Question: What is meant by the term "football scouting"?
Answer: Scouting is a term that is used by football coaches to refer to part of the process of preparing to play an opponent. A "scout" collects information about an upcoming opponent and submits a report and/or a video recording of the game.
Question: What does football scouting software do ?
Answer: Football scouting software structures and organizes the collection and analysis of information about the plays in a football game. Each play is "broken down" in a way that makes it possible to perform analysis and print reports to determine tendencies.
Question: Why do I need this type of software if I can watch video cutups?
Answer: Experienced coaches have long known that, while video is the "source" of information, video is NOT really information. They also know that video is most valuable when data is used to organize the video and summarize tendency and statistical information. Its simply impossible to build effective game plans, practice plans or to prepare a team to face an opponent without detailed film study accompanied with data and tendency analysis.
Question: Can I use scouting software to "scout" ourselves as well as our opponents?
Answer: Absolutely. Many coaches "break down" their own plays in the off-season to perform a "self-scout", or an analysis of their own play calling tendencies, what worked and what didn't work. Scouting software also helps to structure video analysis, and is especially helpful when training new coaches or "scouts".
Question: What is the difference between Easy-Scout Plus and Easy-Scout Professional?
Answer: Easy-Scout Plus is software that determines tendencies from "data" that is typed into the computer for each play. Easy-Scout Professional also includes video playback, video editing, video analysis and the ability to create cutups and highlight clips. With Easy-Scout Pro, a football coach can watch game video in one part of the screen, record the "breakdown" data in another, and link the video and scouting data for each play. This makes it possible to quickly retrieve plays and groups of plays for viewing and to produce cutups.
Question: Where is the video stored in Easy-Scout Professional?
Answer: Easy-Scout Professional can access video that is stored in a "folder" that is directly accessible from the Windows computer. This can be on the computer's hard drive itself, on an external or flash drive, or in Dropbox, OneDrive or similar applications.
Question: What format does the video need to be in ?
Answer: The best formats are Windows Media (WMV) or DV-AVI because producing cutups (that are smaller in file size) is possible. Since this may involve converting the video, some coaches choose to use MPEG 4 video, which still provides indexed playback and fast retrieval of individual plays or groups of plays. Regardless of the file format, however, the video itself must have all plays in a single video file, as opposed to in individual clips for each play.