Hitting & Pitching are 3 Dimensional activities and therefore require a 3 dimensional measuring device.
Two dimensional video is a great coaching tool and can supply immediate feedback to coaches and players. However as a research tool, it does not have the same value and the information obtained may be misleading.
The only way to measure human movement accurately is by using multiple-angle “High Speed” camera motion capture, turning two dimensional “frozen” frame video into 3 dimensional reconstructed or animated computer images.
By converting an image from a video to a 3-D animated figure, it’s possible for our computers to measure and display data that would otherwise be impossible; such as
- An overhead view directly over the hitter or pitcher making it possible to measure such things as shoulder / hip separation. The only way to quantitatively measure hip and shoulder separation in a live game is with 3D analysis
- Superimpose one image over the top of another image making it possible to compare a swing or delivery when a player is performing well vs when he is struggling. Or comparing a professional to an amateur.
- Using multiple exposure images to track movement patterns and trajectory parabolas
- Tracking the body’s center of mass throughout the motion.
- Most Importantly, the ability to measure movements in 3 dimensions accurately