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100 Things #39: Multimedia Documentation for Accurate Test Configuration

The best way to ensure that your test operators follow procedures is to provide the right directions at the right time. SoundCheck’s multimedia documentation capabilities allow videos, pictures, and documents to be inserted into the test sequence and opened at the appropriate sequence step to provide real-time guidance. Custom steps even permit other programs to be opened during the sequence run.

Real-Time Test Guidance with Multimedia Documentation in SoundCheck

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Video Script: Multimedia Documentation for Accurate Test Configuration

Did you know that you can use pictures and PDF files to provide instructions within SoundCheck? Documentation is important, especially when it contains important sequence information. Some tests require precise hardware configurations, and a visual aid is often the best way to ensure correct test setup. Luckily, it’s easy to embed text, picture and PDF instructions in a SoundCheck sequence. Let’s take a look at what you can do.

Adding your own sequence documentation is simple. In the sequence editor, open the Sequence Configuration window by double clicking on Overall Sequence. Here you can have the sequence open an instructions file when it is opened. This option is not limited to PDF documents. You can choose any picture, program, or video to open along with the sequence.

Some test sequences rely on the operator to correctly place equipment. Message steps contain text, and limits show comparison of measurement results, but pictures can illustrate operation outside of the SoundCheck window. SoundCheck supports both JPEG and Bitmap file types, and images can be added to any display step in a sequence. This is a great solution for providing clarity during a sequence.

For example, this sequence for measuring Noise Cancellation of headphones requires a speaker to be set up alongside a head and torso simulator, to generate background noise. Simply stating the speaker needs to be a certain distance away from the HATs still leaves room for ambiguity, but the provided image clearly shows the height, distance, angle, and position of the speaker. Images or text messages can be included during a sequence as well, even simultaneously. This is great for instructing operators to make changes like turning on or off a headphone’s active noise cancellation, connecting or disconnecting cables, moving speakers or microphones, or mounting headphones or headsets.

Once a display step is added to a sequence, an image can be added by right clicking on the display tab, and selecting “new > picture”. Just like all windows in a display step, the size, position, and location of the image can be completely customized, and the changes are automatically saved in subsequent sequence runs.

SoundCheck’s features go beyond PDFs and images: full instructions can be provided to make sure your operator runs the test correctly, every time.