Kinovea is free software to analyze videos. It can be mainly used by the people in the sports field, such as athletes and coaches. Those who are in medical field will also find this useful. However, anyone who is interested in analyzing a video can make use of this software. You can measure the distance, speed, line length etc on a particular video with the help of Kinovea. The analyzed data can be exported to Excel, OpenOffice calc and simple text.
Upon starting the software a file explorer will let you browse the video files on your computer. The supported files are displayed as thumbnails here. You can save the bookmarks easily and access it later in need. You can analyze the video in slow motion so that you can see the video by frame by frame. This software supports almost all the formats and codecs.
You can add lines and arrows on the video with the drawing tool. You can add descriptions at the key positions as well. The line and chronometer tools present in the software will let you measure the distance and time. With the help of dual screens mode you will be able to compare two videos side by side.
In the main menu you will find all the basic file operations such as browse video files, save video files, save images, show/hide common controls, invert video positions and save analysis in spreadsheets. The file explorer on the left panel has two tabs. On the first tab you will be able to browse the files and on the second tab you will be able to save and organize bookmarks. The middle panel has the video explorer where we do all the video analyzing. The image control tab has got all the buttons used for the image control. Using the tools from here you can add key image, draw objects and magnify the view.
You can select a particular portion and add this as key image. Upon adding a thumbnail of the selected section will be unfolded on top of the screen. You can add comments to the key image.
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There are many other features also available in this free sports video analysis software, and if you are interested in analyzing your videos then this is one of the best tools. The more I think about this tool, more I am able to appreciate the uses of it. For example, school coaches can use this free video analysis software to capture videos of their students, and then closely analyze that to provide improvement feedback to their students. There can be many other possible uses of this amazing software.
I am quite surprised that such a feature rich software is completely free, and but I am glad that it is. So, if you are any types of sports fan, or video evangelist, download this free video analysis software here.