and breakdown data.
As a coach, after a tough loss, you have a pretty good idea of where your team struggled. Maybe you had a string of turnovers in the 4th quarter that cost you the game. What happened? You know the video will tell you, but it can be a chore to weed out those important moments. Wouldn’t it be awesome if Hudl let you teleport to those moments as soon you upload the video, without any upfront editing?
That’s where we’re heading with our latest improvements to the basketball product.
If you’ve ever had the chance to swing through our feedback site, there’s a good chance you saw one or two suggestions that we make overlays a little more enjoyable. Some wanted to customize what appears where, others asked that the data be more visible - coaches ran rampant with suggestions.
So overlays made their way to the top of our to-do list and they are officially to-done. We based all of the changes on suggestions from the feedback site and interviews with 10 different coaches who use overlays like nobody’s business.
We have a saying around the product team at Hudl: “Just give me my damn video.” It was a phrase uttered by an unknown coach long ago on our support lines. It perfectly captures the number one goal in developing all of our apps.
Coaches want their video and they want it yesterday. They want silky smooth, high-quality, low latency playback on every device. One way we’re handling this is by killing the the concept of clips and letting basketball coaches stream their whole game. They can still create and browse short segments on demand, but the process requires no upfront editing.
Allow me to explain how we’re making the core experience of just watching basketball video so much better for coaches.
Forget the NBA Finals – Tuesday is a much bigger day in the eyes of Hudlies, as 14 teams will endure a day-long double-elimination 3-on-3 basketball tournament in downtown Lincoln. We will begin bright and early at 7 a.m., with 25 games leading up to the Championship at 5:30 p.m.
Have you ever needed to do a job around your house but couldn’t find the right tool? You needed to rip some nails out of wood, but the only tool you found was a pair of pliers. Maybe you struggled as you grabbed the nail head and stepped on the board to pull it out, avoiding damage to the wood and silently wishing you had a real hammer to do the job right with less effort.
Tools are designed for specific jobs. They’re perfect for their intended use, but in other instances, they might only be good enough. Such is the case with the current version of Hudl for basketball.
In a five-part series, I’ll fill you in on why I’m so excited about the new version of Hudl for Basketball. I’ll explain how we’re re-thinking our product from the inside out to save coaches time and help them win.
If you assume summer marks the end of basketball, you couldn’t be more wrong.
The Hudl office is just getting ramped up for one of our most exciting developments in company history: New Hudl for Basketball. If you attended any of our Hudl Up Tour stops, you may have seen a sneak peek of what’s coming down the pipe, and hopefully you are as excited as everyone here.
To get everyone else pumped, we’re going to hit you with a lot of basketball material over the coming months.
We love our athletes. We do. We just love ya. We always get this warm, fuzzy feeling anytime we see one or 100 of you tweet your highlights and talk about your view count.
That’s why we’re so excited about this new highlight trimming tool; because we know you enjoy making highlight reels, and we know people enjoy watching them, otherwise those view counts wouldn’t be so high. (It doesn’t hurt that you’re all awesome, but that’s a whole other discussion.)
You can’t take a camera everywhere you go. It’s just not logical. But you do usually have your phone. Now you can use your Android mobile device to capture video anytime, anywhere. Don’t worry about having a network connection: You can record until your heart’s content and upload hours, days, even weeks later. However long you need to find Wi-Fi.
Mobile Capture is perfect for individual sports like wrestling, swimming, and track and field. You can record an athlete’s entire event and walk them through the highs and lows right on your device as soon as it’s over.
With football, basketball and soccer, use Mobile Capture to record drills or run-throughs and correct mistakes as they happen. Show them exactly what’s wrong in that moment and nip bad form in the bud.
As an athlete, you can already use your iPhone or iPod Touch to tag highlights as you’re watching full game film. Pretty great, right?
So why shouldn’t you be able to view and share the fruits of your labor within that very app? Well, now you can.
With our latest update to Hudl for iOS, you can view game highlights, Premium Highlights and Top Plays right in the app - even if your team’s highlights are private.
Bonus: You can also choose to text, email, Facebook or Tweet the link to whatever highlight you’re viewing. If your team’s highlights are private, we’ll give you the heads-up that the shared link might not work for everyone.
I screwed up. I got anxious and jumped the gun announcing our plans to introduce a Hudl playbook. We heard from a lot of coaches who love Hudl’s Practice Scripts and couldn’t wait to provide a full playbook feature within Hudl. We can’t wait to see it happen. It just won’t be this season.
We’ve built (and scrapped) a crazy number of prototypes because we really want to make sure we get it right. We want this to be the last playbook you ever build – literally. That is the rally cry for our team: Once you’ve built your Hudl Playbook, it goes where you go, from now until the end of time.
Do you have an iPad? Does it have the Hudl app? Do you use that app to review film with coaches and players? If you answered yes to all of the above, we have an update you’ll love: Laser Pointer for iPad.
This isn’t the laser pointer you’re used to. In fact, you’ve had this laser pointer your whole life - you just didn’t know it.
With Laser Pointer for iPad, your finger does the drawing.
Fundraising. It’s never fun, it’s always time-consuming, and it rarely gives you the funds you really need. So we’re pretty happy to announce that your days of selling cookie dough, wrapping paper and magazine subscriptions are over. It’s time to give your team’s supporters something they actually want: Hudl Insider Accounts.
With Hudl Insider Accounts, parents, alumni and fans pay for access to your team’s game film.
That might sound a little scary, but here’s the deal: you choose who receives an invite, how much they pay, and what video they see.
If you have a Hudl account, there’s a very good chance you have a highlight reel. If you don’t, just know that it’s never been easier to tag your best plays and create a Premium Highlight perfect for sharing.
Come on, you’re pretty awesome. Why not showcase those skills and spread the love all over social media? While you’re at it, you should order hard copies, too.
Windows 8 joins the ranks of iOS and Android in the “devices with a Hudl app” club. We’re excited to announce that after countless hours of hard work by seven University of Nebraska students, the Windows 8 app is officially available for download.
Install the free Hudl app on your Windows 8 tablet or computer and you can watch your Hudl video anytime, anywhere.
Hudl for Windows 8 has the same features as our Android app:
With our Practice Scripts officially out of beta, we want to fill everyone in on what the feature has to offer so you can make an educated decision on whether or not it’s right for your team.
Whether you were a beta tester or not, the Practice Scripts feature can now be accessed right from your Manage Tab. Beta testers will see all of their old work, while non-beta users will see a video and the option to get started.
Practice Scripts is an a la carte feature. Signing up adds $95 to your next invoice. If you were a beta tester, the $95 has already been added, but you can choose to turn it off at any time.
Our Practice Scripts feature was welcomed with open arms in the fall. Next month, we’re turning it into an a la carte feature. When your next bill is due, you can pay $95 to keep the feature, or opt out and we’ll turn it off. Don’t worry, turning it off doesn’t delete anything. All of your old cards will be there if you change your mind.
If you haven’t played with Practice Scripts yet, fill out this form and we’ll turn them on. Take them for a test drive to find out what they can do for your team and make an educated decision when your next payment date comes around.
Earlier this fall, we released the iPhone capture beta. Our developers have been taking feedback and fixing any hiccups over the last couple months. We’re excited to announce that iPhone capture is now available for everyone.
Just update your app if prompted, and you’re all set.
Here are some reasons to be excited for this feature.
Basketball is right around the corner and we just released a couple new features that will make your basketball data even more powerful. Both are highly requested, so we’re excited to see the impact they have on our coaches this season.
Need another reason to be glued to your iPhone? Our latest update to the Hudl iPhone app lets you view your telestration, text notes, and spot shadows on your iPhone as soon as you make them on Hudl.com.
Just update the app when prompted, and you’ll have all your coaching notes conveniently located in your pocket.
It’s great to have a tangible copy of your highlights with your team name nicely printed on the top; but the reality is, sometimes you need your highlights in a hurry and don’t have time to wait for them to ship.
Now you can download your highlights directly from your team highlight page. Once you purchase a download, you’ll be able to burn your highlights onto a DVD or play directly from your computer. We hope this will save you from a few moments of pre-banquet panic this season.
Along with highlight downloads, there are some updates to DVD pricing and Fundraising you should know about.
Since Top Play was released, we have seen more than 3500 awesome top plays. You’ve done everything you can to make a great Top Play to feature your most awesome plays, so we wanted to help make it even better for you.
You use reports like nobody’s business. We thought it was time we gave them some love.
We’ve given our reports a major facelift and added in some new features to make them a powerful tool for you to have in your arsenal this season.
This will be an opt-in feature, so if you are in love with the old look of reports you don’t have to switch over. If you want to try out new reports, fill out our form and we’ll get it turned on for you.
Action on the mat, field, or court doesn’t stop just because you don’t have a camera in hand ready to go. Use the Hudl iPhone app this season to capture every important detail. Now you won’t have to worry about missing the details you need to give feedback to your athletes. Film short snippets of practice, matches, or meets and watch it instantly. Once you’re done, upload the video to Hudl.com directly from your iPhone.
The beta is closed currently (as of 9/13), as we hit 250 teams who filled out the form. We’ll let you know when we open it back up for more coaches. We encourage to still fill out the form to get on the wait list.
Your printer has been a key player in your team’s success in past years. You’re tasked with printing off hundreds of documents from student health forms to offseason weightlifting schedules. You go to all the work, only to have forms lost or sit buried in a locker.
Make your life easier this season and share all your documents through your Hudl account. Your video already lives in Hudl, doesn’t it just make sense for all your coaching docs to live there, too?
We know you love watching video on your iPad. Now your telestrations, spot shadows, and text notes won’t just live on your Hudl.com account.
View your coaching notes on the Hudl iPad app as soon as you make them on Hudl.com. To get started, update the Hudl app when you’re prompted and you’re set to have a really great video session from your iPad.
Your athletes work hard out on the field and we think they deserve to be recognized in a really sweet way. Hudl Top Play lets you highlight the single most awesome play from a game as soon as your video is uploaded to Hudl.com. It’s like giving out the game ball or a helmet sticker, but with the video to prove just how incredible the play was.
Choose a top play for each game, and you’ll have a full reel of your best plays at the end of the season to show off at your end-of-year banquet. Just click the star next to a clip the same way you would to make a highlight. Now you’ll also have the option to create a Top Play. Hudl will walk you through creating a professional-quality highlight complete with slow motion, spot shadows, and music.
It’s been a crazy few months around here. We’ve pushed out a bunch of exciting updates just in time for the beginning of football season. We’re excited to see coaches push Hudl this season and get the most out of all these new features and enhancements.
If you missed what’s new or just need a refresher, here’s a list of everything that’s new since last season:
New camera technology is making it harder to live tag a game on Hudl. Finding the right hardware is tough, and even if you do, you’re locked behind your computer the entire game hoping no one trips on the cords. This season, stop being a prisoner of your own hardware: Use the Hudl iPhone app to tag a game with your basic breakdown data live during a game.
With the Tag a Game feature on the Hudl iPhone app, you can tag a game from anywhere on your iPhone or iPod touch. As you are tagging the game, the data will automatically upload to your Hudl account if you have a data connection. By the end of the 4th quarter, your data will be in your account ready for you to tweak and merge with your video.
Here’s how to get started with the Tag a Game feature.
Our Practice Scripts beta has been out for a couple weeks now, and just like we asked, coaches have been using the heck out of them to help us make them awesome for the 2013 season.
Currently (as of 8/14), the beta program is temporarily closed while we work out a few kinks and add a few more enhancements. You should still fill out our form, and we’ll activate Practice Scripts for your whole staff as soon as we re-open the beta.
We’ve been getting a few questions about using Practice Scripts and what we have coming down the pipe. We’ve got all that information covered in the post.
Put away your markers, colored pencils, Sharpies, and paper. We mean it.
With Hudl’s newest feature, you’ll no longer have to spend hours creating practice scripts and drawing play cards each week. Your video, practice scripts, and play cards will all be in one place: your Hudl account.
We’re rolling Hudl Practice Scripts out as a beta feature that will be free for 2012. Currently (as of 8/14), the beta program has been temporarily closed while we work out a few more of the kinks and add a few more enhancements, but you should still fill out our form and we’ll activate Practice Scripts for your whole staff as soon as we re-open the beta. In 2013, you’ll be able to add practice scripts as an a la carte feature to any package for $95/year.
Here’s what you need to know about Hudl Practice Scripts.
You love your camera guy, but let’s face it, occasionally he pays closer attention to the cheerleaders than the game and forgets to stop the camera between plays. If you didn’t have time to check before you uploaded to Hudl.com, you were stuck with that extra-long clip until you downloaded your video back to the Hudl Video Editor, split the clip, then re-published the video. A lot of hassle for one clip, huh?
Now all your basic editing tools are built into your Hudl.com library page. Quickly split or combine clips and intercut angles online.
Here are some sweet ways we see you using these new features.
Last Thursday we officially rolled out support for our Hudl Coaches Remote and the DSV Commando ES remote on the Mac platform. For our coaches that want to sit back and control their video and presentations in Hudl with one hand and your mouse far away, you have even more options now.
We’ve supported the Smart Pointer on the Mac platform for a couple years now, but we know sometimes you want a bigger remote that is customized to the way coaches watch video. With the popularity of Macs growing (they are even sprouting up left and right here at the Hudl office) we want to make sure the experience of using Hudl on a Mac is silky smooth.
Here are a few helpful links related to using remote controls with Hudl.
Although it’s been a while since we’ve posted a major update, the Hudl product team has been killing it. This month we’re proud to announce some of what’s been keeping us so busy for the past four months:
One of the most amazing things about working at Hudl is watching the developers take an idea from a concept to reality, in what feels like no time at all. Recently, we’ve talked about how many tools out there don’t fully support football programs who don’t play 11-Man. Fewer men, shorter field, longer field, no 4th down…the list goes on. These teams need a tool to analyze video just as much.
Throw a little brain power and a splash of dedication at the problem and we’ve got ourselves a solution. Now, our breakdown settings and reports fully support both 8-man and Canadian football. Curious how these teams use Hudl? Let Coach Dobbins, from Howells High School in Nebraska, show you:
Are you a Hudl coach with a Kindle Fire? That sounds like the perfect combination for viewing your team’s video.
The Hudl app for Kindle Fire is live in the Amazon App Store, and we’re excited to offer coaches another way to watch their video. If you’re familiar with the Hudl Android App, the functions and workflow are the same. If you haven’t used our Android App before, the app is really straight forward, and we think you’ll have a lot of fun with it. It’s free, so go ahead and download it. Here’s how:
We’re two weeks in to our Hudl Bootcamps at select Glazier Clinics and we’ve had great attendance thus far. We’ve decided to break up the sessions in each city to Advanced and Beginner to make sure you are getting the most out of each training.
If you aren’t a current partner or are just starting your free trial, join us at one of our beginner training sessions. If you’re a seasoned Hudl veteran and looking to dive a bit further into Hudl, join us at one of our advanced training sessions.
Check out our upcoming schedule below and get registered.
We all know that coaching a sport isn’t an easy thing to do. We also know that running a sport involves some cash money. Since it doesn’t grow on trees, schools have to get creative to raise money. Teams all across the nation are selling discount cards, having hog roasts, and holding lift-a-tons to raise money. By the time your team has to pay for new equipment—jerseys, weights, and transportation—the last thing you want to do is spend any more money on video editing software. Fundraising can be very time consuming for a team and adds another stressor to your job. We heard the pain points and now we want to help!
Before you show grandma your highlight reel over break, take a few minutes to spice it up by adding customized title slides. It’s super easy and it makes your reel look that much more professional.
Coaches: make sure to check your Manage page starting in early January to start raising money for your team by selling DVDs through Hudl. We handle payment, processing, and shipping so you can focus on delivering a great product to your community!
Now that Hudl supports the DSV Commando remote, choosing the right remote for your program may be a bit overwhelming. We’ve compiled a list of all the remotes that work with Hudl as well as their advantages and disadvantages. Take a look and see what would be best for your program this season.