Database Options in V1 Pro Windows
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Database Options

The Options window contains a Database options tab: 

From here, you may change the location of your V1 Video Database, or make changes to your categories and tags. 

The V1 Video Database folder consists of a Microsoft Database file (MDB) together with all associated video files. There’s also a “volume.txt” file that the V1 uses to describe the database when it is accessed by other V1s. It is recommended that you do not change the location of the database unless you know what you are doing, perhaps to move it to a larger hard drive volume. 


Categories exist in order to allow you to organize your video. In older versions of the V1, there were a small number of categories that were “fixed” to particular bins. Beginning with version 2009, you may choose to customize these labels by adding as many as you like, including “sub” categories (categories within categories). 

To view and edit your categories, click the Edit categories button here. There are also shortcuts to this window found as Edit buttons on the Bin and Tab windows. 

You will see a list of your categories on the left side of the window. If you have any sub-categories, you will see them listed beneath their parent categories and you can show or hide sub-categories by clicking the + or - signs to the left of the parent categories. 

Each category has a unique name and a display name. The display name is used as a bin’s title if you setup a bin to show a particular category. The unique name is what is actually saved to the database and exchanged with other V1 Video Databases when copying and moving video, and therefore needs to be unique (each category on your V1 requires its own name).

Each category may also have a custom color. This color is used as the tab’s color when a tab is assigned to the category. The default color for all categories is a dark blue unless you assign a custom color. Sub-categories may be set to default to their parent’s color. Click the Change button to open the standard Windows color-picker window. 

Click the Add new button to create a new category. If an existing category is highlighted when you do this, the new category will be created as a sub-category to the selected category. To add a category to the “top level,” you must first un-select all categories by clicking anywhere in the list of categories that’s not directly on a category name. The Unique token will default to a sequential token that is unique to your database. However, if you will be exchanging data with other databases, it is suggested that you change this to something more descriptive (but abbreviated, as this is limited to only 10 characters). 

To edit an existing category, click on its name. Any changes you make to the fields will be saved automatically. To delete a category, select it by clicking on its name in the list, then click the Delete button.

Use the Reset bins to match 5.7-style categories each time you Start option if you’d prefer to stick with the simplest of bin layouts—each bin is reset to represent one category, very similar to the way in which 5.7 operated. The first bin will always be reset to either “no category” or the current student’s video. The last bin will be reset to your Internet academy Inbox if there is video requiring your attention, or to “all video” otherwise. 


Tags are up-to-10 character descriptive attributes or identifiers that may be added to video tabs and/or students. Once a video has been “tagged” you may then setup a bin to show only videos with specific tags. Once a student has been “tagged,” those tags are automatically added to new videos which are recorded for the student. 

You can use the Edit tags button from the Database tab on the Options window, or switch over to the Tags tab after viewing or editing your categories: 

Each tag consists of a unique up-to-10 character token as well as an optional description. Use the Add new button to create a new tag, or click on an existing tag and click Delete to remove it from the list. 

Tags are categories may be automatically added to your database if video is moved or imported into your database from another V1 Video Database. 

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