We've been field testing our upcoming integrated video feature for a few weeks. Here are common user questions and associated answers.
Availability, Pricing and Packaging
- When will this feature be available?
A: By Sept 1 for general release in the Apple App Store
- Is this a new app?
A: No. The capability is integrated into Takedown Scoring and Stats.
- How is the feature enabled in Takedown?
A: In the Takedown Store in Settings, there will be a seven day and one-year subscription option for the integrated video recording, playback and cloud capability.
- What is the price?
A: Lower than the price for the corresponding unlimited match scoring subscriptions which are currently $79.99 and $19.99 for the one-year and seven day durations, respectively.
- Wait. Back up. Are you saying that a one-year subscription for recording, playback and cloud storage will be less than $79.99?
- Hold on a second. Trackwrestling suggests we pay over $500 annually for this feature. What's up with that?
A: We don't know, ask Trackwrestling. You can get less for more or you can use Takedown.
- How do I see this feature in action?
A: Sign up for an online demo here.
- When does the video recording start?
A: Automatically, when the match clock starts.
- When does the recording end?
A: Automatically, when you move on to the next match.
- Is there a separate video for each match?
- Can I manually stop the video recording?
- How is the video file titled?
A: Each video file, representing a single match, is automatically titled with the weight class, wrestler names, opponent team, match outcome (W/L), match score and date.
- What resolutions are available?
A: 480P, 720P and 1080P
- What are the storage requirements?
A: For a full high school dual meet (14 matches at 6 minutes/match), about 1.7 gigabytes at 480P and 9.1 gigabytes at 1080P. This is worst case, very few high school duals have fourteen complete matches. More typically, 1.2 to 6.5 gigabytes. College will be lower by about 10-15%.
- Can I change the video resolution in the middle of an event?
- Where is the video stored?
A: In the Apple Photos app on your iPad. If you have iCloud enabled, the videos will also be store in Apple iCloud Photos though, in practice, we've found this Apple feature to be unreliable.
- Can I export the videos to Google Drive (or any other platform)?
A: Of course. Export the videos wherever you'd like.
- What happens if I run out of storage space on my iPad?
A: You'll need to offload and delete some items in storage before you can record any additional video. The app will prevent video recording if your iPad storage gets too low.
- Can I leave Takedown during video recording?
A: No, Apple doesn't allow any app, including Takedown, to record video if it isn't the active (visible) app.
- Who owns the video?
A: You own your video.
- Is it required to record video of every match?
A: No, record only the matches you want to record.
- Can I play back the video from within Takedown?
- Where is the playback function?
A: In the Event on your Schedule and on the wrestler page in your Roster.
- How do I know if an event or wrestler has video available?
A: There's a small camera symbol next to the event or wrestler name
- What controls are available in the video player?
A: Play, pause, rewind, seek to any point in the video, slow motion, Seek-to-Score(TM)
- What is Seek-to-Score?
A: Seek-to-Score allows the viewer to advance or rewind to any scoring event -- takedown, escape, pin, penalty, etc. -- in the match by simply tapping on the scoring event in the match transcript. Allows the viewer to efficiently review the video.
- Do I need to upload videos to the cloud for Seek-to-Score to work?
A: No, Seek-to-Score works fine if you don't upload your videos to the cloud.
Video Cloud Storage, Playback and Sharing
- Is uploading to the cloud required?
A: No, it's optional. Seek-to-Score and other in-app playback features work with both cloud and on-device video storage.
- Why would I upload videos to the cloud?
A: For easy sharing with athletes, coaches, parents and other audiences. Also, once the video is uploaded to the cloud, you can free up on-device storage by deleting the local copy.
- Does cloud storage offer different bit rates for playback depending on the quality of the Internet connection?
A: Yes and it's automatic. The cloud platform measures the quality of your connection and streams at an appropriate quality level.
- Can I upload video from the app to the cloud?
A: Yes, with a single tap.
- Once the video is uploaded to the cloud, can I delete the local (on-device) copy to free up storage?
- Is this cloud uploading and storage different from Apple iCloud Photos?
A: Yes. Apple claims to automatically copy your Apple Photos app contents to Apple iCloud Photos if you enable that feature in your iPad Settings. In practice, we've found this Apple feature to be unreliable and confusing. Our cloud uploading and storage capability is unrelated to Apple iCloud, it is a completely different platform.
- Can I use Takedown's integrated player with cloud-stored match video?
A: Yes and all features except slow motion are available.
- Do you offer a web-browser player for the video so that I can review from any device?
- Is Seek-to-Score available during browser-based playback?
- How are the videos organized in the cloud?
A: Each Event -- tournament or dual meet -- will have a list of associated videos. In addition, each athlete will have a list of all their videos.
- How do I inform athletes and other coaches that video is available for an event?
A: With a two taps, you can send an email message to all athletes and coaches informing them of video availability. The app populates to To: field with appropriate email addresses. The email contains one line for each match (fully labelled) which can be tapped to play the associated cloud-stored video.
- Is cloud-stored video available to the public?
A: No, we implement a privacy level that prevents the general public from finding your video. If you can't find it, you can't play it. You can change any video privacy to Public if you'd like.
For a demo of this new feature, click here.