How to Get Started in the World of Video Analysis

By Dani Pérez

22-March-2021 on Tips

10 minute read

Daniel Pérez is an online coach, football analyst and trainer.

 

He also runs the website ObjetivoAnalista.com.

One of the most common questions that I get asked through Objetivo Analista is “Dani, I want to be a video analyst but I don’t know where to start. Can you help me?” 

 

Well, of course I can! I was in the same position not too long ago.

 

This discipline of video analysis is becoming much more well-known in the modern sporting world and its growth has been extremely fast. 

 

But there are still many questions about how to make it a video analyst and the steps to follow to do so.

 

But don’t worry, I’m here to guide you through.

 

What Is a Video Analyst?

 

Good question!

 

A video analyst is the person who uses video to analyse a game, getting deep into the tactical aspects and studying them thoroughly. Using this information, they will relay it to coaching staff and players, allowing them to adjust their strategies and improve their performance.

 

It’s actually as simple as that. It’s nothing magical and nothing that is out of reach of everyone. In fact, it’s quite the opposite…we can all analyse and, in essence, we already do.

 

Video analysis is simply analysis with video. But the key to successful analysis is doing it in the most professional way possible and leveraging the analytical knowledge of sport that you already possess…

 

And choosing the right tools...that’s important too! But we’ll get to that later…

 

Nacsport Tag&view being used to analyse football

 

Do You Have What It Takes to Be an Analyst?

 

Not everyone is suited to the job of video analyst. I designed this little questionnaire to help you decide if it’s for you:

 

•    Do you love the sport you would be analysing?


•    Do you mind watching matches and sporting action for hours at a time?


•    Are you good with technology and computers (you don’t have to be a computer scientist or anything like that!)


•    Are you curious about why things happen in your sport and want to find an explanation?


•    Do you enjoy getting into the details of things?


•    Are you organised and capable of analysis?


•    Do you want constant improvement and have patience to study things in detail?


•    Do you watch multiple replays of games at home?


•    Do you like analysing the opposition, knowing their game and proposing your own game plan? 

 

If you've answered YES to most of these questions, then you might be a good fit for video analysis.

 

Keep reading!

 

Nacsport analysis and data matrix

 

Ok, You Think You Can Be an Analyst! What Now?

 

Well, the next step would be to choose the right tools for the job.

 

Video analysis can be done by simply watching match videos and analysing them with a pen and paper. You can also use traditional video editing software. But neither of these is optimal.

 

You’re going to waste a lot of time doing things this way. You’re going to get tired. You’re going to be less productive. In the end, you might even quit your job!

 

I’m telling you!

 

However, choosing the right tools can change all this.

 

You can save time, streamline your work processes and get more done in less time.

 

Personally, I use Nacsport as my analysis tool of choice and I use KlipDraw to edit and animate my video clips.

 

I’ve tried almost every alternative on the market, but I stick with Nacsport because it’s easy to use and has many great features to offer me.

 

And then there’s the support they give to their users, which is nothing short of fantastic!

 

There are plenty of alternatives out there if you want to try them but just don’t get angry when I say “I told you so” when you come back to Nacsport!

 

How Do You Get Started With Nacsport?

 

Well, first of all, I’d recommend downloading a trial version of Nacsport. You can get started here.

I use Nacsport Scout+ but I started with Nacsport Basic, moving forward and upgrading to the next as I decided I needed more tools.

 

Nacsport main menu Scout+

 

My recommendation? Take it slowly. Don’t try to run before you can walk!

 

If you choose something which is too complex, you’re going to have a lot of doubts. You may even feel that it’s too much for you and questioning whether this discipline is the correct choice for you.

 

So...relax. Bay steps. Start with the basics. Nacsport Basic or Basic+.

 

Small simple templates. Go slowly but surely and, eventually, you’ll pick up the rhythm.

 

In short, here are the first steps I recommend:

 

•    Download a trial version of Nacsport.


•    Think about what concepts or ideas you'd like to discover during a game.


•    Prepare a simple template that includes those concepts.


•    Do an observation using your newly created template.


•    I work with your registers. Check out the various functions of the software. Play with Nacsport.


•    Make good use of the 30-day trial, familiarise yourself with the software.


•    If you are convinced, contact sales@nacsport.com. They’ll talk you through the best options in your case.


•    Help yourself with specific training you might need (read on for more info about this).

 

Nacsport analysis with KlipDraw

 

What Other Knowledge Do You Need?

 

There are 3 types of knowledge that I consider essential to being a video analyst.

 

1. Nacsport Specific Training

 

You need to know about the specific tools and technology to be a successful video analyst. Of course an Official Nacsport Course is the perfect introduction to this. 

2. Analyst Specific Training

 

For Spanish speakers, the course I run at Objetivo Analista called Analista 360º can help you expand your knowledge of this role and give you the knowledge you need to become a professional analyst.



For non-Spanish speakers, check out this list of courses from all over Europe in many different languages.

 

3. Knowledge of Your Sport

 

At the end of the day, the tools are just a means to an end. Immerse yourself in the sport you want to analyse. This will give you a huge reference point. Coaching courses, seminars, webinars, events, books...all fundamental to success.

 

And keep an eye on the Nacsport and Objetivo Analista blogs. They are filled with indispensable knowledge. And they are free!

 

So, there you have it, the keys to getting your career as a video analyst started. What are you waiting for?

 

Go out and spread your passion!

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