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Old October 8th, 2008, 01:01 PM   #1
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File Corruption after footage has been dumped... Help Appreciated!

Hello

When testing an EX1 a month and a half ago I had shot a project, exported the footage and immediately edited the majority of it on my MacBookPro.

Later on had to move the project (including the .mov files) to my desktop and haven't touched the project until today. From my recollections there were no transfer problems whatsoever.

Now when trying to re-open the project in FCP, in the timeline every clip is nothing but a white (blank screen), and when trying to play the timeline FCP immediately halts with a 'General Error' message.

In Finder when I try to open the XDCAM clips, QuickTime immediately gives me a message saying that the file will not play as it is not a movie file. The file will not play in VLC also.

Strangely enough, the hard disk itself should be fine as I've ran disk utility and everything checks out ok and the other XDCAM projects on the same hard drive are all working fine.

Any ideas guys??!?! Are there perhaps any Quicktime file recovery programs that would recognize the XDCAM EX codec and perhaps salvage these data files?

Thank you VERY much in advance for any help/insight on this issue.
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Old October 8th, 2008, 02:37 PM   #2
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Hello Michael,

If you have tried everything else to no avail give this guys a shout.

CBL Data Recovery (905)- 479-9938.

They specialize in reverse engineering & they have saved my previous company's behind several times. One of our tech deleted an OBA shoot yes the Bar Association. LOL.
They are expensive though.

Hope this helps.
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Old October 8th, 2008, 04:47 PM   #3
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Have tried creating the MOV files again from the BPAV?
You did copy the BPAV using Clip Browser and not by hand?
You did copy the BPAV to optical discs (DVD, DL-DVD, Blu-ray) as back up?
Are you having problems with the files on the optical discs? Did you use top rated media such as Verbatim?
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Old October 8th, 2008, 05:15 PM   #4
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Have you tried to re-install the Sony XDCam software on your computer? The blank QT display usually indicates it doesn't have the XDCam codecs / plugins installed. I've experienced the blank QT screen on my machines where I didn't install the Sony XDCam stuff. Can you play other XDCam - .mov files in quicktime, are the problem files just from this project?
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