Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Dual Camera and Proper Positioning

Soon GolfCamHD will roll-out the ability for a golfer to easily record video of two angles of the golf swing simultaneously, like face-on and down-the-line, and then categorize them in a powerful video gallery for side by side replay and motion analysis. It will be called, DualCam.

Dual Camera video is significant for everyone from the new golfer to the instructor because until now, the cost of this capability was simply out of reach for most and too cumbersome to setup remotely. Now, the return on investment is one that can benefit any golfer when measured as financial cost to strokes gained. And more than that, if you are an instructor or a swing coach, you're now capable of a mobility that's been previously unavailable in the segment. That is, you can go anywhere carrying in your bag, a hitting station with equipment that can be set up in minutes and deliver more value to the student. It will keep them coming back for more instruction from you, and all this for the cost of an app.

Because this ability is so powerful, we thought we would spend some time talking about the proper positioning of a camera for video capture a swing. While we at GolfCamHD maintain that any video of your swing is beneficial to the golfer at our price point, as you get more and more involved with video, you may want to move into the more refined aspects.

So let’s start setting up with the “down-the-line” view of your golf swing.

Imagine a line running through your body from the hips to your hands through the shaft to the hosel next to the ball. Now that you have that in your mind let’s talk about the three camera targets that pertain to this position. You have the target position; this is a view that is captured while the camera is on the ground catching the moment you strike the ball. Then there is the hand position; this view is captured when the camera is raised so you can see your grip and hand position as it relates to the club head. Last but certainly not least you have the body position; with the camera at the right height and position you will see how your hips and body move through your swing. I know it seems like quite a bit of hassle, the idea of having to move your camera for all these views. But with the advancements of digital cameras, you can see all of these views in one recording with good placement of the camera.

Now let’s talk about “face on” camera position.
Again, I would like you to imagine a line going from your head down to the ball. With that in mind we will now discuss what a properly positioned camera can show you here. You will see how you impact the ball, your weight transfer, your grip, your shoulder tilt, ball placement, and hip and shoulder turn. All of these things are extremely important to understand and see for any golfer, beginning or advanced.

Where and how the camera is placed and what will happen if it’s not placed properly.

In the “down the line” set up, if the camera is not in the right spot it can change what you will see in the video. If the camera is too close to the ball, it might appear that the golfer’s feet are more “closed” and the club is traveling inside more. On the other side of this, if the camera is too close to the golfer it will appear that the stance is more open and the club is traveling “over the top.”

In the “face on” set-up, improper camera positioning will show the golfer other issues. If the camera is too close to the lead foot, it will appear that the ball is too far back in the golfer’s stance. Also if the camera is closer to the golfer’s trailing foot, the ball will appear too far forward in the golfer’s stance. This can make a golfer try to fix problems that don’t exist. This can be very frustrating, especially when you consider trying to get the same swing from these two different views with one camera.

As I mentioned in the beginning of this article, we have been working on taking video at the same time from two angles and will roll this feature out soon. GolfCamHD will provide you with all the aforementioned pros without the con of having to move your camera. With the proper placement and position, the advantage is easy to understand.

GolfCamHD solves the other problems that are associated with managing two devices. We wirelessly connect both through our GolfCamHD interface so you control both. Say either "start" or "record", and both cameras start and then turn off together. Afterwards, the second device sends the video to the first wirelessly and immediately without intervention on your part. GolfCamHD will also help solve the question of alignment by giving you an alignment grid on the screen. It’s like having 40 virtual alignment sticks available for you to use.

With the GolfCamHD video capture system’s DualCam feature you will have the tools available for you to properly position cameras, lower your score and have more fun.       

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