Video Guidelines for the 3P Biomechanical Analysis
The quality of the analysis will only be as good as the quality of the video you submit. Therefore please follow these instructions closely for recording your 3P video. Capturing quality video is easy when you follow these instructions.
- Proper camera placement is critical
- Try to video when the sun is high in sky if possible, avoid low light conditions
- Use a tripod if possible
- Have the pitcher warm up before shooting the video, never throw without warming up
- The pitcher should state his name and height before throwing the first pitch
- Using a bat or a yard stick is important; if using a bat, please tell us the length of the bat after stating your name and height
Equipment & Overview
We can work with video from any camera. Use the “Sports Mode” if your camera has one. If not, try to use the highest shutter speed possible on your camera. Outdoor pitching in daylight is optimal. However if you must record indoors, avoid recording in low light situations.
The objective is to get video footage of 3-5 pitches, executed at game intensity, from two different angles. Be sure you have gone through a full stretch and warm-up prior to the filming session. Our recommendation is to wear tight fitting clothes (tight shirts and tight baseball pants or shorts) as illustrated in the adjacent picture. Under Armour™ brand is ideal but not required. Additionally, pitching in baseball spikes is recommended to achieve game-like performance.
Recording in-game is better left to video professionals. Most venues are not organized to support the needs of an amateur videographer. If you are hiring a videographer, these instructions will help the professional prepare for a quality session.
Indoor filming suggestions have a slight adjustment and are outlined below within these instructions.
3P Sports recommend the following items to help you capture the best video results during non-game filming:
- Video camera (plus a well charged battery)
- Tripod* (you can order one from Amazon or use a chair to steady your arms when filming)
- Baseball bat or yard stick (3 feet)
- Catcher (volunteer or friend)
The 3P Biomechanical Analysis is driven off two views of the pitcher. You can shoot these in any order, but once you are warmed up and the camera is set, film 3-5 pitches before moving the camera to the next view. You should throw a fastball each time.
After recording the first pitch, take a look at the footage and pause the image near the time of ball release. Ask yourself two questions:
- Is the image blurry? If so, adjust the camera shutter speed to be faster (a higher number) before continuing.
- Is the image too dark? If so, either adjust the camera’s light sensitivity (aperture) or increase the light on the pitcher. Again, the ideal lighting situation is daylight.
Camera Views & Positioning
This camera placement is dependent on your throwing arm. These instructions are for right hand pitchers. The reference locations are reversed when the pitcher throws with his left arm.
View from third base
- Once you are warm and on the mound, have a helper move the tripod so that it is on the field pointing at you just a few feet from the third base bag as shown to the right.
- Have your helper adjust the tripod height and camera zoom so the camera is level to the ground. You should be in the center of the frame filling roughly 80% of the viewer from top to bottom. Don’t worry about the left to right fill – it’s not as critical as the head to toe view.
Yard stick towards home plate
- Lay a bat or a yard stick on the ground so it touches the side of the rubber, and points toward home plate (left). Allow the camera to run for 10 seconds to record the bat/yard stick and the rubber.
- Continue filming and throw 3 – 5 fastball pitches with game speed pacing between each pitch.
If the camera must be stopped at any time during this view, rewind the tape to the View #1 starting point and repeat View #1 again.
This is the view of the pitcher from the catcher’s position. The picture below clearly shows the camera between the pitcher and catcher.
- Assuming you are still warmed stand on the mound as if you were preparing to pitch to a batter.
- The camera and tripod should be located at the midpoint between you and the catcher, with the lens pointing at your arm as shown to the right. [If you are not using a tripod, we recommend the person shooting the video sit behind the catcher in the umpire’s position to film this View.]
- Adjust the tripod so the camera is lower than the travel path of the baseball. The ball should come directly over the lens.
- Lay the bat/yard stick on the ground so that it touches either the first base or third base side of the rubber pointing at the open side base. (The picture on the previous page shows the bat pointing at third base.)
- Have the person assisting you adjust the zoom so that your arm is in the center of the frame; your image should fill roughly 80% of the viewer from top to bottom at all times. Keep the bat/yard stick in the viewer.
- Allow the camera to run for 10 – 15 seconds to record the bat/yard stick. This is important for distance/measurement frame of reference.
- While the camera continues to run, you should stand tall on the mound without a baseball cap, and while facing the camera state your full name (matching your 3P registration) and your exact height in feet and inches and the length of the bat if a bat is used instead of a yardstick in the steps above.
These two steps (the bat/yard stick and your height) are important data points for the 3P Biomechanical Analysis. Once you start filming View #2, do not stop or move the camera. If the camera must be moved, please start the View #2 filming process from the beginning submitting only the final video.
Allow the camera to run without interruption. You should throw 3 – 5 quality fastball pitches with game speed pacing between each pitch.
When filming indoors, we recommend using a location where the lighting allows for clear images on your camera’s video screen. The View #1 perspective will be the same as outlined on page 2. However, most indoor facilities will not have a first or third base location for reference. Therefore, we recommend placing the tripod (or chair) roughly 25 feet from the pitcher on an imaginary line between the indoor mound and first or third base locations if you were outdoors. You always want to be facing the pitchers open side in View #1, so right hand pitchers are filmed from a position to the catcher’s left. The opposite for left hand pitchers applies. Next, follow the steps as described in View #2 above.
Video files should be uploaded to the 3P FTP site. Prior to submitting your video to 3P Sports, you should name the video following the 3P naming convention as shown below.
Please use this exact file naming convention to expedite the processing steps post video submission. We are expecting two video files from each pitcher/member – a front view and an open view. Your videos should be named exactly as shown above. The last name, first name, 3P View and 10 position phone number must match your 3P registration. We get many videos each week and using a different naming convention is likely to slow delivery.
To reach the FTP Server, copy and paste this address into your browser address bar:
Web Address: http://3psports.com/send
You will see this page in your browser:
To upload your 3P files, first complete the “Description” section. Please use the Pitcher’s full name (first name last name i.e. Zach Martin). Next, click on the “+ Add files” button to the right. This will display your local drive. Find your 3P video files with the 3P Sports naming convention on your computer. Once selected, click on the Open button on the lower right side of the dialog box and your file name will appear on the web page in the area under the word “Description”. You should select 2 files (Front and Open views). Once selected, the files are automatically uploaded. You will not receive a notice, but you will see the term “File Sent”, to the right of your file names.
Members will be notified via email when the Member’s 3P portal is live post processing. Elapsed time is typically 7-10 business days following video receipt. If you have further questions, select the “Contact Us” link displayed at the bottom of every web page on the 3P Sports web site.
In Game Filming
We do not recommend in game filming. If you are filming the pitcher during an in game situation, you should be set up behind the catcher or backstop facing the pitcher directly with second base directly behind the pitcher for the Front View. If you are behind a backstop, be sure that the backstop does not interfere with the video quality. Confirm that you can see the pitcher’s feet in the video frame when the pitch has been released.
Filming in game on the Open Side is not as complicated. Just make sure the base coach or the defensive player does not break your view. Use the camera’s zoom to capture the pitcher’s delivery. The pitcher should be roughly 80% of the view finder during all phases of the delivery. Take caution to watch his arm and legs to make sure nothing is omitted from your video.