Nacsport Beginner's Guide: Download, Install, Start Analysing

By Duncan Ritchie

09-September-2020 on Tips

12 minute read

Although Nacsport is very intuitive to use, we often get messages from people who download the free trial and stumble at the first hurdle. Because they may be novices or uncomfortable with technology, they struggle to get set up and analysing with the software.


Being aware of this fact, we’ve created this quick, concise guide to offer guidance to those that may need it during their first steps with and, hopefully, avoid any pitfalls when downloading, installing or getting started with Nacsport.

Start by Downloading the Program to Your Computer


To download Nacsport, you simply have to click on the Free Trial button on the home page of our website or click the following link:


You'll be taken to following page on which you'll have to complete some personal information…


download nacsport


The fields with an asterisk (*) are required but we always recommend that you share as much information as possible so that we can advise you in the best way possible. Remember to accept the terms and privacy policy and hit “Download”.


If you are downloading the program as a free trial, you will have a total 30 days to try any of the programs in our range of software.


Which Version of Nacsport Should You Download?


It’s not easy to answer this question as it depends on many factors such as your level of experience, needs as a video analyst and, of course, budget. Luckily, we’ve created this handy guide to deciding which program is best for you. Click the link below, answer a few questions and we’ll give you a recommendation for which one to download.


Which Is the Best Video Analysis Software Package for You?


Really, it’s no big deal if you choose the wrong option at this point. As we said above, you have 30 days to try ANY of the products in the Nacsport range and you can change up or down as needed during the month.


To do this, you simply need to uninstall the program you are currently working with and reinstall the one you want. You can do this by repeating the process of clicking on the “Try It!” button.


Can Nacsport Be Installed on Mac?


This is another frequently asked question and the answer is yes, it can be installed on Apple computers. Although Nacsport was designed for the Windows operating system, there is a workaround for getting on Mac OS via Bootcamp or an emulator.


The following article will explain how this is possible and talk you through the procedure step-by-step:


How to Install Nacsport on MacOS


I Completed the Form…Now What?


Once you have completed the form, the following window will appear:



The download link will be sent to your email inbox, so it’s very important that you write your email address correctly in the previous step. The message you receive will look like this:



As you can see in the image above, as well as the download link, we also send you a list of resources that will help you get started with the program. You can also click the following link to get a summary of all the resources available to you:


Nacsport Learning Resources


Installing Nacsport


Clicking on the “Download” button will automatically start the installation process. Follow the onscreen instructions which will take you through these steps:


• Click on the "Download" button. The process will start.

• When finished, double-click the icon that has been created on the desktop.

• Follow the steps for installation.



If everything has gone as expected, Nacsport should now be installed on your computer and you’re ready to get started.


If you are just starting the trial period, you now have a total of 30 days to test drive our software. Remember if you uninstall and install a different version of Nacsport, this does not mean that you have another 30 days! You’ll simply have what remains in the original 30.


After the 30-day trial period, Nacsport will ask you for a license number to activate your program. You can buy your license through our purchasing system or contact a member of our sales team at


Now What? How Do I Get Started?


Once you run the program for the first time, you’ll be confronted with the multitude of options in main menu of Nacsport. This may provoke a lot of questions and many doubts. So, where should you start with the program?


Let’s try to summarise the process. First you need to choose the parameters of your analysis by creating a Button Template. Secondly, you use that template to tag actions on your video. These actions may things like “Shots” or “Corners” or “Freekicks”. Every time you see a shot, for example, you mark the video by pressing the corresponding button. By doing this, you end up with a database of those actions which link back to your video.


Step 1: Create Your First Button Template


The first step is to decide which aspects of the game you want to analyse and then create a template of buttons where each button will include an aspect of the game. You may be limited in how many buttons you can create depending on the program you are using:


• Maximum 25 buttons

• Basic Plus. Maximum 50 buttons

• Scout Plus, Pro Plus and Elite: Unlimited buttons



The following trilogy of videos will teach you everything there is to know about creating your first button template such as the interface, types of buttons, have they behave and a few extra hints and tips.


PART 1           PART 2           PART 3


Step 2: Analyze Your First Video (or Live Event)


Nacsport allows you to analyse games in two ways, through video or live, in real-time, during the game. In our experience, 99.99% of you will start by analysing a video, so we’ll start there, but at least now you can’t say we didn’t tell you about second method!



Select the “Register from File” option and search for the video you want to analyse. You can store it wherever you want on your computer but we always recommend in the NAC SPORT DATA folder which has been created for you in Documents.


There are several sub-folders within this folder, a few of which we’d like to highlight:


• Categories: Recommended folder for saving your Button Templates

• Databases Nacsport: Recommended folder for saving your analysis

• Videos: Recommended folder for saving your videos.



Select a video and Nacsport will ask you to link a Button Template to that video. You can select one which you created beforehand or create a new one from scratch.


From now on, Nacsport will, by default, always open the last Button Template used unless you indicate otherwise.


Now we watch the video and start clicking the buttons which correspond to the action on the screen. In the example below there is a goal with the left foot in the 99th minute after a solo run while the team is winning.



As you can see in the lower window, your button presses and the time on the video have been registered. Repeat this process with all the actions you are interested in throughout the video.


All the button presses made throughout the video generate an entire analysis, a database which contains all your registered actions.


Note: Nacsport saves your work automatically. If you decide to close your analysis and come back to it later, everything you have done up to that point will be automatically saved. Follow the steps below to re-open your analysis and continue.


Step 3: Working with Your Analysis


Going back to the main menu and selecting the “My Analysis” option, you can see all the work you have already done. A window like the one below will open with a folder structure on the left, where you can locate a specific analysis, and a list of all analysis on the right.



In this list you can see the name of the analysis and the corresponding video. If the first box is green, this indicates that the video is linked correctly. You will also find some extra information about the video and the corresponding analysis. Double click to open anything on this list.



The only thing to do now is advance to the analytical stage where a whole new world of tools and environments such as the timeline and dashboard open up to you. This is where the information is collected and utilised. But that’s for another time…


If you’ve made it this far, congratulations! You’ve taken your first steps into the world of sports analysis with Nacsport! Now you have a basic grasp of what you’re doing, start experimenting and finding out more about the tools at your disposal. Don’t be scared, you won’t break anything!


We’ll leave you with this video, which is a summary of most of what we’ve covered in this article plus a few extra steps for you to move on with.



Need More Help?


If you still need help with moving forward, don’t panic, we’ve got you covered. First of all we’d like to remind you of all the material available to you for learning on your own.


Secondly, we’ve got a more guided learning experience available for you in the form of our Official Courses. The course is available in two levels, Starter and Advanced, and will give you a solid grounding in the use of Nacsport software. In addition, you’ll get a free 3-month Nacsport license and an Official Certificate on completion.


Thanks for reading! If you have any more questions regarding Nacsport and how it functions, we'd be glad to help you out. Contact us at or through any of our social media channels.


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