Image via WikipediaI was looking through a PD calendar and noticed a session for Dartfish which is great software but a bit expensive for schools. so I decided to see if there was any free/open source tools around.
Video analysis tools are used to play with video to help visualise things that happen within a video recording. You can use video analysis for several learning areas. The main one is sport and PE where a teacher/coach can analyse technique, body flow and pick up issues that might be effecting performance. It can also be used to analyse game/team play.
On a more scientific level, video analysis can be used for physics experiments - particularly to track objects and measure time, distance and therefore acceleration / deceleration.
Finally video analysis is great for the arts, for both dance and drama. You could also give it to a student in visual or media arts class to see what creative uses they could find.
I came across these and I hope someone finds them useful,
http://www.kinovea.org/en/ (MAC and PC)
http://www.cabrillo.edu/~dbrown/tracker/ - more for physics and science. (Mac and PC)
http://video4coach.com/ - both skill capture and skill Spector are free (PC only)
and if you need It - a video transcoder – for changing formats