Questions to Ask When Considering Game Film Services


So your team is looking into purchasing a game film tool? Congratulations on taking the next step forward for your program! At Krossover, we know there are a lot of choices out there on the market, and that you, as the coach, have to do your research to ensure that you’re making the best possible use of limited resources. It’s not about the price if your team isn’t getting a solution that fits. So to help you out, we put together a checklist of things to consider when evaluating a basketball game film platform.

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If you’re going to be paying money for the convenience of having someone else break down your game film, you need to be absolutely confident in the data you are getting back. What kind of quality-assurance procedures are built into the breakdown process? Will you have access to 24/7 support in case you have questions about your breakdown? How much experience with film analysis does the company have? At Krossover, we’ve been doing this for over six years and break down the equivalent of an entire NBA season every 1.5 days.


As a coach, you know that the difference between winning and losing is often in the details. How in-depth is the breakdown that you are going to receive? Will every player involved in a possession be tagged? What about things like turnovers, deflections, out-of-bounds plays, and fastbreaks? Are there opportunities to tag plays and sets in your own terminology? Will I be able to watch my clips in HD?


It’s not always easy to get the full picture by just looking at a spreadsheet full of numbers. Will your service provide you with an interactive shot chart? What about those helpful hex bin charts that help you see shot volume and efficiency by location? Will your shot chart include season-long trends or just a game-by-game analysis? Your players are much more likely to pay attention when you’re helping them visualize that data with the same shot charts used by the pros.


Since you’re looking around at game film tools, it’s pretty clear that not every team uses the same service. Once you pick your platform, what happens if you need to share video with someone outside of the system? Is that process seamless, or does it require you to be downloading and re-uploading large files, or worse, burning DVD’s?


Okay, so you want your game film broken down. But what about those hours and hours of practice film, scrimmages, and weight room sessions that you also want to keep on hand? Is storage space included in your plan or will you have to pay extra to keep those memories around?


As a coach, you’re constantly on the go. Whether you are on the bus to a road game, running between class and practice, or trying to squeeze in a few errands after school, it’s important to be able to access your game film from anywhere. Does your service provide a mobile app? Does it include all the same features as the desktop version? Is the cost included in your plan?


Now that you have a platform that stores all of your game film in one place, you’ll want to be sure to capture all of your best moments. How do you select the highlight-worthy clips and stitch them together? Can you add music and effects easily? How much time and money do you need to spend on a professional-quality highlight reel?


If the service you’re considering can’t answer these questions, you might want to reconsider. This is a big decision, one that will impact your team’s success on the court, as well as your athletic department’s limited budget. It is important to do your research so that you know you are getting the game film solution that is right for your team. If you need help walking through any of these items, give us a call. We’ll be happy to build you a package that suits your needs, or if we can’t do it, our game film experts will point you in the right direction.

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