Using SureLog

Once you've configured SureLog, it can usually be left alone to record and archive with little input from you...

If you've configured SureLog to auto-start, then it'll begin recording once loaded.  The main screen displays the current recording file, time and volume coming into the left+right channels.  A large green LED indicates that the recorder is active.  The Settings and Exit buttons are disabled whilst SureLog is recording.

There is a dead-air log file that is created alongside your audio - This file is written-to if both the left+right outputs fall below an internal threshold for more than 5 seconds.  The format is YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS DEAD AIR ON <registered name>, eg:

2013-05-03 13:28:06 DEAD AIR on Hot Hits FM
2013-05-03 13:29:05 DEAD AIR on Hot Hits FM
2013-05-03 13:29:10 DEAD AIR on Hot Hits FM
2013-05-03 13:29:15 DEAD AIR on Hot Hits FM

You could then use a 3rd-party tool/script to monitor today's log file for changes - This could then alert you to a transmission problem.

To Start/Stop, just left-click the "Start/Stop Logging" button - If have "Auto-Start" enabled for 24/7 logging, you can only stop logging by a right-click and selecting "Yes". If the "Auto-Start" is NOT enabled, you can left-click to Start/Stop in the normal way. This new feature prevents accidental stopping of a the logger - it may be part of your broadcast licence to log at all times!

A simple playback utility, SureLogPBK is also included allowing you to review your logs.  You can easily listen back to audio, skip back/forward 5 seconds or drag the progress bar to "seek" during playback.  This is a free application can be used on any computer (even if SureLog is not registered).  It can work with normal/mapped drives as well as a UNC Share.

If you wish to play from an output other than the default playback device then you'll need to add/edit the following entry in the SureLogPBK.ini file:

[Settings]
Device=1

(0 is no sound, 1 is the default, 2 is 2nd and so on)
AudioPath=C:\SureLog
(this can be a drive like Z:\Logs or a \\unc\share location)


Tips and Tricks
Here are some ideas for getting the most out of SureLog...


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