How to use our Remote Biomechanics System
The system is pretty easy to use, but there are a few steps and a couple of details it's crucial to get right. So here's what you need to do:
1. wear dark, close fitting clothes - The system works by finding light-coloured markers placed on key joints. So the more those markers stand out, the better the system works. Black, navy or dark grey clothes will give a good, dark background for the light coloured markers to stand out. Tight clothes mean that the markers move with you as you move and don't get swamped in baggy folds of cloth.
3. stick the markers on these key points - head (on your hat, just above your ear), shoulder, elbow (taking care not to lose the marker in the folds of your clothing), wrist (back of the hand), hip, knee (on the side, just above the top of your long boot), heel and toe (about where your toes start, just in front of the ball of your foot).
4. set your camera up - For the tracking to work properly, the camera needs to be perfectly still, so use a tripod, or put the camera (or phone) on the fence. Don't get someone to hold the camera (unless they have a fancy stabilisation gimbal). You want to be zoomed in enough to capture 3 or 4 strides as the horse goes past. Too much further out, and the markers on your body will be too small to see properly.
Make sure the camera is level, facing the long side of the arena, so you film the rider side-on, and not from a diagonal [it's also best practice to avoid small dogs in the arena].
5. Grab your horse and jump on - you'll probably want to warm up a bit before starting filming.
6. Calibrate your markers - this is easier than it sounds. We need to get an initial measurement of how you've placed the markers, just in case things are a little wonky. All you need to do is take a short video (3 seconds ish) of you sat on your horse in halt Try and put yourself in the best possible position, so think of sitting up tall and looking straight ahead of you. Do this on the left and right reins. Try not to sit like a sack of spuds!
7. Film your videos - ideally, your video should begin just before the rider gets in shot, and end just after they've left it (like the video below).
If you are on your own and don't have a remote to start the video, you can just do one video of all your assessments, rather than individual videos. In other words, if you've gone for the 4 assessment option, then you could either send 4 individual videos (like the one above), or one video showing you riding down the long side 4 times (with boring shots of the fence in between!). Any questions about this, then just give us a shout!
8. checkout on our online shop - you will receive a confirmation email with an order number, which you'll need for uploading your videos.
You can choose how many assessments you'd like from the options on the shop page. However, we strongly suggest that you record more videos than necessary. For example, if you've chosen the x4 assessment option, and want to see an analysis of your position in trot and canter on the left and right reins, we suggest that you send us double of each, i.e. two trots on the right rein, two trots on the left, two canter right, two canter right. This is just in case the markers aren't visible for any reason. To be extra safe, you could even film each "assessment" type 3 or 4 times to save you having to re-record! We will choose the best video for each assessment.
Please enter what "movements" you'd like assessed in the online checkout - for example, trot left, walk-trot transition or canter-walk transition etc. Again, any questions, just let us know!
9. upload your videos using WeTransfer - this is a simple, easy-to-use way of uploading your videos to us. Once you've bought your assessments via our online shop and you're ready to upload, simply navigate to www.wetransfer.com.
select the videos you'd like to submit using the "+ Add your files" button. Remember to include your calibration videso of you in halt on the left and right reins.
in the "Message" box, please enter your order number (can be found on your email confirmation) along with your name (and anything else you'd like to add!)
If you're having trouble, or if you'd like to upload your videos in a different way, just let us know.
And that is all there is to it! You'll receive a confirmation email from WeTransfer once we've received your videos. We aim to have the report and tracked videos back to you within 24 hours, but it may take a little longer in busy periods.
If you have any questions or comments, then don't hesitate to get in touch. We hope you enjoy this new system and find it useful!
We also hope you avoid dropping your tape in the drain...