Intelligent Analysis: Play-by-Play and the Dynamic Timeline

By Duncan Ritchie

23-February-2023 on Tips

6 minute read

When Nacsport 8.0 was released, it represented a massive leap forward for Nacsport with a complete revamp of the interface and some brand-new tools.


One of the biggest changes came in the registering environment, where the Play-by-Play table was added to all versions of the program alongside a new tool…the dynamic timeline. We’ll look at both of these in more detail today.


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Two new ways to register actions


As we said previously, Nacsport 8.0 brought many changes, not only in terms of aesthetics, but also in functionality.


The registering environment was the main beneficiary of this change, with a combined Play-by-Play table and dynamic timeline being added for more control over your analysis.


As we said previously, the Play-by-Play table has been added to the register control window. This is a natural evolution as it adds a higher level of detail and more editing options, as you’ll see later in this article. 


The dynamic timeline, on the other hand, is a brand-new tool for Nacsport. To put it simply, this tool is similar to the timeline you know and love from the analysis stage, but it is updated live as you register actions in the game. In addition, it allows you to edit your registers while they are being created.


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Play-by-Play Table


This is a chronological list of the actions you have registered so far, offering a high level of detail.


It can be used for both live analysis and video analysis. Here are some of the features it offers for aiding your analysis work:


  • View descriptors and text notes associated with a register.
  • Filter and view categories or coordinates.
  • Edit, modify and delete registers and descriptors.
  • Add and remove a descriptor from multiple registers.
  • Change the order in which the registers are displayed.


Duringa live analysis, the Play-by-Play table offers you a great way of interacting with your created clips, giving you access to the relevant data quickly and easily.


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In the toolbar, clicking on the first icon on the left activates the Play-by-Play table which can then be moved and resized.


In addition to the aforementioned options, you can also set the maximum number of registers that you want to display in the table, or activate the automatic refresh option, which updates the table with each click.


Double-click on the play icon of each register to access the properties window. Doing the same on the category column will allow you to edit the category, especially useful if an error was made whilst registering.


If you want a more in-depth look at all the features of this tool, check out the video tutorial that we’ve prepared, available on YouTube.




Dynamic Timeline


The dynamic timeline is an alternative to the Play-by-Play table. It should be made clear that you can use either system to control your registers, but both cannot be open at the same time. 

dynamic timeline nacsport


The dynamic timeline is activated by clicking the second icon on the toolbar. Doing so opens a timeline which shows all the registers that have been created during the registering phase. 


We recommend activating the auto-refresh option as this will ensure that the all your registers, along with the timeline size, are always up-to-date, allowing for better data visualisation.


The dynamic timeline allows you to edit the length of the registers, as well as their position on the timeline.


Again, to find out more about how the dynamic timeline works and all the option available to you, we advise taking a look at the full tutorial on YouTube.




Which Option Is Best?


Well, that’s a tough question to answer. Basically, it’s for you to decide which option melds best with your workflow.


Both tools do their job extremely well, making the registering and editing process much easier and quicker.


If you are a long-term Nacsport user, then it may be that the Play-by-Play table is easier for you to work with, as you’ll already be familiar with it in one form or another.


On the other hand, you might find the dynamic timeline a more comfortable environment to work with, especially if you are new to the world of Nacsport.


In short: you decide. And, whatever your preferred option, remember that we’re always at your disposal to answer any questions that you might have.


As always, thanks for reading.

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