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I am totally lost at how to save and find files supporting slideshows and video and will appreciate any help. I have used the product for a couple of months and made some DVD and movies and saved some "working projects". I just purchased a new computer with Vista and downloaded the Creator program again and updates and all music and files from my old computer which were used to work the DVDs and also the working projects. But all I get now is 'MISSING FILES' and have found it impossible to redo everything. Advise from anyone?

Second part: what can I do to avoid this....what is the right way to save projects and files so they are easy to use for more work and editing. I am definitely new at this technology and will appreciate any help. I have tried to use the manual but it doesn't cover the real world advise and is not step by step. Please HELP. Thanks......

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I am totally lost at how to save and find files supporting slideshows and video and will appreciate any help. I have used the product for a couple of months and made some DVD and movies and saved some "working projects". I just purchased a new computer with Vista and downloaded the Creator program again and updates and all music and files from my old computer which were used to work the DVDs and also the working projects. But all I get now is 'MISSING FILES' and have found it impossible to redo everything. Advise from anyone?

Second part: what can I do to avoid this....what is the right way to save projects and files so they are easy to use for more work and editing. I am definitely new at this technology and will appreciate any help. I have tried to use the manual but it doesn't cover the real world advise and is not step by step. Please HELP. Thanks......

 

 

I make folders for different types of files, on different partitions of my computer. For example, for my digital photos, I made a folder, 8 years ago, that has all of my digital photos in different folders, some by year, some by season, some by holiday, etc. I have NEVER moved that folder.

 

I do the same thing for old vinyl albums I have ripped to my hard drive. They are in a folder I name Recordings. That folder contains different folders for various artists. I have NEVER move that folder.

 

I do the same thing for captured video.

 

Now, when I do a VideoWave production, I have it point to whatever folder I want, and then, I save my project to a folder that I named Roxio Productions. I have NEVER moved that folder.

 

When I burn my Roxio projects to a Folder Set or Image File, I have a separate folder for that. I also never move that folder.

 

When I work on a project, and don't touch it again, for a few months, or even a year, I never have a problem with the software not being able to find the files I used.

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Thank you for response. Could you clarify......I have separate files set up for my photos on my old computer and transferred them to the new computer....that is when I got missing files message when attempting to open them. If you have had your files established for 8 years have you always had them on the same computer. I can access my programs on the old computer as I developed the projects, but must have done something wrong when transferring the files over. I hope I am being clear. I am overwhelmed with the Roxio Program and find it so difficult and am beginning to think I need to go back to the beginning and start all over. I have not been able to find a tutorial that is comprehensive enough to use as a training tool......you are obviously very experienced and I appreciate any advise or info. Thanks

 

 

 

I make folders for different types of files, on different partitions of my computer. For example, for my digital photos, I made a folder, 8 years ago, that has all of my digital photos in different folders, some by year, some by season, some by holiday, etc. I have NEVER moved that folder.

 

I do the same thing for old vinyl albums I have ripped to my hard drive. They are in a folder I name Recordings. That folder contains different folders for various artists. I have NEVER move that folder.

 

I do the same thing for captured video.

 

Now, when I do a VideoWave production, I have it point to whatever folder I want, and then, I save my project to a folder that I named Roxio Productions. I have NEVER moved that folder.

 

When I burn my Roxio projects to a Folder Set or Image File, I have a separate folder for that. I also never move that folder.

 

When I work on a project, and don't touch it again, for a few months, or even a year, I never have a problem with the software not being able to find the files I used.

 

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Thank you for response. Could you clarify......I have separate files set up for my photos on my old computer and transferred them to the new computer....that is when I got missing files message when attempting to open them. If you have had your files established for 8 years have you always had them on the same computer. I can access my programs on the old computer as I developed the projects, but must have done something wrong when transferring the files over. I hope I am being clear. I am overwhelmed with the Roxio Program and find it so difficult and am beginning to think I need to go back to the beginning and start all over. I have not been able to find a tutorial that is comprehensive enough to use as a training tool......you are obviously very experienced and I appreciate any advise or info. Thanks

 

When you transfer your project files from one computer to another, you have to "clone" the file structure (including all the files) from the old computer to the new computer. The project files (dmsm for Videowave and dmsd for myDVD projects) have the sourcefile locations hard-coded into the files. If on the new computer the files are not in the same folder locations they are then marked as "missing" when you open the project files. You can of course relink all the missing files on the new computer but that can sometimes be tedious if you have a involved folder structure.

 

I prefer to open a new folder for each project, call it Project A. Under this folder I have a one or more subfolders (maybe one each for photos, video, or audio) into which i copy all the source files I use in my project. In the main folder I would save the project file. If you then have to move your project folder, everything moves with the folder.

 

Unfortunately there is no tutorial that goes into this part of a project.

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Thank you for response. Could you clarify......I have separate files set up for my photos on my old computer and transferred them to the new computer....that is when I got missing files message when attempting to open them. If you have had your files established for 8 years have you always had them on the same computer. I can access my programs on the old computer as I developed the projects, but must have done something wrong when transferring the files over. I hope I am being clear. I am overwhelmed with the Roxio Program and find it so difficult and am beginning to think I need to go back to the beginning and start all over. I have not been able to find a tutorial that is comprehensive enough to use as a training tool......you are obviously very experienced and I appreciate any advise or info. Thanks

 

No, I don't have them on the same computer as when I started. Actually, the computer that I started the folder system on, is 3 computers ago. Walt is correct on the file locations on the newer computer. It is a clone of the old one.

 

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