Selecting Utilities on the Home Page icon ring (Figure 49) presents a list of functions at right that have to do with the 3Play system (Figure 50).
Registration is required to remove the watermark from output, in part to encourage you to register early. Among other reasons, doing so will serve to identify the unit to NewTek as yours in case of theft, and will also allow you to check for software updates that may have been recently released. (The steps in the Registration process were outlined back in Section 3.3, so we won’t repeat them here.)
Periodically, NewTek may provide software updates for your 3Play. Updates can enhance performance, security or even add useful new features. If the system is connected to the internet, clicking Update 3Play will automatically access the appropriate webpage so you can check for new software patches or other downloads provided by NewTek.
Use the login details you provided when registering 3Play to enter your personal product page, click the “my downloads” link at the top of the page, and install any new updates. This way you can be sure the very latest version of the software for your system is installed.
- Click Update 3Play.
- Login to the NewTek update webpage, locate the latest update and click on it.
- At the dialog popup, choose Run.
- Comply with any onscreen prompts that follow.
Tip: If you wish, you can instead access the same webpage from a second computer connected to the internet, then transfer update files to 3Play using a network connection or perhaps a USB thumb-drive.
DEFRAGMENT ALL DRIVES
Over the course of time, storage volumes devoted to audio and video storage can become fragmented. Eventually, this can degrade playback performance. Defragmenting corrects this condition.
You could think of your hard drive as being like a shelf in your library. As time goes along, the shelf fills with books (data). Some are large while others are small, just as 3Play session content may be larger or smaller.
To make room for new additions, you decide to remove books you have finished with from the shelf. You remove a book here, another there, opening up gaps between the remaining books. This makes some shelf space available, but does so in the form of gaps separated by the remaining books. Sadly, when you obtain another large book, it may be too big to fit in any one of the gaps.
A foolish librarian might tear the new book into sections just big enough to fit into the open spaces on the shelf. This is would obviously be unwise. When you wish to refer to the book later you will lose a lot of time locating and assembling its sections before you can read it. How much better it would be to slide the remaining books closer together, combining all the free space first. Unfortunately, computers are ‘foolish librarians’. They tend to want to fill in all the gaps in their storage areas, even if it means literally shredding your ‘book’ (in reality large video files from your sessions) into tiny fragments.
Defragmenting the storage volume has the same effect as sliding the books together, resulting in less and larger gaps. The end result is that 3Play doesn’t have to frantically search in many different places to assemble the video data you have recorded. This process (defragmentation) can take considerable time, so it’s not something you want to begin just before an important event.
BACKUP OR RESTORE SYSTEM
A complete system restore function is available in the event of an unforeseen problem. This does not merely restore the operating system, or other data files. Rather, it restores the system to an ‘as-shipped’ software state. Please refer to Section B.5.6 in Appendix Appendix A for full details and usage notes.