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Cannot open saved project in Music Disc Creator


mikezoni

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I started a lengthy project (about 120 titles) to create an MP3 music CD, which I successfully saved and reopened several times (Music Disc Creator, EMC 9.0). I did restructure the folders where the music is stored, and noticed that after that, I cannot open the project anymore. I am not getting an error message, only a prompt to locate the project file. Even when I select the correct path and file name, it does not open (the prompt keeps appearing). At this point, the program hangs.

 

Is this because I moved the location of the MP3 music files? If so, is there anything I can do to recover the song titles (printout, maybe?)? I cannot put the file structure back the way it was (too complicated to remember). Otherwise, I will have to start over at the beginning and try to remember all the titles.

 

I noticed the project file has a four-letter extension (dmsa). I have never seen this before and am a little aftraid of it. Could this have anything to do with the failure to open the project file?

 

I am running on Windows XP, service pack 2.

 

Would appreciate any help or advice!

Thanks.

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If you right click on the project file and tell it to open with MS word it will open as a text document.You can see the tracks that are in the project but it's real hard to read.You might be able to figure out some reconstruction from there.

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Basically moving files from a project means that your goose is well and truly cooked. The only way it will work is if everything is back where it was when it was first done - but you say you can't recall the path.

 

I'm afraid you're just going to have to start from scratch and rebuild the project

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In addition to what Daithi said, it is easy to understand why this software, and other similar software programs, don't embed the files in your project. Your hard drive would fill up fast, so the program links your project to where those files are, when you create the project.

 

That wasn't apparent to me, the first time I ran into a problem, similar to yours, when I used VideoWave, in EMC 7, to create a slide show consisting of 350+ pictures. I changed the location of at least 150 of those pictures, and I ended up doing the slide show over. :o

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I deliberately moved several files used in a Music Disc Creator Audio CD project to a different location. The project opened in Music disc creator, showing all but the missing files and with a box indicating it could not find the first of the missing files and a browse button to let me locate its new position, then click OK and it then included that file in the project again. Actually, as I'd moved all four files to the same new location it found all 4 in one go. I repeated the test, this time moving the files to different locations. After browsing to the location of the first one, click OK (so it was added back to the project), the box appeared again asking for the location of the second one, etc.

 

That is similar behaviour to Videowave or My DVD.

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