Filming your match

olivierd

New User
I'm curious, as a player, how many of you film your match (or training)? Why or why not? What do you do with those videos? What is preventing you from filming more?
 
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Chadillac

Guest
Its always best if you can get yourself on tape. You can put them on youtube and have others critique.

Some people cant record the video, others cant transfer it to the tv and others dont even have a camera. There are a few technical limitation that some dont posess.
 

rchjr2091

Semi-Pro
I sometimes record my friendly matches and practice with friends from time to time. I’ll do some editing and send it to them. Some of their reactions always makes me laugh ... some have never seen video of themselves playing....I know how humbling it can be!
 

Devil_dog

Hall of Fame
I gopro’d a practice session and it was eye opening. Realized how poorly my footwork was on court. Also saw how I needed to work on my FH at contact. But it all wasn’t bad, I was happy with my 2HBH and how well I gave myself proper spacing to hit through the ball. So all in all, it’s definitely beneficial to see footage of yourself on court.
 

MathGeek

Hall of Fame
I've videoed matches of myself and my wife and son. I already know my racquet skills are unconventional, but I am surprised by how slow I seem.

It is useful for seeing tendencies. Sometimes when tired, a player won't make the first step toward the ball until it clears the net - this is a huge disadvantage. Errors in court positioning also increase when tired. Certain other choices are easy to spot - taking a full swing on a ball with lots of pace and hitting late, going to the net on a weak approach shot, jumping for a lob that should have been chased, etc.
 

olivierd

New User
Its always best if you can get yourself on tape. You can put them on youtube and have others critique.

Some people cant record the video, others cant transfer it to the tv and others dont even have a camera. There are a few technical limitation that some dont posess.
Makes sense Chadillac. I'm curious though, how about you specifically? Do you record your games? Do you do it often? What is preventing you from doing it more often?
 

olivierd

New User
I sometimes record my friendly matches and practice with friends from time to time. I’ll do some editing and send it to them. Some of their reactions always makes me laugh ... some have never seen video of themselves playing....I know how humbling it can be!
I keep hearing about how great of a learning tool it is to see yourself play.
What kind of editing do you do on your video?
What is preventing you from doing it for all of your games?

Thanks!
 

olivierd

New User
I gopro’d a practice session and it was eye opening. Realized how poorly my footwork was on court. Also saw how I needed to work on my FH at contact. But it all wasn’t bad, I was happy with my 2HBH and how well I gave myself proper spacing to hit through the ball. So all in all, it’s definitely beneficial to see footage of yourself on court.
Ever taped a match? If not, why not?
 

olivierd

New User
I've videoed matches of myself and my wife and son. I already know my racquet skills are unconventional, but I am surprised by how slow I seem.

It is useful for seeing tendencies. Sometimes when tired, a player won't make the first step toward the ball until it clears the net - this is a huge disadvantage. Errors in court positioning also increase when tired. Certain other choices are easy to spot - taking a full swing on a ball with lots of pace and hitting late, going to the net on a weak approach shot, jumping for a lob that should have been chased, etc.
I agree, those are all great things to see in the video. Do you film most of your games? If not, why not?
 

Wesley J

Rookie
I'm curious, as a player, how many of you film your match (or training)? Why or why not? What do you do with those videos? What is preventing you from filming more?
I started filming July last year for two reasons: to keep of record of my progress (can't wait to look back at my first video 2-3 years from now) and to get tips up here (always better to have more eyes and minds give their opinion).

I post the videos on YouTube and then link them here. The majority of people I play don't mind as they want to see it as well.

Nothing is preventing me from filming more other than playing time since it is winter now.

As for editing, I use Resolve (free) and currently the editing consists mostly of taking out down time (i.e. players getting balls or changing sides), double faults/missed first serves, and some missed returns depending on if it was forced from a good serve or just a dumb mistake.
 

olivierd

New User
I started filming July last year for two reasons: to keep of record of my progress (can't wait to look back at my first video 2-3 years from now) and to get tips up here (always better to have more eyes and minds give their opinion).

I post the videos on YouTube and then link them here. The majority of people I play don't mind as they want to see it as well.

Nothing is preventing me from filming more other than playing time since it is winter now.

As for editing, I use Resolve (free) and currently the editing consists mostly of taking out down time (i.e. players getting balls or changing sides), double faults/missed first serves, and some missed returns depending on if it was forced from a good serve or just a dumb mistake.
Thanks for your response. Do you mind sharing your youtube channel so I can check out your videos?

What setup do you use to film your games?
 

Wesley J

Rookie
Thanks for your response. Do you mind sharing your youtube channel so I can check out your videos?

What setup do you use to film your games?
I use the QM Mount in #1 for a higher angle or if I don't have anywhere to clip the mount in #2 (i.e. no fence).

1: http://mytennistools.com/product/th...unt-k-2-camera-and-sd-card-all-you-ever-need/

2: https://www.amazon.com/Smatree-Ajus...M15+Cameras/+for+Compact+Cameras(1/4"+thread)

3: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8jE9i8qnij--04cLIJMDFQ
 

rchjr2091

Semi-Pro
I keep hearing about how great of a learning tool it is to see yourself play.
What kind of editing do you do on your video?
What is preventing you from doing it for all of your games?

Thanks!
I use a GoPro so I download it to my pc then I use windows movie maker to edit. It’s not the best editing software but I’m familiar with it so it’s what I use.

I don’t film all my matches as sometimes your running late and just hop on the court and start warm ups or I usually don’t record multiple times in a week as the process of downloading, watching, editing, watching can be quite tedious and time consuming.

I’ve yet to record a tournament match or league match but I will some this year as those are in reality the ones that matter. How I play when some pressure is on....

This year I’m also going to record any lessons that I am able to take as this may be the most beneficial tool as I can review the lesson over and over.

I recommend a GoPro sessions for tennis...very small and compact but takes a great video.
 
What is preventing?
1) It takes time to edit and watch all the footage.
2) Your game does not change overnight. Watching several matches from the same time period will be redundant.

Film a match
Find flaws.
Get a coach to work on correcting flaws.
A few weeks/months later, film again.
 

MathGeek

Hall of Fame
I agree, those are all great things to see in the video. Do you film most of your games? If not, why not?
Not any more, since I switched to doubles. In doubles, there are 4 people on the court who need to agree, and that agreement is harder to come by.
 
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Chadillac

Guest
Makes sense Chadillac. I'm curious though, how about you specifically? Do you record your games? Do you do it often? What is preventing you from doing it more often?
I record myself sometimes, im not playing a whole lot but have been recording for around 15-20 years. The first time we actually used a VHS camera, was pain in ass to edit video back in those days
 

navigator

Hall of Fame
I'm curious, as a player, how many of you film your match (or training)? Why or why not?
Yes, a few times a year. It's easier to internalize all of the things you're doing wrong if you can actually see them on video.
What do you do with those videos?
I watch them and try to correct some flaws if it's not overly difficult. I've posted many here and have gotten some very helpful feedback (and, as you'd expect, some less-than-helpful feedback - goes with the territory).
What is preventing you from filming more?
Laziness.
 
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