Click the picture to watch the original project. ( and I won’t suggest you to watch it in Chrome. )

I think this video does a very good job in analyzing Mariana’s signature cutter using 3D motion. I can’t think of a more effective way to explain this. The graphic is able to pinpoint the hitting point of each pitch which the audience can’t necessary see in a real-life video. Also, throwing thousand of balls at the same time can only be realized in the animation, too. That map of Rivera’s hitting points in 2009 is really impressive. It’s easy to see the hot spots and get the conclusion, which is a clear and good analysis. The comparison of the spinning of a fastball, a cutter and a slider is also very straight forward.

I am also very impressed by the huge amount of research done behind the project. You need to look into Rivera’s sports records, and you need to find an analyst to lead us through this.

I like this multimedia project mainly because it successfully simplifies and visualizes a very technical problem.

The navigation of this project is pretty easy and simple as there are only two main components there: an article and a video. Also, because this is not a huge project, not a lot of attention is put on its unique design or layout. But it still fits the structure of the New York Times website pretty well.

When talking about the control of the video. I first tested it in Google Chrome, and I found there is no progress bar for you to drag around, so the audience can only pause or resume the video. When I tried to go back to some point to review a certain frame, it’s not viable. But when I tried again in Safari and Firefox, both have the progress control bar. Also, in Chrome, the screen is not complete, and we lost so some of the text on the right.

But overall, I think this is a cool multimedia project. As my own project is also related to sports, I am inspired by the concept behind it – how to approach a sport by using graphics.