Including Movies or Files
In addition to the information and notes you will input about a trade you took, as well as screenshots, you also can store an association to an external file or movie with your trade from the Trade Input tab.
The URL type parameter allows you to include movies or additional files other than static screenshots. The URL parameter is essentially a pointer to these external files, or a link to their address.
Link To A Movie
Begin by creating a custom parameter of type URL on the Setup tab
On the trade input tab, click “[Edit]“, showing next to the name of the parameter you created
Within that dialog that opens, note the 2 tabs at the top. Choose ‘web link‘ at the top of the dialog.
Enter the URL (the web address) of the movie you want to associate with the trade. You might be storing your movie in the cloud, such as Google Drive, Amazon Cloud or iCloud or in a Dropbox account or on your own server.
If you are not storing your movie in a cloud storage (on the web) but instead storing it on your computer, click the tab Local file and then the 3 dots […] find it from there.
When you view your trades on the Analysis tab, you can choose to view the video parameter you have thus created, and each trade will give you an easy way to view your video directly from that tab. You can of course also view the videos from the trade input tab as well.
Note that the video player page that comes up when you view your movies has standard play, pause and scroll features at the bottom of the page.
Unlike screenshots, these associated files are not automatically saved by the Trade Log for you when you do a File > Backup Data, so make sure they are in a secure location on the web. The address to the movie – the link – will be saved, but not the movie itself.
Link to An External File
- Begin by creating a custom parameter of type URL on the Setup tab (learn more). On the trade input tab, click “[Edit]“, showing next to the name of the parameter you created
- Choose ‘local file‘ at the top of the dialog.
- You then will have a standard Windows dialog box that lets you find and choose the file you want to associate with the trade.
- This option is useful for movies you store on your own computer or files such as spreadsheets, PDFs or text documents about the trade.
- Unlike screenshots, these associated files are not automatically saved by the Trade Log for you when you do a File > Backup Data, so make sure they are part of what gets included as part of your overall computer backup routine.
Screen Recorder Software Programs
We’re not affiliated with any of these companies, and these are not specific endorsements… but we’ve found the free web-based program at www.screencast-o-matic.com to be very good and easy to use. Watch the quick demo movie they offer that shows you how to use the program. Their pro version is only $12 a year. The program is reliable and works for Windows, Mac and Linux platforms.
You can also try jing, screencast or screenflow. These are quite good, but may need a bit more fiddling with to set up. All these programs allow you to store your movies on their sites too. If you discover other programs you like that work well, please let us know.
You can also create your movies as video files and upload them to google docs, and use the resulting URL for each individual file. We’ve heard a little feedback that AVIScreen is very basic, but works, and that CamStudio has some problems with audio and video not staying in sync.