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Kurtis Penny
What are the options for corrupted XD-Cam footage?
on Sep 14, 2011 at 5:28:02 pm

We shot a long interview probably an 18 gig file on the SONY EX-3 Cam native drive only to have the USB connection break prior to download.
When we had the drive taken out, the files were corrupted. We are able to get some of the Data back, using data recovery software but only as individual 3.49 gig files as there seems to be a maximum size. They seem correct but we can't turn the stuff back into video. What are the options for corrupted XD-cam footage?
Any suggestions appreciated.

Thanks,

Albert


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Craig Seeman
Re: What are the options for corrupted XD-Cam footage?
on Sep 14, 2011 at 5:51:29 pm

http://www.aeroquartet.com/

Note they have experience with XDCAM and XDCAM EX
http://www.aeroquartet.com/movierepair/xdcam.html



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Ian Cook
Re: What are the options for corrupted XD-Cam footage?
on Sep 14, 2011 at 6:50:22 pm

I'm little unclear on how the clips got corrupted. You were transferring from the SxS to a drive or from a recordable drive to your PC? If they're really and truly corrupt (gibberish-y file names, broken file/folder structure etc) and you don't have the original media, then commercial data recovery is the way to go. If you just need to rebuild the data structure and have intact .mp4 files, you may be able to rebuild with Clip Browser. Note that all XDCAM EX devices utilize the Fat32 file system, so there is a max file size of 4 GB. Longer clips get broken into segmented or 'spanned' clips (i.e. they play as one clip and import as one clip but are really comprised of multiple files on the card, all joined by an SMI document in the TAKR folder).

Ian Cook
Sony Broadcast and Professional Company


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