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In a misguided effort to archive my video files, I moved dmsd files to another hard drive, but was blissfully unaware that the move would break the link to existing image files, most of which remained on the original drive, or were moved for archive purposes to another archive storage drive.

 

Now I've loaded EMC 9 and when I open the Media Manger it shows all the previously created albums, and many with the images (thumbnails?). But when I try to open one, I get a lost file and the former directory address.

 

1. Am I correct that the image files must remain with the file containing the dmsd?

2. Does the dmsd contain links to those files?

3. What happens if I move one or more of those files.

 

What seems strange to me is that the Media Manager may show all the image files in an album set, and knows where they were with a full directory address, but it appears there is no way to

locate the current location of those files and select all of the miscreant files and re link them

or have the program search all hard drives for the image files and relink to them

or provide me with a detailed list of each image former loacation so I can manually move them to the folder with the dmsd.

 

I tried to search for similar issues but found nothing to help with my understanding of how this works or how to fix it, short of maually moving hundreds of images one at a time and then re-editing the original dmsd file to get them back together..

 

Have I missed something or misunderstanding how the program works.?

 

I can use Explorer Search and find the files in a heartbeat, seems the EMC program media manager could offer similar options.

 

 

 

 

 

Is there some simple and batch way to

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In a misguided effort to archive my video files, I moved dmsd files to another hard drive, but was blissfully unaware that the move would break the link to existing image files, most of which remained on the original drive, or were moved for archive purposes to another archive storage drive.

 

Now I've loaded EMC 9 and when I open the Media Manger it shows all the previously created albums, and many with the images (thumbnails?). But when I try to open one, I get a lost file and the former directory address.

 

1. Am I correct that the image files must remain with the file containing the dmsd?

2. Does the dmsd contain links to those files?

3. What happens if I move one or more of those files.

 

What seems strange to me is that the Media Manager may show all the image files in an album set, and knows where they were with a full directory address, but it appears there is no way to

locate the current location of those files and select all of the miscreant files and re link them

or have the program search all hard drives for the image files and relink to them

or provide me with a detailed list of each image former loacation so I can manually move them to the folder with the dmsd.

 

I tried to search for similar issues but found nothing to help with my understanding of how this works or how to fix it, short of maually moving hundreds of images one at a time and then re-editing the original dmsd file to get them back together..

 

Have I missed something or misunderstanding how the program works.?

 

I can use Explorer Search and find the files in a heartbeat, seems the EMC program media manager could offer similar options.

Is there some simple and batch way to

 

1. No, but they do have to be in the orignal place they were, when you made the production. I keep all of my .dmsm and .dmsd files in a folder that I created for productions. All that is in the folder is those files.

 

2. Yes.

 

3. I think you found out what happens. Your project either won't open, or you will have to put everything back into its original place.

 

No images are embedded into your production, for obvious reasons. It would take up too much room on your hard drive.

 

VideoWave and MyDVD productions provide nothing but a set of instructions of what you want the software to do to the movie files, images, etc. that you have on your computer. It does not actually change any of the original files. It uses the instructions to create a movie.

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1. No, but they do have to be in the orignal place they were, when you made the production. I keep all of my .dmsm and .dmsd files in a folder that I created for productions. All that is in the folder is those files.

 

2. Yes.

 

3. I think you found out what happens. Your project either won't open, or you will have to put everything back into its original place.

 

No images are embedded into your production, for obvious reasons. It would take up too much room on your hard drive.

 

VideoWave and MyDVD productions provide nothing but a set of instructions of what you want the software to do to the movie files, images, etc. that you have on your computer. It does not actually change any of the original files. It uses the instructions to create a movie.

 

Thanks for the information. It was very helpful.

 

I wonder if there is any place where I would find the file structure and relationships which would have informed me how the various formats/file types relate, what they contain, and warned me about moving images and other items used in a production.

 

Lastly, I have several dmsd files which have been orphaned from their content files, or should I say content files that have been orphaned from their dmsd record.

Do you know of any way of reestablishing the content with the dmsd files other than manually re-identifying each file individually.

 

Dont know if the Roxio folks are listening, but it would be handy to have an option in the media manager displays to show item paths.

 

Thanks again for helping me understand what's going on under the hood.

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Thanks for the information. It was very helpful.

 

I wonder if there is any place where I would find the file structure and relationships which would have informed me how the various formats/file types relate, what they contain, and warned me about moving images and other items used in a production.

 

Lastly, I have several dmsd files which have been orphaned from their content files, or should I say content files that have been orphaned from their dmsd record.

Do you know of any way of reestablishing the content with the dmsd files other than manually re-identifying each file individually.

 

Dont know if the Roxio folks are listening, but it would be handy to have an option in the media manager displays to show item paths.

 

Thanks again for helping me understand what's going on under the hood.

 

You are welcome. If the orphaned files are spread out to different places on your hard drive, then you will have to relink them individually. You don't have to move the files back to the orignal location, if you relink them.

 

I don't remember seeing any instructions not to move images, etc. That doesn't mean they don't exist, though.

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You are welcome. If the orphaned files are spread out to different places on your hard drive, then you will have to relink them individually. You don't have to move the files back to the orignal location, if you relink them.

 

I don't remember seeing any instructions not to move images, etc. That doesn't mean they don't exist, though.

 

 

Bruce

 

Thanks again...

 

I'm getting ready to replace a 150 GB HD with a 500 GB SATA to house my media/photos/videos, etc,

At this point it seems logical to wait until the new drive is installed and then wade through the painful process of relocating all the image and sound files.

 

At least now I know what has to be done, and once done, how to prevent or mitigate future similar problems.

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Bruce

 

Thanks again...

 

I'm getting ready to replace a 150 GB HD with a 500 GB SATA to house my media/photos/videos, etc,

At this point it seems logical to wait until the new drive is installed and then wade through the painful process of relocating all the image and sound files.

 

At least now I know what has to be done, and once done, how to prevent or mitigate future similar problems.

 

A big drive is a good idea. I have a second 320 GB SATA2 drive in my computer, but all of it isn't designated for my video projects, but there is enough room that I will be okay for a long time.

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