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Figure Skating Video Analysis Example

August 13, 2007

Today I spent a few minutes creating a short video analysis of an axel attempt.  If you look closely, you’ll notice there is no Dartfish symbol on the final video.  The reason is that I do not use Dartfish for my video analysis.

 Of course Dartfish is the industry standard at this time, but considering the cost (>$1500), it just isn’t practical for the majority of figure skating coaches.  Ialready owned a medium cost laptop produced in early 2006 and an inexpensive digital video camera, and created a full video analysis system for less than $300.  I’ll reveal how I did it in a future entry.

 To see today’s analysis, click the link below:

Axel Two Foot Landing Video Analysis

 The video shows clearly one of the major errors that many skaters have when learning the axel.  The error is usually caused by fear as described in the video. 

Please comment on the video and let me know what you think of it.

Trevor

P.S. Don’t forget to check out Skating Coach Quiz!  There’s a great Dartfish analysis performed by Chris Conte you should really see. 

Figure Skating Video Analysis Rocks!

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One comment

  1. Trevor:
    Started working thru your archive videos today, starting with the one about 2 foot axel landings. I find this stuff very interesting to watch, and like seeing normal skaters do normal faults with comments
    from a pro. It’s nice to hear what another pro tells his students, and also to compare your own approach to it. I find this almost the most interesting part of skating for me.. (although it’s certainly nice to come up with nice music, nice choreography, a good performance at the right time, too..) Thanks. Mark



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