swimming videos for your enjoyment. It is my strong belief that
the best way to learn is to study the greats. Coaching fads and
theories come and go, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating!
The current series of MPEG clips were created from a tape
of the Perth 1998 World Championships, very kindly provided by
Dan Perz, a regular of this group. Thank you, Dan!
The next clip is a nice view of Misty Hyman swimming 100m butterfly.
Some would argue that Misty overdoes the vertical motion of the shoulders,
and that she could do better with a flatter style. But who knows? :-)
The clip is at http://members.xoom.com/swimfaster/mistyfly.mpg (~5.1MB)
The main website is given below.
One important caveat: Don't try to play these files directly
from the website; they are not streaming video. Right click on the
links and download them to your hard drive. Then play from there.
A great idea is to download all the clips and save them on a
CD, from which they can be played back and studied at will.
A good player for single-stepping and slowing down the speed
is WebFlix Pro. You can also use the freeware VirtualDub for
single-stepping. Be aware, however, that these clips are slowed down
to about half-speed by doubling frames. An option for those people
with slow computers (like mine!) is to get a hardware MPEG decoder
card. I use the RealMagic Hollywood+ and am very happy with it.
It allows full 30 fps playback as well as providing a video out connector.
A last option is to use one of the faster software DVD player programs.
Most can play MPEG1 files from the hard disk.
Coming to your MPEG video screen after Perth 98...Olympics 96!