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Matt Ramphal
Hard Drive Crash: How to use recovered MXF files?
on Mar 25, 2011 at 5:04:14 pm

I suffered a external hard drive crash containing some necessary HPX footage.

Using Data Rescue 3, I've been able to recover a large portion (possibly all) of my required footage. The problem is that they are in the MXF format. I tried to rebuild the folder structure that they normally transfer with, but I can't find/recover the rest on the data needed, (corresponding XML's, etc.)

I have a huge list of XML's, but they don't have corresponding file names. At this point I'm randomly opening them up to see if I can find a match for the MXF's I have. If I do find a match, would renaming the XML's to match the MXF, and then putting each file into their CONTENTS/VIDEO and /CLIP folders do the trick? This is obviously just guesswork on my part.

I also tried to drop the MXF into Raymaker on an old PC I have, but it doesn't complete the conversion into an AVI.

Here is a screen grab of the footage recovered, and how it plays back:
http://eyotfilms.com/123.jpg

So I'm able to see that this is the footage I need. The length of clip and file size (approx 1-2 GB's per MXF) seem right. Hopefully there's a way for me to rebuild these. Or are they simply ruined?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Hard Drive Crash: How to use recovered MXF files?
on Mar 25, 2011 at 6:09:12 pm

You can use MXF4mac. You would need the MXF4mac QT Import plugin (for pay) and then use Atomic Fusion (for free) that will combine all the necessary MXFs and fire them over to FCP.

Jeremy


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Matt Ramphal
Re: Hard Drive Crash: How to use recovered MXF files?
on Mar 25, 2011 at 7:09:09 pm

Thanks for getting back to me.

I was looking into this program, and I think I came across a $500 price tag...is this the same thing you're talking about?

And is there a way to know if using it will definitely work?

I should add that opening up MXF files from other working drives plays fine in Quicktime...does this mean that the recovered files are permanently corrupt/damaged?


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Hard Drive Crash: How to use recovered MXF files?
on Mar 25, 2011 at 7:19:05 pm

[Matt Ramphal] "does this mean that the recovered files are permanently corrupt/damaged?"

Could be. If you upload a small one, I am happy to take a look. I have the software I mentioned.

Jeremy


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Matt Ramphal
Re: Hard Drive Crash: How to use recovered MXF files?
on Mar 25, 2011 at 7:20:52 pm

That would be great.

Whats a reasonable file size for you?


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Hard Drive Crash: How to use recovered MXF files?
on Mar 25, 2011 at 7:25:00 pm

I can download whatever size. WE just have to make sure it's a video and not an audio MXF. 1GB or there abouts?


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Matt Ramphal
Re: Hard Drive Crash: How to use recovered MXF files?
on Mar 25, 2011 at 7:32:43 pm

That's great. I'll post a link as soon as they are up. Thank you!


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Matt Ramphal
Re: Hard Drive Crash: How to use recovered MXF files?
on Mar 26, 2011 at 5:34:52 pm

Sorry for the delay:

http://eyotfilms.com/M00548.mxf

It's about 450 MB.

Thanks again!


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Hard Drive Crash: How to use recovered MXF files?
on Mar 28, 2011 at 3:54:01 pm

Downloading now.

Jeremy


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Hard Drive Crash: How to use recovered MXF files?
on Mar 28, 2011 at 5:06:14 pm

"The movie contains some invalid data".

Anyway you can zip the file first and then upload?

Jeremy


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Matt Ramphal
Re: Hard Drive Crash: How to use recovered MXF files?
on Mar 28, 2011 at 5:46:40 pm

Okay I started to upload it, it should be ready for download in about 2 hours:

http://eyotfilms.com/M00548.zip

Thanks again.

BTW, at my end, the mxf files open in Quicktime Player and VLC. They play for seemingly the right amount of time per clip, but it all looks like the varying frames of the screen grab I previously uploaded.


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Matt Ramphal
Re: Hard Drive Crash: How to use recovered MXF files?
on Mar 31, 2011 at 4:41:41 pm

Hey Jeremy,

Sorry to harrass you. Any luck with the zip file of the MXF?

Thanks again.


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Hard Drive Crash: How to use recovered MXF files?
on Mar 31, 2011 at 4:45:40 pm

Yes. Same error. Contains invalid data.

By the way, you aren't harassing me. I forgot to write back. Thanks for reminding me! :)

Jeremy


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Matt Ramphal
Re: Hard Drive Crash: How to use recovered MXF files?
on Mar 31, 2011 at 6:02:29 pm

So I guess it's safe to say that these file are toast? :(


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Hard Drive Crash: How to use recovered MXF files?
on Mar 31, 2011 at 6:03:19 pm

Can you upload another one?

I still have hope.


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Matt Ramphal
Re: Hard Drive Crash: How to use recovered MXF files?
on Mar 31, 2011 at 7:00:29 pm

Awesome. It's uploading now. Will be done in approximately 2 hours:

http://eyotfilms.com/M00544.zip


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Hard Drive Crash: How to use recovered MXF files?
on Mar 31, 2011 at 7:06:23 pm

If you can, hit me back when it's done.


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Matt Ramphal
Re: Hard Drive Crash: How to use recovered MXF files?
on Mar 31, 2011 at 8:52:21 pm

It's ready now.

http://eyotfilms.com/M00544.zip


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Hard Drive Crash: How to use recovered MXF files?
on Mar 31, 2011 at 9:19:41 pm

Still no good :(

You would probably have to get someone to repair these.

Jeremy


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Matt Ramphal
Re: Hard Drive Crash: How to use recovered MXF files?
on Apr 1, 2011 at 5:53:56 am

Oh well. Thankfully I had made backups for most of the drive's contents.

Thanks for trying though.


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