By Duncan Ritchie
27-August-2020 on Tips14 minute read
The Presentation environment within Nacsport is the end point of your analysis. Before this you have been observing games and collecting data (either by hand or using third-party data), analysing, filtering and extracting the most important information. But now it’s time to share your results.
Sometimes it’s easy to treat your video presentations as an overthought. You’ve done all the hard work previous to this stage and what’s so difficult about putting a video together anyway?
Well, this is the means by which the world is going to see your analysis. Studying and filtering the information you have collected is no less important than the stages that came before it.
But do you share your analysis in the right way?
In this article, we’ve collected a series of tips and recommendations that we think are important when creating presentations and keeping communication flowing, whether that be with coaches, teammates or the general public.
Before we get stuck into this, let’s remind ourselves of the hierarchical structure of the Presentations environment in Nacsport and the vocabulary we describe to talk about them.
The whole kit and kaboodle. The finished product. The aim of any analysis. You can create a presentation based on anything, a single match, a player or an entire season.
Presentations are divided into lists, which are similar to chapters or episodes. A presentation must have at least one list, but you can create as many as you like. You may have a list for attack and one for defense, for example. These are the episodes which make up your final presentation.
Lists are made up of registers. A register is like a single shot within your chapter, a fragment of a video with a fixed duration that usually contains something important the analyst wants to share. Registers are the tags that you have previously made on the video. For example, you can have a list which contains all the attacking registers.
You can add as many registers as you want to each list or even have a list which doesn’t contain any registers, although this is fairly pointless when it comes to sharing your work.
There are other elements which make up a Nacsport presentation. Covers, images, slides and transitions are some of the most common and we’ll talk about each of them throughout this article.
Ok, now that we’re clear on how presentations are organised, we also need to look at how they can be shared. You can either present directly from Nacsport or create and export a standalone video (there is a third option which relies on the online file sharing platform, Sharimg, but we’ll concentrate on the first two here).
This is usually done by connecting your Nacsport computer to an external projector or screen. This option offers enormous versatility as you have all the tools needed to hand in Nacsport, meaning that you can make changes to your presentation on the fly.
You decide which pieces of action you want to add to the video and the extra design elements you want to include, feed everything into Nacsport, click produce and, Bob’s your uncle, it’s done. Nacsport removes the tedious technical tasks related to audiovisual production such as editing and post-production. Get to sharing your work straight away.
Ok, hopefully we’re clear about how presentations are organised now. Let’s get to the tips on how to best create your presentations.
It might seem obvious, but these are the fundamentals of a successful presentation.
Creating a motivational video with background music and dynamic transitions is not the same as a presentation for a team meeting, which may have more pauses for reflection and incorporate more text notes, annotations and drawings
You also need to take into account the level of interaction with the recipient. Is communication going one way? Do you simply need to produce a video and send it by WhatsApp? Or will the video be presented face to face with a player or team? Do you need to include breaks for input and feedback?
Most coaches and analysts we work with have a fixed structure for presentations, the same narrative order, lists organized in the same way and of a similar duration. This is something they have developed over time.
You don’t have to do it the same way as everyone else, but we recommend that you quickly establish your own structure. This means that your team know what to expect during a presentation and communication improves.
To help you define this structure, we have a few tools that we think are ideal for this task (Note: availability depends on which version of Nacsport you are using). favourite lists, favourite autolists and autopresentations.
Depending on the version of Nacsport you’re using, you can export your presentation as a video file in different ways:
• A file containing the whole presentation
• A file containing each list in your presentation
• A file containing each register in your presentation
In higher versions of the program you can select which lists you want to produce, as opposed to producing all of them.
How you share your work is entirely up to you!
A presentation doesn’t have to contain only videos. There are many additional elements you can add to augment your reports. Here are a few ideas:
• A cover for the presentation…or for each list.
• Images (photos, clip art, drills, etc.).
• PowerPoint slides (for example, add the bio of a rival player or team, or annotate what will be seen in the video...).
• Overlay text notes.
• The name of the category and number of the register.
A picture is worth a thousand words, or so they say, and there are many different learning styles. The majority of people learn visually. So, instead of a ten-minute spoken lecture, show your players what you mean with illustrations.
The Drawing Tool included with Nacsport provides you with a basic palette of features for illustrating video stills with colourful lines and geometric shapes. If you’re looking for a telestration tool with a little more power, why not integrate KlipDraw into your Nacsport set up for animated illustrations and sport-specific tools.
Everybody has different thoughts on aesthetics and we’re sure there are many coaches and analysts out there who’ll disagree with this piece of advice. “The important thing is the video!”, they’ll exclaim. “There’s no need to add any frilly extras!”
But we disagree, sorry! In our experience, players are more receptive to presentations which contain a higher-level aesthetic value. Where it looks like the analyst has taken care and attention to get the video and the details just right.
An aesthetically pleasing analysis conveys professionalism and, according to our experience, generates a higher level of interest and confidence among the recipients.
A couple of tips: add a nice cover for your presentation and each of your lists to capture attention from the first minute of the presentation. Add KlipDraw animations. Seeing sequential drawings will provide your presentations with a hook and make them easier to follow.
Finally, here’s a trick that many people don’t know…
You can add your team badge as a watermark when creating a standalone video. How do you do this? It’s in the settings in the video production menu.
You can add external audio files, either music or voice, and transitions to control the rhythm of your presentations.
Narrative is an aspect that not many people pay attention to when producing videos and this can harm the message they want to convey.
A motivational video in the moments leading up to a match, like the one Guardiola showed his players in the final in Rome, with an epic song...this can get anyone charged up and ready to go! A team talk, on the other hand, may require a higher level of pauses to allow for interactions.
Advice for professional analysts: if you work with Nacsport Scout+ or higher, you can add more videos from the same match from different angles. You can add between two and four different perspectives depending on which version you’re using. You can group them and show them together in the same register or show the same action from different angles.
A second angle can provide information that the first angle can't offer. Not only that, watching the action multiple times may let you see aspects of the game you didn’t notice during the first playback.
Finding the correct length for your presentation is a complicated subject and the subject of great debate. We wouldn’t want to impose our ideals on you for this subject, but we will say that we are great believers in balance.
The duration of the whole presentation and the registers within the presentation should be just the right length. No more, no less. Here’s an example related to registers: when you’re showing a goal that goes against your team, when do you start your video? Do you start it from when the opposition goalkeeper releases the ball and then the 100 passes that are played in midfield on route to goal? Then after 3 minutes of tippy tappy football in midfield the striker breaks out and scores the goal? Maybe that’s too much to show, eh?
So, what about an entire presentation? How long should that be? Many people say around 10 minutes is perfect, others say that is too long or too short. We think that the only way to ascertain the correct length for your presentation is to experiment for yourself and see how your group of players react. Too short and the message might not be conveyed successfully, too long and it could cause boredom and inattention.
Basically, pay attention to your audience, they’ll dictate the length of your work.
The presentation script tool is sometimes overlooked by many analysts. This tool, available from Scout+ onwards, automatically generates a PDF file with all the registers divided into lists. It basically gives you a script of your presentation, showing the order of your clips and any descriptors, text notes or drawings attached to each register.
With this information to hand, conducting a presentation becomes a breeze and means that you don’t get lost. You can even deliver copies of the script to other coaches or players, so they’ll know what to expect during the presentation, encouraging better communication.
As always, we like to end with a little extra tip. In this case, we’re talking about Nacsport Remote. This is a free app, designed for iOS devices and it works spectacularly well with your iPhone. It’s designed to let you control your presentations remotely, just like a remote control for your TV.
And that’s it for now, 11 tips for transforming your Nacsport presentations into authentic pieces of video analysis art. There are many other things to discover within this environment, too many for us to cover in this article, so we’ll leave you to discover them for yourself. Play around, experiment and find your own presentation nirvana.
If you want to delve deeper into any of these tips, ask us about a specific one or simply share the tricks that you use, you can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, we love hearing from you!
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