To everyone at Thomas & Thomas….
I had promised to shoot some video of the rods you lent me using the Hudl Technique, which is the video analysis app that I use to teach fly casting. I should think you might find some use for this app in your business.
I shoot all video on my iPhone and then AirDrop it to my iPad, which gives me a much larger workspace than my phone. If I need to edit the video beyond what Hudl can do, I simply use iMovie.
The following video clip demonstrates Hudl’s basic playback and drawing features. The rod in the clip is the Exocett SS 350 lined with a 350-grain Wulff Ambush. (For best effect, enable the HD feature and watch the videos in full-screen mode.)
Perhaps the most useful feature of Hudl for me is its ability to create voiced-over reviews. I use this not only to provide students with a detailed analysis of their cast, but also to create short instructional videos. Here’s one I created last year to demonstrate the technique of shooting line on the final back cast (this went along with an article I wrote for Tail Fly Fishing Magazine):
Below is the video I created to supplement my article on shooting heads for the most recent issue of Tail. Working alone, I shot the entire video on my phone. I used Hudl to create the slow-motion sequences, and I edited the clips together using iMovie. (This is my first attempt at adding titles and music to a video.) Again, this is the Exocett SS 350 lined with the 350-grain Wulff Ambush.
I should think simple instructional videos like this might be an effective–and cost-effective–way to promote your rods. It’s one thing to see a pretty rod–it’s another thing to see what that rod is capable of.
If you think it may be useful to video your prototypes, I would suggest you paint the blanks a high-contrast color that shows up well, as depending on the conditions, the dark blanks can be difficult to see.
As I mentioned to John Carpenter, I would like to see you produce a couple models of instructor rod using a high-contrast blank that shows up well on video and in demonstrations, as there’s not a really fine instructor’s rod on the market. I don’t know how many you’d sell, but just to offer such a rod would set you apart from the competition.
If you want more information on the Hudl Technique app, I’ve written a detailed blog post, which you can read by clicking here.
Thanks so much for the use of the rods. I like them a great deal–but their performance speaks for itself.