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Lost Video Names


johnsmaa
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After a few weeks of recording a catalog of VHS tapes to my hard drive, and naming them according to the catalog (according to numbers on the tapes), Easy VHS to DVD crashed. When I started it again, none of my videos appeared - just two videos I originally recorded as a test. I searched my hard drive and found the videos are there, but they have default names like "My Video (5)." I thought when I was changing the names in the project I was renaming the actual files, but apparently that was not the case. This is about 50 tapes. I tried opening the project, but there was only one project available, and it was the old one with two videos. It seems my project has vanished. Is there some way for me to load the project that includes the names of all my videos? Is there a hidden file somewhere or something? The alternative is putting all 50 tapes back in the VHS player and identifying which file goes with which tape, a process that will take hours. Please help!

 

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Not completely following you on this one... ^_^

 

Some BASICS.

 

There are Project files and there are 'Clips' ~ 'Movies' ~ 'Pictures' ~ whatever.

 

Project Files do not have one single frame of movies or pictures in them but are "Notes" about your Project and store the location of the files used in that Project!

 

Project Files have an .VHS extension and are locate in your My Documents Library

 

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Captured Files are going to have an .MPG extension and will be located in the Default Location or where you designated... You can see where that is by clicking File - Preferences:

 

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Check those out and see what you have ;)

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Thanks for the reply. Yes, I know the project files are just "notes" about the videos. For me, those notes were crucial because they where the only record of which file belonged to which video in the catalog.

 

I checked my "Documents\Easy VHS to DVD Projects" folder and found two files, "6.vhs" and "auto.vhs". (From the application, "6.vhs" is the only project available). I remember that one time after the program crashed I chose to restore the Recent project and my notes were restored. I think the next time it crashed, stupidly, I selected the "6.vhs" file, thinking that was the same thing (since it was the only project available), but no, that was the previous project with only two notes. Now, since "6.vhs" is my most "recent" project, that is the one that gets restored. Apparently "auto.vhs" once had the notes I was looking for, but was overwritten once I chose "6.vhs" after a crash. Any way to recover the previous data, or did it get overwritten permanently?

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Anytime a file is Overwritten, it is GONE!

 

The auto.vhs is created anytime you start a new project and retains that name until you give it one when you Save or Save As.

 

There has never been a Restore provision within the Program so that must mean you used some other program to do that...

 

A "Repair" would never delete any existing Project files!

 

The second part of your original post mentioned reviewing the tapes... You should not need to do this as they are mpeg files and can be played on your PC with Windows Media Player.

 

To sort them, I suggest, you create project folders for what you have in mind.

 

Copy all the recorded Clips to a 'scratch folder' ~ this leaves a copy in your capture location.

 

Then as you identify one to go with a specific project, copy or cut that one and paste it in the Folder for that Project ;)

 

When you have burned all your discs, you can clean up the extras, and consider burning archives of the Project Folders and the .vhs Project files.

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So my problem was I didn't rename the file, and the app has no mechanism to protect that file, which has valuable user data.

 

Well, if anyone from Roxio is watching, I suggest they take advantage of the modern standard Windows file recovery technology that will restore files the next time the app is opened after a crash. The overwriting of this file by the app is a defect in the software and should be fixed (in addition to the defect that causes the program to crash intermittently, which has been an inconvenience).

 

Also, Jim, while I appreciate your clarity, I bristle at your demeaning tone. I am currently a professional technical writer, have been a QA technician, and have worked in the software industry for 15 years. To assume I have absolutely no idea how a computer file system works is overkill (I know how tempting it is to bash on pathetic new users who haven't even tried to solve the problem and seem to be wasting your time - I also worked in Tech Support for years). I get it. The file is lost. And yes, I DO need to review the tapes, because in order to identify the files they need to be compared to the content on the VHS tapes. At this point I'm just trying to help Roxio build a better product in the future.

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Nobody is 'demeaning' to anyone except your attitude toward professional programmers ;)

 

If you are indeed a Professional Writer, then you know that you cannot Read Tone...

 

And with your vast experience one would think you would have learned to use Save and Save As by now :huh:

 

The program cannot be too faulty as it has been around since 2008 and you are the first that I can recall who has had this issue...

 

I was only trying to help you with your problem but rest assured, I will not waste another keystroke on you -_-

 

And just so you know, I am just a fellow user here with no connection to Roxio.

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Just because the bug has been around since 2008 and it hasn't been reported, doesn't mean it isn't a bug. Most users don't bother reporting stuff like this. And I'm sorry misread your advice in the tone that I did. (I assumed you were a Roxio employee begrudgingly doing this because it's your job - so thanks for putting up with me and know that I very much appreciate your responses).

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Just because the bug has been around since 2008 and it hasn't been reported, doesn't mean it isn't a bug. Most users don't bother reporting stuff like this. And I'm sorry misread your advice in the tone that I did. (I assumed you were a Roxio employee begrudgingly doing this because it's your job - so thanks for putting up with me and know that I very much appreciate your responses).

 

Exactly what is the "bug" your are claiming exists in VHS2DVD 3? I can't really follow from your post what you are complaining about.

BTW, VHS2DVD3 only came out in 2012 not 2008 although it is based on an earlier version.

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