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  1. Thank you Grandpabruce. You helped me a few years ago and now you have done it again! The answer now seems obvious - My thinking was fuzzy- I kept looking in Roxio for a way to save the converted files (under the "file" menu) - and missed the obvious "export tracks/clips"). Thanks again- I'll try a more challenging question next time. After finishing my music project I am moving on to picture and video conversions so I am sure I will be coming up against some more interesting issues.
  2. I have digitized thousands of tracks of music from LP's, cassettes and reel-to-reel tapes. Some of these materials are mono and coming out of one speaker only. I foolishly did not deal with this problem when digitizing so I have to go back and convert several hundred tracks sitting in iTunes (m4a) by pulling them into Sound Editor- using the Edit-Properties-Channel Control-Mono Mix switch. Best as I can tell, Sound Editor pulls the tracks in from my compilations albums with each track as a separate "clip" (rather than pulling them in as tracks). This then requires me to join the tracks into one clip and lose my track separators (I realize that Sound Creater does leave a mark when the track seperator was). I can then use the Mono Mix switch for all tracks at once. Alternatively, I can keep my track separators and throw the Mono Mix switch one track at a time. That is tedious enough, but then I cannot figure a way to just save the converted files back into iTunes folder. I have been burning the converted tracks onto a CD, re-importing into iTunes -which requires me to fill in all the information for each track (title, artist, etc) - Gracenote won't help because these are mostly compilations taped off the radio 1957-1959. I then delete the original mono music files. Am I missing some obvious (or non-obvious) shortcut?) Can I somehow save the converted tracks back into iTunes folder without having to burn a CD and without having to fill in all the lost info? Thanks for any advice.
  3. Screen resolution for this Toshiba Laptop is 1366X768, 96dpi - and that appears to be the maximum resolution available, Looks like I'll have to live with the inconvenience of no docking. If that is the only problem I have when using Creator 2010 (knock on wood - no jinx intended) I will be still be quite satisfied - and not a little bit pleasantly surprised, after my experience with EMC 10. Thanks for the input and responses.
  4. I had the same problem with EMC-10 on my desktop. Just installed Creator 2010 on my new Toshiba Vista Home Premium SP2 Laptop and got a startup (particularly the network connectivity) delay by 3 or so minutes. If you go into msconfig (or by way of system configuration) and disable the Roxio Hard Drive Tracker 12 service (don't forget to also change from "normal" to "selective" startup on first screen), the machine boots up much faster. Hope that is of some interest and helps others avoid my day long research project trying to figure out what was slowing down my bootup.
  5. BTW, just installed Creator 2010 on Toshiba laptop and got similar delay on bootup until disabled Roxio Hard Drive Watcher 12 from services. Will post that on Creator 2010 board also.
  6. Probably just a minor issue, but just installed Creator 2010 on Toshiba Vista laptop and testing it out (have prior experience with EMC 10 on Desktop), and with Videowave get error messages: "not possible to dock effects selector at current screen resolution", and then "not possible to dock media selector at current screen resolution" I have no desire to change the screen resolution, and when get into videowave I can select either selector and its dialog box comes up. Not sure I am really missing any functionality. Anyone else experience these error messages?
  7. Thanks tbrewst - Now I not only feeled chuffed that I actually figured out how to resolve a problem on my computer, but I feel reassured I haven't, in the process, caused some other - worse - hidden disaster - which is the usual result when I get "creative"
  8. EMC 10 running on Vista Home Premium SP 2. I was getting very slow bootup- the network icon would have a red X over it for 2 1/2 minutes and the computer would not get on internet, have network and sharing center available, or being fully function, for 4 1/2 minutes. Tried turning off all services and computer booted up in 1min 16 sec. Then experimented and put all services back, including all roxio services EXCEPT Roxio Hard Driver Watcher 10, and bootup at 1 min, approx 16sec. When Roxio Hard Drive Tracker 10 enables, back to 4 1/2 minute bootup. Strangely enough, when also disable Distributed Link Tracking Client (because it sometimes interferes with Acronis True Image), the bootup slows down again. With Roxio Hard Drive Tracker 10 service off, EMC-10 seems to still work (on quick but not exhaustive test of it). Any one else have a similar problem? What functionality am I losing having this Roxio service off at bootup? Has this been fixed in later EMC versions? Any advice would be much appreciated.
  9. itobor

    EMC 8 and Vista

    Thanks Brendon.
  10. Have been running EMC 8 on my XP laptop for several years (run EMC 10 on Vista desktop). Laptop just died and have replaced it with a Toshiba Satellite with Vista Home Premium SP2 (and probably Windows 7 when released) -and all the latest MS odds and ends (IE 8, WMP 11, etc). Is there any way that EMC 8 will install or run on this new Vista laptop? If not, anyone know how Roxio views second installation of EMC 10? Anyone know if EMC 10 will run on Windows 7? Thanks
  11. Thanks for the response tbrewst, now I have a much better understanding of the problem. FYI, the procedure I have settled on (until I find a shortcut, if ever), is to capture the analog material on my laptop using LP and Tape Assistant, and editing the start/stop points in that program. Then I go into music editor if need more detailed clean-up work on individual tracks, then save the tracks as .wav files and use a flash drive to take the wav files to my desktop (much more powerful, with much better CD/DVD drive, and more comfortable for me). On desktop I burn a CD-RW (which gets used over and over) as an audio CD. Then iTunes imports and converts to AAC format. Then I fill in the information (track name, artist, genre, album or compilation name). If I am careful how I structure the information that will leave distinct "folders" in iTunes music directory (for example, if all tracks are from same album, there will be a separate folder established by iTunes - if a compilation I lie to iTunes and do NOT check the compilation box - but instead make up an album name). With separate folders for all the newly imported music, it is simply a matter of using the flashdrive again to move the folders over to the laptop and use the iTunes "import folder" option. The new music ends up on both computers with all the info - saving me the effort of having to input the info again for the second computer. That seems to work, but at this rate (with analog having to be "ripped" in real time) it will take me full-time until 2010 to finish digitising all the analog music :-) Thanks again for your response
  12. My project is converting LP's, cassettes and reel-to-reel to digital, and then getting the result into iTunes. I have EMC 10 and EMC 8 (on different computers) (My apologies that resolving this question might require some iTunes expertise as well as Roxio product expertise) I have done 23 conversions using LP/Tape Assistant in combination with Sound Editor, burning a CD, and then having iTunes import the resulting .wav file. iTunes is set to convert .wav into AAC format upon importing. My understanding is that if using iTunes (and Ipod) the AAC format is preferable to MP3 - AAC saves more detail and (somehow) takes up less space. (FYI - though probably not directly relevant - I have saved all the .wav files in deep storage - on an external 1TB HDD - just in case) This method worked OK for the first 23 LP's, cassettes, because I DID want to also have an audio CD for each conversion. The only glitch (other than the need to double-check the breaks between songs, and possible sound clean up using Sound Editor) was the need to fill in the info for each song (song name, artist, album name, genre, etc) because the internet service (Gracenote) that sometimes does that automatically took a long time and usually got the information wrong. Filling in the info while still in LP/Tape Assistant/Sound Editor was a waste of time, as the info would disappear when burning to CD and I would just have to do it again in iTunes after importing from the burned CD (in the iTunes main music window - putting the info in while in the iTunes imported CD window also would not preserve the information). Now the project has changed a bit. For the rest of the project (8 cassettes, 22 LP's and 40 reel-to-reels) I have no need to have an Audio CD for each conversion. Also, I need to synch iTunes on 2 different computers. If I leave the burn setting in EMC to create a .wav file, and still burn a CD from Sound Editor, I suppose I can reformat and reuse the CD-RW for each conversion - after I use the CD to import into iTunes. Trouble is I will have to fill in all the info for each song twice - once for each computer - unless I can figure out a way to fill it in while in EMC and have that info preserved on the CD so that iTunes will pick it up - (or unless some iTunes expert out there can show me a way to synch iTunes on two computers without losing playlists and settings). Haven't figured out a way to do that. Another variable (option) is to set the EMC burn option to create an MP3 file instead of a .wav file, and then skip the CD burn and just have iTunes "import a folder" or "import a file" - (if I try that method with a .wav file, iTunes (apparently) will import it as a 'wav file - taking up way too much space). HOWEVER, that will also still leave the double info input issue, AND I am also concerned about losing quality if iTunes is importing an already compressed MP3 file instead of a .wav file (meaning I lose the extra quality and compression that AAC format allegedly provides). {EDIT: JUST FOUND UTILITY IN ITUNES TO CONVERT .WAV TO AAC - That may prove handy but not solve info input issue} Am I missing something? Is my understanding incorrect? Can anyone assist is sorting out my thinking/plan for this project? Also, is there some converter built into EMC to convert .wav to MP3 format (I can't find one, though one would think that such a utility is in the Suite somewhere). If there is no such conversion utility, then one seems to be stuck for already created .wav files - and one would have to go back and re-import all the analog material after resetting the EMC option to MP3 (very time consuming and not really feasible). Many thanks for any thoughts, advice, corrections.
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    Mix And Match Dvd And Cd - Not

    At the risk of demonstrating my newbie status, I tell this tale of woe. Tried to use both disk copy and creator classic to copy a DATA DVD. The DVD was RW and I wanted to make a safer archive bu putting the data on a CD-R. It was only around 350MB so could easily fit on a CD (have no idea wy I first put it on a DVD back a few years ago). Tried disk copy first - but after took an image off the DVD-RW onto the HDD and asked for a writable media, it refused to accept that a CD-R was writable. So I then tried Creator Classic, but after I added the data files from the DVD-RW source to the burn menu, the burn dialog box had a greyed out OK button. Finally used vista utility to drag files files DVD-RW to HDD. Then went into creator classic, indicated the HDD files as the source and added the files to the burn menu. OK button activated in dialong box, and burn went as normal. Later figured out that if I had put in a blank DVD-R instead of a CD-R, probably would have burned OK in either disk copy or Creator Classic. My only excuse for this silly error was that I was a bit punch-drunk after taking several days dealing with another issue (see posting about CD/DVD drive not recognising blanks media), and just when I thought I had solved that, EMC refused to burn disks.
  14. I spent days trying to figure out why the CD/DVD drive (Matshita UJ-830s) in my Toshiba Tecra M3, running XP sp3, would not recognise when a blank disk (CD or DVD) was in the drive (giving error message: "D:/ is not accessible. Incorrect function"). It was usually easy to work around the issue since the drive worked OK when used within various buring programs (EMC, ImgBurn) - but occasionally a program would refuse to operate properly and recognise that writable media was in the drive (such as when trying to create a custom recovery disk for Norton Ghost 14). I trolled the internet and various forum as well as Microsoft and Toshiba support. Suggestions such as trying different brand media, deleting upper and lower filters in registry, clean uninstall of Roxio, using various fix-it programs such as "CDGone", etc all were to no avail. MYSTERY SOLVED (I hope) I later noticed that the properties of the CD/DVD drive did not include the tab for "recording" (open"My Computer" in XP, right click on CD/DVD drive - properties - should be a tab for "recording"). I had to go into registry with regedit and follow Microsoft Support Bulletin 316529 and edit the appropriate registry entry so that the CD/DVD drive was designated as "2". Somehow it had been changed to a "3" (I know it was originally "2" because I did a restore with Norton Ghost to a few days prior and it was a "2" in the older image). Not sure which program or update caused the switch, though iTunes is under suspicion. XP does not recognise a "3" as a recordable device (hence will not access blank media - only media that can be read - treating the drive as if it was a -ROM drive - read only). After changing the registry to designate the drive as a "2", the recording tab showed up on the properties, and under that tab I enabled the drive to write - and since then it recognises when a blank DVD or CD is in the drive. All that is left is to check out all the elements of EMC to make sure they all still work properly (fingers crossed) and to try and create a custom Norton Ghost recovery disk.
  15. MYSTERY SOLVED (I hope) I later noticed that the properties of the CD/DVD drive did not include the tab for "recording" (open"My Computer" in XP right click on CD/DVD drive - properties - should be a tab for "recording). I had to go into registry with regedit and follow Microsoft Support Bulletin 316529 and edit the appropriate registry entry so that the CD/DVD drive was designated as "2". Somehow it had been changed to a "3" (I know it was originally "2" because I did a restore with Norton Ghost to a few days prior and it was a "2" in the older image). Not sure which program or update caused the switch. XP does not recognise a "3" as a recordable device (hence will not access blank media - only media that can be read - treating the drive as if it was a -ROM drive - read only). After changing the registry to designate the drive as a "2", the recording tab showed up on the properties, and under that tab I enabled the drive to write - and since then it recognises when a blank DVD or CD is in the drive. All that is left is to check out all the elements of EMC-8 to make sure they all still work properly (fingers crossed).
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