While most sports teams around the world perform post-game analysis using video files from a variety of sources, the after-the-fact nature of this approach means the resulting insights are only usable by coaches for future matches, not during the game at hand. While Interplay-sports' software can similarly perform file-based evaluation, the unique power of the solution comes from its exceptional live analysis capabilities, providing coaches with valuable real-time information that they can use to make in-game adjustments.
To capture the live video for this analysis, multiple video sources – most commonly broadcast, professional or consumer video cameras, but also television feeds, cable set-top boxes and other computers playing video streams – must be connected to a Windows-based analysis computer running the Interplay-sports software.
Originally using IEEE-1394 (FireWire) connectivity, Interplay-sports began looking for an alternative solution as 1394-compatible devices became increasingly rare. Beyond the obvious necessity of reliability, they wanted a solution that would be easy for their customers to install with minimal effort or technical assistance.
Searching for interface devices to capture SDI or HDMI source signals through laptop computers' USB 3.0 ports, the first products Interplaysports tested exhibited some significant issues. "The other vendor's devices required proprietary software drivers to be installed on the system," said Jan Tunli, CEO of Interplay-sports. "We also experienced compatibility problems with the devices on several computers, and they were not stable."