"normal" file won't play

vur

New member
Hi,
Using Media Portal I produced a .dvr-ms TV recording file of 5.8G as I would normally expect.

When loaded in VRD I only see one frame, the marker immediately goes to the far right and the length shows as 0:00:0. The marker will not stick at the start either.

The same file will not play in 3 players I have tried. It is as if there is nothing there.

Quickfix was tried and initially the [Start quick fix] button was inactive. I tried again and it worked for a short time, finishing with a big yellow exclamation mark but no info.

From past experience I know VRD can save the day, but in this instance how please.
 

vur

New member
Thanks Pat

My version is 3.1.4.551 - Feb 3 2008

Tried QSF your suggested way, browsed to the file and selected and opened it but the Start button remains greyed out and stays that way even if I click the Select Stream button. The other way (open the file in VRD then Tools/QSF) at least gets the Start QSF button active and produced a scrap of the file which I only just noticed.

I have now downloaded the beta and will try it and let you know how I get on.
 

vur

New member
Hi Pat,
Have tried the beta and still no joy. I tried QSF again both ways too. The start button was greyed out again by your suggested method. I got to the exclamation mark again with the other (less direct) way.

Perhaps some progress was made as the scrap produced today was 27minutes playing time versus 12minutes.

Over to you
 
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vur

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Hi Pat. In this particular instance, considering VRD QFix can produce a partial output, is there any other software you can suggest I try? Virtual dubMOD has specifically excluded it as it is a MS thing and Virtualdub mpeg2 says "no video file found".

Why would it be that the default standard MPortal codec that produced it initially not be able to play it?
 

vur

New member
Sorry, I'm not sure I follow. As I said, I am able to get partial outputs using QF. I re-name the output by including "QF" in the input file name. If you mean do I specify a file type then I have only ever used the VRD default i.e. mpg but I have just tried a .dvr-ms and still only got a partial output. I tried specifying various locations including to and from other hard-drives and still get only partial outputs. The original file would run for 80minutes (if I could play it) and the QF outputs are all different sizes. The best has been one with a running time of 27minutes.
Is it worth joining one of the QF outputs to the original and doing a QF... I have never tried joining before.
 

phd

Super Moderator
The start button is usually greyed out when an output stream name and location has not been specified.
 

vur

New member
Hi Pat
SUCCESS!!!! and THANKYOU

FYI I checked your "greyed out button" comment and am now clear on it. I had actually been trying the direct method hoping to fluke a really big output and had twigged to specifying a name and location but not told you.

Success came when I retried QF by the INDIRECT method. It ended with the dreaded big yellow exclamation mark, but this time a message box popped up stating "I/O rear error: Error accessing file in FileBitInputStream". I had never seen before (possibly because I'd never waited long enough for it to appear before or maybe it is an enhancement of the beta you suggested.)
When I checked the output it was only a little smaller than the input i.e. 5,939,000 / 5,965,000. It also contained the show I wanted and I have now removed the unwanted beginning and end and all is fine.

VRDTV is priceless.
 

vur

New member
Just a further follow up. I have just done another QF on the original file by the DIRECT method and this time it behaved the same as using the INdirect i.e. ended with the dreaded big yellow exclamation mark, and the same message box popped up stating "I/O rear error: Error accessing file in FileBitInputStream".

This output file too was the same size and plays just fine.

As far as I know I have not changed any VRD settings, so why I was getting all those various sized outputs before, has me mystified. The input was a copy of the original recording that I'd pasted to another hard-drive, so maybe the previous drive has a glitch on it or something. I will do a scan & defrag on it.
 
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phd

Super Moderator
It could be a drive error issue.

You may also be having an issue with copy protection with Media Center files.

What channels are you having the issue with?

Try to record a DVR-MS file from one of the major networks to see if it is OK.
 

vur

New member
Thanks Pat,
I did a drive Error check scan which is supposed to auto fix any problems found. There was no report at the end unfortunately.

I'm actually using XP with Media Portal and as far as I'm aware there's no copy protection involved.

The channel was our ABC HDTV (Australian Government owned) and is certainly a major. I have recorded heaps of shows from it before & VRD had no problems. As a matter of fact, the problem show was an episode of a 5-part series, and I have all episodes recorded via MediaPortal and processed by VRD . It was just one that caused grief.

I process 99% of recordings with VRD to ensure smooth problem-free playback and would not leave home without it. :)
 
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