Videoing Coaching Sessions with Audio.

Posted: April 13, 2016 in Tech in coaching

Video is a massively important tool in developing your coaching. Using video with your players can give you the opportunity to break down a technique side by side with your player in front of the screen and talk through aspects of the performance which can be improved. In the same way a coach working alongside a mentor can examine and improve his or her coaching style – even self-critiquing using video often leads to massive coach improvement.

One advantage of the new devices we have available is the ease of videoing a coaching session, using a phone or tablet it is very easy to employ an injured player or perhaps a parent to video your session. One issue though is keeping the audio consistent throughout, while being able to see your session is great it is really useful to be able to hear what you are saying too.

Check out this recording to see what I mean:



Very simply to add the audio file I use a voice recorder app, on my iPhone this is Voice Memos but each platform has a very similar app and a pair of earphones with a mic function.

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By using the microphone attached to these earplugs, and a paperclip to keep the mic in place I am able to get an audio recording of my training session.



Now I am able to sync these two files using iMovie, you may have noticed that I clapped in the first few seconds of the video, this gives me a perfect sync point to marry the video and audio file.


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My completed video includes the audio file taken from my phone as well as the video of the session itself, giving me a perfect tool for self review or even more effectively sharing with a coach mentor. This removes the need to purchase expensive microphones but still allows you to take effective video of a training session without the camera being intrusive in the session.


Please do not hesitate to get in touch if I can be of any help at all in terms of coaching with technology, my contact details are below. As ever I am very keen to field any questions that you may have about this article or any other aspects of technology in coaching.


Jim Dickin



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