FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is "Logging" and why should I do it? Logging is actually what it sounds like. You make a list or a "log" of the items found on a video tape that you are watching in preparation for editing. This list usually includes: Scene and take information, time code in and out points, a description of the scene, what tape roll number you are logging, and whether you wish to use just video, just audio, or any combination. Logging doesn't have to be done ahead of time, you can do it in an edit suite. Many people have been doing it that way for years and probably didn't even realize that's what they are doing. Since most people pay for an edit suite by the hour, you can save a lot of time and money in the edit suite by logging yourself ahead of time.

Why should I use a computer to log? You don't have to use a computer, but there are many advantages to using one. The first and most common reason is that you can save your log on a disk and it can then be read directly into the edit system you will be working with. While nearly every edit system has it's own distinct format, the differences in the type of information vary only slightly. The second reason is ease of use. A good logging program will make the tedium of typing all those time code numbers, repeated scene and description information, etc., a lot less painful. All these common functions are automated for you.

How can I hook up my computer to my VCR? There are a number of ways to hook up your PC to a VTR or VCR. If you are using a broadcast deck, like a Beta, DVCam, DVC-PRO, and even some S-VHS decks, all you need is an adapter that will convert the signal from the VTR's RS-422 port to the PC's RS-232 port. This type of connection also allows you to control the VTR from your PC. If you are using a VCR or similar home unit, you can use several different translation boxes that can do everything from taking time code from one of the audio channels, to reading and converting VITC (Vertical Interval Time Code.) information. There are several different manufacturers to choose from here.

Why don't more people use logging software? This is actually a question we hear quite a lot. It really boils down to two things; price and functionality. Most people want a program that is easy to use, simple to learn and won't cost them so much that they can't earn their money back quickly. There are a number of logging programs out there today that cost anywhere from $500 to $20,000 and will do just about anything you want. For the average production house or independent producer though, they really only need something that will save them time and money by producing an accurate log and help them maintain a database of all the tapes they have logged. They also don't have the time to learn a new program that has 500 different options of how to create the "perfect" log files. Most people find that by spending even an hour logging their tapes they have just saved themselves anywhere from $75 to $200.

Can I use your software as a library system to keep track of my tapes? Of course you can. Many people use the ability of the software to search across multiple logs as their primary means of finding the footage they are looking for. We are in the process of developing a more advanced search method that will increase the ability to pinpoint footage even more easily. The best part about using our logging program to look up footage is that the results of the search are actually formatted as a new log file which can then be turned directly into an EDL or Batch import file.

Why should I buy Log ThisŪ instead of someone else's logging software? This of course is a matter of personal preference, but one of the things that we have always said is that, "we pride ourselves on treating each customer like a friend." I know that sounds like a sales line, but it's true! We value everyone's opinion, and as a matter of fact, most of the changes and upgrades that have happened over the years have come directly from the suggestions of our loyal customers. We are also a small company with a lot of dedication to our product and the complete satisfaction of our customers. The people using our software range from independent producers, to small production companies, to divisions of national news organizations. So if you aren't convinced yet, please download the demo and give it a try for yourself. If you still need convincing, send us an e-mail or call us at (614) 801-0287.

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