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HudlTechnique (formerly Ubersense) Reviews

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HudlTechnique (formerly Ubersense) Reviews

After David Turner and Andy Edwards reviewed the Coach’s Eye app, we asked two more members – Jon Woodward (football, gymnastics and golf) and Rachel Hooper (rowing) – to share their experiences of using the HudlTechnique (formerly Ubersense) app.

Jon Woodward

Sports: Football, gymnastics and golf

System used: Apple

Background: I have been using HudlTechnique over a period of three years from a coaching and coach education perspective. I have always been interested in the use of technology for performance analysis and feedback, and through the functionality of use through the iPad and iPhone, this has become much easier.

I downloaded several apps similar to HudlTechnique, such as Coach’s Eye and Coach My Video. Being honest, I couldn’t tell you why I chose one over the others, but settled on HudlTechnique.

Uses: I initially used it as a feedback and demonstration tool for my girls, who are both gymnasts, and it was a great way to show them their development with their movement and understanding of how this works. I began to use it within my own team coaching through football, to look at player movement, awareness and positioning (both as part of team play and in individuals’ roles within the team).

I now use it for analysis of fundamental skills relating to physical development, as well as sport. I was part of an online pilot to use the app through a webinar – the concept is great, but there were some teething problems (which I will explain later).

Working with gymnastics coaches, it is an excellent instant-review tool to look at the basic ABCs within gymnastics, and the effect on efficient performance within the sport. One of the things I love about it is that we can record, and within seconds, replay, stop, wind back, play frame by frame and draw on the screen to support understanding of body position, angles, current position, expected position and the trajectory of the body.

You can also import videos from other users and sources to analyse too.

Another great feature is the ability to compare two videos at the same time, side by side. This allows the coach and athlete to see the same movement by the same athlete or compared to a different athlete.

Being a geek, I have also taken it to the driving range to record my golf swing, and it is interesting to see different angles of the shot (though you would need more cameras in different positions to analyse the exact same shot).

It has a great community function, where you can share your feedback and analysis online, where analysis may not be completed at the time. It is also a great way of comparing performance over time.

Cons: The negative side is not so much about the app, but the functionality of Apple products to link to other devices. HudlTechnique does offer a web-based application, but I prefer to do things on the iPad or iPhone. That said, it is a significantly better tool on the iPad down to the general size of the screen.

Overall: I would recommend it to other coaches as it is a relatively simple but effective way of introducing technology into your sessions, either pre-, during or post-session. It is embracing 21st century technology, and used effectively, I think it offers a greater understanding of movement across a range of sports. I would give it 8/10 for its simple usage and impact on my coaching and coach education.

Rachel Hooper

Sport: Rowing

System used: Apple

Background: What is the first thing a coach does when they get a new tablet? Check out the coaching apps of course. That is just what I did when I bought my iPad, and HudlTechnique was the first app I downloaded. The reason I went for this one first is pretty simple – it is because I’d had a bit of a play about with it on someone else’s iPad and liked the look and feel of it. It had also come up in conversation with a number of other coaches, and they seemed to like it too.

I downloaded Coach’s Eye as well, along with EyeRow (I’m a rowing coach), but HudlTechnique has become my default app of choice. The main reason for this? I feel it’s intuitive to use, and I don’t need to waste time working out what I need to do.

Uses: For my day-to-day coaching, the feature I use most is the slow mo and analytics. It is really useful to be able to go frame by frame and also compare and contrast body angles by drawing using the simple tools on screen. The tagging function means I now have a file of video clips for each athlete. So if they are having a bad day, I can show them just how far they have come!

There is also the fantastic ‘community’ feature where you can comment on footage from other coaches, and equally, they can comment on any videos you wish to post. Simply log which sport you coach, and you will receive a feed of footage from around the globe. It is this feature in particular that helped me with one of my athletes when she developed a fault that I just could not figure out how to correct. With ideas from coaches all over the world, I got to the bottom of the problem and was able to use what I had learnt from the app to correct it.

When time is short at the end of a training session, I am able to use the audio feature, and talk through the video and send it over to my athletes via email. I found this quite strange to start off with but now really enjoy talking through a clip and picking out what is working well and which areas we need to focus on to improve further.

Cons: As with all apps, it’s not perfect. I sometimes find videos have been filed in the wrong place so need to go through my whole library to find them.

Overall: I would give the app 9/10 as it’s simple to use and means I have got all the footage I want in one place.

In summary, my favourite features:

  • being able to compare footage between sessions
  • sharing footage with a global community to problem solve
  • intuitive and easy to use.

What could be better?

  • The filing system sometimes has a bit of a blip!

More information on the HudlTechnique app can be found on their website.

They also have an informative Vimeo channel that has a number of tutorial videos.

Do you use HudlTechnique? How do you find it? Are there any other video analysis apps you would recommend? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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