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P.S. Just before it crashed I saved a copy of the director file. On first look it appeared the same as the 'lost file' but on closer inspection the files imported are not there. They are listed and appear on the score as before but appear to contain no information. Can I extract anything from this file at all? The file size is pretty tiny too.
P.P.S. If I have to start again. How do I merge a number of .dir files into one .mov file. So that if I divided up the file into say 5 .mov files, can I merge them to create one .mov file?
Why is your file so big? Is the Score very complex, or do you simply have lots of bulky cast members? You might find that you can break up the Score into separate movies, each of which deals with a separate functionality or a separate section. You can copy a selection from the Score window, create a new movie, and paste the selection into the new movie. You will be given the opportunity to link the new movie to the external castLibs that the sprite members belong to, or you can choose to import the members.
You can break up big castLibs into separate cast (File | New | Cast...). If you create these as external casts, then you can share the same cast members between movies.
Its big as I have lots of images in the score. I have just done the first couple of parts of the 'movie' again as separate .dir files. Sorry for bring a bit slow but how would I make it so I could have a .mov file with these two files combined? I might need it spelling out for me as I am not very apt with this program!
On Fri, 29 Dec 2006 22:54:58 GMT, sum101 posted in
> P.S. Just before it crashed I saved a copy of the director file. On
> first look it appeared the same as the 'lost file' but on closer
> inspection the files imported are not there. They are listed and appear
> on the score as before but appear to contain no information. Can I
> extract anything from this file at all? The file size is pretty tiny
You could try openspark's suggestion. If that doesn't work, you might get
away with opening it as a MIAW, then 'tell' that MIAW to save movie as...
I once had an external castLib suffer something similar - cast members were
there, but all the member sizes went to zero and silent. The .cst file itself
was still several MB even after a save and compact, but nothing to be heard.
I toyed with it for a little while, but reverted to my back up file before
spending too much time on it.
> P.P.S. If I have to start again. How do I merge a number of .dir files
> into one .mov file. So that if I divided up the file into say 5 .mov files,
> can I merge them to create one .mov file?
Director files are not video files and won't "merge into one .mov file." I
suppose you could export (search this forum AND the technotes for caveats) or
screen capture the presentaions to videos. Once you have video files, you can
use any video editing software, including QuickTime Pro, to merge or split
I don't recommend using Director as a video editor, though.
Mark A. Boyd
I've seen the problem you've outlined many times with my students, so may be able
to shed some further light to this.
I'm assuming your file is very large because it's badly managed - cast members are
not optimized, maybe you added content, deleted it, have not used a 'save and
compact'. When you save a movie using the regular save, it does a quick save which
means that all changes are just added to the end of the file. So, your DIR movie
just gets bigger and bigger in file size. If you choose 'Save and Compact', the
file is optimized. any deleted members are removed from the file, so you empty the
trash in a sense. The file also is saved in a more efficient way as well. I have
seen a 200 MB file go down to 50 MB by just using 'Save and Compact'
It will be too long to explain all the other things you can do to get your file
size down. I give an hour lecture on this to my students. I do have a summary at:
Next, why your cats members disappeared.
This typically happens when a file is very large and there is a problem saving.
If, for example you're trying to save your file to a Flash drive and the drive has
200 MB of free space and the file to be saved will be 250 MB, what Director can do
is save the file but clear the cast. So, you have all your score information in
tact, but all the cast members appear empty. They will keep their names. So, you
could restore the file if you had all the external content - images sound etc. Let
me know if you'd like more info.
Anyway, one good idea is to break up a your presentation into separate movies.
It's better (and more efficient) to have twenty 10 MB files than one 200 MB file.
Well, this is a long email. Let me know if it makes sense and if you'd like more
info on anything I've said.
Director Lecturer / Consultant
To answer the other part of your question.
First, some definitions
Movie = term that is used to refer to a Director file.
MOV = Quicktime video, also called a movie
If you want to make a a presentation with multiple Director movies linked
together, this is easy enough to do. The individual movies would be creation for
each section of the presentation, typically when there is a pause, like at a menu.
Menu may be one movie, then when you click section2, that would take you to a
separate movie with that section. To link by a mouse click, you can use:
go to movie "MoveName"
where MovieName is the name of the Director file. Don't put the .dir part of the
You can also use:
go to "Markername" of movie "MoveName"
to jump to a specific marker within a subsequent movie
If you wanted to create a digital video MOV out of your presentation, then read
what I said in the 'How to make output screen bigger' thread.
Hope this answers our questions.
Director Lecturer / Consultant