This will detail pretty much the process for doing what I do (regularly) on this blog. This is a great precursor for explaining how to do video teaching, cut-ups, scouting, etc when you have a program that doesn't invest in legitimate A/V equipment.
If you don't know by now, I am not a faculty teacher/educator. I work in the private sector so obtaining coaching gigs can be challenging (but not impossible). Consequently, my gigs typically come with a 'merc' status and my 'assets' are not tied to a school system / program. This being the case, I often come into schools who's programs do not have the budget to support legitimate and necessary coaching tools such as DSV or HUDL. To compensate for this, I will develop ad hoc services that these applications provide. Much like the earlier posts about using Excel and other MS Office products for program efficiencies (scouting, recruiting, tendencies, strength & conditioning, etc), this will be an, "Idiots Guide To Video Coaching.....CHEAPLY".
So, with that in mind, the following process will be how I have supplied a 'ghetto-fix' to what those AV services provide, only cheaply (with more effort). This method can serve a variety of needs you may have at presenting data / video / concepts more efficiently whether it is for your players, your coaches, or just sharing information.
Working With Video
The first part is acquiring the video. If you have a robust PC, importing bulk video files in via a camera-firewire connection, or a burned DVD, then cutting up later - great. If not, and if you want to cut down on the processing of the PC, you can simply cut up video by recording the clips you want through a DVD burner. This is actually my preferred method of getting the cuts I want, and it takes up less space on your HD.
The easiest, cheapest, and most user-friendly method I know of is Nero.
Nero is a video editor / DVD creator that I use heavily to create scout DVDs. I import a DVD file/chapter to bring it in to an mpeg/avi format that is recognized on most PCs.
With the video file imported, you can upload it or distribute it as you see fit, otherwise, you can continue manipulating (add audio / cut-up) through Nero before exporting an edited video. Once you have a video file on your PC in mpeg/avi format, you can distribute it, host it to an online server, or convert it to a mobile device (if you want to have available for PSP’s, iPhones, blackberrys, etc).
Working With Images
Another related process that I regularly use is taking image snapshots of videos. This can be simpler to illustrate a point or provide a focus that moving images would detract from. To do this, playing the video through a media player. You won’t find this on many video players. A couple of free players you can use (hey, did I mention it was free?). I would recommend VLC media player or Windows Media Classic v2.4.5
VLC Media Player
Media Player Classic
PowerDVD also does this snapshot function, but it isn’t free. The video snapshots do exactly that, create a jpeg image of what the screen displays. This is particularly helpful in doing your best ‘John Madden’ on a telestrator. All that is required is to play the file, take a snapshot (built-in feature of the program), then retrieve the image file from the save-to directory.
Gadwin Screen Print
If you are running Windows Vista, you are afforded the luxury of the SnipIt tool that does the same thing (small consolation when none of your other programs work in Vista....and Vista / WMP 11 is also the reason you'll need VLC to play your DVDs).
Here, I take a screen capture of a pre-snap look (of a clip I plan to include in the full video), mark it up, and animate the objects for when I want them to appear (or be highlighted). I will control the slide duration when I capture the presentation in Camtasia (recording).
Again, this slide could serve as a hard-copy handout, or become a 'telestrator' to insert prior to showing the video clip. In this clip, I just illustrate how a defensive back should be thinking prior to the snap (front ID, receiver recognition, key progression, etc).
As you can see here, all I am doing is dragging and dropping the image file into PowerPoint. From here, you can stretch and skew the image. In this example, I stretch the image to have the formation/front the focal point within the page frame. You can use the format options in PowerPoint to mark-up the image to your preference. The earlier Herb Hand and Drew Brees posts are good examples of this (its JUST PowerPoint!).