Audials Moviebox 11 Manual

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Contents Installation & Setup Installation FAQ 3 Installing from CD 3 Audials Moviebox USB Version 4 Updating Audials Moviebox to the latest version 6 Transferring user data from one installation to another 7

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Overview of Audials Moviebox

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Symbols used by Audials Moviebox

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Television

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Streaming: Recording what you see and hear Save video: Recording videos while surfing 18 Avoiding skips and stuttering in videos 21

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Converter Converting media files 24

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Copy DVD Copying a DVD 26

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Media center Media center Basics 27 Anywhere: Connecting to own and external media collections 29 Copying and burning files 30 Burning a CD or DVD 31 Creating ringtones 31

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Player: Playing, editing and exporting media files Creating a playlist 34

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Setting an output format via conversion profile

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Editing recordings Tag your media collection 39 Turning off tagging of recorded files 40 The Audio Cutter 40 Cutting a song 41 Cutting individual songs from a continuous recording 43

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Controlling the recording and converting process

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Troubleshooting General troubleshooting steps 47

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Options & Configuration Improving performance: Setting a custom temporary files folder 50

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Your personal Audials account

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License Information Retrieving a lost license key and the corresponding product version 52

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Installation & Setup Information concerning installing, updating and upgrading Audials Moviebox.

Installation FAQ Answers to the most frequently asked questions relating to installing Audials Moviebox.

Questions & Answers Can I install and use my product on several computers? Yes, you can install your product on up to 3 computers using only one license key. Restriction: It is not possible to run your product with the same license key on several computers at the same time. Where can I download older product versions? You can find all older versions linked for download in the support forum: Version History. What are the system requirements? The system requirements are listed on the product download page.

Installing from CD A CD installation is required if you acquired Audials Moviebox as a product box with an installation CD. Before you start installing: • Please ensure that your computer is connected to the Internet. • Disable your firewall and anti-virus programs during the installation. Only by doing so can the installation be completed, as the installation assistant automatically downloads the latest version of the software. 1. Insert the installation CD. The installation starts automatically. 2. Follow the instructions through the installation procedure.

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Note: To install the product, you must enter the activation key. The activation key is printed on the case of the installation CD. As soon as the installation is complete, Audials Moviebox starts up and can be used immediately. Important: Please save the installation CD and activation key in a secure location. If you should have to reinstall, you will require both.

Audials Moviebox USB Version You can install Audials Moviebox to a USB device, e.g. a USB stick, a USB hard disk or a mobile phone. This way, you can take Audials Moviebox with you wherever you go. Audials Moviebox USB stores all its working data on that USB device. Simply connect the USB device to any Windows PC, e.g. your friend's computer or your computer at work. Audials Moviebox USB starts automatically and works without having to actually install the software on that computer.

Audials Moviebox USB installation requirements • You need at least 400 MB of free disk space on the USB device to install Audials Moviebox. 1 GB free disk space is recommended. • USB 1.1 or later • USB device formatted with the FAT32 file system • PC with Windows operating system

Installing Audials Moviebox to a USB device The regular product setup contains an option to install Audials Moviebox to a USB device. 1. Download the setup file. 2. Connect the USB device to your computer. 3. Open the download folder. Double-click the symbol of the setup file Audials_Moviebox-Setup.exe to launch the installation procedure. 4. Select Installation for Experts and click Next >. 5. In step "Select installation type", select USB and choose your USB device from the list of connected devices. 6. click Install. Follow the instructions through the installation procedure. This may take a few minutes. Please wait. 7. When Setup is complete click Finish.

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Restriction: Do not disconnect the USB device during installation and execution of the USB version.

Working with Audials Moviebox USB To run the USB version on a computer: Plugin your USB device to the computer. Audials Moviebox starts automatically. Note: Windows 7 users: Open the device folder and excute StartAudials Moviebox.exe manually. Notice the small symbol as part of the product logo which indicates you are running Audials Moviebox USB. Note: • Do not disconnect the USB device during installation and execution of the USB version. • The first time you run the USB version with a computer, a driver setup may be necessary. It runs automatically. Follow the given instructions.

Uninstalling Audials Moviebox USB Audials Moviebox USB stores all its working data on a USB device. However, when you connect that USB device to a computer to run Audials Moviebox USB, some additional information needs to be stored on the computer, e.g. drivers and start menu and desktop shortcuts for convenience. What to uninstall

How to uninstall

Uninstall Audials Moviebox from USB device

To remove Audials Moviebox USB from a USB device, simply delete all the files from the device using e.g. Windows File Explorer.

Remove all traces and information left on a Open the Audials Moviebox start menu computer after using Audials Moviebox USB entry and click Help and Support > Clean Audials Moviebox USB off the computer.

Questions and Answers for Audials Moviebox USB I already have Audials Moviebox installed on my computer. Can I install on a USB device, too? Yes, you can install on USB anytime and on as many devices as you want.

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Where does Audials Moviebox USB store my new music and videos? All content which is recorded or converted with Audials Moviebox is saved to the USB device. Can I run the USB version on the USB device (e.g. my mobile phone) itsself, without connecting the device to a computer? No, that is not possible. Audials Moviebox USB runs very slow. What gives? The performance of the USB version strongly depends on the speed of your USB connection and USB device. It is recommended to use USB 1.1 or later. If Audials Moviebox takes long to start or reacts slowly, also try working with a different USB cable or device. How should I best format my USB stick? We recommend to format the device with the FAT32 file system.

Updating Audials Moviebox to the latest version If you encounter problems or errors with Audials Moviebox, you should make sure you have the latest version of the software installed. Updates are minor patches, provided to fix bugs and to improve the usability of products. Updates only override internal program files. All your personal settings, output files etc., will be preserved. Note: Updates within the same major version number are free. Example: If you bought Audials Moviebox version 11, updates to any version 11.x are offered for free. To check which version you have installed 1. Start Audials Moviebox and open Options > General. Under group Product activation, click About installed version. The displayed About Dialog shows name and version number of your installed product on the first line. 2. Compare your installed product's version number to the latest available version's number. Installed version

Where to find the latest version

Audials Moviebox 11.x (for example 11.2.14807.700) Audials Moviebox 10.x or older

Version History

Note: If both numbers are equal, you don't need to update. You are already running the latest version. To update Audials Moviebox to the latest available version, if both numbers are not equal 3. Exit Audials Moviebox.

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4. Download the setup file. 5. Open the download folder. Double-click the symbol of the setup file Audials_Moviebox-Setup.exe to launch the installation procedure.

6. Select Standard installation, then click Install. Follow the instructions through the installation procedure. This may take a few minutes. Please wait. You are now running the latest version of Audials Moviebox.

Transferring user data from one installation to another When for example upgrading from Audials 10 to Audials 11, or when moving Audials to another PC, certain user data such as your radio favorites, subscribed podcasts, playlists and storage settings, can be transferred to the new installation. Important: The following is strongly recommended to maximize the chance to transfer your user data, in any situation, even a re-installation after a hard-drive failure. Keep the old version installed, and install Uninstall the old version only after all your the new version side-by-side, on the same user data is correctly transferred. PC. Sign up for an Audials account and keep your installation signed in, always.

Even if you install the software on another PC, or the old installation is lost for example due to a hard drive crash, a great part of your user data can be transferred via Audials account. Additionally, the Audials account lets you connect and transfer user data also to your other devices, such as a smartphone.

Table 1: Diverse user data and its corresponding ways to transfer Type of user data

Installation on same PC

Installation on different PC

Favorites (radio stations, podcasts, music tv)

automatically

semi-automatically (via Audials account)

User playlists

automatically

semi-automatically (via Audials account)

output storages, including folder and naming rules

automatically

semi-automatically (via Audials account)

Anywhere devices

automatically

semi-automatically (via Audials account)

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Type of user data

Installation on same PC

Installation on different PC

Media collection

automatically

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Automatic playlists (including “Last 1000”)

automatically

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“Reviewed” state of recordings

automatically

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Wishlists

manually (export, import)

manually (export, import)

Questions and Answers about Upgrading Why use an Audials account if all my data was transferred automatically, during installation? Even if you install the software on another PC, or the old installation is lost for example due to a hard drive crash, a great part of your user data can be transferred via Audials account. Additionally, the Audials account lets you connect and transfer user data also to your other devices, such as a smartphone. My old installation is already uninstalled, or lost due to for example a hard-drive issue. Can I get my old user data back? Only if you had been signed in to your Account, with your old installation. The procedure equals the one listed in Table 1: Diverse user data and its corresponding ways to transfer on page 7, under “installation on a different PC”

Upgrading from Audials 10 to Audials 11 Upgrade from Audials 10 to Audials 11 and transfer your user data, such as your radio favorites, subscribed podcasts, playlists and storage settings. 1. If Audials 11 is already installed and running, close it. Start Audials 10. 2. Sign in to your Audials account with Audials 10. If you don't have an account yet, you can sign up now. See Your personal Audials account on page 51 for more information. 3. Export all data marked as “manually (export, import)” in Table 1: Diverse user data and its corresponding ways to transfer on page 7. 4. Close Audials 10. 5. If you haven't done so already, download and install Audials 11. See Downloading and installing Audials Moviebox for instructions. You can now begin to transfer data into Audials 11: 6. Start Audials 11. 7. Sign in to your Audials account with Audials 11. All data marked with “semi-automatically (via Audials account)” in Table 1: Diverse user data and its corresponding ways to transfer on page 7 now becomes available.

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8. Import all data marked as “manually (export, import)” in Table 1: Diverse user data and its corresponding ways to transfer on page 7. All available user data is now transferred to Audials 11.

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Overview of Audials Moviebox Get an overview about the main user interface of Audials Moviebox and get to know the framework of your Audials Moviebox. The interface of your installed product might differ in details, but the basic structure is the same.

Figure 1: Main user interface of an Audials product (Audials One Platinum)

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Navigation Audials Moviebox is organized in views. Each view offers you special features. Switch views and get to know the different functions of Audials Moviebox.

Feature view Each view provides information for and control over specific tasks.

Player & Tags In this area you find the playback controls as well as information about the currently selected media file, radio station, music TV channel or podcast. Here, you can edit or add tags.

Playlist All recorded files appear here. Here, you can listen to and watch your media files, create playlists, export media files or edit your songs.

Status line The status line provides information about the current state of the ongoing recording and processing activities.

In process Click to see a detailed processing list. The processing list always shows the state of all files currently being processed. Click

to minimize the detailed processing list.

Format Click to open the Output format dialog and select wether you want your files to be converted automatically, or not.

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Filtered Click to open the Filter for Radio and Music wishes dialog. The filter always shows the number of files that have been filtered due current filter settings.

Storage Click to set target folder for your recordings. All recordings will be saved to the selected storage.

Account, Options & Help Sign in with your Audials Account, customize Audials according to your needs or find information, answers and step-by-step instructions in this manual.

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Symbols used by Audials Moviebox This topic lists important symbols used by Audials Moviebox and explains their meaning.

What are icons? Small pictures or symbols on the user interface are called icons. Icons can represent functions, features or content. See more symbols ...

General symbols used throughout Audials Moviebox Table 2: General symbols used throughout Audials Moviebox. See more symbols ... Symbol

Description

Meaning

Plus sign

This symbol denotes buttons, with which you may add various elements, such as stations, wishes, podcasts or files.

X

This symbol denotes buttons, with which you may delete various elements. For example, you may delete media files from the player. Deleting files means they will be deleted from your computer irretrievably.

Minus

This symbol denotes buttons, with which you may remove various elements. For example, you may remove media files from a playlist.

Hand

This symbol denotes buttons, with which you can stop running processes. You can stop individual recording and conversion processes, or you can click Stop all to stop all recordings and processes currently running.

Arrow

This symbol labels buttons, with which you can start recordings and other processes like downloading and converting.

File folder

This symbol denotes folders.

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Symbol

Description

Meaning

Figurine

This symbol denotes artists.

Note

This symbol denotes songs.

CD

This symbol denotes albums.

Text "Hit"

This symbol denotes popular songs in the artist database.

Tag

This symbol labels commands for working with tags.

Filter

This symbol labels the button for setting filter options. If any filter is active, the button is highlighted in color.

Gear wheel

This symbol denotes files that are currently being processed by Audials Moviebox (cutting, tagging, converting, ...).

This symbol denotes views and features that are Yellow LED display currently active and ready for activities like recordings and data transfer. This symbol denotes views and features that are Green LED display currently running with activities like recordings and data transfer.

Symbols used for Podcasts Table 3: Symbols used for Podcasts. See more symbols ... Symbol

Description

Meaning

List

This symbol labels the podcasts menu.

Symbols used for Converter Table 4: Symbols used for Converter. See more symbols ... Symbol

Description

Meaning

Padlock

This symbol denotes files for which playback is restricted in some way. For example, playback could only be possible on this computer, or only possible with a valid music service subscription.

Red exclamation point

This symbol denotes files on which an error has occurred during playback or converting.

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Symbols used in Media center Table 5: Symbols used in Media center. See more symbols ... Symbol

Description

Meaning

List with plus

This symbol labels the button for adding files to the currently selected playlist.

Photo

This symbol denotes files that are neither audio nor video files. This can e.g. be cover pictures (image files).

Yellow Anywhere display

This symbol denotes your Anywhere connection status. Yellow means active and waiting for data transfer.

Green Anywhere display

This symbol denotes your Anywhere connection status. Green means ongoing data transfer.

Symbols used for the Player Table 6: Symbols used for the Player. See more symbols ... Symbol

Description

Meaning

Broken scissors

This symbol labels the button whenever cutting features are not available for a media file. Click the button to find out more about why cutting is not possible for the selected file.

Check mark

This symbol denotes reviewed media files in a playlist.

List with minus

This symbol labels the button for removing a media file from a playlist.

Pencil

This symbol labels the Edit menu. Select a media file and open the edit menu to see all your edit options for this file (for example cutting, tagging or normalizing).

Dollar

This symbol denotes songs in your playlist that have been purchased from Amazon.

Symbol is not in this list? The symbol you seek explanation for is not in this list? .

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Television Find, watch and record the latest episodes of your favorite TV show. Restriction: The Television view is only available in the German version of Audials Moviebox. Many TV stations give you the possibility to watch current episodes of TV shows, news or documentaries for free. Audials Moviebox lists free episodes of popular german TV stations, so that you easily can find, watch and record available episodes.

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Streaming: Recording what you see and hear Record any media file you watch or listen to while surfing.

About the Streaming function Working with streamed media content means you can listen to or watch the content but the content will not be saved to your computer. The Audials Moviebox Streaming functions offer you a legal way to save any music or video stream from the Internet. Note: Even though it is possible to record Internet radio stations with the Save music function, we recommend to use the Radio view. The Radio view offers you a few comfortable radio features that are not available in the Save music view.

What to record how? What to record while surfing

You should use these functions

Step-by-step

Video clips that I watch

Video recording

Save video: Recording videos while surfing on page 18

Audio tracks from video clips Video recording that I watch

Save video: Recording videos while surfing on page 18 Note: Check Convert video to audio on the bottom of the Audials Moviebox window, to have the video file converted to an audio file, automatically.

• and portals are available on our website. •

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Save video: Recording videos while surfing If you want to record the videos you are watching while surfing in the Internet you can use the Save video view. Audials Moviebox detects the videos you are watching and saves them on your PC. Choosing the right recording tool 1. Switch to the Save video view in the navigation pane, located on the left side of the Audials Moviebox window. 2. Click Video recording A dropdownmenu opens.

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Figure 2: The Audio recording dropdown menu

3. Mind the recommendations for popular web sites (green). • Click the recording tool that is recommended for the web site you want to record from. • If there is no recommendation for the web site you want to record from: Try to record with Pick videos. Note: If you have troubles recording with Pick videos or Save all videos try to record the desired video with Record from screen. Follow the corresponding step-by-step instructions for

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Pick Videos on page 19



Save all Videos on page 19



Record from Screen on page 20

Pick Videos Activate this feature while you are surfing to get a list of all detected videos. Pick videos and save them by recording or downloading them. 1. Switch to the Save video view in the navigation pane, located on the left side of the Audials Moviebox window. 2. Optional: If you want to export your recorded videos: Set the outputformat to: • for iPhones: iPad/iPhone/iPod (AAC/MP4) • for other devices: Universal, videos for iTunes, Xbox, PS3 (MP3/MP4) ...for smartphones 3. Click Video recording > Pick videos. A small window appears in the upper right corner of your screen. 4. Start surfing with your preferred browser. The currently detected video will be shown in the small window in the upper right corner of your screen. All detected videos will be listed in the Save video view. 5. If you want to record the currently detected video, click Record Now. Audials Moviebox starts recording the desired video. As soon as the download is completed the video disappears from the recording window. 6. Optional: Switch back to the Save video view to see a list of all your video recordings. The video will be saved on your computer and appears in the Player after a while. If you have troubles recording with this recording tool? Try to record the desired video with Record from Screen on page 20.

Save all Videos Activate this feature while you are surfing to have all detected videos saved on your PC automatically. 1. Switch to the Save video view in the navigation pane, located on the left side of the Audials Moviebox window. 2. Optional: If you want to export your recorded videos: Set the outputformat to: • for iPhones: iPad/iPhone/iPod (AAC/MP4) • for other devices: Universal, videos for iTunes, Xbox, PS3 (MP3/MP4) ...for smartphones

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3. Click Video recording > Save all videos. A small window appears in the upper right corner of your screen. 4. Start playing videos in your browser. Audials Moviebox starts recording all detected videos. 5. Optional: Switch back to the Save video view to see a list of all your video recordings. The videos will be saved on your computer and appear in the Player after a while. Do you have troubles recording with this recording tool? Try to record the desired video with Record from Screen on page 20.

Record from Screen Some videos cannot be detected automatically. In this case you can record the video with the Record from screen function. Whenever you record videos with Record from screen Audials Moviebox records everything you see and hear. That means for example that the controls of the video player will be recorded whenever they are visible. Incidental noises, such as those from a chat program will also be recorded. Important: Close other programms during the recording process to avoid disruptions. 1. Switch to the Save video view in the navigation pane, located on the left side of the Audials Moviebox window. 2. Optional: If you want to burn your recordings to a DVD: Select the conversion profile Optimized for burning to a DVD (MP3/AVI) to set this as output format and click OK. ...for burning to a DVD 3. Click Video recording > Record from screen. A small window appears in the upper right corner of your screen. 4. If you have not done so far: Open the desired video in your web browser. 5. Click Auto mode. 6. Click Detect + Record. Audials Moviebox will detect the video and mark it with a blue border. 7. Play the video. Audials Moviebox starts to record the played video. 8. Click Stop to stop the screen recording. 9. Optional: Switch back to the Save video view to see a list of all your video recordings. The video will be saved on your computer and appears in the Player after a while.

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Downloading a Youtube video The easiest way to download a certain Youtube video is to paste the video link in the Paste a video URL text box and have Audials Moviebox download it. 1. Switch to the Save video view in the navigation pane, located on the left side of the Audials Moviebox window. 2. Select a Youtube video. 3. Copy the URL of the Youtube video from the adress bar of your browser. 4. Click

to paste the link in the Paste a video URL text box.

5. Click . Audials Moviebox starts downloading the video. The video will be saved on your computer and appears in the Player after a while.

Avoiding skips and stuttering in videos Quality issues in video recordings, like a stuttering video track, or skips in audio and video track, can be caused by high computer workload or insufficient computer resources, by excessive video image sizes, or by a wrong video encoder being used. Try the following points to improve the situation. If some of your videos happen to be jerky you can try out some things to avoid stuttering and gaps in future: • Do not use other programs during the recording to avoid processor workload. Consider to stop programs running in the background, such as messengers. • Decrease the size of the video image and avoid to record in full screen. Choose a lower quality setting, or a smaller resolution. The smaller the window, the lesser the required processor workload. • Select the conversion profile Universal, videos for iTunes, Xbox, PS3 (MP3/MP4). This conversion profile is well suited because it converts videos quickly and with less computer capacity using the MPEG4 H264 Superfast encoder. Therefore, this conversion profile is best suited for video recordings. • Try to record the video on a faster PC with more working memory. The working memory of your PC might be too low for a satisfying result. It might work on another PC with more working memory.

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Converter Convert media files to any other file format. This makes your media collection playable on all your devices. Convert your media files: • Convert media files to a format compatible with a special playback device, for example an MP3 player. • Convert media files to unrestricted file formats like MP3, WMA AAC and others...

How can I find out which output formats are supported by my playback devices? External devices use preferred formats for playing back media files (e.g. AAC/M4A used by the iPod). To find out which output formats are supported by your playback devices, or which formats work with those devices best, check the manufacturer's information. Audials Moviebox offers Conversion Presets which work well for the most popular devices. Set a conversion profile and control the recording and converting process in the Controlling the recording and converting process.

Figure 3: The status line

Symbols used in the Converter view Table 7: General symbols used throughout Audials Moviebox. See more symbols ... Symbol

Description

Meaning

Plus sign

This symbol denotes buttons, with which you may add various elements, such as stations, wishes, podcasts or files.

X

This symbol denotes buttons, with which you may delete various elements. For example, you may delete

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Symbol

Description

Meaning media files from the player. Deleting files means they will be deleted from your computer irretrievably.

Minus

Hand

This symbol denotes buttons, with which you may remove various elements. For example, you may remove media files from a playlist. This symbol denotes buttons, with which you can stop running processes. You can stop individual recording and conversion processes, or you can click Stop all to stop all recordings and processes currently running.

Arrow

This symbol labels buttons, with which you can start recordings and other processes like downloading and converting.

File folder

This symbol denotes folders.

Figurine

This symbol denotes artists.

Note

This symbol denotes songs.

CD

This symbol denotes albums.

Text "Hit"

This symbol denotes popular songs in the artist database.

Tag

This symbol labels commands for working with tags.

Filter

This symbol labels the button for setting filter options. If any filter is active, the button is highlighted in color.

Gear wheel

This symbol denotes files that are currently being processed by Audials Moviebox (cutting, tagging, converting, ...).

This symbol denotes views and features that are Yellow LED display currently active and ready for activities like recordings and data transfer. This symbol denotes views and features that are Green LED display currently running with activities like recordings and data transfer. Table 8: Symbols used for Converter. See more symbols ... Symbol

Description

Meaning

Padlock

This symbol denotes files for which playback is restricted in some way. For example, playback could

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Symbol

Description

Meaning only be possible on this computer, or only possible with a valid music service subscription.

Red exclamation point

This symbol denotes files on which an error has occurred during playback or converting.

Converting media files The Converter allows you to convert media files to another file format, for example unrestricted formats like MP3, WMA or AAC. 1. Switch to the Converter view, located on the left side of the Audials Moviebox window. 2. Click

Files > Add files... or drag and drop files from a playlist.

3. Choose the files to convert. 4. Click Open. The files appear on the list in the Converter view. 5.

Important: For files marked with a red padlock symbol , you need to be able to play them back in order to have Audials Moviebox convert them by re-recording. For all files marked with a padlock symbol, please make sure that you have sufficient rights to play the files with your playback software before you continue. Remember to check your music service subscriptions, too.

6. On the bottom of the Audials Moviebox window, click Format: (see Figure 4: Setting a target format on page 24) and select a conversion profile or set custom setting. 7. Click OK. 8. Click

Start to start the converting process.

Note: For best results, do not perform other tasks which would cause processor workload during the conversion. All files that finished converting move from the input list to the Player. Tip: The original file is not modified by the conversion. This guarantees you cannot destroy any file. If a conversion result does not meet your expectations, simply convert the original file once more, using different settings. Click here to set a target format by choosing a conversion profile or setting custom settings. Figure 4: Setting a target format

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Example: Convert media files to burn them to DVD 1. On the bottom of the Audials Moviebox window, click Format: (see Figure 4: Setting a target format on page 24). 2. In the Output format dialog, choose Optimized for burning to DVD from the list of available conversion settings, then click OK. 3. Click Start to start the converting process. 4. To burn the recorded files to a DVD, follow these instructions: Burning a CD or DVD on page 31. Note: You need to playback the DVDs with a DIVX-compatible DVD player.

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Copy DVD Record any DVD to save it to your computer. Notice: The Copy DVD view is not a burning tool. For instructions on how to burn media files see: Burning a CD or DVD on page 31.

Copying a DVD With the Copy DVD view, you can save a DVD to your computer to watch it to burn it or to export it to an external device. 1. Switch to the Copy DVD view in the navigation pane, located on the left side of the Audials Moviebox window. 2. Optional: Select the conversion profile Optimized for burning to a DVD (MP3/AVI) to set this as output format and click OK. ...for burning to a DVD 3. Insert the DVD to be recorded into your DVD drive. When the DVD has been read in, the Next button becomes available. 4. Click Next. 5. Optional: Select language and title to be recorded. 6. Click

Start copying or

Record.

Note: In some cases Audials Moviebox needs to re-record the DVD. Re-recording means the DVD is played back in full length and recorded from your screen's output. In this case your screen will be blocked during the recording process to avoid disturbance. Please wait while copying is in progress. As soon as the copying process is finished, the output file will appear in the Player.

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Media center The Media center displays and sorts your whole media collection.

Figure 5: The Media Center view: Your music collection is sorted by Genre, Artist and Album.

Media center Basics Manage your entire media collection: Create playlists, export media files and edit tags.

Your music collection The Music view arranges your music in the categories Genre, Artist and Album. To customize how your music is being displayed, click View and change the settings according to your needs. To find a media file, enter the name of the media file in the Filter text box. Double click the matching media file to play it.

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Copy files from one device to another The Music view offers you the easiest way to copy files from one device to another. Select the devices and then select the files you want to copy. The number of selected files will be displayed on the Copy button below. Click the Copy button to export or burn the selected files.

Figure 6: Controls for copying files from one device to another

Symbols used for the Player Table 9: Symbols used for the Player. See more symbols ... Symbol

Description

Meaning

Broken scissors

This symbol labels the button whenever cutting features are not available for a media file. Click the button to find out more about why cutting is not possible for the selected file.

Check mark

This symbol denotes reviewed media files in a playlist.

List with minus

This symbol labels the button for removing a media file from a playlist.

Pencil

This symbol labels the Edit menu. Select a media file and open the edit menu to see all your edit options for this file (for example cutting, tagging or normalizing).

Dollar

This symbol denotes songs in your playlist that have been purchased from Amazon.

Symbols used in Media center Table 10: Symbols used in Media center. See more symbols ... Symbol

Description

Meaning

List with plus

This symbol labels the button for adding files to the currently selected playlist.

Photo

This symbol denotes files that are neither audio nor video files. This can e.g. be cover pictures (image files).

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Symbol

Description

Meaning

Yellow Anywhere display

This symbol denotes your Anywhere connection status. Yellow means active and waiting for data transfer.

Green Anywhere display

This symbol denotes your Anywhere connection status. Green means ongoing data transfer.

Anywhere: Connecting to own and external media collections With Audials-Anywhere your media collection is available anywhere: Access your media collection on-the-go (e.g. with your smartphone).

What is Audials-Anywhere? You may use Anywhere to: • Make your media collection available to all your devices so that you have the possibility to access your media collection on-the-go (e.g. with your smartphone).

Prerequisites for the exchange of media files with an external device • • • •

You have an Audials account You are signed in on both devices with the same Audials-Account Both devices are on and connected to the internet An Audials-program currently runs on both devices (e.g. Audials Moviebox and Audials on the other one) Note: Install Audials on external devices to avoid troubles with your license key.

LED Display for Anywhere Symbol

Description

Meaning

Green Anywhere display

This symbol denotes your Anywhere connection status. Green means ongoing data transfer.

Yellow Anywhere display

This symbol denotes your Anywhere connection status. Yellow means active and waiting for data transfer.

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Questions and answers concerning Anywhere Where can I see and edit all my Anywhere-connections? In any media center view choose Anywhere > Manage anywhere connections... to see and edit all your Anywhere-connections.

Copying and burning files Audials Moviebox offers import and export functionality to copy music and video files from your PC to external devices or from external devices to your PC. Exporting media files can be done within the Player as well as within the Media center view. The Player offers basic export functionality. The Media center view offers more flexibility regarding the import and export of sets of files at once. Importing media files can only be done within the Media center view.

Example: Exporting songs to an external storage Three songs are selected for the export to an external storage. Click Burn , on the bottom of the Audials Moviebox window, to export the selected files to the external device.

Figure 7: Exporting songs to an external storage

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Burning a CD or DVD Burn your media files on CDs or DVDs and create audio or data CDs (for example MP3 CDs). 1. In the Player open the Export storage: dropdown menu and select CD Burner. 2. Select the files you want to burn from the current playlist. 3. Click Copy to burn the selected files. The burning assistant opens. It will guide you through the burning process. 4. Follow the instructions given by the burning assistant.

Burning files which are not in the same playlist You can also burn file sets which are not stored on the same playlist, but spread across your media collection. 1. Switch to the Music view. 2. In the Player open the Export storage: dropdown menu and select CD Burner. 3. In the Player open the Playlist dropdown menu and click Audials Moviebox creates a new empty playlist.

New.

4. Browse your collection and add all media files you would like burn the new empty playlist. Note: You don't need to mind the order of the files on the playlist. The order of the files on the CD can be set during the burning process. 5. In the playlist, click one file and press Ctrl+A to select all files on the playlist. 6. Click Copy to burn the selected files. The burning assistant opens. It will guide you through the burning process. 7. Follow the instructions given by the burning assistant.

Creating ringtones Create ringtones from MP3 songs for your mobile phone. Your mobile phone must support one of the following formats: WAV, MP3, WMA, WMV, OGG The maximum length for a ringtone is 30 seconds. 1. Above the Player, from the Export storage menu, select Ringtone creator. 2. Select a song from the current playlist, and click Copy . Audials Moviebox processes the song. The marked area indicates the ringtone. 3. Drag the marked area to adjust its position.

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4. Drag the borders of the marked area to trim the ringtone. 5. You can playback your selection to test the ringtone. 6. Click Continue with step 3..., and follow the instructions to upload your ringtone to your mobile phone.

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Player: Playing, editing and exporting media files All files recorded or converted by Audials Moviebox appear in the Player. The Player displays information about your media files and offers useful functions to for example play, filter, sort, edit, review and delete your media files, as well as your individual playlists.

The Player All recorded and converted files are then displayed in the Player. As you will first listen to your recorded media here, Player provides you with options for inspecting and editing quality. What you can do with the Player. • • • • • •

Creating a playlist on page 34 Export playlists Tag your media collection on page 39 The Audio Cutter Review media files Delete media files

Exporting files to external devices Exporting media files can be done within the Player as well as within the Media center view. The Player offers basic export functionality. The Media center view offers more flexibility regarding the import and export of sets of files at once. Click Copy

to export the selected files to an external device (for example the CD Burner).

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Figure 8: Exporting in the Player

Symbols used for the Player Table 11: Symbols used for the Player. See more symbols ... Symbol

Description

Meaning

Broken scissors

This symbol labels the button whenever cutting features are not available for a media file. Click the button to find out more about why cutting is not possible for the selected file.

Check mark

This symbol denotes reviewed media files in a playlist.

List with minus

This symbol labels the button for removing a media file from a playlist.

Pencil

This symbol labels the Edit menu. Select a media file and open the edit menu to see all your edit options for this file (for example cutting, tagging or normalizing).

Dollar

This symbol denotes songs in your playlist that have been purchased from Amazon.

Creating a playlist Create individual or generated playlists to burn them or simply listen to them. 1. In the Player, above the playlist, open the Playlist menu and click The Player now displays an empty playlist.

New.

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2. Switch to any Media center view in the navigation pane, located on the left side of the Audials Moviebox window. 3. Drag and drop one or more files from the Media center view on the left side to the empty playlist in the Player on the right side. Repeat this step to add as many files as you want. 4. Optional: To give your playlist a name: Open the Playlist menu and click Rename.... Type in a playlist name and click OK to rename the playlist. You created a new playlist. You can add media files to your new playlist. All changes will be saved automatically. You can manage all your playlists in the Playlist view.

Generate a playlist by genre or artist Create a generated playlist by genre or artist to burn them or simply listen to them. 1. In the Player open the Playlist menu and click Generate.... 2. Type in a genre or an artist's name. 3. Select one of the offered matches and select from the artist or similar to artist. 4. Click OK. Audials Moviebox will generate a playlist from your music collection with media files which fit to the genre or artist. 5. Optional: To give your playlist a name: Open the Playlist menu and click Rename.... Type in a playlist name and click OK to rename the playlist. You created a new playlist. You can delete media files from and add media files to your new playlist. All changes will be saved automatically. You can manage all your playlists in the Playlist view. Note: If some songs don't seem to fit to the genre you typed in they might have mismatched genres. You can Tag your media collection.

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Setting an output format via conversion profile If you activate a conversion profile you set an universal output format for all your recordings, so that all files will be converted automatically right after recording. Depending on what you want to do with your media files it can be helpful to have them in a certain file format. Have all your recordings converted automatically to the desired file format by choosing a conversion profile or creating your own conversion profile with custom settings. 1. Click

Format in the statusline on the bottom of the Audials Moviebox window.

2. Select Convert and create all files in the format. 3. From the drop down list select a conversion profile depending on what you want to do with your recordings. What do you want to do with your recordings?

Conversion profile

Edit tags

Set the output format to Universal, videos for iTunes, Xbox, PS3 (MP3/MP4) and click OK. ...for editing tags

Export to external device

Set the outputformat to: • for iPhones: iPad/iPhone/iPod (AAC/ MP4) • for others: Universal, videos for iTunes, Xbox, PS3 (MP3/MP4) ...for smartphones

Burn to a DVD

Select the conversion profile Optimized for burning to a DVD (MP3/AVI) to set this as output format and click OK. ...for burning to a DVD

The selected conversion profile will be displayed in the status line below. All recordings will be converted automatically according to the chosen conversion profile before they are saved.

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...for editing tags If you plan to edit the tags of your recordings you can activate a convenient conversion profile. 1. Click

Format in the statusline on the bottom of the Audials Moviebox window.

2. Select Convert and create all files in the format. 3. Set the output format to Universal, videos for iTunes, Xbox, PS3 (MP3/MP4) and click OK. All recordings will be converted automatically according to the chosen conversion profile before they are saved.

...for smartphones If you plan to export files to your smartphone you can activate a convenient conversion profile. 1. Click

Format in the statusline on the bottom of the Audials Moviebox window.

2. Select Convert and create all files in the format. 3. Set the outputformat to: • for iPhones: iPad/iPhone/iPod (AAC/MP4) • for other devices: Universal, videos for iTunes, Xbox, PS3 (MP3/MP4) 4. Click OK. The selected conversion profile will be displayed in the status line below. All recordings will be converted automatically according to the chosen conversion profile before they are saved.

...for burning to a DVD If you plan to burn your recordings to a DVD you can activate a convenient conversion profile. 1. Click

Format in the statusline on the bottom of the Audials Moviebox window.

2. Select Convert and create all files in the format. 3. Select the conversion profile Optimized for burning to a DVD (MP3/AVI) to set this as output format and click OK. All recordings will be converted automatically according to the chosen conversion profile before they are saved.

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Custom settings Customize a conversion profile to create an output format according to your needs. 1. Click

Format in the statusline on the bottom of the Audials Moviebox window.

2. Select Convert and create all files in the format. 3. Below the dropdown list of conversion profiles select custom formats for audio and video files. 4. Click Save to save your settings as a new conversion profile and click OK. All recordings will be converted automatically according to the chosen conversion profile before they are saved.

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Editing recordings

Tag your media collection The Media center can search for additional information (tags) for songs and videos, and automatically add this information to your existing collection. You may also edit tags for individual songs in the bottom of the player, if, for example, an album name is incorrect or if you would like to change the spelling of a song. Tip: Auto tagging completes tags basing on tags that already exist for a file. If a song has no useful tags so far (for example Unknown track) you should add basic tags like the artist's and song's name. 1. Switch to any view in Media center (for example All media files). 2. Select all media files that are to be edited Note: While the function is in operation, you may not use other Audials Moviebox functions. Since editing thousands of songs would take awhile, it is recommended to tag large collections over night. 3. Click > Tags from internet in the tool bar above the media list. Audials Moviebox edits all selected files. This could take a while.

Manually edit tag information You may also modify tag information manually for individual files, for example to change the spelling of an album. 1. Browse through your collection and select all the files you wish to edit from the media list below. 2. Click

> Edit Tags.

3. Edit the properties of the selected files with additional information in the area to the upper right. 4. Click

> Save all changed files to save your changes.

You can edit as many songs as you like. All changed files and the in orange until you save the tags.

button will be displayed

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Figure 9: Manual tag editing

Turning off tagging of recorded files Audials Moviebox automatically tags the recorded files, and adds lyrics to songs. This article explains how to switch off this feature. 1. Go to Options > Convert & Process. 2. Clear the Add ID3 tags check box. 3. Clear the Add lyrics check box. 4. Click OK.

The Audio Cutter Edit your recordings with the edit function to enhance their quality. In the following you will read more about the edit function, what you can do and how it works.

What you can do with the editing function The editing function is the right tool for you if you are not satisfied with the quality of a recording. You can use the editing function to: • fade in the beginning or to fade out the end of a song • change the length of a song by editing the beginning and end of a recording • split continuous recordings into smaller tracks

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Note: If you would like to prevent incomplete songs from being recorded click Filtered to edit your filter settings. What should I choose?

Restrictions for the editing function Note: If you generally want to edit your recordings it is recommended to activate a converting profile which converts all your audio files to MP3 automatically. See Setting an output format via conversion profile on page 36. Table 12: Restrictions for the editing function Which file would you like to How much of the song can edit? be edited?

Note

Continuous MP3 recording in Complete recording the Radio view MP3 files recorded with the Radio view

Complete recording

All other MP3 files

Complete recording

File with another format (non-MP3)

None

Additional 60 seconds lead and overrun time It is only possible to edit MP3 files. Convert the file to MP3 to enable the editing function. See Converting media files on page 24

Cutting a song If you are not satisfied with the current song recording, you can use the cutting editor to edit the recording, the fade-in or fade-out. Restriction: It is only possible to edit MP3 files. If the button is being shown, your file is not an MP3 file. See Restrictions for the editing function on page 41.

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Figure 10: Recording editor for individual songs. This figure depicts the most important functions in the recording editor.

Table 13: Detailed descriptions of recording editor functions Name

Description

Playback marker

Click any spot in the audio track to set the playback position.

Scissors

Move cut marker to set the beginning/end of the song.

Fade-in/Fade-out marker

Move fade marker to add a fade of the desired duration.

Play

Click to play back the audio track, starting from the playback marker.

Play beginning/end

Click to play a preview of the song beginning/end.

1. Click on the song in the Player that you wish to edit. 2. Click in the tag area above the Player. The cutting editor opens. It displays the beginning of the song. Note: If the button is being shown, your file is not an MP3 file. See Restrictions for the editing function on page 41. 3. Optional: Click

to see the complete first half of the track.

4. Click

to play a preview of the song beginning.

5. Move

to adjust the song beginning and move

6. Click

to test your editings.

to adjust the duration of the fade-in.

7. Click Track end and repeat steps 5 on page 42 to 6 on page 42. 8. Click Save if you are satisfied with the result. You can now play back the edited song in the player.

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Frequently asked questions about cutting files How can I cut more than 30 seconds? In the cutting editor, click Track end and

. Audials Moviebox now shows the first half of the song. Click

to see the second half of the song.

Cutting individual songs from a continuous recording Use the recording editor to cut individual songs from a continuous recording you have made.

Figure 11: Recording editor for continuous audio recordings. This figure depicts the most important functions.

Table 14: Detailed descriptions of the recording editor for continuous recordings Name

Description

White area

Depicts the area that will be cut out and saved as a song from the long audio track by clicking save. You can increase, decrease and reposition this area.

Position indicator

The position indicator displays the current spot in the audio track. Click any spot in the audio track to change the position.

Test

Plays the white marked area allowing you to test the current recording settings.

Play

Plays the song from the position indicator's current spot.

Is a button unavailable?

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Name

Description

Is a button unavailable?

Zoom

Zoom in on the area displayed in the audio track to edit more precisely or zoom out to have a better overview of the recording.

Fade-in (increasing volume)

Adds a fade-in from the beginning of a song to the position indicator's current spot.

Fade-out (decreasing volume)

Adds a fade-out from the position You can only use this function if the indicator's current spot to the end of position indicator is inside the white the song. area!

Delete fadein/-out

Deletes all fades

Can only be used after having placed a fade-in/-out.

Set song start

Set the song start at the position indicator's current spot.

Can only be used when the position indicator is outside the white area.

Set song stop

Set the song stop at the position indicator's current spot.

Can only be used when the position indicator is outside the white area!

You can only use this function if the position indicator is inside the white area.

1. Before you start: Please refer to the figure and explanations above to use the cutting editor. 2. Select the continuous recording in the Player you would like to edit. 3. Right-click the selected file and click Cut continuous recording.... The recording editor will open. 4. Edit as many songs from a continuous recording as you would like. Each song will be saved individually and will then appear in the playback list. 5. Close the cutting editor when you are done editing. The continuous recording remains unaffected.

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Controlling the recording and converting process The status line provides information about the current state of the ongoing recording and processing activities.

Status line The status line is located at the bottom of each view. The status line shows: • information about how many files are currently recorded and processed (summed-up for all views together) • information about the current conversion setting • information about the amount of filtered files • information showing where output files are saved

In process The processing list lists all files that are currently recorded, converted or queued for processing. The processing list allows you to see and control the processing of individual media files (for example start and stop recording, clean up the list, etc.). Click

In process to expand the processing list.

Click

to collapse the processing list.

Format You can set an output format for your recordings. If you do so, Audials Moviebox will convert all your recordings automatically. Click Format to set an overall output format for your recordings. Setting an output format via conversion profile

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Filtered Audials Moviebox will filter incomplete recordings and recordings with low sound quality, depending on the current filter settings. Click

Filtered to edit your filter settings. What should I choose?

Storage You can set a custom standard storage. All recordings will be saved on the selected storage automatically. Note: Button unavailable? You can only change the standard storage when no recordings are currently running. Stop all recording processes and try again.

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Troubleshooting When you encounter problems with Audials Moviebox, please follow the instructions below.

General troubleshooting steps If none of the issues above match your situation, continue through the following steps. These steps fix many problems with Audials Moviebox. 1. Update Audials Moviebox. See Updating Audials Moviebox to the latest version on page 6 for instructions. 2. Make sure your computer is up to date. See Windows 7 Help for more information.

Audials Moviebox crashes A crash is what occurs when a software unexpectedly closes or quits. This procedure guides you through the steps to fix a crash, and to report and get help fixing a crash. Many crashes can be fixed by following steps 1 on page 47 and 2 on page 47. Try these first before reporting a crash. To fix a crash 1. Update Audials Moviebox. See Updating Audials Moviebox to the latest version on page 6 for instructions. 2. Make sure your computer is up to date. See Windows 7 Help for more information. If the crash persists, continue with the following steps. To report a crash and get help fixing a crash 3. Reproduce the problem situation. When Audials Moviebox crashes, the The Crash reporter window appears. 4. Enter your email address in the Crash reporter window (compare Figure 12: Crash reporter windows after a crash occured. Gathering information (left), and form to submit the report (right). on page 49) and send the report. Providing your email address along with the report allows the support team to identify your crash report.

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5. Open the support contact form at http://audials.com/contact/en and fill in the requested information. Amongst other things: a) Enter your Your personal Audials account username and password. The contact form now displays your account email address. Verify that it is the same address you used when sending the crash report in step 3 on page 47. If the address used in the crash report differs, enter information about it in the description textfield (e.g. "Address I used for crash report: [email protected]"). b) Enter a summary of your problem and description on how to make the problem occur. Also add a short note telling when you send the report (e.g. "a few minutes ago", or "yesterday"). 6. Submit the contact form. You will receive a confirmation email within a few minutes. The support team usually answers your request within 72 hours. The support team will guide you through the necessary procedures to fix your issue.

The Crash reporter The Crash reporter component is a small program accompanying Audials Moviebox. It detects severe problems occuring in the product and automatically collects technical information about the problem situation and context. You can choose to send this information to the Audials Moviebox developers to help fixing such issues. Tip: Crash reports help a lot to improve the stability of the software. Sending reports is highly recommended. Although you can provide your email address along with a report, you will usually not be contacted after you sent a report. This is because the developers fixing a problem have all information they need and don't require more input from your side. To actually get help fixing a crash, or to e.g. get feedback about when a crash will be fixed, you need to follow steps 3 on page 47 to 6 on page 48 as described above.

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Figure 12: Crash reporter windows after a crash occured. Gathering information (left), and form to submit the report (right).

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Options & Configuration Learn more about options and configuration for Audials Moviebox. If you are an advanced user who wants to optimize the results delivered by Audials Moviebox, you can configure your software as described in the following topics:

Improving performance: Setting a custom temporary files folder If you have more than one hard disk drive, setting the temporary files folder to your fastest drive can speed up the performance of Audials Moviebox. 1. Go to Options > Storages & Output. 2. Under Temporary files, click .... 3. Select a folder and click OK.

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Your personal Audials account With your Audials account, not only can you sign in to the program, but also to the forum and Audials Community. An Audials account has lots of advantages.

Why use an Audials account? Your Audials account is a joint account for Audials Moviebox, the forum and the community. • Sign in to the Audials forum using your Audials account to find help for your product. • If you are signed in, you may share wishlists with the Community. • If you are using Audials Moviebox on more than one computer, sign in using the same Audials account to automatically update your favorites on any computer. • Enter your sign-in information when filling out the contact form to reach the technical support team via e-mail. Note: If you already have an account for the Audials forum, you may simply use that account without having to create a new one.

Questions and answers on your Audials account Do I have to be signed in to use all the functions in Audials Moviebox? No. Even if you are not signed in, you will still have access to all of the functions in Audials Moviebox. I have already created an account for the Audials forum. May I use this account to sign in to Audials Moviebox? Yes. If you have already created an account for the forum or Community, you do not need to create a new one. I forgot my password or my user name. How can I sign in using my Audials account? Visit the Community website. Enter your username or e-mail address (please use the same email address you used to create your Audials account) and click E-mail new password. A new password will then be sent to your e-mail address automatically. You will be adressed with your username at the very top of the e-mail. Follow the given instructions in the e-mail. Where can I edit my Audials account (for example to change my password or nickname)? In Audials Moviebox, click Account in the lower left-hand corner. Click Edit Account.... The Audials Forum opens in your Browser. Click My Audials Account > User account. Here you may edit your Audials Account.

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License Information This page describes how to handle license information and procuct activation. Note: Please keep your license information in a safe place. We strongly suggest to print it out, and file it with other important documents.

License Key After ordering your product through our website, you will receive an e-mail with your serial number and your license key. The license key is 65 characters long. You need your license key to activate Audials Moviebox.

Activation Key If you bought your product in a store, your product box contains a product CD and an activation key printed on the CD envelope. The activation key is 13 digits long. You have to provide the activation key during installing Audials Moviebox from CD.

Retrieving a lost license key and the corresponding product version Retrieve your license key of the product you originally purchased in case of loss. Restriction: This option is only available for customers who purchased the software through our website (http://audials.com) at Element5/Digital River GmbH. If you purchased the product through other resellers, please contact those resellers for further assistance. 1. Open the License FAQ on our website. 2. Provide the e-mail address employed for purchase. You will receive an e-mail including the license key and a link to download the version you had originally purchased.