Video Tutorials

Video tutorials

The most important features of Ascolog Insight are also well documented in several comprehensible video tutorials. You can either watch the video tutorials on our Youtube channel or download them from this webpage. For watching the download versions you will need a media player that supports the WMV format (e.g. Windows Media Player).

Overview

Chapter 1, Chapter 2 These chapters describe two different ways to create a layout. If you don't have a layout for your log record format we recommend to watch either Chapter 1 or Chapter 2.
Chapter 3, Chapter 4 A first introduction to the most important features.
Chapter 5, Chapter 7 (Group command only) Introduces other useful features for analyzing log files.
Other chapters These chapters are intended for advanced users.

All Video Tutorials

You can get all video tutorials in one single step by downloading the following archive: Download AscologInsightAllVideoTutorials.zip ZIP archive, 552 MB

Chapter 1 - Layout Creation Wizard

Watch Chapter 1 on Youtube. Download 1_LayoutCreationWizard.wmv 14:40 min, Windows Media Video file Video file, 58 MB

0:20 Creating a layout with the layout creation wizard
3:40 Changing the column names with the Grammar Definition dialog
5:12 Creating custom columns using custom column definitions
6:18 Data mapping - change the graphical and textual representation of column content
8:08 Column Settings dialog/Log window
8:50 Review: Data mapping and custom columns definition
9:10 Creating another layout with the layout creation wizard for a different log file format
11:07 Creating a common layout for both log file formats by merging the grammars of the two layouts.
14:07 Test if the layout can handle log files of both formats

Chapter 2 - Creating a Layout without the Layout Creation Wizard

Watch Chapter 2 on Youtube. Download 2_LayoutCreationWithoutWizard.wmv 16:26 min, Windows Media Video file Video file, 55 MB

0:14 Creating a layout
1:58 Adapting the layout's grammar with the Grammar Definition dialog
4:26 Merging log files
5:04 Creating another grammar for a different log file format
6:37 Creating a common grammar for both log file formats by merging the two grammars
8:43 Creating custom columns using custom column definitions
10:30 Help contains the available commands
11:43 Assigning roles to columns (e.g. Merge column and Timestamp column)
12:25 Column Settings dialog/Log window
13:40 Sorting log records by column
14:00 Data mapping - change the graphical and textual representation of column content

Chapter 3 - Loading and Merging Log Files

Watch Chapter 3 on Youtube. Download 3_Load&Merge_Files.wmv 9:41 min, Windows Media Video file Video file, 36 MB

0:11 Opening files - load method
0:42 Find dialog
1:15 More about loading files
1:50 Opening files - merge method
2:30 Reset
2:44 Opening files - browse method
3:40 Find in Files
5:59 Windows Explorer - how to use the load method (double-click)
6:25 Windows Explorer - how to use the merge method (Drag&Drop)
6:46 Opening ZIP files
7:21 Windows Explorer - how to use the browse method (CTRL + Drag&Drop)
8:02 Refreshing the Log window when log files are updated

Chapter 4 - Record Filters and Tabs

Watch Chapter 4 on Youtube. Download 4_RecordFilters_Tabs.wmv 10:59 min, Windows Media Video file Video file, 49 MB

0:37 The analyze function record filter and filter expressions
1:45 Functions window and Functions tree
3:40 Filter expression dialog - Components tab
4:20 Quick filter
4:21 Filter expression dialog - Occurrence tab
5:14 File context menu - Show Exclusive, Hide and Show All
6:34 Special filter expression: RANGE
7:43 Tabs

Chapter 5 - Color rules, Bookmarks and Graphs

Watch Chapter 5 on Youtube. Download 5_ColorRules_Bookmarks_Graphs.wmv 18:39 min, Windows Media Video file Video file , 91 MB

0:37 Show Plain Text
1:08 The analyze function color rule
2:28 Details window - accessing pieces of information within a column
4:05 The analyze function bookmark
7:30 The analyze function graph
8:05 Timeline graph
9:44 Copying and pasting colors between analyze functions
10:37 Zooming in the Graph window
12:40 Working with several Graph windows
13:13 Column graph
14:57 Extract Text
17:22 Creating a column graph for the extracted text

Chapter 6 - Extracting Data and Converting Log Files

Watch Chapter 6 on Youtube. Download 6_Extract_Convert.wmv 14:58 min, Windows Media Video file Video file, 45 MB

0:37 Extract Text
3:50 Conversion Tool
8:10 Extract Column
11:19 Options - Merge column
12:00 Column Settings dialog/Log window
12:38 Data mapping - change the graphical and textual representation of column content

Chapter 7 - Group Command

Watch Chapter 7 on Youtube. Download 7_GroupCommand.wmv 16:21 min, Windows Media Video file Video file, 60 MB

0:53 Group command
1:05 Group/Color rule
2:24 Group/Bookmarks
3:11 Group/Graph
3:42 Zooming
5:30 Graph windows and Graph Default Settings
6:00 Displaying the correlation between two columns (memory usage and process IDs)
9:50 Conversion Tool - creating CSV files for the different log formats
13:21 Files window
13:25 Processed and retrieved records

Chapter 8 - Extract Column, Custom Column Definitions and Dedicated Categories

Watch Chapter 8 on Youtube. Download 8_ExtractColumn_CCD_DedicatedCategories.wmv 22:13 min, Windows Media Video file Video file, 52 MB

1:31 Extract Column, Group command
2:20 Creating custom columns using custom column definitions
7:22 Column Settings dialog/Log window
8:00 The effect of the column type on sorting log records
9:55 Tabs and dedicated categories
12:20 Link command
14:02 Graphs
14:24 Column graphs based on groups
20:55 Tab switching, Select Context Tab and Select Main tab

Chapter 9 - Correcting Timestamps

Watch Chapter 9 on Youtube. Download 9_CorrectingTimestamps.wmv 12:44 min, Windows Media Video file Video file, 55 MB

0:40 What is the timeshift functionality?
1:37 Timeshift overview
2:40 CCD Data dialog - defining the timeshift parameters
4:50 Adding the TIME_SHIFT macro to the custom column definition
7:33 Column Settings dialog/Log window
8:16 Shifting the timestamps with the CCD Controls dialog

Chapter 10 - Graph demo, Merge Records and Recalc Records

Watch Chapter 10 on Youtube. Download 10_GraphDemo_MergeRecords_RecalcRecords.wmv 11:51 min, Windows Media Video file Video file, 56 MB

0:37 Extract Text - extracting the sine and cosine values
2:18 Creating columns graphs for the sine and cosine values
2:28 Why you see two curves but only one graph function node
4:30 Custom column definition
4:52 Adding conditions to the extract command
6:30 Creating the sum of sine and cosine
6:49 How to activate Merge Records resp. Recalc records
6:49 Activate Merge Records
8:38 Activate Recalc Records
8:59 Options, "AutoRecalcMode=DYNAMIC"
9:18 Timeshifting the timestamps of file "SIN.LOG"

Chapter 11 - Enter/Exit Logging of Functions and Profiling

Watch Chapter 11 on Youtube. Download 11_EnterExitFormatting_Profiling.wmv 12:41 min, Windows Media Video file Video file, 41 MB

0:56 Creating a layout with the layout creation wizard for EnterExit.log
2:05 Changing the column names
2:46 Column settings dialog/Log window
3:12 Enabling enter/exit logging and profiling in the custom column definition
5:11 Enter/exit logging and profiling custom columns in the Log window
6:50 Visualizing enter/exit logging in a graph (alternating lines)
9:02 Visualizing the PROF_FUNC column
11:30 Adjusting graphs