In the most recent major update to SwingReader Golf, we introduced SwingReader Web.
Here is why we developed it, how you can use it, it’s current limitations, and what we have in store for the future:
- Sharing: SwingReader Web simplifies sharing of your videos. Many of our users used to send videos to each other via email. The problem with sending videos via email is that the video is sitting somewhere in the receiver’s inbox, the receiver may not be able to play the video if she does not have Quicktime, the video may not be properly oriented (might sprain your neck viewing it side-ways), and you have to discuss your video with many people over separate emails. Using SwingReader Web, however, simplifies sharing because it requires you to send only the URL to the video. The video can then be played in most modern browsers, and the discussion around the video will be stored in one central place.
- Viewing: SwingReader Web allows you to view your videos on a larger screen than being limited to the iPhone. So, if you and your coach or students want to head back to the office, you can pull up the video on a desktop or laptop monitor and review your progress – no huddling too close to the iPhone to see what’s going on.
- Analyzing: SwingReader Web let’s you analyze the videos that people have shared with you within the browser. This means, you can view the video in slow-motion, use drawing tools just like in the app – both of which cannot be done when viewing your video using Quicktime or other desktop video players.
- Discussing: SwingReader Web allows you to discuss your videos in the comments section. You can have your coach leave comments for you, you can comment on your peers’ videos, and as a result everyone benefits from the shared pool of knowledge. We all love our sport, and what better than to learn from one another!Moreover, all this discussion is stored along side the video, so you can go back and refer to it whenever you want.
How to use it?
The way to use SwingReader Web is to:
- Open an account using either Facebook or your own email address; account creation happens via the app only.
- Once you create an account, “Upload” videos to SwingReader Web.
- Share links to your videos with students, coaches, peers, and friends and family.
- Analyze videos within a browser.
- Share your comments with each other so everyone benefits.
Unfortunately, we are still in the first phases of developing SwingReader Web and so it does have it’s limitations.
- Older versions of browsers, especially Internet Explorer, cannot play HTML5 video. You might have to upgrade to IE 9 or higher. Google Chrome and Safari are the best. Mozilla Firefox will play the video, but it will not allow you to play video in slow-motion – they just have not implemented that HTML5 feature.
- The quality of slow-motion and the drawing tools is still far behind that of the app. The reason is that the app has developed over time and it will take time to port over all the functionalities.
The best part about SwingReader Web is what it can do in the future. Because it allows sharing and viewing and analyzing videos, it allows the SwingReader community to easily share their knowledge and content with one another. I wouldn’t want to give out too many details too early, but we are definitely excited about what we have in store for you!! As usual, please send us feedback and comments about this post and/or SwingReader Web.