The video came on a DVD-Recordable disk, not as a hard-burnt DVD. The whole DVD only shows forehand and backhand serve with top, under and side spin, and returning the serves by pushing, dropping, flicking and sliding. The picture quality is substandard, low-resolution, fuzzy and jagged. The slow motion is just a slowed-down regular frame-rate interlaced video, not a video recorded at a higher frame-rate and played back more slowly. As table tennis is a very fast sport, the result is that there are no frames that clearly show the critical moment of the contact of the paddle with the ball and the paddle movement at that time. There is also no detailed zoom on the paddle which together with the fuzziness of the video makes it impossible to see details of what the players are actually doing. The narration explains how it should be done, but it cannot be seen from the video.
- Jiri Kripac, CA