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  • Writer's pictureCara Negri

Before you get started with Video

Updated: Dec 10, 2020

Before anything else, preparation is the key to success

- Alexander Graham Bell

Having a good plan to make video a part of your practice can be easily achieved if you consider the common mistakes that others have made. Video is a tool, whether your business is athletics, personal coaching, or a patient care facility. But the same rules can apply to most practices.


Consider a budget for your equipment, but also your time.


See the next blog for recommendations on equipment, but first, consider how much money your business or department can spend. What additional value are you providing for your clients and what are you able to spend for each client to make a return on your investment.


How much time from a client appointment can you spend on video analysis. The great part about 2d Motion Analysis tools is that you can take the video and conduct analyses later, but it's a good idea to consider how much time you can put into video during an appointment that won't slow down your business practices.


If your practice is limited to indoors, you will need to consider spacing before you make your purchase of equipment. If there are limited spaces, you can use a door frame, and film a patient as they walk by. If you have mobile equipment you can go outside. But these questions should be explored before you purchase your equipment. Fatone and Stine (2015) provide practical tips for using 2d Motion analysis to enhance evidence-based practice.

Ideally, the area should be quiet, uncluttered, and used for the sole purpose of recording. Create enough space so that the person has a few strides to get into their normal walking speed and enough to slow down. These steps can be included in the video, but should not be used for the main analysis. 8 m total walkway or more. Minimum room size is 8m by 5m. To reduce paralax, the camera is better at 5m from the patient.


Once you have your equipment, software, space, etc. Practice how you will use the equipment on your family and friends before you bring a client or patient into the picture. Practice how you will explain the process of video capture and analysis to your client. then go through a practice session so you can be confident the first time you use it in a real life situation.

Keep it Simple

Simple is best when it comes to using 2d Motion Analysis software. The best way to get better at using the software is to use it... often. For the first couple of weeks, don't try to use the software in front of your patient or client. Take the video, explain that you will analyze it and show them what you observed at a later time. It is less stressful to use the software on your own, so don't rush to showing your clients just yet.

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