V V4 users - how to get V V4 to recognized saved presets??

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Traveller, Mar 29, 2005.

  1. Traveller

    Traveller Guest

    I did an OS wipe/reinstall and put my saved presets backs into the
    presets folder. I saw that I had to actually create a preset for the
    folder to be created and then saw that a weirdly named file was
    created at that time (something like "{}" with numbers and letters
    inside). I saved my presets to both the general presets file and then
    into that one with the funny name. They just don't show up.

    How do we get VV4 to recognize these older dxp files, anyone know?
    Must I "import" them instead of just copying them into the folder?

    Traveller, Mar 29, 2005
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    Traveller Guest

    Sometimes I even surprise myself <g>. Though I didn't have a clue, I
    kept trying to find out what to do. No documentation anywhere, but I
    stumbled around and totally by accident figured out what to do.

    I attribute success to the fact that I happened to create some test
    presets while the registry was still open and to the fact that I've
    edited INI files in my time. I happened to see the behaviour in the
    key, I think it's called, for the presets setting in the registry. I
    was also in the presets folder so like d'uh, saw that the curly
    brackets in Windows corresponded to curly brackets in the registry
    with the same name. The next step was when I looked at the contents
    in that key and it was just like editing the INI file of my Win3x card
    program. I played around for nearly an hour but I got the presets to
    be recognized. My registry skills are extremely rudimentary but I do
    know how to export to a reg file, which I did, so I saved that now in
    the zip file backup of my presets.

    Totally lucky stumbling process but I figured it out. What a relief
    because I saw a big job ahead trying to re-create the presets. I
    already had them it was just to get V V 4 to recognize them which is
    what the reg files does.

    Thanks everyone.
    Traveller, Mar 30, 2005
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    I realize that I'm too late for you now but I found this on the Sony Vegas
    forum just today. The original post was almost a year old which is why a
    quick search didn't turn it up :-(


    For Vegas 4 and other older apps that use the Sonic Foundry registry hive
    (Sound Forge 6, ACID 4, and earlier versions), use the following
    instructions. Please note this is not trivial because it involves both the
    registry and files on disk you'll need to back up. I am assuming that you
    are familiar with the registry editor. The usual disclaimer about running
    regedit and messing with the registry applies here -- if you're not
    comfortable working with regedit, don't do this.

    1. Run regedit on your current computer, and export the following key (it
    will be saved in a .reg file)

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Sonic Foundry\FileIO\Templates

    2. Open the exported .reg file in notepad. It lists the paths for all of the
    template files on disk. Backslashes in pathnames are shown as two
    backslashes ('\\').

    3. Back up the exported .reg file and every one of the .sft files that are
    listed in the .reg file.

    Note: You may need to turn off the Windows explorer setting to hide file
    extensions and enable the setting to show hidden files and folders to see
    these files.

    4. To restore the templates on your new machine, copy each of the backup
    ..sft files to their appropriate path as pointed to by the .reg file. Install
    Vegas, and then import the backup .reg file.

    Backing up and restoring your templates is much easier for new Sony
    applications such as Vegas 5 and Sound Forge 7. When we switched to a new
    registry hive for the changeover to Sony, we were able to remove the
    registry dependency. We couldn't do this before this as we needed to
    maintain compatibility with legacy applications.

    Here's how to preserve your custom render templates for those and future
    Sony applications:

    1. Back up all of the files under the following parent folder (it may
    easiset to zip these up into a single .zip file), where <username> is your
    login name.

    C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Sony\File Templates

    2. On your new machine, unzip or restore them to the same path.

    Note: You can use this technique to copy templates for Vegas 5 to other user
    accounts. Just make sure they preserve the same file structure.
    Mike Kujbida, Mar 31, 2005
  4. Traveller

    Traveller Guest

    Thanks so much. I did go the registry export route and did get my
    templates to work though the font didn't come through. The templates
    at least give me font size and text and placement, I just have to
    change the font each time I use one. I probably could re-save, but
    haven't gotten around to it. Kinda silly having only partial results
    in a save of the presets, though, eh? I mean, you'd think it would
    have kept the font correct, too. But this is still much better than
    when I started after the system wipe/reinstall.

    Thanks much!
    Traveller, Apr 8, 2005
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    Glad it worked for you. I agree that Vegas needs work in certain aspects of
    it's preset savings. Maybe with Vegas 6? We'll know for sure on Apr. 18 at
    NAB. I'll be there in person along with several hundred other Vegas lovers
    waiting patiently!!

    Mike Kujbida, Apr 9, 2005
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    Traveller Guest

    Hi, Mike. I was reading about Vegas 5 and it is much better at saving
    presets than 4 because it _is_ just a question of saving the preset
    files themselves, i.e., no need to export the registry entries like in
    4 to a reg file to be merged into registry on new installation.

    That sounds good. Unfortunately, it says that V 5 is for W2K and up
    and I'm on Win98SE, so it'll be a while before I can upgrade.

    Still, I find 4 extremely adequate for my needs even with this little
    registry fiddle. <g>
    Traveller, Apr 11, 2005
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    I'd highly recommend upgrading to XP (home or pro) and doing the Vegas
    upgrade. The power of scripts alone is a major reason to do this. You can
    upgrade any version of Vegas to Vegas 5 for $200 right now and, if things
    are the same as last year, the price was only $150 for the first month
    following the new version release. The rumoured new features coming in
    Vegas 6 have a lot of us drooling in anticipation:)

    Mike Kujbida, Apr 12, 2005
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    Traveller Guest

    Yeah, well, when I win the lottery ... <lol>

    Seriously, can't afford any upgrades at all and my computer does a
    really adequate job on everything, even editing. It just takes a
    little longer to re-encode stuff. So I have the computer do all that
    type of work overnight.

    One day, though ...
    Traveller, Apr 23, 2005
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