RightView Pro HS Coaches Edition

Software User Guide

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Table of Contents

(Click on a subject line for a link to the corresponding section of text, if viewing in the CE300 software, right click on the screen and click “back” to return to the table of contents):

To view audio/video training clips, see the “Instruction” menu in the HS Coaches Edition software.

I. Introduction and Overview

Recommended Hardware
System Requirements
Getting started
Loading the Software onto Your System

 

II. Getting Started

The Main Page
The Analysis screen user interface

 

III. Using the CE300 software for instruction

Creating and selecting a student and coach
Capturing/recording video clips
Reviewing and analyzing recorded clips
Setting Key Positions
Synchronized Playback Options
Four View
Using the drawing tools
Displaying comparative models
Editing Swing Clip Files
Statistics
Summarizing lesson content for student review
Creating Snapshots
Quick Print Snapshot Option
Viewing and Printing Snapshots
E-mail features and options
Sending a data email to a student
Receiving email data

 

Appendix I: System Options

 

Appendix II. - Using the Swing Manager

1.        Layout/General information
2.        Functions
3.        Creating Coaches
4.        Creating Students
5.        Selecting Coaches and Students
6.        Swing Locations – Information and functions
7.        Editing Functions

 

Appendix III: FAQ's/Troubleshooting  

 

RightView Pro CE300- High School

Coaches Edition User's Guide

I. Introduction and Overview

Thank you for purchasing and using RightView Pro IS 300- HS Coaches Editon software, an inter-related group of products that consist of separate software programs or modules that are related and can be used either alone or in conjunction depending on the needs of an individual instructor or facility.  Functionally, the Suite provides the tools to digitally record the baseball swings of either students or event participants (clinics, tournaments, etc) and create a CD-ROM with those swings and other content for the student or player.  In broad terms, the separate module functions are:

·basic teaching and video event production

· instructional segment (audio/video) filming

·student or client Home Viewing software (Pv300 Player Viewer & Cv300 Capture Viewer)

Here is a more detailed list of some user benefits included in the CE300 software:

With two Firewire ports and two digital camcorders you can preview and record two full views simultaneously without using an external video splitter.

Swings and photos can be grouped into a list and sent to a student via email and then viewed by the student with the RightView Pro Home Viewer software (Cv300 or Pv300).

Tools are included to create and manage a large coach and student database.

The software features state of the art graphical analysis, telestration, and modeling features.

  • Statistical measures
  • Compare your students against the best players in the game.  Data can be easily analyzed to show differences in key measurements in a swing.

     

    Recommended Hardware

    Currently we recommend running the CE300 software on any laptop or desktop computer that is compatible with the Microsoft Windows XP and 2000 operating systems and that meet the minimum requirements listed below. Our camera recommendations are any Mini-DV camcorder with a firewire port (IEEE 1394).    We also recommend an external microphone jack for anyone wanting to record drills or lessons. We also recommend using a dual-port Firewire PC card for dual captures with two firewire cables.  Finally, we recommend the Samson microphone/transmitter/receiver system (the VT3L transmitter and the VM1 receiver) for recording remote audio on instructional clips, and an Audio-Technica ATR35s Lavalier microphone for use as an audio trigger and for recording audio in lesson segments.  These accessories are available for purchase from several electronics suppliers.

    System Requirements

    The CE300 software has the following minimum requirements:

    ·1.6 GHz or higher CPU

    ·256MB RAM

    ·30 GB UDMA Hard Disk

    · CD-ROM Drive

    ·Windows 2000 Home Edition

     

    The CE300 software has the following recommended configuration:

    · Pentium 4 2GHz or higher processor

    · 512MB RAM

    · 40 GB or larger UDMA Hard Disk Drive

    · CD-RW drive

    · Windows XP Professional Edition

     

    Getting started

    If you purchased a full system (computer, software, cameras, etc) please follow this order of procedures when starting the CE300-HS Coaches Edition software:

    1.      Start your computer and install firewire card bus if necessary.

    2.      With the camera(s) off, connect the Firewire card, all the Firewire cables, and the cameras.

    3.      After all connections have been made turn on the cameras, wait for the computer to recognize the cameras and choose “take no action” when the menu pops up.

    4.      Start the HS Coaches Edition software.

    5.      Proceed to Chapter II to learn how to use your software.

    Note 1:  For full screen display set your display resolution to 800x600.  The CE300 software will work at any screen resolution, however the display colors must be set to 16bit (medium).  Also, please be sure that the DPI setting is “normal”, some computers have been found to be set at “large” and this setting can block some of the buttons in the software from view.  (To check your DPI setting—Right click on desktop, choose properties, click on settings tab, click “advanced” button, your DPI setting will appear under the general tab.  It should be set to Normal 96 DPI.)

    Note 2:  Some current displays are available in widescreen video format, please be aware that if the software is viewed in this format that the aspect ratio will be distorted, in this case you should set the display properties to view as full screen aspect ratio. 

    Loading the Software onto Your System

    If you did not purchase a computer system pre-loaded with the CE300 software and are installing the software from a CD, please follow these steps:

    1.      Insert the CE300- HS Coaches Editon software CD into your computer's CD-ROM drive.

    2.      Wait a few moments.  Most Windows systems will detect that a CD has been inserted, and then automatically launch the Setup program on the CD.  You should see this screen:

    3.      Click the “Install” button.

    4.      We recommend that you accept the default destination location (c:\Program Files\ \SmartView Suite ).

    5.      You should select to install all software components. 

    6.      The software disc will automatically create a desktop and Start menu icon identified as “HS Coaches Edition.”

    7.      We recommend that you accept the default Program Folder (SmartView Suite).

    8.      We also recommend that you install the Capture Viewer software at the same time as the CE300 software, follow the same steps, the default destination will be c:\Program Files\Smartview Home, and the desktop icon will be identified as “Capture Viewer.”

    9.      Proceed to Chapter II to learn how to use your software.

    II. Getting Started

    The Main Page

    To start the HS Coaches Edition software, double click the icon on the desktop identified as “HS Coaches Edition.”  This screen is then displayed:

     

    You can access a particular function in the software by clicking on one of the buttons:

    Analysis

    Click to start the video program.  If one or both cameras are connected and turned on the video screen will open and after a moment the camera(s) will appear in a live mode.

    System Options

    Click to access various system functions such as e-mail.

    About

    Click to view information regarding the exact build of software you are running.

    Help

    Click to view an html version of this user guide.

    Exit/End

    Click to exit the software.

     

    The Analysis button opens the CE300 video capture and viewing software program, let's start this discussion with the analysis window and an explanation of the features and functions there.  Later we will return to discuss the System Options and other buttons on the main page. 

    The Analysis screen user interface

    To open the video program, click on the Analysis button on the lower left of the main screen.  When this button is clicked the software searches for camera sources connected to the computer, if two cameras are connected the software will open the analysis screen after a few moments: 

    This view (above) appears when two camcorders are connected and turned on.  In the event that one camcorder is connected rather than two the software will display this message after the Analysis button is clicked:

    Click the “OK” button (or the cancel button in the upper right corner), and the single video source is then displayed in a full screen view:

    When only one camera source is connected the default setting in the software is that the left window is displayed and is considered the front view of the player rather than the target.  This can be changed if desired, consult the section of the text covering System Options to learn how. 

    Next, if the software is started without any video source connected, two messages are displayed in succession:

               

    Click “OK” on both messages and the analysis window opens with blank windows due to the lack of video sources:

    It is quite common to open and use the software in order to view and analyze swing clips that are saved in the system, create supporting materials, manage the database, or for other reasons, so this is a normal sequence in those situations.  Once swing clips are loaded into one or both video windows the software assumes a more conventional appearance:

    Moving forward, the layout of the analysis window from top to bottom is as follows:

    Pop-up info (upper left)

    Displays information on the feature that the cursor is passing over

    Drawing toolbar

    Displays a row of buttons that allow the corresponding analysis feature to be drawn on either video screen

    Video window info

    Identifies front and target views with camera or clip name

    Video windows

    Initially divided in halves, to increase the size of a window the yellow “splitter” button can be dragged from side to side

    Individual video controls

    Located to the sides of each video window, details will follow.

    Initial selection tabs

    Functions are as identified on the tabs, details to follow.

    Lower area

    Displays various function buttons depending on which tab is selected, the default selection is the “select” tab, details to follow.

    As mentioned above, there are a series of tabs located at the bottom of the screen, and when the Analysis button is clicked on the main page the “Select” tab is the default choice.

    Here is a table giving the basic function of all the tabs:

    Select

    Displays a series of buttons that allow access to basic functions in the software such as a database of coaches and students, snapshot creation and viewing, instruction segment viewing, email features, and event data creation and entry.

    Capture

    Gives access to video capture functions and options

    Play

    Gives access to synchronized playback functions and position features and controls

    Front

    Displays a list of saved front view files for the selected student

    Target

    Displays a list of saved target view files for the selected student

    Pro frt

    Displays a list of saved model front view files

    Pro trg

    Displays a list of saved model target view files

    Stats

    Displays various statistics derived from on screen drawings

    As mentioned, the “select” tab displays a series of buttons at the bottom of the screen; here is one more table that gives some detail about each button:

    Swing Manager

    Opens a database page that allows configuration of coaches and students, as well as previewing all data associated with any individual student.

    Email

    Opens a page displaying a list of data that has been created to email to a student.

    Instruction

    Opens an Instruction Viewer that will display instructional clips stored in the software.

    Four View

    Divides the main screen into four areas which allows for the viewing of four swings at once.

    Take Snapshot

    Clicking this button captures a still image “screen shot” of anything displayed in the video windows (one or two video clips, drawings, small model and drawings) and saves the image in the snapshot Viewer under the current student name.

    See snapshot

    Opens the snapshot Viewer screen which has displaying, printing, and add to email/CD options.  More details to follow.

    Quick Print

    Clicking this button immediately prints a large snapshot of whatever is displayed in the video windows.  The snapshot is also saved automatically for future use.

    As stated in the introduction, there are many features and functions in the HS Coaches Edition software that could be useful for an instructor in teaching or for a facility in producing video services for a baseball camp or tournament.  There is considerable overlap in these two scenarios, but for the purposes of this user guide they will be divided, and teaching functions will be discussed first.

    III. Using the HS Coaches Edition software for instruction

    Here is a basic format or sequence that is used in most Baseball lessons when digital video capture takes place:

    · Select the student and coach in the software's database (Swing Manager)

    · Capture video clips

    · Review the captured clips and analyze

    · Make coaching recommendations

    · Possibly give the student something that summarizes the lesson content for future review

    The HS Coaches Edition software allows an instructor to easily move through this process, and in fact customize it to their needs and instructional style.  The following sections will explain how to use the software in an actual teaching situation as well as to describe functions in detail.

    Creating and selecting a student and coach

    This step must happen immediately after opening the analysis page, both in using the software to capture video clips and also simply for viewing and analyzing swing clips saved in the system.  The creation or selection of coaches and students is done in the Swing Manager page, to access this page choose the “Select” tab and then click on the “Swing Manager” button.

    The following page is then displayed:

    Briefly, the Swing Manager page enables

    · Creation of a database of coaches and students

    · A preview of both front and target recorded swing files for any individual student (the preview window is the large dark area in the image above)

    · A preview of saved snapshot images of any individual student

    · The addition or editing of student information

    (For a detailed treatment of the functions contained in the Swing Manager please consult Appendix II.)

    The first step in using the software is to create a coach (coach names are listed in the “Coaches” column).  To do this, right click on the blue “Coaches” heading, and then select “add new coach.”  The following window is displayed:

    Type in the name and click OK, and the new coach name is then displayed in the “Coaches” column. 

    To add/create a student, first click the coach name that the student will be associated with, and then right click the blue “Students” column heading and click “Add new student.”  The following window is displayed:

    Type the new student name in the box, click OK, and the student is then added to the coach's database of students.

    To add or edit student information double click on the student's name in the “Students” column and the following window will be displayed:

    There are two ways to start a lesson once a coach has created their own profile and is in the process of building a database of students:

    1 - Open the Swing Manager and select the desired coach and student names from the Coaches and Students columns.  The selected names will then appear in the Coach and Student box in the lower right section of the Swing Manager window.  Verify that the names are correct; close the Swing Manager page and the software returns to the Analysis screen.

    2 – The second method allows selecting an existing Coach and/or Student while in the Analysis screen.  To do this, right click either the coach or student name in the lower left corner of the analysis screen and a popup window is displayed.  Here is an image of the Coach list popup screen:

    To select or change the coach click the desired name on the list and then click the “OK” button in the lower right corner of the popup window.  Once a coach has been selected the student may be chosen in the same way:

    To start a lesson, select a player name on the list (left click the name) and then click OK.  In this case “Kyle Aube” was selected as the student and the names displayed in the lower left of the Analysis screen are changed:

    Capturing/recording video clips

    After creating or selecting a coach and student the general sequence of events in a baseball lesson is to then record some video clips for immediate review.  To do this click the “Capture” tab and the following buttons and options are displayed:

    The software captures either one camera view, or two views simultaneously if two camcorders are connected.  The basic process for capturing is to first click the button labeled “Record”; this will begin saving live video to the hard drive (the “wait” icon (hourglass figure) appears on screen when the software is in the “Record” mode).  Next, wait at least three seconds (the computer needs three seconds to store to the video buffer file) and then after the player has completed their motion click either “Stop Record” to capture the swing (the previous three seconds of video) or “Save/Stop Record” to capture the swing and automatically save the clip (or clips if dual-captured) under the student's name.  (Swings are saved in either the “Front” or “Target” tabs if one camera was used and named in a numerical sequence, such as Bret 0001, Bret 0002, etc.  If the same swing is captured with two cameras both clips will be saved simultaneously under the “Front” and “Target” tabs with the same name given to the clips.)  The default playback option in the HS Coaches Edition software is that the recorded swing is displayed immediately on screen.  There is another option that is controlled by the check box located to the left of the large buttons.

    Auto Capture

    When this box is checked the system will return to live video immediately after capture rather than displaying the recorded clip(s).   This is the most efficient way to capture multiple swings either live or from tape.

    To summarize the steps for capturing video in the HS Coaches Edition software, first decide whether you:

    1.      Want to save automatically or not, and

    2.      Whether you would like to view the captured clip immediately or return to the live camera(s) view rather than the view of the captured clip. 

    Recording manually:

    1.      Be sure that a coach and student are selected.

    2.      Select the “capture” tab and click the “record” button (“wait” icon is displayed).  Wait three seconds.

    3.      Click either “stop record” (basic capture without saving) or “save/stop capture” if you want the swing saved automatically.

    To return to live video (that is if the Auto Capture box has not been checked) click the “Return Camera(s)” button and live video will be displayed.

    Note: Dual captured clips are accurate in synchronization to an average tolerance of 2%.  If there is a problem in synchronization of dual clips, check the System Options>Recording tab on the main page.  If the Display Refresh Interval setting is at 132 or lower, raise the setting to 221, then click the Apply button and exit.  The effect of this change will be to delay the appearance of real time video on screen; however, a higher Display Refresh Interval setting has been shown to help in the synchronization process when the clips are being saved.

    Reviewing and analyzing recorded clips

    There are many methods in giving baseball instruction, and how an individual lesson proceeds will depend on the choices of the instructor.  However, for purposes of this user guide generic features in teaching will be discussed such as opening clips, setting positions, using drawing tools, and taking advantage of statistical data.

    Viewing swing clips

    Stored swing clips are listed under the “Front” and “Target” tabs at the bottom of the main screen, and when a student is selected either in the Swing Manager page or with the popup option the listed clips change to reflect the current student.  Also, the “Pro Frt” and “Pro Trg” tabs list model swings that have been installed with the CE300 software along with any model clips an instructor chooses to add.  The procedure for viewing any of these clips is to “drag and drop” the file name into the section of the video screen where the swing is to be displayed.  Follow these steps to load and view a swing clip:

    1.      Click on the “front,” “target,” “pro front,” or “pro target” tab to display the contents of the tab as a menu. 

    2.      Select the clip you want to view by clicking and holding the file name with the left mouse button.

    3.      While continuing to hold the left mouse button, “drag” the file name into one of the two viewing windows, and release or “drop” the left mouse button to display the clip. 

    In the example above I've opened the “Pro Front” tab, selected the clip named “Edgar Martinez” and dragged the clip into the left viewing window to display it.  (drag & drop)

    To view a single clip in the full video window, drag the yellow splitter button located below the drawing toolbar to the right or left and the clip will occupy the total viewing area:

    You can also view two clips side by side, or in the “split screen” mode.  To do this, slide the yellow splitter button back to the center position, load one clip into the left portion of the screen, select another clip and then drag and load it into the right side of the screen.  In this photo I've loaded both the target and front “Edgar Martinez” clips into the two viewing windows:

    With one or two clips loaded into the viewing windows there are a few options for controlling playback.  To start, here is an image of the controls located to the sides of the video windows, followed by an explanation of the functions:

    Detail

    When clicked a list of individual drawings on the video window is displayed

    Left/right arrows

    Steps clip forward or back

    Single arrow

    Plays clip

    Curved arrow

    Deletes last drawing

    X shaped icon

    Deletes all drawings

    Hide

    Hides grid

    Grid icon

    Displays a grid over the clip

    Magnifying tool

    Zooms in or out

    Flip

    Reverses clip (rh to lh)

    Numbers at bottom

    Upper number displays current frame/total frames, lower number may be reset to 0 with double click

    Vertical cursor

    Moves clip back or forth

    Slide button

    Can be used to center a clip in split screen mode, or a zoomed clip in single or split screen mode.

    12 red/green buttons

    If buttons are green left click once to jump to the selected position in the adjacent window, or double click to move both clips in split screen.  Also, when a button is right-clicked that position will either be programmed if the button was red, or reprogrammed if the button was green.

    “A” button

    This button is for auto programming.  To use, move the clip to either release or contact and click this button.

    Also, playback of swings can be controlled with keyboard commands.  For the left video window the “Q” and “W” keys control forward and reverse playback, while for the right video window the “O” and “P” keys do the same.  In both cases if the right key of the pair is held down the adjacent window will play continuously, if it is struck in succession the clip will advance one frame at a time.  If the left key is held down the clip will play in reverse continuously or if struck in succession the clip will move in reverse a frame at a time.

    Setting Key Positions

    After first capturing a clip or after loading a clip to view you will notice that there are twelve red buttons in a vertical column located in the lower section of the playback control toolbars (buttons on the left):

    These buttons enable setting twelve “key positions” that could be helpful in the analysis of a swing clip or clips, and if they appear in red they have not been set or programmed.  The display color of the buttons changes from red to green once the key positions have been set.  To set the position buttons:

    1.      scroll the swing clip in the window as close to the impact frame as possible,

    2.      select the “Play” tab

    3.      click either the “Left Side Auto” button for a swing loaded in the left window, or “Right Side Auto” for a swing loaded in the right window 

    The positions in the above image were not set in the first example, however the swing was scrolled to the contact frame in this example and the “Left Side Auto” button was clicked.  The contact frame is used for the auto programming of swing clips while the release frame is used for the auto programming of pitching clips.  The buttons on the left of the screen were then changed as a group from red to green.

    Another way to auto program a clip is to use the “A” button at the bottom of the control panel.  To do this, move the clip to either contact for hitting or release for pitching and click the “A” button.

    The resulting preset positions are close approximations of the key positions in a baseball swing. The software approximates these positions based on the average differences seen in our major league models. Because of differences in swing length and speed there may be variations in positioning from player to player. All twelve key edit positions can then be fine tuned or reset if desired.  In the example below the Toe Touch position (TT) is one frame short of the true position and can be reset if desired:

    To make the change move the clip to the desired frame (in this case to frame 62/88) and then right click the corresponding position button (TT) on the side that controls the clip:

    Synchronized Playback Options

    When the key positions for one or two clips have been set, the “Play” tab gives several options for moving the clips in sync:

    In the screen shot above two clips have been loaded, and are ready for review.  When the “Play” tab is selected playback controls are displayed on the lower left-center section of the screen, while a set of position jump buttons are displayed on the lower right.  The upper set of playback controls on the left

    will manually control simultaneous synchronized playback in two clips after the Contact position button (CT) is selected and the “Both” box is checked.  The other functions are activated once the “Both” box is checked, here is a table detailing the functions of the other controls:

    Play

    Click to play both clips simultaneously and in sync.  When “Play” has been selected this button turns into a “stop” button.

    Right and Left Arrows

    Move both clips back or forward frame by frame (clicking) or in motion (holding)

    Sliding bar

    Moves both clips together by holding and sliding left or right.

    Back

    Click to move both clips back one frame at a time, or hold to move both clips back in motion

    Forward

    Click to move both clips forward one frame at a time, or hold to move both clips forward in motion

    This set of controls works well for dual captured clips and also for synchronizing clips that are not dual captured:

    Also, the bottom set of playback controls

    can be used to synchronize two clips that have key positions set: 

    Pos

    When checked, two clips will work in sync provided the key position buttons have been set in both.

    Play

    Click to play both clips simultaneously.  When in play mode this button turns into a “stop” button.

    Arrows

    Moves both clips back or forward frame by frame (clicking) or in motion (holding)

    Sliding bar

    Moves both clips together by holding and sliding.

    Speed control

    Controls speed of playback for all playback controls.

    Finally, the position buttons

    move both clips in sync to the set positions by clicking on the desired button.  For example, if two clips are displayed at Stance (S):

    clicking on position CT (Contact) will jump both clips to that position:

    Four View

    Under the select tab there is also a four-view playback option.  Click the “Four View” button and pull up four swings to view them all at once.

    The Four-View Screen

    The screen image shown above depicts how the Four-View screen appears when first opened.  The large dark area is the viewing window, which is divided into four, equal-sized viewing windows. Each of the windows remains dark until a swing clip is opened. 

    Viewing Swing Clips:

    1.      Click on the either the “Front,” “Target,” “Pro Frt,” or “Pro Trg” tab to display the contents of the selected tab.

    2.      Select the clip you want to view by clicking and holding the file name with the left mouse button.

    3.      Drag the file name into one of the four viewing windows, and release the left mouse button to open the clip. (drag and drop) 

    In the example below, the “Pro Front” tab has been selected, and the clip named “Sammy Sosa” has been dragged and dropped into the upper left viewing window:

    To open a clip from another tab, first select the tab and then follow the instructions just given.  In the following screen, clips of Edgar Martinez have been dragged and dropped into the top two viewing windows for comparison:

    To view four clips at once, drag and drop one clip into each of the four sections of the screen.  In the following screen, both the Target and Front clips of Edgar Martinez and Sammy Sosa have been dragged and dropped into the viewing windows:

    Now you're ready to play your clip or clips and analyze your swings. 

    Using the Video Screen

    Individual controls are located next to each window.  Menu function is displayed in top left corner of screen.

    Text Box: Individual controls are located next to each window.  Menu function is displayed in top left corner of screen. Text Box: Step back and Sep forward buttons control all four screens. Text Box: The Drawing toolbar is located at the top of the screen and data files are located on lower right.

    Playback Controls

    The controls located next to each video window provide several tools for controlling playback and other functions.  A pop-up menu in the upper left corner of the screen displays the function of any particular tool when the cursor passes over it.  Here is a more detailed description of how the playback controls work:

    Left/right arrows

    Step the clip forward or back one frame at a time

    Single arrow

    Plays or stops clip when clicked

    Curved arrow

    Deletes last drawing

    X shaped icon

    Deletes all drawings

    Hide

    Hides all drawing

    Grid icon

    Displays grid over clip; Click again to remove grid

    Magnifying tool

    Zooms in or out

    Flip

    Reverses clip (rh to lh or vice versa)

    12 red/green buttons

    When right-clicked will set a “key position” in clip

    Numbers at bottom

    Display total frames and current frames

    Vertical cursor

    Sliding up or down moves clip back or forth

    Setting Key Positions

    The Four View screen does not contain Auto-Programming so any programming inside Four View must be done manually.  To set a “Key Position” simply move the clip to the desired point (use the pop up menu to see the name of the key edit position) and right click the corresponding button.  After setting a button, the button color is changed from red to green.

    Once a key position has been set the button will remain green but may be reset by right clicking the button again.

     
     

    When first loading a clip, you will notice there are twelve red buttons in a vertical column located within the playback control toolbar.  By clicking these buttons, you can move the clip to one of twelve “Key Positions” that are helpful in analyzing your swing.

     The “Step Forward” and “Step Back” buttons at the bottom of the screen control all four screens simultaneously.  A single click will move the screens forward one frame at a time, while clicking and holding the “Step Forward” and “Step Back” will move the screens continuously.

    Key position buttons have been set in these examples.

    Text Box: Key position buttons have been set in these examples.

    Analysis Tools

    Drawing lines and reference points on screen allow you to visually analyze your swings.  You can access these drawing tools on the drawing toolbar, located above the video window.

    In the next screen, swings of a Pro model and student have been dragged and dropped into the Four-View screen.  As an example of some of the analysis possibilities, the analysis toolbar has been used to draw reference lines at the beginning of each clip, and the key position buttons have been used to move both clips to different points in the swing for comparison:

    For the full range of drawing toolbar options, please see the table of drawing tools on pages 15 -16. 

    Math

    Along with drawing tools and key position features, the Home Viewer software compiles various mathematical statistics relating to your onscreen drawings.  To access these statistics, click the “Math” tab at the lower left corner of the screen.

    The math features provide tools to measure angles, as well as relative distances (or length) of the lines.  The lengths or distances are measured in pixels:

    This feature functions by measuring and comparing both the length and angle of two lines of different colors on screen.  To use the Math feature, decide what sort of line you would like to telestrate and compare at different points in the swing. The first line drawn must be red, and the second line must be any color other than red.

    When the “Math” tab is selected, measurements are displayed at the bottom of the screen.  The top row of numbers compares the length of the two lines, the difference in length between the two lines and the ratio of the differences.  The second row of numbers displays the angle of the lines, as well as the difference and ratio between the two angles. 

    These features can also be used to find the trajectory of a pitch, the path of the bat, and the possible impact zone.  In the example below, the red dots represent the path of the head of the bat, the green line shows the trajectory of the pitch, and the blue square represents the low point or the bottoming out of the swing.

    Other uses could be to measure the “release” of the head of the bat and/or the potential contact zone.  The potential contact zone in the example above would be the distance the bat travels along the path of the green line. The Blue square represents the location of the ball when the bat gets on plane.

    In the Picture above we are looking at the relative distance the hands have traveled vs. the distance the head of the bat has traveled in the frame just prior to contact.  We call this the “release.”  In the example above, Troy Glaus's (Screen 2 upper right screen) hands have traveled 16 pixels while the head of the bat has traveled 60 pixels.  This gives us a ratio of 4.75.

    Using the drawing tools

    To activate a drawing tool for swing analysis, place the cursor over the desired tool in the drawing toolbar and click the left mouse button to select it. To draw, place the pointer where the drawing is to begin and click the left mouse button. Keep the left mouse button depressed, drag the cursor to the position where the drawing is to end, and then release the mouse button. The drawing will remain on the screen until it is removed. To remove only the most recent drawing, click the undo (curved arrow) button in the controls adjacent to the window, this will remove the telestrations in the active side one at a time starting with the most recent one. To erase all the drawings, either click the x-shaped icon in the video control bar adjacent to the window, or double-click the active screen. 

    Following is a table of all the telestration tools and their functions:

     

    Thick/Med/Thin

    Line thickness options – check one to select

    Color buttons

    Choice of 4 colors for telestration

    Line options

    Choice of three line drawing tools – vertical, horizontal, diagonal

    Circle

    Self explanatory

    Rectangle

    Self explanatory

    Angle

    Draws and measures an angle between any two points

    Arrow

    Draws a diagonal line with an arrow at the end

    Freehand

    Self explanatory

    Dot

    Places a dot on screen where clicked

    Additionally, when using the diagonal line drawing tool, the angle measurement is displayed in the lower left corner of the video window (angle = 5), (distance = 493 Pixels):

    Displaying comparative models

    The CE300 software has the capability of viewing models by creating and loading your own personal collection of model clips that are viewed in the standard manner on your system.  Here is an example of the kind of comparison modeling that is possible in the system when a clip of this type is loaded:

    Editing Swing Clip Files

    Once a swing clip has been captured and saved into the CE300 software (or imported from another source and saved) there are multiple options for editing information such as file name and source folder (front or target).  One method is to use the Swing Manager page.  The Swing Manager uses a standard Microsoft editing menu.  Right Clicking on files will bring up several Editing options: Cut, Copy, Paste, Rename, Make Model, etc. This method is treated in detail in Appendix II.   The other option is to use a pop-up editor in the main Analysis screen. 

    To use the pop-up editor in the Analysis page, double click any file name inside one of the four swing clip tabs (front, target, pro front or pro target) and the following window will be displayed:

    In this editing screen a swing clip can be renamed, moved from front to target, switched to left-handed (reversed) and saved, designated as a pro model, or deleted.  When the popup swing editor is opened the selected clip is played in a loop in the preview window on the right, to pause the preview clip double click directly on the preview screen.  To rename a clip type the new name in the “Name” box and then click the button labeled “Apply Changes” in the lower right corner:

    The clip is then automatically renamed in the corresponding tab:

    To make any of the other changes, check the desired option and also click the button labeled “Apply Changes” in the lower right corner.  If desired, more than one change can be made and all of the changes can then be saved with one click.

    Statistics

    Various kinds of statistics relating to onscreen drawings are compiled and displayed in the HS Coaches Edition software in the “Stats” tab.  This function measures and compares both the length and angle of two lines of different colors on screen and displays the comparative data under this tab.  To use the stats feature, start by opening one or two clips on screen.  Next, decide what sort of line you would like to telestrate and compare at different points in the swing.  The first line drawn must be red, and the second line needs to be blue, green, or white.

    When the “Stats” tab is selected measurements are displayed at the bottom of the screen.  The button “1” will display the measurements on the left-hand screen and button “2” will display the measurements and statistics on the right-hand screen. The top row of numbers compares the length of the last red line drawn to the length of the last blue, green, or white line drawn.  The first column displays the length of the red line (in pixels).  The second column shows the difference in lengths (Red Line – Blue line)  The third column shows the Ratio of the blue, green, or white line to the red line (Blue line/ Redline).  The second row of numbers displays the angle of the red line, the difference, and the ratio between the two angles.  In the example above, both lines have an angle equal to zero, the red line is 82 pixels long, the blue line is 194 pixels longer, and the blue line is 3.37 times the length of the red line.  The width of Troy Glaus' base is 3.37 times the width of his waist.

    In the following example we add a clip of Edgar Martinez for comparison.  Again red lines were drawn the width of their waist and blue lines were drawn the width of their base.

    To see the stats on the right hand side we clicked on the button labeled “2”. 

    From this analysis the ratio allows you to make comparisons even when the video has been shot from different distances.

    Note: The statistics of the last line drawn are displayed in the lower left hand corner above the selected coach and student.

    There are several options for measuring and comparing angles in the stats feature.  In the following example, we will look at how the posture angles change during the swing.  Two clips were opened on screen, and red lines were drawn from the inside eye to the belt buckle at the “Negative Move Position (#2)”.  The clips were then moved to the “Heel Plant Position (#4)” and similar lines were drawn in blue. 

    The stats tab was selected, and by default the button labeled “1” is displayed representing the left hand screen:  At “Negative Move” Jim Edmonds had a posture angle of 92 degrees and a distance of 99.  At “Heel Plant” his posture line has changed by 9 degrees and the distance between his eye and his belt buckle has shortened by 8 pixels (2nd column) or 8 % (3rd column).   To compare these values with Chipper Jones click button “2”.

    Note:  For Statistical comparisons make sure both swings are viewed either right-handed or left-handed.

    At “Negative Move” Chipper Jones had a posture angle of 83 degrees and a distance of 117.  At “Heel Plant” his posture angle had changed by 12 degrees and the length of the line has shortened by approx. 2%.  Both players are using their lower half well and are bending a little more at the waist and keeping their head down on the ball as they prepare to swing.

    Statistical Equations For Above Example

                Last Red                                       Difference                                          Ratio

    Length of Last Red Line

               117 pixels

        (Blue Line) - (Red Line)

                  115 – 117 = -2

    (Blue Line/Red Line)

           115/117 = .98

    Angle of Last Red Line

             83 degrees

         (Blue Angle) – (Red Angle)

                       95 – 83 = 12

    (Blue Angle/Red Angle)

                95/83 = 1.14

    Summarizing lesson content for student review

     

     

    The HS Coaches Edition software contains features for providing a student with detailed information that summarizes a lesson.  The options are:

    · Create and print a single or split screen snapshot

    · Provide a student with actual swing clips 

    Snapshots can be printed and delivered on the spot.  Snapshots and swing clips can be emailed to the student.  The data is attached to the email and extracted directly into the student's copy of the Home Viewer software.  Following are details on each option:

    Creating snapshots

    To create and save your own snapshots follow these steps:

    1.      Load a clip or clips for your snapshot into the main video windows.

    2.      Move the clip to the desired frame and add drawings (optional).

    3.      Click the “select” tab and then the “take snapshot” button.

    4.      The snapshot is saved under the current student and added to the saved snapshots list by ascending numbers and date.  (The snapshot created from the screen shot above was saved as “Kyle Aube 07-21-2005 0001”).

    Quick Print Snapshot Option

    The quick print button is designed to create and print a snapshot of any image(s) that are displayed in the Analysis screen with just one click.  In the case of the snapshot shown above, if the “Quick Print” button were clicked rather than the “Take Snapshot” button the images appearing on screen would be printed immediately and also saved as a photo in the database of the selected student.                     

    Viewing and Printing Snapshots

    To view snapshots click the “Select” tab and then the “See Snapshot” button,

    and this viewing window opens:

    To view or print a snapshot select a snapshot from the “Pictures” list as well as a background from the “Backgrounds” list on the left side of the window and it is previewed in the lower left corner.  Personal backgrounds can be created and saved as .JPG's in (c:/program files/ smart view suite/ recent strips/ backgrounds folder) to be used here as well. 

    To view the snapshot click the “preview” option and then click the “print” button.  The top line and bottom line of text in the photo can be configured and saved in the “Title” window located above and below the preview window.  Finally, to print on the default printer installed on your system check the “Printer” option and click the Print button. 

    Adding your own background for snapshots

    To create your own background for photos and Picture strips select an existing background found in C:\Program Files\Smartview Suite\recentStrips\backgrounds.  Open background in software capable of creating a .jpg (Paint, Photoshop, etc) then modify existing background or create a new one using the same characteristics.  (720 x 576  @ 72 dpi).  Add your own Logo's, colors, and designs and save it as a .jpg and put it in to the backgrounds folder (C:\Program Files\Smartview Suite\recentStrips\backgrounds).

    E-mail features and options

    As mentioned previously an instructor can give a student data from a lesson  as an attachment to an email that is sent to a student and extracted directly into the Home Viewer software.  To do this a list of data must be created.  Following is a table that details how to add the different types of data to the list:

    Swing clips

    Right click the clip name in the main window (front, target, pro front, pro target tabs)

    Snapshots

    Click the “Add to email” button in the snapshot Viewer

    Sending email data

    Once the data list has been created, to send data to a student through e-mail start by clicking the “Select” tab and then the “E-Mail” button,

    and the following window is displayed:

    The default tab selection is the “Current Attachment” tab, and the blue viewing area displays a list of the data that has been selected.  The buttons displayed provide a few options for delivering data, following is a table detailing the button choices:

    Delete All

    Click to clear the contents of the displayed list (NOTE: any files included on the list are deleted only from a temporary folder, the original files remain in the system.)

    Save Set

    Click to save the contents of the displayed list as an attachment for later use, click the “Saved Attachments” tab at the top right of the screen to access saved attachments.

    Email Set Now

    Click to send the listed content as an email attachment.

    Exit/Cancel

    Click to exit the Email utility.

    Sending a data email to a student

    Before sending your first email, be sure that your individual settings for sending email are configured correctly in the main page System Options area (see Appendix I for information on this).  If that has been done click the “Email Set now” button, and after a few moments (the data is being prepared for sending as an attachment) the following window is displayed showing that the sender information that was configured in the system settings was successfully dropped into the email template:

    Fill in the rest of the blank information boxes as well as adding any message you would like to send.  You can also save the “To” name and e-mail address in an address book format if you like.  When ready to send the e-mail click the “Send” button, a “wait” icon (hourglass) is displayed, and when it disappears the e-mail has been sent.  Keep in mind this may take some time depending on the size and number of files being sent and the speed of the Internet connection.  If any error messages are displayed go back and check that the E-mail settings that were configured are correct and that your Internet connection is functioning properly.  If the e-mail was sent successfully close this screen, the main Email screen will be displayed again and you can choose to delete or save the data list that was configured.

    Receiving email data

    When an instructor sends data to a student through e-mail the student receives an e-mail from the instructor with an attachment.  In the case of swing clips and snapshots a self-extracting executable (.exe) attachment (similar to a zip attachment) is created.  For the student to download the files into the RVP Home Viewer software the attachment should be opened, and then the .exe file should be opened.  When prompted to install the files click “OK”, all files will extract directly into the Home Viewer and the file names will display in the various menus.

    Appendix I: System Options

    The System Options button on the opening page provides access to administrative and basic setup functions in the software.  When this button is clicked the following page is displayed:

    There are two tabs located at the top left section of the page, and the “EMail” tab is displayed by default.

    There are several options contained in the HS Coaches Edition software for receiving and sending data (swings and snapshots) through e-mail.  However, before e-mail can be sent a few options need to be set on this page.

    There are three tabs on the e-mail system page, the Sender Info tab (displayed above) allows configuration of the name and e-mail address that will be sending e-mail along with the amount of compression used in sending swing clips.  The default compression setting is 75 (%), but can be raised or lowered according to individual preferences.   Keep in mind that the higher the number the better the quality of the clip, but also the longer it will take to potentially send and receive.  The speed of the Internet connection (high speed vs. modem) should be a determining factor in the compression setting chosen.

    The Authentication tab refers to whether an ISP requires an e-mail account user name and password in order to send e-mail. 

     Finally, the Server tab allows configuration of the outgoing mail server properties:

    Next, clicking the “Recording” tab brings up the following page:

    This page allows selection of the side that the front and target cameras are displayed and/or saved to as well as options for audio trigger delay settings, length of capture (Record Time), Display Refresh Interval, and the default Instruction Capture save setting.  The Compressor Settings button brings up the default compression settings for captured swing clips, these are configured when the software is installed and it is not recommended to alter them.

     

    Appendix II. - Using the Swing Manager

    The Swing Manager is the database management tool in the HS Coaches Edition software and can perform several functions in addition to creating coach and student records.  This Appendix will treat those functions in detail.

    1. Layout/General information

    The Swing Manager page is arranged in a layout of columns with headings along with a video preview window in the lower left center of the page:

    Following is a table that details the function of each column:

    Swing Locations

    Sets up a directory structure where swing files are saved and accessed for viewing.  “Main” and “common” are the default settings, but other swing locations can be added and customized.

    Coaches

    Coaches may be added and selected in this column.

    Students

    Students may be added and selected in this column, a new student name will be associated with the coach who added it.

    Front

    Displays file names for saved front view swings for the selected student

    Target

    Displays file names for saved target view swings for the selected student

    Both

    Displays file names for saved dual captured swings for the selected student

    Snapshots

    Displays file names for saved snapshots for the selected student

    Segments

    Displays file names for saved lesson segments for the selected student (Segment creation applicable only in the CE300 Instruction system)

    Exit/Cancel

    Click to return to the main analysis page

    The lower right section of the screen displays a table that verifies the selected swing location, coach, and student:

    Note: Default coach and default student profiles are added to the Swing Manager when the CE300 software is installed on a computer.  The first time the Swing Manager page is accessed the selected coach and student are the default coach and student created in the installation.  When the Swing Manager page is subsequently opened the selected coach and student displayed will be according to the last choice made when the software was used. 

    2. Functions

    As a first orientation to the functions of each column, any file name displayed in one of the columns is highlighted in blue when it is selected (left mouse click on the file name):

    In the case of a swing file (front, target, both), a snapshot, or a lesson segment, double-clicking the file name (left mouse) will preview the swing, snapshot, or lesson segment in the preview window (a snapshot is previewed in this example):

    More functions are available in each column, notably setting up a customized swing location structure and editing swing, snapshot, and lesson segment files.  These options will be explained in detail below, however, the steps for creating and selecting coach and student records are basic to using the HS Coaches Edition software and are first reviewed.

    3. Creating Coaches

    Any number of coaches may be added to the coach menu, to add a coach right-click the box labeled “Coaches” and select “Add New Coach”:

    A window is displayed prompting the new coach name:

    Type the coach name in the window, click “OK” and the new coach is added to the coach list:

    4. Creating Students

    After a coach is selected (left click the coach name to select) any number of students may be added to the student menu and associated with the selected coach.  To add a student right-click the box labeled “Students” and select “Add New Student”:

    A window is displayed prompting the new student name:

    Type the student name in the window, click “OK” and the new student name is added to the student list:

    5. Selecting Coaches and Students

    As mentioned previously, a coach is selected by left-clicking the coach name.  When this is done the student names associated with the selected coach are displayed in the student column:

    When a coach is selected, the file names in the swing, snapshot and lesson segment columns associated with the first student on the list in the student column for that coach will be displayed by default.  To select a different student, left-click the desired student name, the name will be highlighted, the files displayed in the swing, snapshot, and lesson segment columns will change, and the names in the table displayed in the lower right will also change:

    6. Swing Locations – Information and functions

    In the previous image there are four names listed in the Swing Locations column (“Main,” “Common,” “Models,” and “Laptop Data”) and two of the names are displayed in green text while the other two are displayed in red text.  This color-coding relates to whether a listed location is selected or not (selected locations are displayed in green, de-selected are displayed in red).  Adding and/or selecting a Swing Location gives access to content that can be viewed in the main analysis program.  Two Swing locations are installed with the software, “Main” and “Common”, and both are selected by default.  The Swing Locations column can be customized, following is information and details concerning the basic setup and steps for customizing:

    Main

    The term “Main” refers to the main directory or folder structure in the CE300 program files in which coach and student content is saved.  In normal use of the software the “Main” directory or location will always be selected.

    Common

    The “Common” Swing Location refers to a secondary folder where swings, snapshots, and lesson segments might be located.  Specifically, when data that is intended for viewing in the Home Viewer software is imported into a computer (for example as a Player Data disc or through email attachment) the default location where that data is saved is the Common folder.  If the common folder is selected all the data that is viewable in the Home Viewer software is then viewable in the CE300 software.  Here's an example of selecting the common folder, note the large amount of content displayed in the all of the columns:

    The advantage of the common location is that the data can be stored in the Common folder on a computer's C: drive, and accessed by both the CE300 and Home Viewer software programs.  This will save space in the system memory because files will not need to be duplicated.  Be advised though that if the Common folder is selected that all files stored there will be displayed in the main analysis page menus regardless of the selected student.  If this is not desired, it is recommended to deselect the common folder until it is needed.

    Note:  The Common folder is generally used to store the model swings or other motions frequently used by the instructor in his analysis.

    Selecting/Deselecting folders

    To either select or deselect a folder, right-click the desired name in the “Swing Locations” column and the following menu is displayed:

    Make a selection from the list according to these choices:

    Select

    Selects a location for viewing, the location name will be displayed in green text.

    Deselect

    Hides a location from view, however the location is saved on the computer for later selection, and the name remains on the list displayed in red text.

    Delete

    Deletes a Swing Location from the computer hard drive (be careful, when a swing location is deleted it can't be restored.)

    Remove from list

    Removes a Swing Location from the list, but does not delete the data from the computer hard drive.

    In most cases the Main location will be sufficient, however in the case of a larger facility, or if a client has a large library of content, it is possible to customize the “Swing Locations” column through the addition and selection of “Teaching Folders” and/or “Player Data” folders.  Here are some instructions on how this is done:

    Adding a Teaching Folder

    It is possible to create a separate teaching folder or folders on a computer in addition to the “Main” teaching folder located in the program files.  This may be desirable in the case of multiple instructors and/or when content needs to be secured.  To create a teaching folder right-click on the “Swing Locations” heading and select “Add New”:

    The following browser window is displayed showing the main program files directory for the CE300 software:

    In the case of a new teaching folder it is recommended to create the new folder somewhere on the computer (for instance, “My Documents”), give it a name, and then search for it when the browser window is displayed.  As an example a folder was created in “My Documents” and called “Teaching Folder”.  The browser window was used to find the folder, and then “OK” was clicked to select it.  Once a teaching folder has been selected the following window is then displayed:

    Even though the created folder may have a name, it is required to give the folder a name that will be displayed in the “Swing Locations” column.  Once this is done click “OK”, and another window is displayed giving the option of creating a password:

     

    If this is desired then enter a password in both boxes and click “OK”.  If a password is not needed, then leave both boxes empty and click “OK” and the new folder will be displayed in the “Swing Locations” column:

    The new folder is initially displayed in red text, so it must be “right clicked” and “selected” to be active.  If a password was created when the folder was created it will be necessary to enter the password to access the folder.  A teaching folder created in this way will function identically to the Main Swing Locations directory in the program files.

    Adding a Player Data Folder

    When a new student is added a structure is automatically created for that student in the program files consisting of several folders that will contain saved content.  This folder structure is referred to as a “Player Data” folder, and the sub-folders appear as follows in Windows Explorer:

    The Player Data folder structure is basic to both the CE300 and Home Viewer software, and several kinds of content can be automatically saved in this folder arrangement.  Relating this to the Swing Locations column, new player data folders or locations can be added to access additional content.  In the example above, some professional model clips are saved in a folder called “Sample Pro Swings”.  When selected, content in this folder will be viewable regardless of the selected student.  Following is a discussion of how that folder can be added as a player data folder in Swing Locations column.

    First, right-click the “Swing Locations” heading and select “Add Player Data”:

    The following browser window is displayed showing the main program directory for the CE300 software: 

    As in the case of a new teaching folder, it is also recommended to create the new player data folder somewhere on the computer (for instance, “My Documents”), give it a name, and then search for it when the browser window is displayed.  In this case a folder has been copied into the main program files before starting this process and called “Sample Pro Swings”.  The browser window is then used to find the folder, and then selected by clicking “OK”.  The following window is then displayed:

    Since this is a player data folder all the sub-directories must be displayed, to do this double-click the folder name, and then click “OK”.  A “naming” window is then displayed:

     

    Type in a name and click “OK”.  As with new teaching folders, a password creation window is then displayed:

    If a password is desired then fill in both boxes and click “OK”.  If not, leave both boxes blank, click “OK” and the new folder will be displayed in the “Swing Locations” column:

    As in the case of a new teaching folder, the new player data folder is initially displayed in red text, so it must be selected to be active.  If a password was created when the folder was created it will be necessary to enter the password to access the folder.  The contents of a player data folder created in this way will then be displayed in the various main screen menus regardless of the selected student.

    7. Editing Functions

    All columns in the swing manager have editing functions that are accessible through a right mouse click on an individual column name or file name.  For example, the addition of teaching or player data folders is done in the Swing Locations column through right-clicking the “Swing Locations” title box, and right-clicking the name of a Swing Location displays the select/deselect menu.  Here are the other editing functions available on the Swing Manager page:

    Coaches

    When a coach name is right-clicked the following standard Windows editing menu is displayed:

    Choose an option by left clicking on the desired function.  Be aware that when a coach name is deleted the student names and data that are associated with that coach are also deleted.

    Students

    When a student name is right-clicked the same standard Windows menu is displayed as in the coach column:

    Choose an option by left clicking on the desired function.  Be aware that when a student name is deleted all of data saved under that student name is deleted.

    Swings (Front/Target)

    When a swing clip name in any of the three swing columns is right-clicked a modified Windows menu is displayed:

    Choose an option by left clicking on the desired function.  In the case of choosing “cut” or “copy” followed by “paste”, this is one of the methods of moving a swing from the front to target bin or vice versa if it is in the wrong location.  For example, in this screen shot a front swing is highlighted that is obviously a target swing, this could be due to the side selection (left or right) selected as the front view when the swing was captured.  (The “Make Model” options are only applicable in the CE300 Instruction System)

    To correct this, the clip can be cut and pasted into the “target" bin by right clicking the file name and choosing “cut”:

    To paste the clip point the cursor in an open area of the target column, right click, and choose “Paste”:

    And finally the swing clip is pasted into the target bin:

    Both

    The “both” column displays file names of clips that are dual captured.  Keep in mind that these are two separate clips, one saved as a front clip, and the other as a target clip.  This is the default saving method when two cameras are used for capturing, however, be advised that if two separate clips that were not dual captured are renamed with the same name, the file names will be listed under “Both”.  This occurs because two clips now have the same file names, but not because they were dual captured.  The clips will be displayed under different menu choices (“Front” and “Target”) in the main analysis page though. 

    Also, if a swing is copied and pasted from front to target or vice versa (rather than cut and pasted) the swing name will then appear in the “Both” column because the system will have two clips saved with the same name in different folders.  In this case the name refers to the same clip.  If this is not satisfactory the program files would have to be accessed and one of the clips manually deleted to return the clip name to the front or target column.  To avoid this, when moving swing clips from front to target or vice versa it is recommended to cut and paste rather than copy and paste the clips.  In this way no duplication of files occurs.

    Snapshots and Lesson Segments

    Files in both of these columns can be edited in a standard Windows format:

    Choose an option and left click to access the function.

    Other editing information – the program files

    More advanced editing can be done in the main program directory located in the “Program Files” folder.  The location of that folder is: C:\Program Files\ SmartView Suite, the folder that contains all the coach and student content (“Main”) is the “svSwings” folder:

    When this folder is opened a list of coaches is displayed, when each coach is opened their associated student names are displayed, and when an individual student folder is opened the contents of a player data folder specific to that student is displayed.  As is standard in working with any Windows system files, please take caution when working with the program files directory as this could affect the performance of the software.

    Appendix III: FAQ's/Troubleshooting 

    Problem: The digital camera(s) keeps shutting off

    Answer: Most cameras have an automatic shutoff after five minutes if a tape is inserted. If you don't need to back up your swings to videotape then remove the tape and the camera will run for as long as power is available from either batteries or plug in power.

    Problem: The software viewing windows is not full screen.

    Answer:  Check that the display screen resolution options on your laptop are set to 800x600.

    Problem:  I'm filming on a windy day.

    Answer: On windy days an instructor should have a strategy for stabilizing the camera tripods and making sure the laptop is set up securely.  My first recommendation would be to shorten the legs, or make the tripod shorter in total.  If an instructor likes to fully extend all three sections of a standard tripod, they could start by extending just two sections, and also lower the center section so that it is not fully extended.  This lowers the center of gravity of the tripod and makes it less susceptible to wind gusts.  Also, some instructors have had success with either suspending a weight from the center section to further stabilize the tripod and/or finding a way to anchor the legs.

    Problem:  The image is blurred in the swing clip.

    Answer:Digital cameras control and manipulate existing light through shutter speed and iris level settings.  The default shutter speed setting we recommend for both cameras is 1/1000. This shutter setting gives excellent resolution for seeing the bat and ball at impact, and in fact, all through the swing.

    Problem:  I'm filming on a cloudy day.

    Answer: The light available determines what the best shutter speed setting should be at any given time.  In optimal conditions (bright sunshine) the shutter speed can be set at 1/10,000, which gives an exceptionally clear image of the Ball and Bat at impact.  Optimal conditions are rare, however, and also will not last over the course of a day.  An instructor needs to be prepared for poor lighting conditions, and the strategy in those conditions is to progressively lower the shutter speed setting to a setting that lets in more light.  Keep working with the shutter settings until you see an image that is the balance of brightness and clarity that you desire.  Also, be aware that if lighting conditions force us to set the shutters at 1/500 or less, the clarity of the ball and bat in the video clip will be blurry.  One remedy for this is to illuminate the player from the front with a portable halogen lamp (an inexpensive accessory).  With the improved lighting from the halogen lamp the shutter speed can be increased.

    This image was captured at 1/2000 even though external conditions were not ideal.

    Problem: The two video windows have varying levels of contrast.

    Answer: The reality of filming a player from two views in daylight usually means that the two clips will vary in terms of contrast.  For example, if the sun happens to be shining on the front of a player, then the target line view will probably have a bright sky and dark image, or too much contrast.  Or, if the sun is shining on a player's body in the target line view, then the face-on view will be a little dark.  This is standard when filming outdoors, and hopefully there is enough total light to give a satisfactory result.  Also, we need to be alert to cloudy conditions and low light levels at the end of a day.  In both of these situations I have had to lower the shutter speed setting.

    Typical difference in split-screen images because of the angle of the sun – note difference in contrast.

    Problem:  The dual capture images are different sizes.

    Answer: Regarding best image size, taking a couple of steps while setting up the CE300 system can give good results.  First, I would record dual clips of a test subject or myself.  I would then view that swing, and, using the tool bar, draw horizontal lines across the top of the head and the bottom of the feet, and vertical lines a comfortable distance on either side of the body.  This should create a large square or rectangular box in the center of the screen.  I would then make sure the image is a good size and centered in the box, and if not, move the camera until the size of the image is correct.  This procedure gives optimal image sizes and also similar views from either camera in split screen mode

    Measuring split-screen images within lines is a good way to capture consistently sized images.

    Suggested accessories

    · High quality extension cord

    · Surge protector (if using plug-in power)

    · Extra or extended camera batteries, extra laptop battery (if using batteries)

    ·Extra firewire cables

    ·Cable ties

    ·Blank Mini DV tape

    ·Extra 9-volt batteries (if using the microphone/receiver system)

    ·Padded carrying cases

    ·Blank writeable data CD's, jewel cases

     

    FAQ's/Troubleshooting

    General Information

    Q. How many times can I install the Instruction Suite (HS Coaches Edition)?
    A. 2 times.  The serial number on CD allows you to install the software on a maximum of 2 different computer registered to the same entity.

    Q. How long is the trial period?
     A. The trial period is for 10 days from the first installation.  Uninstalling and installing the software will not reset the trial period.

    Q. Why do I need to register?
    A. The Serial number on the CD and the back of the jewel case pamphlet is your Authentication code to permanently activate your software on that machine to register your software.  Once you register, you will no longer be prompted with the Register window again. If you don't have a serial code or you would like to register the product on more computers, one can be purchased by calling 310-377-9221

    Q. How do I add content from a playerdata CD to my system?
    A. All playerdata CD's are added through the Home Viewers (Cv300, and Pv300). After starting the Home Viewer, there is a Copy Data button, which will copy the contents of the playerdata CD to your hard drive.  The new information will be available in the Front and/or Target Folders or View Snapshot menus. If the new contents do not appear in the menus, try closing the Home Viewer software and restarting it.

    Q. Can I print the help file?
    A. You can print out the help file by Right clicking your start button and left clicking explore. Then go to C:/program files/smartview suite. Highlight  "smartview suite" on the left hand side and then double click "baseball.htm” file on the right-hand side and print. This document will be over 75 pages.

    Q. Help File not working?
    A. Make sure you have an internet browser enabled and configured properly

    Q. My Buttons are not showing up on the bottom of the Introduction Screen.
    A. This is caused by a “large DPI” setting on your computer.

    Directions:  Right click on your desktop (screen)  away from any Icons and left click “properties”. Select the “settings” tab at top. Then at the bottom of the settings menu, click “advanced”. Go to the “General” tab and then set the DPI setting to Normal size (96 dpi). Then apply. You may have to restart the computer.

     

    General Troubleshooting Procedures 

    1.        Did you accept all default destinations during the install?  If not, uninstall and re-install software.

    2.        Make sure screen resolution is set to at least 800x600 with 16 bit color?

    3.        Have you updated your operating system and video drivers?  If not, go to Microsoft.com or your video card company and down load latest updates.

    4.        Are there any other video capture cards or other add-on cards in the PC that might cause conflicts?

    5.        If trying to capture, is your PC recognizing the Firewire connection and camcorder? (If Windows does not "see" your camcorder then the system will not be able to receive video for capturing.)

    6.        Has some other new software or hardware recently been installed that might be causing conflicts?  If so try uninstalling new software.

    7.        For capture problems, check all cables and connections. Turn camera on and check for image in viewfinder.  Make sure computer recognizes the camcorder prior to opening the RVP software.  Choose “Take no Action” option if Microsoft window pops up. 

    8.        .Make sure you have plenty of room on your hard drive.

    9.        De-fragment the hard drive.

    10.      Test to make sure Windows Media Player is working properly by playing a video clip.

    11.     Make sure you have appropriate computer settings (see Below)

    Appropriate Computer Settings

    800x600 screen resolution (for Full Screen)

    16 Bit Color

    Set DPI setting to Normal (96 DPI) found under display-settings-(advanced)

     

    Registering

    Internet (preferred because we can keep you posted of updates and upgrades)

    Email

    Send product Name, Serial Number, and Machine Code  to support@rightviewpro.com  .

    Capturing/Recording

      Computer freezes when I am trying to save a swing or motion in Capture Viewer.

    · This is caused by having an unrecognizable character in the name like a slash “ /”.  Try using a dash or eliminating punctuation.

    Directions:  There are three known conflicts:  Pinnacle, Lead Tools, and Pic Video.  Most of the time the error message will tell you the conflicting codec.  If it does not
    please call or email the support line.

    · Left Click "Start" and go to "All programs" then go to "Smartview Home" and left click on "Compression Utilities" Then click button that says "Block decompressors from interfering with playback"

    · 2. On the right hand side at the top find the conflicting Codec "LEAD MCMP/MJPEG Decoder,00800000,00200000” ,“PicVideo M-JPEG 3 DirectShow Decompressor,00800000,00200000”, or Pinnacle DCxx MJPEG  Decompressor highlight by left clicking and then click the button called "set Merit"  Then click save list and reboot your system.

    · After rebooting, the swings or motions should all play.

    · If you have a few swings that will not play in your two view format follow the directions below to reformat those swings using the correct codec.  We need to delete Swings that were converted by wrong codec.  (Usually Lead or Pinnacle codecs)  To delete the swings that will not play back.  Go to C:/Program files/Common Files/SmartView Software/ Playerdata/(Front and Target) delete the swings that will not play back.  Then open Cv300 or Pv300 and go to Two View and drag and drop the swings and let them convert using Morgan Multimedia codec.

    Playback

    Can't play back Model Swings

     This is caused by another program on your computer that is preventing our system from using the correct video codec.  To correct the problem we need to reset the merit of the conflicting codec.  If you feel comfortable you can follow the directions below or you can call our support line @ 310-377-9221.

      There are three known conflicts:  Pinnacle, Lead Tools, and Pic Video.  Most of the time the error message will tell you the conflicting codec.  If it does not please call or email the support line.

      ·         Left Click "Start" and go to "All programs" then go to "Smartview Home" and left click on "Compression Utilities" Then click button that says "Block decompressors from interfering with playback

     ·        On the right hand side at the top find the conflicting Codec "LEAD MCMP/MJPEG Decoder,00800000,00200000” ,“PicVideo M-JPEG 3 DirectShow Decompressor,00800000,00200000”, or Pinnacle DCxx MJPEG  Decompressor highlight by left clicking and then click the button called "set Merit"  Then click save list and reboot your system .

      ·After rebooting, the swings or motions should all play.

      ·If you have a few swings that will not play in your two/view format follow the directions below to reformat those swings using the correct codec.  We need to delete Swings that were converted by wrong codec.  (Usually Lead or Pinnacle codecs)  To delete the swings that will not play back.   Go to C:/Program files/Common Files/SmartView Software/ Playerdata/(Front and Target) delete the swings that will not play back.  Then open Cv300 or Pv300 and go to Two View and drag and drop the swings and let them convert using Morgan Multimedia codec.

    E-MAIL
     

    Make sure all the email information is correct inside the system button on the opening page.  The server address is your “SMTP Address”  To find your SMTP address contact your Internet provider or look in your email program under tools/accounts/properties.

     

    Do not use the authentication unless your Internet Provider requires it.

     

    If you use AOL you will not have an SMTP address and you will be required to use your AOL email program to send swings or photos.  Directions:  Create email inside Home viewer then open email program and attach appropriate “Zip” file found in C:/email Queue.  The zip file will be named by date and time of creation. Ie. zip~09-06-092825.exe

     

    If a recipient cannot receive an .exe file, use the rename feature found on the bottom of the email.  This will change the extension from .exe to SV1.  The recipient will then need to save the file to their computer and rename the file back to “ .exe “ prior to opening or double clicking.

     

    If all information is entered correctly and you are still having trouble emailing, please contact support@rightviewpro.com

     

     

    Contact Information

      For further information and support please visit us online at www.rightviewpro.com. Or email at support@rightviewpro.com