Basic+ vs Scout: How Far Do You Want to Take Your Sports Analysis?

By Duncan Ritchie

26-February-2020 on Tips

12 minute read

Welcome to the second part of our series where we compare and contrast the different packages on offer from Nacsport.  Well, we started by looking at the differences between Nacsport Basic and Basic+. Today, we’re going to take a step further up the ladder and compare Basic+ to Scout.

 

Scout contains all the elements of Basic+ and adds a cornucopia of new features. At this point, we really are entering into the lower atmosphere of professional video analysis. So, without further ado, let’s continue with our comparison.

 

Nacsport Basic+

 

Before we start comparing the software, you can get a succinct overview of the most important features and tools of Basic+ in this nice little video by Josh Bryan of AnalysisPro.

 

 

Nacsport Scout

 

And here, Josh does the same for Scout...

 

 

 

Tag a Game Without Limits and Without Video

 

Ok, let’s again start at the very basics of the functionality of any video analysis software, the ability to tag actions on a video.

 

If you recall, in Nacsport Basic+ you have a total of 50 buttons to play with. These buttons can be split between Categories (main actions) and Descriptors (to tag a description of a Category) in whatever way you see fit.

 

But with Nacsport Scout, there are no limits to how many buttons you can create, therefore your initial analysis is only limited by your imagination.

 

 

 

 

Scout also lets you tag actions without a video source. Say, for example, you are watching a live game that you know is being recorded by someone else. Carry on with your analysis as normal, tagging the game, and later, when you get your hands on the video source, easily sync the two together.

 

In Basic+, you need the video source beforehand to tag actions.

 

 

 

Graphic Descriptors

 

Scout also gives you the ability to create Graphic Descriptors. Imagine having a graphic representation of the field or court, you click the “shot” button as normal and then you click on the relevant part of the field of play and there you have it...the position is tagged. Graphic Descriptors make life easier for the analyst, simple as that.

 

 

 

 

 

Multiple and Dynamic Matrixes

 

In Basic+, you can review your taggedd actions on the Data Matrix but you can only work with the data from one video at a time.

 

In Scout, however, you have the ability to import, combine and work with the data from unlimited videos, all of which can be added to your Data Matrix.

 

If the Categories and Descriptors are the same for each video, then they will all be combined together in the matrix. This is a very useful tool for reviewing, for example, the data from 5 games at a time.

 

 

 

 

 

Dynamic Matrix

 

So, what’s this?

 

Well, the dynamic matrix let’s you see actions in the Data Matrix which occur within a specific period of time. For example, directly after a goal or a 10-minute period after a substitution. It lets you home in on that data and see how your team are reacting to these changes.

 

 

 

 

 

Unlimited Videos and Analyses at the Same Time

 

Ok, so now we come to the feature which is probably the biggest advantage that Scout has over it’s little brother Basic+, the ability to work with unlimited videos at the same time as opposed to one in Basic+.

 

 

 

Imagine you are scouting out an opponent and you want to analyse their previous games. Now you can analyse all these videos together at the same time to produce a comprehensive database of data and videos on your opponent.

 

All this data can be added to the same Data Matrix so you can easily control the relevant information your team needs to see.

 

 

 

Advanced Presentations

 

And that brings us neatly to presentations. Basic+ contains a wealth of options for creating visually attractive presentations and the option to add audio files.

But Basic+ doesn’t have you the ability to share presentation data between two computers with Nacsport installed. Presentations must be given from the same machine.

 

In Scout you can easily export and import data between Nacsport programs. For example, you want to send a presentation to another member of the coaching staff or to a player for review…now you can.

In addition, with Scout you can generate an automatic script within the program itself. Also, you can set a favourite presentation.

 

Basic Plus vs Scout

 

 

Dynamic Dashboards

 

Dashboards are a feature of both versions of the program, so let’s begin with a quick explanation of what it does.

 

Scout gives you more control over the data represented in the dashboard and let’s you see data from specific parts of the game.

 

Let’s talk about soccer to give you an example of how this could be useful. Your team has dominated in the early parts of the match and scored 3 goals, but in the last 15 minutes, the opposition has retaliated and is starting to make a comeback in the match.

 

You want to see what has changed specifically in the previous 15 minutes. With the Dynamic dashboard you can pinpoint that specific period of the match and relay statistical info to the bench which may help influence how they change the strategy. You may transmit data such as possession or player effectiveness from any point in the game.

 

 

 

Compatibility

 

With Basic+ you have some limited compatibility options. For example,you can easily share data with users of other programs or import their data into your machine for analysis. This means that there is compatibility between Nacsport and Hudl Sportscode, for example.

 

Scout gives you some added compatibility options.

 

First off, if you want to add XML data from Opta, you can do this with no problems. You can also import your own custom XML files.

 

As well as importing data in the XML format, it is now possible to import data from Sportscode(.SCpkg) or Gamebreaker (.GBpkg)

 

 

 

 

This means that Categories and Descriptors from other timeline based software will now be compatible with Nacsport, to a certain degree. The Data Matrix will also be updated.

 

Basic Plus vs Scout

 

For a full comparison of all the different versions of Nacsport, please click here.

 

 

 

Price

 

Ok, it’s that time again where we have to talk about money. We know that price will be a defining factor for many people. However, Nacsport is a global brand and payable in many different currencies, therefore, instead of talking about specific prices, we’re going to give you an overview of payment options and what you get for your hard-earned. To check the price in your local currency, we suggest you click here.

 

 

Basic+

 

•    Single payment or 3 yearly installments. Both options include Support and Update Service (SUS) until end of payment period.

•    Optional, but recommended, renewal of SUS after payment period ends.

 

Or

 

•    Single payment annual subscription. Support and Update Service (SUS) included.

•    Annual renewal of license.

 

 

Scout

 

•    Single payment or 3 yearly installments. Both options include Support and Update Service (SUS) until end of payment period.

•    Optional, but recommended, renewal of SUS after payment period ends.

 

Or

 

•    Single payment annual subscription. Support and Update Service (SUS) included.

•    Annual renewal of license.

 

 

 

 

The Choice is Yours

 

So…there you have it, a comparison of some of the major differences between Nacsport Basic+ and Scout.

 

We can’t decide which one is best for you, only you can do that. But don’t worry, if you decide to take Basic+ and then decide that you need a program which is more powerful. It is very easy to upgrade your licence.

 

Also, we are very proud of our software and believe that once you try it, you’ll never look back. For that reason we offer a FREE 30-day Trial of any of our software packages. Click here to find out more.

 

Next time in this series we’ll be comparing the differences between Scout and Pro or, alternatively, why not go back and read the first of these comparisons - Basic vs Basic+. Click the images below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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