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Brendon

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  1. Hello Dan,

    What is your install medium that has gone bad?  (I'm concerned if it's a CD or DVD that has gone bad, but puzzled by the idea of extracting 'images' with winrar )

    Roxio was selling a number of different products in 2011, but I have copies of some of them so I think I can help.  What is the name and version (pro, standard, SE, . . .) of the one you're having trouble with?

    Regards, Brendon


  2. 7 hours ago, Drewski65 said:

    One would think with a label like Platinum, it would have all the features of it.

    It's "Volume Licensing" software.   Here a customer negotiates with the VL Sales team and buys one of the four VL versions with sufficient capabilities (after examining that chart) to suit the needs of the business, together with a sufficient number of licenses to cover the staff who will use the software.

    If you weren't the customer who selected the Platinum version, or a staff member entitled to be using it, then you should be having a serious conversation with the person who provided you with it and the license required to use it.

     


  3. Hello Drewski,

    Platinum is one of the "Volume Licensing" iterations of Creator NXT 7, the others being Silver, Palladium, and Gold.

    A chart of their abilities is available HERE, and a full comparison PDF is downloadable HERE.   Neither of those charts mention the Roxio Express Labeler or Roxio Label Creator which come with the "full" versions of Creator NXT 7, so I don't think the cheap business versions have label makers.    Check with the person from your Company who gave you the software.

    Regards, Brendon


  4. In some machines Windows [8 or 10] won't enumerate optical drives properly, so they can't be seen.   Inserting a value in the CurrentControlSet of the Registry and restarting Windows fixes that.

    Here's the contents of the batch file which can be cut and pasted back into notepad, (all one line)

    reg.exe add "HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Controller0" /f /v EnumDevice1 /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000001

    and here's the same thing as a registry file which can be saved as enum.reg and when the file is double-clicked will insert the same value by using Regedit.

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Controller0]
    "EnumDevice1"=dword:00000001

    Regards, Brendon


  5. Hey Walt, here are a couple of photos which exhibit the problem.  They were taken on an S7 phone.  They're zipped so they don't get modified by uploading here, and you can experiment without altering the originals.

    photos.zip

    NXT 7's Slideshow Assistant rejects the one straight out of the phone, but accepts the other which has been re-saved.  Here is a screen-shot of Slideshow Assistant a couple of minutes ago.  That is NXT 7, but the photos are behaving exactly the same as they did with my NXT 6 last year.

    1300251538_sshowasst.jpg.85fa8ea56b9cfa1f64092abebc02d85d.jpg 

    Hi Joyce,

    Yes, the Samsung agent is wrong.  Can't blame him I suppose, they're telephone answerers not technical people.  The S7 photos do contain Exif data and if you load them into a (non-Roxio) photo editor and then re-save them, the Roxio programs will accept them going forward.

    The dates on the screen-shots you posted - That isn't a new direction to look, it just confirms that the Roxio program can't read the S7 Exif data properly.   There are two ways to store numbers in Exif and Roxio gets the numbers back-to-front.  

    There is no point in your paying to get NXT 7, since it behaves the same way as NXT 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 did.

    Viewing photos:  They've taken away the old Windows Photo Viewer from Windows 10, but if you right-click a photo and look down the options available you should see "Open With", and going right from there you should see "Paint" among the selection.  If you open a copy of a rejected photo in Paint, and then save it again, the saved photo should be accepted by Roxio.    (I suggest working on copies while you get this sorted, so you don't overwrite the originals)

     

    Whew!  Did I answer all the questions?  :)

    Brendon

     


  6. Hi Joyce,

    At the risk of putting it very simply, Exif is a standard for embedding all sorts of info about how and where and when the photo was taken, (aperture, speed, camera type, location etc etc) into the actual photo.  The problem is that two major competing standards have been developed (ain't that typical?) and the Roxio software only handles one of them.   Most viewer programs can read either type and save photos in a format that Roxio handles.

    Regards, Brendon


  7. Hello Joyce,

    Please see this thread.  It will explain the problem.  It has to do with the way the S7 saves Exif data into its JPGs.  Creator has suffered from this problem since at least as far back as NXT2, and Roxio have never fixed it.

    The easiest work-around is to Load rejected photos into some viewer program which will let you save them again. Done properly, when saved they should still contain your Exif photo metadata but be accepted by the Roxio software.

    For the technically-minded, Exiftool by Phil Harvey will rewrite the exifdata too.

     

    Regards, Brendon


  8. 4 hours ago, eprince said:

    I am asking for Roxio's written specifications for a problem-free upgrade.

    A cursory review of the Community clearly shows that I am not the only one with upgrade problems.

    This forum is not an interface between users and Roxio technical support, it is a user forum populated by users of the software who try to help each other.  I doubt that any Roxio staff ever come here, apart from the Forum Administrator.

    We users have told you there is no such installation guide.  Have you asked Roxio?   There is a button in your software to communicate with them (Send feedback), have you used it?  You should.

    Regards


  9. JLC78726,

    I managed to find a share-ware program called DVD Audio Extractor, here(link).  It gives you a free 30-day trial, but after that costs you $30.  The free trial period should be enough for this job.  Just click 'Register Later' unless you want to buy it.

    Using that in the single-file mode let me rip the audio from the VOB file to an MP3 file I could play.   Some Internet pages say you can use the VLC Player to rip audio from a DVD or DVD file, but that didn't work for me - just converted the VOB into an MP4 video.

    Still with VLC Player,  Myguggi and Cdanteek have pointed out that early versions of VLC can give you some odd results with your MPG file, so it pays to use the latest VLC version, 3.0.6.   Thanks for that, gentlemen.

    Okay, now to this week's puzzle:  Please compare these three screenshots -

    The original MPG

    415100092_thempg.jpg.e540b9e5d06143d15fe4bc555710fd93.jpg

    My VOB file

    myvob.jpg.dfb62ca9a125c2eb66f82ad1d6c66f61.jpg

    Your VOB file

    yourvob.jpg.357c4a5e45dc2dabc19efa44436b987f.jpg

    First thing to notice is the video has in both cases been processed by MyDVD from 6 000 kb/s to 9 000 kb/s, so that seems to have worked properly.

    Next thing is that my audio has been converted to AC-3 at 192 kb/s, while yours doesn't seem to have been changed.  Given that there aren't any options for the user to tweak, why did mine work while yours didn't?     Further, your MPG plays sound so why doesn't your DVD with unchanged audio also play sound like the MPG?    Could it be that your second Roxio installation isn't 100%, either?

    CD and Myguggi, is there any chance either or both of you could try making an ISO from that MPG, and see what MyDVD does with the audio on your machines?

    Regards, Brendon


  10. Myguggi: In case my answer to your question is confusing, here's what I see with the source MPG in VLC - just the one track, same as JLC78726 sees.

    vlc.jpg.1e7fabeeabe3ce22fb69a6d7fb27f108.jpg

     

    JLC78726: Can we check one of the soundless ISOs or DVDs you've made, to confirm there's no audio in there please?  To rule out the possibility it might be there but you can't play it?  This involves extracting or copying the file VTS_01_1.VOB from the ISO or DVD you made, and testing it with MediaInfo.  I'll show you how to use the portable version of MediaInfo, so that if you want to, deleting the folder afterwards completely removes the program.

    MediaInfoPortable_19.04.paf.exe
    1-Here's the program file. Click on it to download it. [It's small, free, and safe with no virus or PUPs.]
    2-Copy/move the program to an empty folder, anywhere you want to put it.
    3-Run the program (MediaInfoPortable_19.04.paf.exe) inside that folder. It will unzip its contents into a folder called MediaInfoPortable.
    4-Inside that new folder you'll see MediaInfoPortable.exe. Drag that VOB file you extracted and drop it onto MediaInfoPortable.exe

    5-MediaInfo will open and tell you about your VOB.  What does it tell you about "First Audio Stream" please??

    6-When you've finished with it, deleting the MediaInfo folders will remove the testing program completely.


  11. I downloaded the file and tried playing it with VLC  - Excellent audio.   I then used NXT 7's myDVD to create an iso file which played fine with audio.

    Examining the MPG file with MediaInfo (see here) shows that it has PCM audio.

    heroesmpg.jpg.c1a7732d11357b8d5f87ab551fd620d5.jpg

    The ISO that MyDVD made has AC3 audio

    heroesiso.jpg.00e2adb2e4f4caac1672fefdc4a45e22.jpg

     

    The software (properly installed) seems to be doing its job.   Has the original poster resolved his problem with a failed install and failed menus?   I think if he does that, his software will work properly too.

     

    Brendon

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