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  1. What's so special about Video-Wiz? Won't any database program handle my videotape collection just fine?

  2. Why should I go to all the trouble of entering all the Gaps on my tapes anyway?

  3. Where do I enter the names of the director and stars in a film, the Oscars it won, and all that?

  4. How do I delete a recording from a tape?

  5. How can I find out how much space a series of recordings and/or gaps takes up on a tape?

  6. The same printout sometimes shows up with the fields in different places. How come?

  7. Why would I bother having both a Tape Number and a Tape Name?

  8. How should I use the Times Used field for each tape?

  9. I've noticed that some Start and End Times of recordings are different from what I entered. Why is that?

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  1. What's so special about Video-Wiz? Won't any database program handle my videotape collection just fine?
    Unlike any other database program on the market, Video-Wiz is especially designed to handle the unique issues involved in organizing a videotape collection. These issues include:
    • videotape is a linear not random access medium
    • videotape is an analog not digital medium
    • videotapes have slightly different lengths due to manufacturing inconsistencies
    • a single videotape contains multiple recordings
    • a single videotape often contains recordings at multiple recording modes (speeds)
    • recordings have special attributes such as aspect ratio, audio, closed captioning, color, commercials and subtitles
    The creators of Video-Wiz (who themselves love to tape stuff) tried to imagine every desire video enthusiasts might have and every pitfall they might encounter. We designed an innovative, easy-to-use interface and then built in extensive safeguards to help you protect the integrity of your recordings and the information about them. Nothing else comes close!

  2. Why should I go to all the trouble of entering all the Gaps on my tapes anyway?
    If you know where your gaps are, you can safely pack more recordings on the same tape by recording in the gaps. Video-Wiz has built-in reports that will let you find a gap on a tape in your collection that is the perfect length to record new content.

  3. Where do I enter the names of the director and stars in a film, the Oscars it won, and all that?
    You can enter any information you like in the Notes fields. It might be wiser to use the Multimedia Links tab to enter a hyperlink to a Web page that contains all that information for a film. Remember, Video-Wiz is designed to handle information about the recordings in your collection, not the contents of those recordings. People in the multimedia industry call this type of information "meta-data." It's what you need to help you organize and manage your videotape collection.

  4. How do I delete a recording from a tape?
    You don't! Remember that Video-Wiz shows you a map of your tape, not the actual tape itself. That recording will be there on your tape until you record over it. If you have a recording you don't need any longer, change it to expendable or a gap. Then you will know that you can safely tape over that recording in the future.

  5. How can I find out how much space a series of recordings and/or gaps takes up on a tape?
    Just use the amazing Virtual Videotape. Right-click the first recording or gap in the series, then press Shift+right-click the last recording or gap in the series. You'll see a dialog box that shows the total length of all the recordings you selected, in each possible Recording Mode for that tape.

  6. The same printout sometimes shows up with the fields in different places. How come?
    Video-Wiz provides different versions of most printouts which present your results sorted on a different field. In order to make it obvious which field we are sorting on, that field is moved to the leftmost column. We've also tried to arrange the columns in an order that makes sense for the particular sort orders of each printout. You should keep in mind that each time you re-start Video-Wiz or click the Enter New Search Criteria button, the Report Name and Sort Order are returned to their defaults of Program Locator and Program Name[a].

  7. Why would I bother having both a Tape Number and a Tape Name?
    Video-Wiz provides you with many ways of organizing your tapes and recordings. Tape Number is a unique identifier for each tape, while the same Tape Name can apply to many tapes as a way of categorizing them in your collection.
    For instance, suppose you have many tapes with episodes of the program Bablyon 5. "B501" could be the unique Tape Number for one tape, while every tape in the series could all have the same Tape Name of "Babylon 5".

  8. How should I use the Times Used field for each tape?
    This field is optional, so you don't have to use it unless you want to. Our suggestion: every time you record over any recording on a tape, increase the Times Used field by 1. This value gives you a rough idea of how fresh that tape is.
    The number of times you can use a tape varies with the tape quality. Some tapes lose their quality dramatically after only a few uses, while others can be reused dozens of times with no appreciable loss of quality.
    Video-Wiz has extensive built-in functionality which allows you to track the many factors which can affect the quality of your recordings.

  9. I've noticed that some Start and End Times of recordings are different from what I entered. Why is that?
    Whenever you enter a new recording, Video-Wiz dynamically recalculates all the Start and End Times for every recording on the tape to keep everything accurate. This ensures that you can always cue up your tapes correctly. The best way to explain this is with a concrete example.
    Suppose the first recording on a tape is recorded in SP with a Start Time of 0:00:00 and an End Time of 1:00:00. This recording therefore takes up one hour in SP mode, and the second recording on the tape has a Start Time of 1:00:01.
    Suppose you then record over that first recording with a two-hour recording in LP mode, which fits into the same amount of tape. When you enter the new recording information, you give it the same Start Time of 0:00:00 and a correct revised End Time of 2:00:00.
    Video-Wiz then recalculates the Start and End Times of all the other recordings on the tape. Therefore the Start Time of the second recording automatically shifts from 1:00:01 to 2:00:01.
    This demonstrates the power of Video-Wiz for managing a videotape collection. No other software on the market does such sophisticated and automated calculations.

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