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  1. MTolman

    HowTo fix both DivX and EMC 9

    If you need to have both the latest verions of the DivX codec and EMC 9 on the same machine, then you will have to follow the steps in the HowTo so the two filters are in different directories and DirectShow knows about them both. I suspect that only a small number of people will need to bother with this, but since I had to figure it out on my own, I thought I might save the next person a few hours of work and post the answer here. I doubt most people would even notice they were running 6.1 instead of 6.2, nor would they care. I generate a lot of video clips, so I'm very aware of how my codecs perform. M.
  2. Until Roxio finds a long term solution, installing EMC 9 may cause problems your DivX codec and force you to use the version that EMC installs. Installing DivX after EMC 9 will break EMC 9's ability to use any DivX based media file (avi and mp4). It seems they both named with DirectShow Decode filter's file DivXDec.ax and they replace the existing file on install and repair. Two codecs, different versions, each trying to use the same filter. Only one works at a time. If you need both the latest DivX codex and EMC 9, there is a solution. First figure out which version of the file is currently in the /windows/system32/ directory. This is easy to do. The DivX file is all lower case, divxdec.ax, and the EMC file is DivXDec.ax. FYI - When you're done with this HowTo, the files will be in the following locations, and DirectShow will be updated so it knows where to find them both: C:\Windows\system32\divxdec.ax C:\Program Files\Common Files\Roxio Shared\9.0\DivX\DivXDec.ax If you're file is DivXDec.ax, start here. If you're file is divxdec.ax, scroll down to the DivX version of the HowTo. EMC 9 Version Overview: Unregister the EMC filter. Move the file out of the system32 directory. Register it in its new location. Reinstall the DivX codec. Before moving the file you need to unregister it from DirectShow. Click on Start and then Run.. to open the Run window. Enter in the following in the text area: regsvr32 /u c:\windows\system32\DivXDec.ax Now click on the OK button. A popup should tell you if it worked or not. Let's assume it worked, and continue on. I'll assume you know how to copy a file from one directory to another. So, copy the DivXDec.ax file to your c:\Program Files\Common Files\Roxio Shared\9.0\DivX\ directory. There should already be a few other divx files there. Open the Run window again, but this time enter in the following: regsvr32 "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Roxio Shared\9.0\DivX\DivXDec.ax" Click the OK button. A popup should tell you it worked. Lastly, reinstall DivX. Now might be a good time to get the latest version from the DivX.com site. The install process will do the rest. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- DivX Version Overview: Copy the DivX version to a safe place. Get a copy of the EMC version of the file. Copy the EMC version to its new location. Register the EMC version in its new location. Put the DivX version back in the system32 directory. Register the DivX version. You need to get your hands on the EMC version of the file, but running the Install or Repair will replace the DivX version of the file, so make sure you copy it to another directory before starting. I'll assume you know how to copy a file from one directory to another. Copy c:\windows\system32\divxdec.ax someplace safe like your desktop. I installed DivX on my Desktop and EMC on my Notebook and used a USB flash drive to swap them. If you know someone with EMC 9 already installed, you can get the file from him/her. Otherwise, you're going to have to get it via the EMC 9 install program. If EMC is already installed, running Repair is a lot quicker than running the Install again. To run Repair, open Control Panel and "Add or Remove Programs". Locate Roxio Easy Media Creator 9 Suite in the list. Do NOT hit the Remove button. Click on the Change button instead. Click Next and then select Repair, then click the Next button. Follow any directions until complete. It may take a while for it to do what ever it does, and it doesn't give any feed back for quite some time, then it starts listing off the tasks it is working on. When it is done, the EMC version of the file will be in the system32 directory. Before moving the file you need to unregister it from DirectShow. Click on Start and then Run.. to open the Run window. Enter in the following in the text area: regsvr32 /u c:\windows\system32\DivXDec.ax Now click on the OK button. A popup should tell you if it worked or not. Let's assume it worked, and continue on. Copy the DivXDec.ax file to your c:\Program Files\Common Files\Roxio Shared\9.0\DivX\ directory. There should already be a few other divx files there. Open the Run window again, but this time enter in the following: regsvr32 "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Roxio Shared\9.0\DivX\DivXDec.ax" Click the OK button. A popup should tell you it worked. Copy the DivX version of the file back to the c:\windows\system32\ directory. Once it is there we just need to ley DirectShow know about the change, so open the Run window and enter: regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\divxdec.ax Click the OK button. A popup should tell you it worked. If all went well, you should be done. Each version of the file is located in a different directory, and they both should be registered with DirectShow. One last note: If you update or repair your Roxio EMC 9 files, you'll have to go through this all over again. With luck Roxio will be on the ball and you shouldn't have to worry about it for long. I changed the DivX version of the file to Read Only, but I don't know if that will be enough to stop it from being replaced by Roxio. Please let me know if you find any mistakes or have any problems. M.
  3. MTolman

    DivX Codec Problems

    I tried that, and several other variations. I'm not sure, but it looks like it is the DivXDec.ax or something linked to it that is the problem. During the install, EMC 9 adds its DivX Decoder to DirectShow, and calls it "DivX Video Decoder Release 0001". DivX's DirectShow filter is named "DivX Decoder Filter", so I'm guessing Roxio added the number to the name to keep them apart. The problem is that both DivX and EMC named the filter's file "DivXDec.ax" and they both put the file in the system32 directory - replacing the other's file in the process. EMC doesn't seem to be able to work with DivX's version of DivXDec.ax at all. On the other hand, when Media Player or some other program tries to load the DivX Decoder to play a movie clip, it fails to work with the EMC version of the file, but DirectShow just tries the next one in the list. The next one in the list is EMC, which works, but is an older version. Playing a video usually worked perfectly, but encoding doesn't work quite as well, and is a LOT slower. Since I can't rewrite how EMC loads its codecs, I'm going to try to get around this problem another way. If I get it to work, I'll post a HowTo. Why they didn't name the file RoxioDivXDec.ax or some other unique name, I'll never know. I wonder how many other files the install overwrote. I'll have to check every DivX related file in the system32 directory just to be sure. I've found a few DirectShow filters with 0001 in their name, so I'll have to check them out as well. I hope it is just this one file. M.
  4. I keep going back and forth on this and nothing seems to help. I have DivX software installed on my system, and use the codec, player and tools often. After finally getting EMC 9 working (uninstall 8, clean up the files and registry, etc. etc.), I noticed problems with the DivX codec. The Direct Show filter seemed to work, but the encoding was much slower than expected and other things lead me to believe there was a problem. The current codec available from DivX.com is I noticed the DivX.dll installed by Roxio was version After installing EMC 8, I also had problems with DivX. Uninstalling DivX and reinstalling it (with a couple reboots to make sure) fixed the problems, so I tried that after installing EMC 9, but that just created other issues. DivX seems to be working now, but EMC 9 can't read DivX or Xvid based AVI files. They show up in Media Manager with a question mark for a thumbnail. Hitting "refresh" doesn't help. I don't want to have to choose between the DivX codec and EMC 9. I'm sure this can be easily fixed. I'm not sure why EMC 9 wasn't written to detect and work with an existing DivX codec (if it is newer than the one that comes with EMC 9 of course). I thought Roxio/Sonic were supporters of DivX??? So far we've learned that EMC 9 will only install and work correctly on a system that's never been used before, and hasn't had any other software installed. I usually format my hard drive once a year and start over fresh. With all the updates, drivers, codecs, and applications that get installed, upgraded and uninstalled over time, I just feel better knowing I'm starting from a clean page. The bad news is that I reformatted my drive in June, and I'm not going through that again any time soon. Roxio needs to work on their install system to make it more robust, and in the mean time I'm going to try and figure out a way to get EMC 9 and DivX to play nicely. Perhaps the merit values just need to be changed on some filter? As it stands now, DivX is working fine in all Windows applications, so now all we have to do is get EMC 9 to work again without reinstalling it (which breaks DivX). I hope someone can help me. Thanks M.
  5. It is a shame that uninstalling EMC 8 isn't enough to make your computer ready for EMC 9. I know for a fact that hundreds of registry entries are left behind, many of which are now invalid. File types, applications, and shared DLLs are just a few of them. Roxio should write a better uninstall soon. Where can one find the Microsoft Reg. Cleaner? And don't be smart and say microsoft.com. I've been searching that site and have only found a registry tool for Windows 2003. I use a registry tool now, and it is very good, but it isn't for the average user. It located things that if removed would damage your system, and it requires one knows the difference. I assume Microsoft's would be a little more idiot proof. I don't even want to tell you what a mess your computer gets into when you try going from Nero to Roxio or visa-versa. Nero leaves all sort of stuff behind, too. One bright note: Adobe Premier Elements plays well with others. M.
  6. MTolman

    HowTo Change The Default MyDVD Menu Style

    Please tell me how we're just supposed to know that on our own? I've searched the Help files, and there's no mention of how to set the default style anywhere. I right click on just about everything these days just to see if anything will happen and I never thought to right click on the style thumbnails. This option needs to be more obvious to the average New User. At the bottom of the dialog box there's the option to Apply style to... That would be a good place to add a check box or something since that is where most people will look for additional options. They could also try adding a paragraph to the help files! ggrussell, I set my default to a static background with mostly text only buttons. It loads very quickly and is just enough for most of my needs. When I want a more professional menu I just switch. If I had a product that was able to do animated backgrounds and thumbnails, and all the other cool things MyDVD 9 can do, I would make the default menu with as many bells as I could - just to show off. Of course, I would also make sure to let the user know how easily he/she can choose a new default! Since I'm on a roll, I think MyDVD and MyDVD Express should have different default themes. If I'm opening up Express, odds are a simple, clean, functional menu would be the best place to start, but I may want a different default when I start a project with the full version of MyDVD.
  7. MTolman

    MyDVD 9 Hangs on Preview

    If you read C:\Program Files\Roxio\ReadMe.htm you'll find links on the bottom of the page for Application-specific known issues. I clicked on the MyDVD link and found mention of a problem with some video drivers and Window's Media files, and links to two files that can be downloaded from Microsoft that may help. I applied the fixes and MyDVD 9 hasn't locked up yet. It's only been a few hours, but I think I'm in the clear. I should have read over the ReadMe.htm better in the first place. I have to say that EMC 9 is everything I wished EMC 8 had been. DVD Menus are easier to create and more flexable. Everything seems to load a little quicker, too. I don't know why it doesn't offer more drag and drop support for things like adding video to MyDVD, but that's not a big deal. The added conversion formats are great. Media Manager is much quicker drawing the thumbnails. Clearly a lot of work went into improving the usability of the product. I've been having a lot of fun playing with it. I'm very glad I upgraded! Mark
  8. MTolman

    MyDVD Snap To Grid size

    I am a big fan of snap to grid features. Why is the grid size so large? And why can't we change it on our own? Perhaps offer two or three sizes: Normal Grid; Fine Grid, etc. And while I'm asking... How about a Center button/object option? I would love to be able to click on a button or text in a menu and click on something to have it centered relative to the menu (horiz and/or vert). The Align options only work when you select multiple objects and only relative to each other. I like to have the title of the DVD centered on the top of my menu and I currently have to do it by hand. Thanks M.
  9. When MyDVD first opens, it loads a default menu style. In my case it loaded the Seasons style/theme, which is a very nice one, but not the one I want as my default. Oddly, there is a Default style/theme but it isn't loaded. After looking every where for a place where I could change the default theme from within MyDVD, I decided to check out the registry values. Warning, do not make changes to your registry unless you're 100% sure you can deal with any problems you may create. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Roxio\MyDVD\9.0\Paths\ is the place to look. Make sure to put the entire path to your new default style. I don't know why they don't want us to be able to select our own default. A check box on the Select Menu Style dialog box asking if we want the new theme to be the default would be nice. M.
  10. MTolman

    MyDVD 9 Hangs on Preview

    My video drivers and DirectX are up to date, thanks. Here's what I'm talking about: Open MyDVD and add a movie or two to your project. In the lower left corner of the screen is the Project View panel, and it has two tabs - Menus and Movies. If you don't see it, select View and Task Pane from the menu. If you click on the Movies tab you'll see a list of the movies you just added. Say you want to edit the Chapters or trim one of the movies, so you click on the name of the movie. The Preview area now changes from what ever you had there to the movie you just clicked on, as expected. The problem is that the movie starts playing and you have to click the Animate Preview button to stop the playback. This happens every time a movie shows up in the Preview area. This means you have to keep clicking that button over and over as you work. I know one can edit the chapters by right clicking on the linked button in the menu, but that isn't the point. All other animated previews require a button push, so why not this one, and why doesn't it remember that I stopped the preview the last time I viewed the movie? M.
  11. One of my favorite features offered in both v.8 and v.9 is the Keywords in Media Manager. I have several dozen video clips and Albums in my library, and the ability to assign Keywords helps a lot. As a result, I have quite a few Keywords. I wish the management of Keywords was easier. For example, when you click on the Keywords button, the Assign and Manage Keywords area opens, but it is only large enough to display a single column of 7 keywords at a time. Perhaps it could display the keywords in multiple columns and/or be resizeable for those of us with large monitors? If I want to assign three or four keywords to a new file or album, I have to scroll through the list over and over to find the ones I want. Also, they are called Keywords in someplaces and Tags in others. That could confuse first time users. Thank You! M.
  12. MTolman

    MyDVD 9 Hangs on Preview

    Ooops, spoke too soon! MyDVD just hung on me again, this time when I clicked on a movie I recently added and it started playing it in the preview area. The audio continued to play, but the application was hung. I just noticed that the only time this has happened the movie clips in question were all WMV files. I don't know if that's important or not, but it seemed like it needed to be said. I'm looking through the help files for the answer to my next question, so please don't tell me to RTFM, thanks. When I click on a movie in the Movies list it automatically starts playing in the preview window. I would rather it not. I can't seem to find where I can change this default action. Any clues? thanks
  13. MTolman

    MyDVD 9 Hangs on Preview

    The first time I did the install, I just followed the directions and had it uninstall the parts it said it needed to uninstall. After it started hanging on me, I noticed that v.8 still showed up in my "Add/Remove Programs" list, so I uninstalled v.8 AND v.9, I then manually removed any remaining files and several registry entries. Rebooted and installed v.9 again. After that install, I noticed DivX based .avi files were not showing up, so I did a "repair". So far that seems to have fixed my issues. I am able to open previews without it hanging, and DivX based .avi files are now available to be added in MyDVD, and I hope it is just a matter of time before they show up in Media Manager. I should have uninstalled v.8 before trying to install v.9, but I had high hopes it would work out. M.
  14. MTolman

    MyDVD 9 Hangs on Preview

    Today (Aug 28, 2006). I opened up v.8 and there was a link to buy it, so I did. I downloaded the two files and ran the install. Everything seemed ok. I'm also having problems viewing divx based avi files within Media Manager. I have DivX 6.3 installed and I suspect it is just a driver problem. thanks
  15. I've been unable to preview my DVD menus in MyDVD 9. After hitting the "Preview" button, I am shown the DVD menu, and the audio starts to play, but then the application just hangs. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling in the hope that it was the result of some dll or other file left behind by version 8, but that didn't help. Build 900B88I ENU Any suggestions? Thanks, MTolman