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Vance Piccin
Cat DV Player and Database issues
on Jun 11, 2012 at 3:40:31 pm

I am playing with CatDV in an attempt to learn a bit more of the Digital Asset Management concept. I have made several catalogs, about 6 now. Yesterday I started another catalog, dropping a few thousand files into it. After a short interval the clips were all neatly cataloged.

However that is when the issues started. Previously I was able to double click on any on-line clip and have it play in the interface. Now, however, I get only the following error message:

Failed to show media (Failed to open movie using QT or JMF)

The clip is there, I can do a command L and play it in quicktime without problems.

Then, before I left last night I sent CatDV off to make proxies of all the new media. This morning, I still can't play the clips. I opened an older catalog, and find that the proxies are now cross linked to those clips. Double clicking on a clip from a completely different client opens the poxy from last night.

So my usual solutions to problems, deleting pllist files and uninstalling and re-installing are not of any use. I did not find a preferences file, and a delete and reinstall does not change the behavior.

Any ideas?

-Vance Piccin


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Robb Harriss
Re: Cat DV Player and Database issues
on Jun 11, 2012 at 4:22:40 pm

where are the files stored? Locally or on the network?

what format are the proxies?

and are you making tape-based or path-based proxies (in the proxy/thumbnail settings)

Non-linear: all the time and nothing but.


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Vance Piccin
Re: Cat DV Player and Database issues
on Jun 11, 2012 at 4:53:09 pm

I am using the standard version of CatDV on a single machine. All the files are local to that machine. The proxies are M-Jpeg, which I believe is the default for the program. In the Proxies & Thumbnails preferences Based on tape & timecode and Based on path are both checked. Prefer path is not.

If it is important this system is on a Lion (10.7.4) Mac.


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Vance Piccin
Re: Cat DV Player and Database issues
on Jun 11, 2012 at 5:05:47 pm

Oh but wait...

I reset the preferences to factory default, and low and behold my media viewer is back. The default is path based and prefer path. I deleted the proxy media from last nights run, so am rebuilding that now.

Thanks Robb, that seems to be the hint that put me back on track.


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Robb Harriss
Re: Cat DV Player and Database issues
on Jun 11, 2012 at 5:39:23 pm

path is what you want. It makes a lot more sense as you work with it.

Non-linear: all the time and nothing but.


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