I watch vids probably more extensively than 90% of people.
I am a true student of the game.**
I take notes, pause the vids and take note of EVERYTHING I did not know before, No I aint just talking combos, setups, but matchup based things, if it is ANYTHING I did not know, I open up my Word Document and then begin taking note of whatever I see. This is for match vids, combo vids etc. I do this for every match vid and I title my word document based on the day I watch the matches, determing what is old and what not. I even write a script on the players I watch, noticing tendencies and how they start and trying to figure out WHY they start out that way or WHY they do the things they do.
So If I m watching SieClayton and The Triad in NGBC I’m asking shit like "Why does he/they run throw, run cr.a, st.a/sweep mixup with Kim?
I then archive them all accordingly, print the match vids, practice them down to perfection until they are part of my vernacular, style and instincts. If I cannot understand why a person is doing something in a game or I do no recognize what they are doing that means I need to learn the game better thus I start composing my fighting game Bibles…100’s of pages of fighting game essential info like basics, tricks etc… Once I master it then its all about experience, testing it out, and then showing those that are dedicated as me how to stop it, use it themselves, and take it to the next level!!!
Making my formula for competitive success like this
1st- Make my Bibles, print them, read them, master them, try them all, highlight like a book student.
2nd-Take Match Vid Notes on every vid I see, print, highlight, and then start the process over.
3rd- Start looking for new info/match vids and start the whole process again.
Hope this helps. Why? Is this tedious? Absolutely but not only does it work for me but you gotta remember, if you watch/do shit like the average person, you WILL BE AVERAGE…
***Top players in any game etc go above and beyond average people…in everything…keep that in mind… Keep in mind…merely watching match vids for entertainment value or without taking notes etc ISNT ENOUGH…dont fool yourself into thinking you can just watch it once 3 times even then remember everything you saw…Write it down…
“Repitition is the key to success…”