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Hello,


I could have sworn that I was previously able to import an

mpg file (which was generated by the export utility) into

the DVCR's app. Am I right on this, or was I on drugs?

I cannot do these imports any more.


BTW, the mpg file I am trying to import, is in a different

harddrive than the DVCR output directory.


When I go into the "import show" menu, and navigate to the

directory where the mpg file is, the file is not shown. So

I cannot import it.


Thanks.

Hobbieman
 

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Could someone try importing a .mpg file which was generated

by the export utility, and let me know if it works?


Thanks.

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Hi There,


I tried re-importing something I had exported, and it worked.


I had 2 mpg's in the same directory, one that had been exported using the export utility, the other was a mpg music video I had downloaded.


The import show menu listed the exported show, but did not list the downloaded music video. I believe this is because the music video mpg was non-standard res or bitrate, and the vcr's chip can't handle it. The import show function seems to scan the header(?) of the mpg to check for compatibility, and will not list anything non-standard.


Is there a chance you did some further processing of the exported file?


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Thanks for verifying this for me. I am absolutely sure that I did

not touch the files. As a matter of fact, as a test, I recorded

something for 1 minute or so, exported the file, deleted & recycled

the recording, and cannot import the mpg back.


Ok, the important thing is that I am not dreaming this up: I was

able to import mpg files in the past.


Hmmmm... Come to think of it, there are only two changes that I have

made since I last imported an mpg file:


1. Moved the card to a different PCI slot.

2. Re-Formatted the NTFS disk/partition where the mpg files reside.


Ok, this afternoon, I will move the card back to its original pci

slot, and see what happens. If that fails, I will uninstall the app and

re-install it back on. Hopefully, this last thing should fix it.


I gotta a question about your statement of the "card" not supporting

certain mpeg formats: did you mean the "sofware"? Why would the

card (ie. Hardware) need to suppor the mpg format of an import

file, since the card supposedly plays no role during playback?


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Ok, I figured it out. It is one more problem that the DigitalVCR has with NTFS.


I placed the same mpg file I have been trying to import on a FAT32 partition and

the app allowed me to import the file.


Oh well, at least for the moment I still can record to my NTFS drive. Hopefully,

Creative will fix these NTFS issues, before recording to NTFS has a chance to break!


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Quote:
Originally posted by HobbieMan


I gotta a question about your statement of the "card" not supporting

certain mpeg formats: did you mean the "sofware"? Why would the

card (ie. Hardware) need to suppor the mpg format of an import

file, since the card supposedly plays no role during playback?

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Hi,


The reason I said that was when I opened a .bti file in graphedit. I can actually get it to play, but it stutters, so I figured that either the card hardware is somehow helping playback within the vcr sw, or the sw playback routines in the vcr sw were more efficient than the graphedit filters.


I now think your right, that the card does nothing to help playback.


So, I guess the import function filters out non-vcr created mpgs. hmmm. I did notice that when I preview an exported mpg in windows 2000, (using the little preview window in the explorer window), the video isn't displayed properly. Instead of seeing a scaled down preview of the entire frame, I see a tiny corner of the image, like the preview isn't scaling down.


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Protovision,


When I preview the exported mpg files in an WinXP explorer

window, my machine just goes into "LaLa" land. The pc stops

responding for 1 or 2 minutes: only mouse movement is ok.

Sometimes, it even crashes explorer! If the mpg file is

reasonably small though, I do see a scaled down picture of

a video frame.


Hmmm, I guess the explorer preview does not use one of the

first frames, instead it must be trying to use one in the

middle, or towards the end and that is why it crashes with

my 4gig mpg files.


Do you know of a way to turn this "preview" feature off? I

know it has to be the preview feature, because if I change

the file extension to something like ".junk", there are no

problems.


Also, I read in the Creative labs FAQ that the software does

check the mpeg's header and if it does not like it, it will

not import the file, but it will import files "properly" formatted

(ie. those created with adobe premiere and the ligos plugin)


My problem with the import is not with the format of the mpg

file though. As I said earlier, the creative app cannot import

the file because the file is on an NTFS partition! That's

so idiotic! oh well, life goes on.


Hey, what does Graphedit do? Anything interesting?


Thanks

Hobbieman
 
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