Nacsport Beginner's Guide: Download, Install, Start Analysing

By Duncan Ritchie

09-September-2020 on Tips

12 minute read

Although Nacsport is very intuitive to use, we often get messages from people who download the free trial and stumble at the first hurdle. Because they may be novices or uncomfortable with technology, they struggle to get set up and analysing with the software.


Being aware of this fact, we’ve created this quick, concise guide to offer guidance to those that may need it during their first steps and, hopefully, avoid any pitfalls when downloading, installing or getting started with Nacsport.


Start by Downloading the Program to Your Computer


To download Nacsport, you simply have to click on the Free Trial button on the home page of our website or click the following link:

You'll be taken to following page on which you'll have to complete some personal information…


download nacsport


The fields with an asterisk (*) are required but we always recommend that you share as much information as possible so that we can advise you in the best way possible. Remember to accept the terms and privacy policy and hit “Download”.


If you are downloading the program as a free trial, you will have a total 30 days to try any of the programs in our range of software.




Which Version of Nacsport Should You Download?


It’s not easy to answer this question as it depends on many factors such as your level of experience, needs as a video analyst and, of course, budget. Luckily, we’ve created this handy guide to deciding which program is best for you. Click the link below, answer a few questions and we’ll give you a recommendation for which one to download.


nacsport products

Which Is the Best Video Analysis Software Package for You?


Really, it’s no big deal if you choose the wrong option at this point. As we said above, you have 30 days to try ANY of the products in the Nacsport range and you can change up or down as needed during this month.


To do this, you simply need to uninstall the program you are currently working with and reinstall the one you want. You can do this by repeating the process of clicking on the Free Trial button.




Is Nacsport Available on Mac?


Yes, it is. Nacsport Basic, Basic+ and Scout have all been available natively on Mac since August 2022.


However, Nacsport Pro and Elite on Mac are still in development, but they can be installed on Apple computers. There is a workaround for using Pro and Elite on Mac OS via Bootcamp or an emulator.


The following article will explain how this is possible and also give you more information on the native versions of Nacsport available on macOS.


A Guide to Nacsport on Mac




I Completed the Form…Now What?

Once you have completed the form, the following window will appear:


nacsport download thanks


The download link will be sent to your email inbox, so it’s very important that you write your email address correctly in the previous step. The message you receive will look like this:


nacsport download email


As you can see in the image above, as well as the download link, we also send you a list of resources that will help you get started with the program. You can also click the following link to get a summary of all the resources available to you:


Nacsport Learning Resources




Installing Nacsport


Clicking on the “Download” button will automatically start the installation process. Follow the onscreen instructions which will take you through these steps:


• Click on the "Download" button. The process will start.

• When finished, double-click the icon that has been created on the desktop.

• Follow the steps for installation.


install nacsport


If everything has gone as expected, Nacsport should now be installed on your computer and you’re ready to get started.


If you are just starting the trial period, you now have a total of 30 days to test drive our software. Remember if you uninstall and install a different version of Nacsport, this does not mean that you have another 30 days. You’ll simply have what remains in the original 30.


After the 30-day trial period, Nacsport will ask you for a license number to activate your program. You can buy your license through our purchasing system or contact a member of our sales team using this contact form.




Now What? How Do I Get Started?


Once you run the program for the first time, you’ll be confronted with the multitude of options in main menu of Nacsport. This may provoke a lot of questions and many doubts. So, where should you start with the program?


Note: The main Nacsport menu can be configured to your liking so may not look exactly like it appears in the following images. For more information on how to configure the main menu, check out this video.


nacsport start menu


Let’s try to summarise the process.


1. First you need to choose the parameters of your analysis by creating a Button Template.

2. Secondly, you use that template to tag actions on your video. These actions may things like “Shots” or “Corners” or “Freekicks”. Every time you see a shot, for example, you mark the video by pressing the corresponding button.

3. By doing this, you end up with a database of actions which links back to video clips.


Let's go into this in a bit more detail...




Step 1: Create Your First Button Template


The first step is to decide which aspects of the game you want to analyse and then create a template of buttons where each button will include an aspect of the game. You may be limited in how many buttons you can create depending on the program you are using:


• Basic: Maximum 25 buttons

• Basic+: Maximum 50 buttons

• Scout, Pro and Elite: Unlimited buttons


Check out the following video for more information about the button template. You might also want to check out this article, Nacsport Button Templates: Everything You Need to Know.


Additionally, we have a huge library of downloadable templates, available for many different sports and levels, that can be downloaded completely free. Browse them, download the one you need and adapt it to your needs.


This video will give you all the information you need for creating your own button template and all the associated options:






Step 2: Analyse Your First Video (or Live Event)


Nacsport allows you to analyse games in two ways, through video or live, in real-time, during the game. In our experience, 99.99% of you will start by analysing a video, so we’ll start there, but at least now you can’t say we didn’t tell you about second method!


register from file


Select the “Register from File” option and search for the video you want to analyse. You can store it wherever you want on your computer but we always recommend in the NAC SPORT DATA folder which has been created for you in Documents.


There are several sub-folders within this folder, a few of which we’d like to highlight:


• Categories: Recommended folder for saving your Button Templates

• Databases Nacsport: Recommended folder for saving your analysis

• Videos: Recommended folder for saving your videos.



Select a video and Nacsport will ask you to link a Button Template to that video. You can select one which you created beforehand or create a new one from scratch.


From now on, Nacsport will, by default, always open the last Button Template used unless you indicate otherwise.


The following video will talk you through the process of registering a game video and all the options available to you: 





Step 3: Working with Your Analysis


Going back to the main menu and selecting the “My Analysis” option, you can see all the work you have already done. A window like the one below will open with the folder structure on the left, where you can locate a specific analysis, and a list of all analyses on the right.


my analysis


In this list you can see the name of the analysis and the corresponding video. If the first box is green, this indicates that the video is linked correctly. You will also find some extra information about the video and the corresponding analysis. Double click to open anything on this list.


my analysis database


The only thing to do now is advance to the analytical stage where a whole new world of tools and environments such as the timeline and dashboard open up to you. This is where the information is collected and utilised.


This video will give you an overview of the timeline, which acts as a hub for your analysis work:



If you’ve made it this far, congratulations! You’ve taken your first steps into the world of sports analysis with Nacsport! Now you have a basic grasp of what you’re doing, start experimenting and finding out more about the tools at your disposal. Don’t be scared, you won’t break anything!




Need More Help?


If you still need help with moving forward, don’t panic, we’ve got you covered. Register for one of our Official Courses. The course is available in two levels, Starter and Advanced, and will give you a solid grounding in the use of Nacsport software. In addition, you’ll get a free 3-month Nacsport license and an official certificate on completion.


If you have any questions about getting started with Nacsport, please don't hesitate to get in contact with us and we'll be happy to point you in the right direction.


Thanks for reading.


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