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I am directing this posting to Jim Hardin. In a response to retiredguy's posting dated 2/5/2011, within this particular forum category, retiredguy states that VideoWave runs slowly. He describes the size of the dmsm file he is working with. You respond that you have never seen a dmsm file that exceeds 1mb or so. You suggest that retiredguy disable anti-virus; start a new project; accept defaults and under tools/options clear the proxy files. Then add a bunch of pictures and save the project; close the file and open again. Presumably, this should decrease the time it takes to open and save the file, and presumably his dmsm file should be much smaller.

 

This all caught my eye because I was certain that the VideoWave dmsm files I've observed from projects I've created in the past using Creator 2009 were much larger than 1mb or so. So I checked. All of the projects I've created have dmsm files much greater than 1mb. Most average about 2mb+. Of the three projects that were created a month ago, the first project dmsm file is 2.4mb and its accompanying DAT file is 1466kb; the second is 2.58mb and DAT 1299kb, and the third is 2.22mb and a DAT of 2204kb. Each of these project files contain on average about 300 images. They also include slow dissolve transitions, some text on the color panels, text within some of the images and finally a music track. So I decided to run a test on my old computer using Creator 2009 to see what happens. I followed your suggestions as described. Disabled anti-virus; opened VideoWave and cleared the proxy files; added 299 images (the same ones used in the third project) including several color panels. I did not add transitions, text or a music track. Here's what I found. The Roxio Media file was 912kb. The accompanying DAT file was 1702kb. So here are my questions:

 

1. When creating a project in VideoWave should the anti-virus program be disabled?

2. If the anti-virus software is not turned off, does it result in a larger dmsm file? Why?

3. Wouldn't including transitions, color panels, text and a music track increase the size of a dmsm file?

4. If a dmsm file is larger than the 1mb or so you indicate is the largest you've ever seen, does that mean there is something wrong?

5. Does the 1702kb dmsm file size of the test project created indicate the absence of transitions, text and a music track? Or is it related to turning off the anti-virus software and clearing the proxy file?

 

Looking forward to your response.

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I am directing this posting to Jim Hardin. In a response to retiredguy's posting dated 2/5/2011, within this particular forum category, retiredguy states that VideoWave runs slowly. He describes the size of the dmsm file he is working with. You respond that you have never seen a dmsm file that exceeds 1mb or so. You suggest that retiredguy disable anti-virus; start a new project; accept defaults and under tools/options clear the proxy files. Then add a bunch of pictures and save the project; close the file and open again. Presumably, this should decrease the time it takes to open and save the file, and presumably his dmsm file should be much smaller.

 

This all caught my eye because I was certain that the VideoWave dmsm files I've observed from projects I've created in the past using Creator 2009 were much larger than 1mb or so. So I checked. All of the projects I've created have dmsm files much greater than 1mb. Most average about 2mb+. Of the three projects that were created a month ago, the first project dmsm file is 2.4mb and its accompanying DAT file is 1466kb; the second is 2.58mb and DAT 1299kb, and the third is 2.22mb and a DAT of 2204kb. Each of these project files contain on average about 300 images. They also include slow dissolve transitions, some text on the color panels, text within some of the images and finally a music track. So I decided to run a test on my old computer using Creator 2009 to see what happens. I followed your suggestions as described. Disabled anti-virus; opened VideoWave and cleared the proxy files; added 299 images (the same ones used in the third project) including several color panels. I did not add transitions, text or a music track. Here's what I found. The Roxio Media file was 912kb. The accompanying DAT file was 1702kb. So here are my questions:

 

1. When creating a project in VideoWave should the anti-virus program be disabled?

2. If the anti-virus software is not turned off, does it result in a larger dmsm file? Why?

3. Wouldn't including transitions, color panels, text and a music track increase the size of a dmsm file?

4. If a dmsm file is larger than the 1mb or so you indicate is the largest you've ever seen, does that mean there is something wrong?

5. Does the 1702kb dmsm file size of the test project created indicate the absence of transitions, text and a music track? Or is it related to turning off the anti-virus software and clearing the proxy file?

 

Looking forward to your response.

 

I am not Jim but ....

 

Anti-virus has absolutely nothing to do with the size of the dmsm file. The only reasonfor sometimes turing off the anti-virus is because if it checks every file that is used in a project it can slow down things such as saving or reading files. Clearing the proxy files also has no effect on the dmsm file size.

 

Adding transitions, etc will of course increase the size of the dmsm file but only by a small amount. All you are adding to the dmsm file will be a few text strings, etc for each transition or effect added.

 

BTW, a dmsm file is just a text file. You can examine it with any text editor, just don't make any edits to it.

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The reason for asking the questions goes back to the original post. That is, this individual's problem is that VideoWave is running slow for him, and that the size of the VideoWave file he is working with is 2+mb. The response by Jim Hardin is that he has never seen a dmsm file that large. Consequently, one could presume from the recommendations given that turning off the anti-virus software and clearing out the proxy files will descrease the size of the dmsm file and therefore result in VideoWave running faster. I was curious as to how and why. Now I know. My computer has Norton Internet Security installed. I don't know about other anti-virus software, but it's possible to exclude certain programs/files from being scanned. I've done that for Roxio Creator software, including its sub-folders. Presumably, there should be no slowing down of VidoeWave.

 

Thanks.

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OK, you have, and I have not

 

Here are all of my dmsm files, sorted by size…

 

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I asked about His for His problem. His dmsm file exceeded ‘normal’ size indicating a possible corruption and secondly for the exact reasons that Walt outlined!

 

He (never came back, by the way :( ) was claiming 3.94 GB!!! that is 20 times the size you are talking about!

 

When troubleshooting, several possibilities for the problem exist, some may even be intertwined… So I often ask questions or ask for actions that will help pinpoint the actual problem and not necessarily what the user is asking...

 

For this one, another thought with a dmsm file that big was that these files contain the entire path to each file in the project... So it was possible that he was pulling files across a network or even from a web source! This would slow things up considerably. ;)

 

Sometimes ‘other questions’ will be answered even though it is not asked directly…

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For reference only. I just completed a slide show with 150 images and one short video, transitions and music and the dmsm file is 1.01 mb; the dat file is 683 mb. Just about double those for your 300 image slide show.

 

The proxy files are not part of the dmsm file; they are stored elsewhere on the computer.

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Clarification is evidently needed from retiredguy about what dmsm file he is referring to. Here's why, and I quote;

 

"Project is a mix of slides(jpeg)and videos(avi&mov).dmsm file is 2.77mb [at this point in his sentence he may be only referring to the project he is working on]and FOLDER CONTAINING ALL SLIDES, VIDEOS AND DMSM FILE (maybe he meant files) is 3.94GB". Maybe this is a production folder containing a number of projects. After rereading his post it's evident that it wasn't written clearly enough.

 

In any event, it appears that it is not unusual for a dmsm file to be larger than 1mb or so. The dmsm files shown by Jim Hardin seem small. Could it be that the projects themselves are small? Just wondering. It's also rational for asking questions or requiring certain tasks be taken in order to pin point a problem. However, from a novices perspective it would be helpful if a brief explanation is provided as to why the request is made. As explained in my previous posts, the suggestions have certain inferences at the least. Maybe not for the gurus, but certainly for novices like myself. That's why I asked the follow-up questions.

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Clarification is evidently needed from retiredguy about what dmsm file he is referring to. Here's why, and I quote;

 

"Project is a mix of slides(jpeg)and videos(avi&mov).dmsm file is 2.77mb [at this point in his sentence he may be only referring to the project he is working on]and FOLDER CONTAINING ALL SLIDES, VIDEOS AND DMSM FILE (maybe he meant files) is 3.94GB". Maybe this is a production folder containing a number of projects. After rereading his post it's evident that it wasn't written clearly enough.

 

In any event, it appears that it is not unusual for a dmsm file to be larger than 1mb or so. The dmsm files shown by Jim Hardin seem small. Could it be that the projects themselves are small? Just wondering. It's also rational for asking questions or requiring certain tasks be taken in order to pin point a problem. However, from a novices perspective it would be helpful if a brief explanation is provided as to why the request is made. As explained in my previous posts, the suggestions have certain inferences at the least. Maybe not for the gurus, but certainly for novices like myself. That's why I asked the follow-up questions.

 

With 202 or more posts, you can't be considered a novice anymore. :blink:

 

Do you want explanations in details or do you want a solution to issues? If explanations, you might be better off using Goggle or similar. How much of the instruction manuals have you read? How detailed are they in why things work and what thought process was used.

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