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Editing Program won't open

Posted: Mon, 23rd Feb 2004, 11:45pm

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Evman

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I am using a program called broderbund movieshop deluxe and it won't open on certain movies that i am editing. Most of these movies are ones that contain files exported from Alam DV2. This problem just started... It has never done this before and I changed nothing from the time it worked to now when it doesn't work. Has anyone had any similar problems or does anyone know how to fix this problem? The message that appears is an error report that can be sent to microsoft. This happens before the program even loads up fully. Any help would be MUCH appreciated. Thanks...
Posted: Mon, 23rd Feb 2004, 11:49pm

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Try exporting your Alamdv clips uncompressed through Virtual Dub and see if that fixes the problem with the movie files.

If you can't get the editing program itself to work out, I would suggest using either Windows Movie Maker 2, or Avid FreeDV to edit. Both programs are free to download. FreeDV is a bit more complicated to use, but it has a lot of power.
Posted: Tue, 24th Feb 2004, 12:05am

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how would i do this? Do i do something in alam to do this or in virtualdub? How would i do it either way?
Posted: Tue, 24th Feb 2004, 1:49am

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If it is the files exported from AlamDV that are causing a conflict, you can open them in VirtualDub to change them to another format.

Only certain project files saved from your editor cause problems? Is there a chance some of the movie clips required by the project got moved around on your computer?
Posted: Tue, 24th Feb 2004, 4:07am

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i dont think so... well maybe if my dad just defraged the computer on saturday... Maybe thats it?
Posted: Tue, 24th Feb 2004, 11:42pm

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if they did move becasue of a defrag, how would i go about restoring those files so that they may work again?
Posted: Tue, 24th Feb 2004, 11:58pm

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I don't think a defrag would move the files. I'm not sure exactly what defragging does, but it's a good idea to back up all your files before you do it again in the future.
Posted: Wed, 25th Feb 2004, 6:53am

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Defragging moves the pieces of files areound on the physical hard-drive, but does not affect the directory of the files, which is how your computer finds them. Defragging would not cause the problem.

Defragging, short for defragmenting, re-arranges all of the fragments of the files on your computer so that each of the files is saved in one chunk. As files are deleted they free up small chunks of your hard-drive, where new files may be saved. But if the new file is bigger than the empty space, once the space is full the rest of the file will be saved elsewhere on the drive. If a lot of your files are fragmented like that, it will slow down your hard-drive, because it has to jump all over to grab the pieces. Defragging is how you solve the problem. It just helps things run smoother and a bit quicker.

evman101 - have you tried re-installing AlamDV?
Posted: Thu, 26th Feb 2004, 2:15am

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Evman

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no, but im not sure that that would do it. The problem arises in the other editing program... not alam. my dad sent it to a man who owns a computer repair store and my dad knows him very well and he has not let us down in the past. So the problem will almost definately be fixed soon whether it is an alam program or a movieshop one...

Thanks for your support though!!!
Posted: Sun, 29th Feb 2004, 2:54am

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Evman

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rrrrr...... stupid computer... its still not working right and i think my dad might scrap it and go back to our crappy windows 98 computer which cant run anything cause its only got pentium 2!!!!!! no movies for me unless he decides to get a new computer before my National History Day project is due (which is a documentary!!!).