Welcome to our resources page. This is a growing list of equipment and software that we use to help operate BreakPoint Analysis. Everything on this page we’ve personally used and tested. We have no direct affiliation with, nor receive any money from any of the below companies.
GOPRO HERO ACTION CAMERA
We predominantly use the Hero3 White version of this camera, which is now a few years old and at the time was the entry level model. As the camera is stationary on the fence, the features of higher end models tend to not be used for our purposes.
Pros: Well known brand with good support. Waterproof and footage quality is excellent.
Cons: Not available anymore. Newer models lose features for higher prices. Accompanying app can at times freeze and cause camera issues.
XIAOMI YI ACTION CAMERA
We’ve started using these cameras more and more over the last year. The entry level camera is extremely well known in Asia. They retail at a third of the base entry GoPro, and tend to offer the same footage quality with other bonuses.
Pros: Cheap, but good quality. Auto fish-eye correction, encodes smaller (meaning more footage can be filmed per day).
Cons: The viewing angle tends to be larger, resulting in footage being further away and not as clear as the GoPro. We have to correct this when editing.
SKYMOUNT (FENCE MONOPOD)
There are very few commercially available mounting options specifically for tennis. This company operates out of England, meaning the cost of importing to Australia can be high, but their product is well made and does the job (keep an eye out for a BPA model coming soon).
Pros: Durable and portable. Easy to use and fits all fences.
Cons: Expensive if you’re in Australia (or outside of England).
SANDISK 64GB MICRO SD CARD
In action cameras, it’s important to use an SD card that records at a fast enough speed, otherwise you’ll run into errors (try to avoid generic, cheap brands). We use cards that operate at 90mb/s and recently 280mb/s.
Pros: Records between 9-12 hours depending on camera and settings.
Cons: Can be expensive, but is worth the investment.
Mi POWER BANK (PORTABLE BATTERIES)
Nowadays, almost any store sells portable batteries. We’ve used a number of different models, but the current ones are made in collaboration with the same brand as our favourite cameras (Xiaomi). Buying a battery rated at 10,000mAh will give you over 10 hours of recording time (depending on settings and camera). Avoide cheap generic batteries on eBay.
Pros: Cheap and useful for other applications (like dead phones).
Cons: Not fully waterproof, so expect a shorter life if consistently exposed to weather.
Handbrake is our encoding software of choice. Available on both Windows and Mac, it has a wealth of settings and customization options. We will typically use it to compress a 10gb video file straight from a camera into a 500mb size file.
Pros: Free. Well supported and popular. Simple to use if following basic settings.
Cons: Like any video encoder, the speed will depend on your computer’s power. Doesn’t allow you to do any editing other than encoding.
This isn’t a very well known product, but it is lightweight and free. We use it solely for trimming files without having to re-encode, but it does have encoding features.
Pros: Easy to use. Free
Cons: Isn’t very mainstream. Can be difficult to use if utilizing some of the more advanced features.
ADOBE PREMIER PRO
This is a very powerful and well known piece of software. We use it for editing promo videos and other non standard tennis filming. It does everything you could ever need it to do, with the tradeoff being price and learning curve.
Pros: Industry leading software. Available on both Windows and Mac.
Cons: Very steep learning curve. Expensive.
TENNIS AUSTRALIA TECHNIQUE APP
Designed by yours truly, I would be amiss if I didn’t mention it. Despite this, I firmly believe it should be a required addition to any coach’s toolbox. Capable of filming and editing straight away, this app can compare footage of your players with age specific models (so you’re not comparing your 5 year old to Federer). Plenty of features easy to use.
Pros: Available on Apple and Android devices. Cheap and easy to use.
Cons: Not much in the way of recent meaningful updates means it could fall behind (it’s in Tennis Australia’s hands currently).
IPAD WITH TRIPOD
When combined together, these two become a powerful combination for coaches. We use a standard iPad (anything above a 3rd generation will work well). The tripod we use is also very generic and can be purchased at any camera store or online. To connect the iPad with the tripod however, we use a mount made by Joy Factory (MagConnect Bold Tripod/Mic stand).
Pros: Durable and well designed by Joy Factory. Useful tool for a range of different application.
Cons: Each mount is fitted to work with a specific tablet or iPad version. Fairly expensive.