Digital video recorders offer the ability to log video and audio errors. Thats great, but the problem is that the error logs are stored internally, with no way to save or print them.
Enter ELogger, which will watch your tapes and log all video and audio errors.
ELogger also can log time code breaks and discontinuities on both digital and analog recorders and players.
Simply load your tape, rewind if necessary, enter a reel name and click the Log Tape button. ELogger will put the tape into play and log any and all errors. At the end of the program, your log will be ready to be printed out, saved to disk or both.
Send your tape off to air with a clean bill of health, or back to mastering with a detailed record of errors.
Or start digitizing your video for editing with a clear picture of what the time code situation is.
ELogger starting an error log.
ELogger runs on virtually any Macintosh with a greyscale or color display of 640 x 480 or larger, and System 8.1 or later, up to OS 9.2.x. It works with 68040 or PowerPC machines, which means you can use an inexpensive used Quadra, Performa, Powerbook or any PowerMac model to run it.
For control and communication with video decks, the Mac must have an RS-422 serial portModem or Printer on pre-B&W G3 Macs, or later models with a PCI Serial Port expansion card, such as the KeySpan SX Pro or other serial port expansion card. Since only a single port is required, this opens the possibily of using that old PowerBook youve had laying around wondering what to do with.
(For example, we recently bought a used Powerbook 3400 for use as a testbed on eBay for well under $200. Its a perfect platform for ELogger.)
ELogger will not work with B/W G3 or G4 Macs with USB ports using a USB-to-RS-422 adapter.
ELoggers memory requirements are modest; it will run well with 2 MB of memory assigned to it.
ELogger works with any video recorder or player with RS-422 control capabilities. For logging time code breaks and discontinuities, it will work with both analog and digital machines of any format.
It can log errors when used with broadcast digital video recorders, including DigiBeta and HD decks from Sony and D5 decks from Panasonic.
Please note that analog decks, including standard BetaSP machines, dont support the extended protocol that allows ELogger to log errors.
ELogger is $99.95. A ten-foot serial cable to connect from the Macs serial port to the RS-422 ports on video recorders is available for $20.00. (ELogger will work with the RS-422 serial cables supplied with all nonlinear editing systems. If you already have one such cable, youre set. If not, you can make one yourself from instructions we supply, or can purchase one from us.)
If you need multiple seats, additional registrations of ELogger are $50.00 each.
ELogger is distributed via internet download from our web site from the link below. Initially, it will run in demo mode. To unlock ELogger from demo mode, you can order a serial number below. Once youve downloaded ELogger (see link below), run it and note the Registration Code in the Register window, accessed under the Edit menu. Send us the Registration Code and your payment information, and well return a serial number that will unlock your copy of ELogger.
Note: ELogger installs itself on a particular computer, and will run unlocked only on that computer. If you transfer it to another computer, it will reset to demo mode. We provide for one computer upgrade each year at no charge.
ELogger is available for download as a demo. The manual is an Acrobat Reader file, and the package is available in either StuffIt or BinHex encoded StuffIt format. ELogger can be unlocked from demo mode by phone, email or our web site, as described above.
If you're not a registered owner, ELogger will run in demo mode. In demo mode, there are a number of functions that are disabled - described both in the manual and in a startup screen - but enough of ELogger is enabled to let you see how it works.