Here is a collection of unsolicited testimonials from various users of SAW EDL Investigator
Subject: Re: file structures
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 10:11:58 -0700
From: Benje Graves
EDL investigator was one of my best purchases yet. I held off a long time getting it but now I wonder how anyone operates without it. I changed both drives in my main machine and had to reload all files from backups. At that point all the drive letters and locations were changed for many songs in several projects. Took just a few minutes to get it all lined up again in Investigator......and that's just one of it's functions...
Subject: Re: To Bob: I Love SawPro
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 1999 18:54:26 -0500
From: Reggie A. Nepaul
... managing your projects without the EDL Investigator is like going grocery shopping without a car. If you don't have it already, plan on it.
Subject: EDL Investigator does it again!
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 16:09:14 GMT
From: Michael McInnis
I just have to thank Rail again for his program. I just swapped around my hard drives, which changed the partition lettering scheme,
and so a lot of EDLs were out of whack. At least until EDL Inv came to the rescue, with it's path change search capability. I had all my
EDLs back in short order. This one feature alone is worth the price (but you get SO much more).
Michael McInnis Productions
Subject: EDL Investigator
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 11:05 PM
From: Sean McCoy
The EDL Investigator has nothing to do with SAW operations, but is rather an organizational tool. It can change all the file paths for an EDL whose files have been moved or restored to a different drive; it can move an entire EDL along with all its appropriate files to a different drive for convenience or transport to another computer; it can "pack" an EDL by creating a new EDL containing files of minimum length, thus saving disk space; it gives you an analysis of any EDL so you can see what files are used, etc. (among other things)
Procedurally, we create all our projects on hard drives, then "pack" them to Jaz drives when their immediacy is past. This allows us to save these EDL's with minimum length, then delete the longer files from the hard drive. We ultimately burn CD-ROMS off the Jaz disks for final archiving. This would be a major headache without the Investigator. If you never need to move, archive or restore EDL's, you probably won't find it useful. But it's hard to imagine anyone regularly using SAWPlus32 and not finding at least occasional need for these functions. It's a steal at twice the price!
Oregon Sound Recording
Subject: Re: Deleting Files
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 1998 20:52:48 - 0400
From: Reggie A. Nepaul
I can't speak highly enough about the EDL Investigator product, it makes managing SAW EDL files a breeze! Add to the fact that Rail's responsiveness and professionalism is 1st class, it truly is a terrific value. Bottom line, if you are using SAW seriously, make sure you don't wait long before picking up the EDL Investigator.
Subject: EDL Investigator is GRRRRREAT!!!
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 02:02:29 -0500
From: Gregory Shields
I just want to publicly say thanks to Rail for EDL Investigator. There's no SAW user that wouldn't benefit from it. I finally got it and I'll never regret it. If you ain't got it yet, you're missin' out!!!
Subject: Re: Import/Export EDL problems
Date: Tue, 3 Nov 1998 12:30:42 +0200
From: Dwane Lumley
It will mean spending a bit of cash but EDL investigator has a function called session packer. It will take your edl and recreate files where ever you specify, it also gets rid of the unreferenced audio in the session. ie if you are only using a 12 frame camera click from a soundfile that is 10 mins long it will only copy the camera click audio, not the entire soundfile. I use this function all the time for back up and it really is worth spending the cash or saving for. Rail is also great on support, if you ask him something he always replies. BTW it will also tell you how much space you are going to need before you start any operations.
Ps. I don't work for Rail ( the writer of edl investigator ) he has just produced a really useful program.
From: John Ciccone
You'd be doing yourself a great favor by checking out Rail's EDL Investigator. I'm another happy customer. It's extremely useful and versatile in covering some of the file/EDL management you ask for, as well as in so many other areas.
BTW, the 'import multiple file' function that also creates wave peak data files is a lifesaver.
Subject: Re: SawPlus32 EDL file path changes
From: Perry Barrett
If I may jump in here with my humble opinion for a moment. To me this is a bit like purchasing Win 95 or 98 and then adding other utilities to meet the demands of the individual user. Not everyone will want or need the added abilities and although the program as shipped has most everything that the average user will need the so called *power user* will want more (and more and more and more......). Also I'd like to add that after adding EDL Investigator my only regret is that I didn't get it sooner. It has been a tremendous time saver. My suggestion (and merely a suggestion mind you) to all who need this sort of utility - just buy it and move on. Thanks to Rail for making such a product available and (please) keep up the good work.
Subject: Re: SAWPLUS32 3.0 Should this happen?
Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 16:02:29 -0700
From: Tim Kirk
That feature of EDL Investigator is called Session Packer. SawPro has a new feature called "Save Editlist File & Trim Session". It's nice to have it built in but it doesn't compare with Session Packer in EDL Investigator.
I do what you are attempting every day without a hitch. Check out EDL Investigator. It's an indispensable tool for EDL file management.
Date: Fri, 25 Sep 1998 06:22:09 -0700
Subject: EDL INVESTIGATOR 3.7 BETA
From: Tim Kirk
I imported about 60 sound FX wave files into the new beta of EDL Investigator 3.7b beta 1.2. I used the PDF Center to build WAV peak data files. It worked great. It couldn't be simpler.