swim analysis

Tips for successful video – for best results

Follow these tips to get the most out of your analysis. If you have any questions, email Coach Dave: dave@d3multisport.com

Equipment/Location

  • Use a camera with a frame rate of 30fps or faster. (GoPro is a popular and affordable option.)
  • Film in a well-lit pool
  • Indoor pools are preferred (to limit sun glare/reflection).
  • Only the swimmer being filmed should be in the lane
  • Use an end lane of the pool.
  • For best results, mount your camera on the end of a pole or broomstick. (See “GoPro Pole Mount.MOV” in the “How To” Dropbox folder.) It’s no problem if your video is upside down.
  • If you cannot mount your camera, have your camera operator swim alongside you wearing fins for the underwater video. Even if your camera operator is a fast swimmer, the fins will help keep the shot steady. It may take several tries to get the right angle.

Taking Video:

  • For side-view, the camera should be aligned with the swimmer’s shoulders/head.
  • For front-view, the camera should be aligned directly in front of the swimmer’s head.
  • For above-water, the camera should be 1-2 feet above the surface of the water.
  • For below-water, the camera should be 6-12 inches below the surface of the water.

Hint: Your camera operator can walk along the edge of the pool. Swim on the far side of the lane for side view and at the near edge of the pool for front-view. (See “How to Film.MOV” in the “How To” Dropbox folder.)

Required Shots:
Above water:

  • 50-100 yards side view (swimmer is going back and forth so video shows both right and left sides)
  • 25 yards front view

Below water:

  • 50-100 yards side view (swimmer is going back and forth so video shows both right and left sides)
  • 25 yards front view

The easiest way to shoot required video can be seen in the “How to Film” video. The camera operator walks on deck (flags to flags is fine) shooting from the side while swimmer completes 75 yards (3 laps) on far side of end lane. For final 25 yards (1 lap), swimmer moves to near side of the end lane for front view. Repeat the process for below water angles.

Uploading Videos:

  • Upload your videos to your Dropbox folder.
  • Be sure to email Coach Dave when your video has been uploaded.
    (dave@d3multisport.com)