Our HCV app is available on iPads, Macs, Android tablets and Windows PCs. We also have a simple HCV Player app on iPhones and Android phones. The Smartphone apps can be used to Play drills that have been shared with an account.
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Tutorial 1: First Steps
Here are the first steps you need to do when you buy a Hockey Coach Vision account on our website.
Video content: Going to our website and downloading the right app for your device, installing the app, setting up the quality settings, starting the app and logging in, downloading the Starter Package, finding the Starter Package drills, and running them.
Tutorial 2: Practice Packages
Assemble your drills to practice packages. These practice packages can be printed as PDF, shared as animations, or used in your calendar for your team’s season plan.
Video content: Creating packages, finding files using filters, assemble files in a package, reordering drills in packages, changing drill duration times, viewing package details and stats, adding lineups, exporting as PDF files, and sharing packages with your team.
Tutorial 3: My First Drill
This is the first example of how you can create a simple animated drill.
Video content: Starting the Drill-Creator, introduction to setting objects, animating players, timing basics, watching the animation, saving your drill, finding your drill, and running it.
Tutorial 4: Timing Basics
Here you can learn the basics of how to use the timing line. Each player has its own timing line that can be adjusted to manipulate the player’s actions on the ice. Timings define when a player will be at what position on the ice and when he’ll do the created action.
Tutorial 5: Sharing Files, Creating a Roster and Lineups
To efficiently share files or practices with your team, it is necessary to first create a team and all its members. Once you have your roster, you can share files with your entire team or individually selected members. Having a roster, you can also create lineups, which you can insert into practices or print on PDF. In the calendar, you will be able to select your team, so you can create weekly plans for the entire season.
Video content: Creating teams, creating player profiles, assigning players to teams, inviting team members via email, creating lineups, editing lineups, sharing packages with a team, adding lineups to a package, choosing a team for the calendar.
Tutorial 6: Creating Objects and Shapes
This is the first step of creating your custom drill or play. This tutorial explains how to create, position, and edit the different objects like players, pucks, cones, etc. onto the playing surface, so you can start to create your animation. We have also added the Shapes feature to this tutorial, which covers creating shapes like Arrows, Circles, Squares, and Text Shapes as well as animating them.
Tutorial 7: Record Action
The next step is to animate the objects you have set in the first step. This tutorial describes the basics of how to create and watch a simple animated action. The explanation of how to create more complicated plays will come in later tutorials.
Tutorial 8: Play Animation
In this video, you will see the visual possibilities that you have when playing an animation. New options, like camera perspectives, visual hints, and details are constantly being added with new app updates.
Tutorial 9: Picture And Video
Easily import your drill pictures from any source into Hockey Coach Vision. You can also import video files that you’ve recorded with any camera or that are saved on your computer/tablet.
Tutorial 10: Advanced Timing Points
Here you can learn more on how to improve your timings to get a perfect animation. Each player has their own timing line that can be adjusted to manipulate their actions on the ice. Timings define when a player is at what position on the ice and when he’ll do the created action.
Tutorial 11: Passing Tips
This tutorial will show you how to get your timing right for several different passing situations. It will explain how to use the grey shadow dots on the player’s skating path to indicate when the correct time is to make a pass to a player in the movement. Note that for a stationary player waiting to make a pass, sometimes only one timing point is required but it is always ok to add two to have a player wait in place to make or take a pass.
Tutorial 12: Prevent Offside
This video shows you how to prevent offsides and the basics of how to use the “Timing” key. Just remember that while skating, you have to know where to set the timing points so you can adjust the player’s speed and positioning. With the next update of the HCV Drill Creator, you will be able to set timing points even after skating the routes. So stay tuned for that!
Tutorial 13: Waiting Players
When you create a drill, you often have waiting players on the ice. For example, you may have players queueing in certain situations during an exercise where a player remains in a specific position for some time. This tutorial gives you instructions on how to approach such situations by setting multiple timings on the same position.
Tutorial 14: Advanced Timing Points 2
This tutorial is another instructional video that shows the use of timing points. A simple drill with basic movements like moving up in line, different ways of passing, standing, anticipating for rebounds and more. This way all your drills will have a natural look to them.
Tutorial 15: Use Of The Dump Key
The DUMP key gives you the option to create a custom path for the puck. You can use it to dump the puck into the zone, to make drop passes, to rim the puck around the boards, to make a bank pass off the wall, create rebounds in front of the goal and much more. Watch this tutorial to see a couple of these examples.
Tutorial 16: Pro Drill Creation
This tutorial shows you how to create an advanced drill. It shows several hints that will help you to master the timings so your drills look perfect.
When you registered your HCV account (Coach or Player), you got your personal account which will allow you to login on all our apps (iPad, Android tablet, Win, Mac and Smartphones). Please keep in mind that the Smartphone app (HCV Player) is a simple app, which doesn't have a few of the features like the normal HCV app.
You will lose all of your local user content. So please do NOT delete your app in case you want to fix a bug. Contact us at email@example.com if you need any help!
NOTE: We released a new Coach version in August 2018, which has the Cloud backup function. If you have your files synced successfully to our cloud, only then you are safe to delete your local app. Becuase when you log in again on any device, you will be able to press the Sync changes button to get your data back.
You can share your files / packages by using the SHARE feature within the app. To share a file, simply select it from the FILES BROWSER in your HCV app and press the share button (envelope icon). The receiver will receive an email as a notification and your file will be placed in his INBOX within the app. He has 2 weeks to import the file, before the sharing link expires.
Please note that the receivers of your shared content don't have to necessarily own a COACH account of Hockey Coach Vision. They can register a free PLAYER or COACH Limited account that will allow them to receive and view shared content.
No, you can only use one HCV app at a time per platform. So, for example, if you have a new iPad and want to start using HCV on it, you'll need to log out of the app on your old iPad first! If you have lost your iPad and therefore cannot log out, please contact us! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We released a new Coach version in August 2018, which has the Cloud backup function. This allows you to sync files between multiple devices. To sync your files follow these steps:
1. Start your HCV - Coach app where you have your drills.
2. Open the settings menu and go into account settings.
3. Press the "Sync Changes" button, to sync all your saved content to our cloud. Wait until the synchronization is finished successfully.
4. Start your HCV app on another device. If it's on the same platform, you'll have to log out first on your previous device.
5. Press the "Sync Changes" button, to get all the data that was uploaded in Step 3. from our cloud. If you have local changes on your device, these will be uploaded simultaneously to be retrievable on your previous device.
If you still need more help, please contact us at: email@example.com
The Smartphone app (HCV Player) is a simple app which can only play, but not create content. It doesn't have a sync functionality. Therefore, if you have a practice and wish to see it on your Smartphone, simply share the practice with your own account email address. That way you will be able to access it on your mobile app (HCV Player) via the Inbox menu.
Yes, we will constantly update the app with new features. To stay tuned about updates, please subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of our website.
No, you don't have to animate all exercises. The "Video / Picture" feature allows you to store your content as picture or video files. Simply capture your content (for example with your iPad camera, or with a screenshot function on your laptop) so you can import it and save it as a Hockey Coach Vision file. For a more precise instruction about this process, please watch our video Tutorial 9: Picture And Video.
Because you most probably have selected a TAG or LEVEL, so the list is filtered. If your drill hasn't this TAG or LEVEL assigned to, it won't be displayed in the list. For further help, please check out the video Tutorial 7: Browsing Files.
Puck events are disabled because they can influence multiple players and pucks. If you already made a puck event and want to change its timing, use the Remove function to remove the timing and recreate it with a better timing. The Remove button can always be applied to the last timing on the timing line.
Unfortunately, HCV does not provide this function. However you could easily work around it by recording your screen with any screen capturing program.
If you import videos with your Mac or Windows version, your video format needs to be mp4. If your video has a different format, you should use a software like "Handbrake" (which is free) to convert your video file into mp4. With a program like Handbrake you can simply choose the iPad preset, so the video will be perfectly formatted for all your devices.
If your converted file is still over 15 MB you have two options:
1. Try to shorten your video length by cutting your video with a video cutting program.
2. Lower the video output quality settings in Handbrake when converting your video file.
There are three types of PDF's that can be created:
1. PDF of a lineup: Go into the roster, select a team and then choose LINE-UP. On the top right you will see the button CREATE PDF, which will create a one-page PDF file with your players and the lines you have created.
2. PDF of a practice with line-up: From the Files-Browser (the main list where all your files are) open the PACKAGES LIST which is at the bottom of your screen. Open a practice package and press the PDF button on the bottom left which can create a PDF in two formats. The COMPACT format which prints them all (up to 8 drills) on one page with the line-up at the top. Or the NORMAL format, which will print the line-up on the first page, and all drills on the following pages, having 3 drills per page.
3. Single Drill PDF: Select the drill from the Files-Browser and press PDF in order to print that drill on a single page.
You can buy drills in the Drill Store on our website: http://www.hockeycoachvision.com/drill-store/
NOTE: You need to have an HCV - Coach account to buy/download a package from our Drill Store. Your purchased package will be downloadable within your HCV app in the Packages list, in the PURCHASED folder. After you download the package, all files will be visible in your FILES BROWSER.
If you bought your HCV subscription on our website, you received an email from Fastspring (our online payment service) with a link to your subscription. Using this link you will be able to edit your payment details or cancel your subscription, so you won't be automatically charged on the renewal date. If you lost your subscription link, please contact us! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you bought your subscription within our app as in-app-purchases, you must use the payment services provided by your platform (iOS or Google Playstore) to edit your preferences.
Yes. Once your subscrition runs out, your Coach account automatically converts into a Coach Limited account, which lets you still access and play all your content. Keep in mind, you won't be able to re-download purchased packages from the Drill Store. Also, since you won't have the premium features anymore, you won't be able to back-up your files using our Cloud Backup. So signing in on another device won't retrieve your previously created or downloaded and synced content.