8 more awesome productivity hacks for Nacsport users

By Enrico Caballero

07-January-2020 on Tips

8 minute read

After the incredible success of our last hacking guide, we’ve answered your requests for more secret (and not so secret) Nacsport tips, with 8 more really cool ways to work smarter with your copy of our Nacsport Basic or BasicPlus software.


No messing. Let’s jump straight in with a really obvious one - and a real favorite of everyone here in the office:

Hack 1. ESC key to close open manual categories 

A simple trick that many users miss when they begin using Nacsport, then kick themselves later when they notice. As the name suggests, it involves using the ESC key on your keyboard to close manual categories.


Here’s an example; You are working with several manual categories open, registering the ball possession of two teams. During a rapid succession of passes, while registering the activity, you realize you forgot to click the manual category to deactivate.

To cancel your error, simply hit the ESC button on your keyboard and all open manual categories will close, avoiding any errors in registration as described above.

Hack 2. Replace names in the template

Simple but very, very effective. 


As part of the button template, you have the option to quickly replace names in the template. This feature is especially handy when the only thing changing about a template is the name of the teams or visitor categories.


For example. Let’s say our team is playing Liverpool this week. Our template is set up to record our opponents' activity - so contains categories including; ‘Liverpool shots’, ‘Liverpool corners’ etc.


The following week, our team will play Everton. Using this feature, the only thing needing to be changed is the title, saving us the time and effort of starting over again from scratch. This video probably does a better job of explaining how the process works.



Hack 3. Resizing templates 

Rarely have we seen such a minor change receive so much love from Nacsport using analysts. Our last update included an option to resize the template, based on the proportional size of the existing buttons it contained.


Now, as any Nacsport veteran will tell you, in the past making adjustments to a template could be a time-consuming and thankless task, especially if it contained a match strength number of buttons. 


Relatively simple tasks, like entering the Play by Play table, opening up a data panel or even adjusting the template could easily result in buttons becoming hard to access or hidden completely off-screen.


Using the new tool, modifying the dimensions of your template is a whole lot easier and - as this video shows - will work platform-wide, making it easier to take your templates with you, as this video shows.



Hack 4. Gain space by hiding the timeline 

When it comes to organizing your timeline, here’s another space-saving trick;


Did you know you can easily hide and reveal the timeline, gaining space if you need it to work in other environments, like creating a presentation or enlarging the video player. Watch the video below to see how;



Hack 5. Select multiple records simultaneously and add them to a presentation.

Here’s another ‘under the radar’ hack that’s a big help when creating a new presentation.


When you’re choosing which specific records to send to your next presentation, whether it’s a single category or many, simply mark your choosing registers and - using the ‘3’ key send them all to your presentation.


You can use the same technique when selecting complete categories and we’ve covered examples of both in the following short video.



Hack 6. Join different videos of a game 

The merge video function is a really handy tool to combine clips from the same game, especially when they have been shot from different angles.


So perhaps you'd like an angle that favors your team in the first half of a match, and then a different view of the pitch for the second period.


Using the merge video options available in Nacsport makes it easy to collect all your clips of a single match, or many, into one complete recording. Take a look at this quick guide to show you how it’s done.


Hack 7. Overlap text in the video 

Want to view descriptors or supplemental notes over the top of a video? It’s never been easier following our last update.


Now, by simply pressing down the ‘T’ key, or clicking it over a player’s name you will see an overlay featuring any descriptions or notes made. You’ll see the data, without having to pause your video.


If you plan on sharing videos with overlaid data, don’t forget to double-check all your notes and descriptors are correct before exporting your work.

Hack 8.  Filtering deeper through data labels

Nacsport’s graphic panels look striking and do an awesome job of visualizing certain aspects of your analysis, but their functions don’t stop there. 


In addition to what Nacsport’s graphic panels feature can generate visually, it also acts as a large filter using data labels and can be used for filtering multiple descriptors at the same time.


As this short video shows, by clicking on a created data label we can easily see all the records produced with the configured conditions, making it possible the most rigorous filter in the program.



OK, so there you have it. Our second installment of insider hacks to help you analyze smarter using two of Nacsport’s most popular entry-level tools. And if you’re not a Nacsport Basic or BasicPlus user, hold on, we’re planning more of these hacking guides for every product on the Nacsport platform.

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