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Roger Miller
Encore and DLT Mastering
on May 18, 2005 at 12:33:02 pm

I just purchased Encore 1.5 and immediately updated it to the latest build yesterday. I bought it to be able to add CSS encrytion and master to my Quantum DLT 4000. My former authoring package - DVD-Lab does not have these features (very nice package, by the way, just missing the two things I happen to need for replication). I have 2 shows going into replication.

I'm simply looking for reassurance of what is being written on the to the DLT. I've burned test disks (without CSS) and they work perfectly and they passed the Encore disk check. So I add in the CSS and go to build a master on DLT. The software finds the drive and writes merrily away onto it showing the progress as it goes and gives me a 'completed' when done.

All I want is to be able to somehow see a directory of the file(s) that have been put on the DLT with the usual file size, date, etc. Simple reassurance is what I'm looking for. I can't find a way to have Encore tell me (other than 'completed') that information has gone to the tape, let alone what information, volume, etc.

The drive has been checked with Quantum's xTalk diagnostic and pronounced healthy. I've written to this DLT from Windows XP Backup and could see those results there. I thought to use Backup (and Recovery) to look at volumes put in by Encore and in once instance it saw 'unrecognized' media added, but no other information (Backup politely offered to erase it for me) On the other tape it did not see anything. I was hoping for consistency, if not actual data.

Are there any simple utilities available to look at tape volumes and say what's on them? Am I missing something simple and basic? (I'm a big believer in checking pilot error as well as gear) If I'm right about not finding a DLT read-feature, why doesn't Encore have a means to affirm what is put on the DLT? (Files, volume, date, size, etc.)

Thank you for any help you can offer.

Regards,

Roger Miller
REM Video & Event Company
Minneapolis


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