Video Quality is Paramount
So in addition to the challenge of improving your fly cast, there is the additional challenge the best approach to filming so I can review your fly casting video and give you feedback.
This 5-minute video demonstrate various options to film. Especially, when you don’t have the option to film your forward-cast and back-cast unrolling.
Ensure you video shows what you want it to
Before you leave the casting field
Make sure it shows what you want it to
But don’t get into “perfection paralysis.
”Have a contrasting background, especially when filming the loops
The background is not just opposite you; it is also 12-15 ft. above you so one can see the loop and line
Evergreen trees are great
Buildings can be OKDeciduous trees are OK during summertime
Have a brightly colored fly line
Orange is best for you, your students, and examiners
Yellow is OK
The sun must illuminate the caster and the fly lineSun shining on caster so that the shadow is on the non-dominant side is bestGet as close as you can to this while optimizing background and dealing with wind/obstaclesThe light angle in winter and early spring is tough—do the best you canBest if filmed when the sun is not directly above. So that mid-morning to mid-afternoon is a good alternative. You will just need to find your spot and sort out the best time to film. The casting arm should face the camera usually There are exceptions, such as filming for tracking error, slackline presentations, reach mends and othersThe camera angle should be optimal for whatever is you want to accentIt is not always necessary to see the whole loopFrame caster from the waist up and get at least 2/3-3/4 of the fly rod to assess the individual’s casting stokeWhen trying to video the loop, get at least the point where the line/leader connection crosses the rod tipResolution and softwareKeep the lens clean (don’t ask me how I know this
)Don’t forget to focus, on most mobile devices tap on the screen where you want to focus the cameraCoach’s Eye Application works best on Android and IOS Mobile DevicesHudl Technique works on IOS mobile devices. Hudl Technique does not work on Androids. Yes, this is a bummer. Coach’s Eye software does not easily allow you to trim out unnecessary parts of the video, Hudl Technique doesConsider video on an iPad or smartphone, trim in the software native to the video device, then upload to Coach’s eyeMiscellaneous but importantHard to see the screen through polarized glassesHard to see the screen outdoorsScreens best viewed in a shadow, consider using an umbrellaThere are ways to connect a mobile device to a television screen via an HDMI connector.