The Swing Viewer is really easy to use!
Premium Members can upload their own swings, analyze them with the tools provided, and compare them to RST models, pros, and other members.
To upload a video, simply log in to the website, then click the "Upload" button just below the video screens and just above the video navigation menu. You will be taken to another page where you can name your video, enter your location (to help others find your video), determine if you want others to see it, enter a description of the video, and then select the actual file from your computer.
It might take a few minutes to upload and convert the file for use, then you'll be ready to go!
Some video files are very large and take longer to load. If your video starts playing then stops (usually toward the beginning of the video), wait a minute or so to let it load all the way. You will know it is loaded when the timeline bar right beneath the video screen turns completely gray (it is black when not fully loaded).
The angle tool will make two lines that are connected and tell you the angle between them. After you select the angle tool, position the pointer where you want the first end point (point a) of the first line to be placed and left-click.
Next, position the pointer where you want to place the other end (point b) of the first line and left-click. The final point (point c) will be placed either directly to the right or directly to the left of where you place point b, depending on which side of point b you click on. (This is automatically done because most angles you will analyze will be based on this horizontal.)
Once you have placed all three points, you can easily adjust any of them by clicking on the point, holding the mouse button down, and dragging the point to wherever you'd like to put it.
After you have placed any drawing on your video, you can erase it by selecting the eraser tool and then clicking anywhere on the drawing you want to erase.
The tool that looks like an arrow is the move tool. After you have drawn a line, a square, or a circle (but NOT an angle), you can move it by selecting the move tool, clicking anywhere on the drawing you want to move, holding the mouse button down, and dragging it to wherever you'd like to move it.
The magnifying glass tool will zoom the video in on any area of your video. After selecting it, you can zoom in closer one of three ways:
- click anywhere on the video,
- click the "+" in the lower left of the video, or
- drag the slider in the lower right of the video to the right.
There are two ways to zoom out:
- click on the "-" in the lower left of the video, or
- drag the slider in the lower right of the video to the left.
Here are a few things to consider:
- Ensure you've given the file plenty of time to upload and convert. If you haven't seen it after 5 or 10 minutes, try uploading it again.
- Make sure your file is one of the valid types listed (*.wmv, *.mov, *.avi, *.mp4, *.flv). If it's not, you'll need to convert it to a valid type. If you search for something like "video file converter" on google or another search engine, you should be able to find a free converter.
- Make sure your file is under 40MB. One swing video can easily be too large depending on a number of factors, including the resolution (HD vs. SD), the format (.avi is usually huge, while .mp4 is usually small), and the length of the video. If your file is too big and it is an .avi file, you probably first want to convert it to another format. To do that, do a google search for a .avi to .mp4 (or .mov, .wmv, .flv) converter. There are free ones available. Second, trim your video. The camera may have software that helps you with this, or you can use some free software like Windows Movie Maker. You can see a tutorial on how to use Movie Maker here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIt5eJMbhTU. And next time you record yourself, you may want to see if you can change the setting on your camera to record in a non-.avi format or in a smaller (non-HD) resolution.
The reason it doesn't show up correctly is because it was filmed the way you are seeing it on the screen. You will need to re-shoot the video and ensure the camera is positioned to display correctly.