Frequently Asked Questions
What follows are some frequently asked questions we have received from users of the Athletic Performance Insights' application.
A. No. There are currently four ways events can be tagged for hockey: 1) manually during the game by a person using pen and paper or technology to improve efficiency, 2) manually after the game by a team's staff (or an outsourced third party) using video and technology, 3) automatically after the game using video and technology such as artificial intelligence, or 4) automatically during the game using an array of cameras and GPS chip tracking (not a realistic option outside the NHL right now). While each methodology has advantages and disadvantages, API uses 1) a person (or people) tagging events live using our efficient tablet-based app. Events can always be edited, enhanced or added after the game.
A. That depends on the number of events and level of detail that a team would like to tag. With a little practice one person should be able to tag a variety of standard events (faceoffs, goals and shot attempts, etc.). We recommend dividing the events being tagged between two people if a team would like to tag a wide variety of events and/or standard events in greater detail.
A. Once the video(s) have been uploaded to YouTube and the link(s) pasted into the Game Details page the video and filters are ready to be used. If any videos have a different amount of time between the start and the opening faceoff an offset can be entered to improve the sync.
A. When first building the system and considering the alternatives for video storage and retrieval, we found YouTube to be a cost effective, accessible, and technologically efficient solution. We are always evaluating other video possibilities for the system and our hope is to expand the alternatives as our user base grows.