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Atlantic League's Bench-Clearing Balk Ejections & Protest

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The Atlantic League-MLB experimental balk rule requiring pitchers to step off the rubber during pickoffs produced a handful of ejections and protested game after a quasi-bench clearing argument in High Point led to all umpires entertaining multiple complaints from a Rockers team upset about a...

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@Gil, I am curious to know what software you guys use for your videos.  I have been using iMovie and while it's super easy to use, I find it to be a little inflexible.

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6 hours ago, Gil said:

ScreenFlow, much more flexible than iMovie and very straightforward.

Thanks @Gil.  Can you pause and play the video while doing a voiceover?

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You can if you're recording your screen. You'll have to edit before or afterward if you are using the narration option.

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57 minutes ago, Gil said:

You can if you're recording your screen. You'll have to edit before or afterward if you are using the narration option.

It sounds like ScreenFlow is primarily for recording your screen (I use Quicktime for this now), and while you are recording your screen you can do a voiceover and pause play as you go.  In iMovie, I take files of screen recordings I have already made, put them on the timeline and then do voiceovers as a separate audio track.  I can insert freeze frames in the videos to create "pauses" but not live while I am speaking.  

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2 hours ago, grayhawk said:

It sounds like ScreenFlow is primarily for recording your screen (I use Quicktime for this now), and while you are recording your screen you can do a voiceover and pause play as you go.  In iMovie, I take files of screen recordings I have already made, put them on the timeline and then do voiceovers as a separate audio track.  I can insert freeze frames in the videos to create "pauses" but not live while I am speaking.  

Yes, the ScreenFlow narration feature sounds similar to iMovie's voiceover feature.Screenshot_9_9_19__12_03_PM.jpg.3d793a4384ae69c5eba557e409fb3003.jpg

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53 minutes ago, Gil said:

Yes, the ScreenFlow narration feature sounds similar to iMovie's voiceover feature.Screenshot_9_9_19__12_03_PM.jpg.3d793a4384ae69c5eba557e409fb3003.jpg

Looks cool.  The annotations are a nice feature as well as being able to picture in picture other videos.

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23 hours ago, grayhawk said:

Looks cool.  The annotations are a nice feature as well as being able to picture in picture other videos.

It's a pretty user-friendly program. You're not going to make a professional movie on it or anything, but it's very useful for clipping plays, narrating, and running it back. Well worth it, and a C deductible expense for officiating/education.

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58 minutes ago, Gil said:

It's a pretty user-friendly program. You're not going to make a professional movie on it or anything, but it's very useful for clipping plays, narrating, and running it back. Well worth it, and a C deductible expense for officiating/education.

I'll do the free trial to see if it will work out better than iMovie.  I'm the Instructional Chairman for the HS association here and I'm using it to create instructional videos on different topics.

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8 minutes ago, grayhawk said:

I'll do the free trial to see if it will work out better than iMovie.  I'm the Instructional Chairman for the HS association here and I'm using it to create instructional videos on different topics.

@grayhawk, video would be great to discuss balks in depth.  Include how to talk to coaches when they ask why/why not.  And I will gladly volunteer to be a reviewer on it, if you want a "new HS ump" perspective!  I need to clean up this part of my game before the association will think of giving me a varsity game...

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14 minutes ago, ousafe said:

@grayhawk, video would be great to discuss balks in depth.  Include how to talk to coaches when they ask why/why not.  And I will gladly volunteer to be a reviewer on it, if you want a "new HS ump" perspective!  I need to clean up this part of my game before the association will think of giving me a varsity game...

That will be one of the topics.  I plan to have them all done prior to the season starting, but not sure if I will release them all at once or concurrent with the meeting where we will be discussing that topic.

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I'd definitely recommend getting it if you're going to use it consistently as IC. It'd probably be a pretty worthwhile expense for the OCBOA Board to invest in.

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3 hours ago, grayhawk said:

That will be one of the topics.  I plan to have them all done prior to the season starting, but not sure if I will release them all at once or concurrent with the meeting where we will be discussing that topic.

don't forget there are 2 things to watch here. The legal step back off/not back off the rubber in which umpires need to be watching for at all levels and rules set. At that point, there is pretty much no step balk to worry about once the rubber is disengaged.

The second thing is to watch the left non-pivot foot. This is what many pitchers do on a pick off move from the rubber with the regular jab step of the pivot foot, and then the non-step spin move on the left non-pivot foot. This (spin move) should not be legal for most rule sets either, falling down should not be the final determinant of whether the spin move is legal or not. It is an illegal spin move/non step to start with, and most of the time they will not fall down.

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