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  • Thu, Aug 1 2013 6:12 PM

    • Pixel Monkey
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    Geeked [8-|] Restoring a 12-year-old project - freaking cool!

    Love, LOVE Media Composer.

    Back in 2001 I directed and edited an hour-long music show for broadcast featuring Slash (in his Snakepit band at the time). It was done on the Media Composer 9000 with version 10.5 (I think).

    I archived it to DigiBETA using the Archive-to-Videotape function. (Cue George Carlin saying "High tech $#!+, Dave").

    I just found the original project, so for fun I'm restoring it all using today's Media Composer and a NitrisDX box. I highlighted the Archive sequence and the master sequence. Hit "Restore from Videotape".

    Whammo -- I'm back in 2001! (Minus the hair.) Everything came back perfect. Now I can upgrade the mix to 5.1, bump it up to HD and redo the graphics and some effects.

    Awesome.

     

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  • Thu, Aug 1 2013 7:14 PM In reply to

    • Pheral
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    Re: Restoring a 12-year-old project - freaking cool!

    Are there a bunch of places in the edit where you kind of cringe and say, "What was I thinking?" to yourself?

    That's what would be happening with me.

    Otherwise, agrree with you completely about the ability to restore projects.

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  • Fri, Aug 2 2013 1:13 AM In reply to

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    Re: Restoring a 12-year-old project - freaking cool!

    Pheral:
    Are there a bunch of places in the edit where you kind of cringe and say, "What was I thinking?" to yourself?

    That's what would be happening with me.

    Not so long ago I worked on a TV special featuring content that I had first cut on CMX 340 (2" reel-to-reel) in 1977.  I definitely saw places where I asked "What was I thinking?" - and very definitely cringed, too!

    More recently I've had to restore Avid projects that others had created from around 8-10 years back.  Expected trouble, got absolutely none, apart from the usual when trying to get your head around someone else's workflow.

    There aren't too many companies offering that degree of backward compatibility.

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  • Fri, Aug 2 2013 2:05 AM In reply to

    Re: Restoring a 12-year-old project - freaking cool!

    jwrl:
    There aren't too many companies offering that degree of backward compatibility.
    I havewell over 100 RT11 floppies from the era you and I worked in the same small town. You were on Lightworks  for that project I believe.

    I also have one CPU with an appropriate SCSI card to access the boxes of Zip and Jazz (some that still do not have the clickof death) drives with very early Avid Projects and Protools sessions on them. Should probably just bin it all Geeked

  • Fri, Aug 2 2013 3:47 AM In reply to

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    Re: Restoring a 12-year-old project - freaking cool!

    RT11, eh?  What size - please don't tell me single-sided 8"!  (I've just remembered - you were using a GVG editor, so you would most likely have had 3.5" media.)

    And yes, Andrew, you do remember correctly.  It was indeed Lightworks.  And I still have a working Lightworks licence.

    But I wouldn't attempt to restore a Lightworks project from back then.  There have been too many changes - although the original Mark I Lightworks console that I bought in the early '90s still works with the current system.  There isn't too much computer hardware you can say that about.

    AndrewAction:
    I also have one CPU with an appropriate SCSI card to access the boxes of Zip and Jazz (some that still do not have the clickof death) drives
    The click of death!  I've still got some Zip and Jazz media in storage somewhere.  I no longer have any drives, but the media only holds software development projects anyway.  We have hardcopy printouts of all the source, so it isn't really an issue.

    It's a bit hard to do hardcopy printouts of all the source with video media.  Besides, think of all the trees you'd need to fell even if you could.

    This is getting really weird now.  I'll do a deal with you.  If you never mention any of this again, neither will I!

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  • Fri, Aug 2 2013 6:32 AM In reply to

    Re: Restoring a 12-year-old project - freaking cool!

    3.5 GVG yes.

    jwrl:
    I'll do a deal with you
    Done

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    Re: Restoring a 12-year-old project - freaking cool!

    My personal record is using a project and the original OMF media from 2005 in a new HD project in 2012. No problems.

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  • Mon, Aug 5 2013 5:34 PM In reply to

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    Re: Restoring a 12-year-old project - freaking cool!

    I have the original project files (on CD) and DigiBeta Masters from a project I did on a Mac based Merdian system in 2001 that I would love to try and restore (so I can "fix it".  See aforementioned cringe in this thread).  I even have the original exported AC3 files from a 5.1 surround mix to go with it.

    Alas, i have no access to a DigiBeta deck.

     

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  • Mon, Aug 5 2013 5:42 PM In reply to

    Re: Restoring a 12-year-old project - freaking cool!

    Pheral:
    Alas, i have no access to a DigiBeta deck.
    Recently I had to pay $400 a day (plus freight) to hire one. Whilst looking for an available DigiBeta deck I was tempted by the numerios DigiBeta decks available on eBay for not much more than a one day hire. (14 days to freight it from the US was the killer for this idea)

     

  • Mon, Aug 5 2013 6:11 PM In reply to

    • Pixel Monkey
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    Re: Restoring a 12-year-old project - freaking cool!

    Shame... I have two sitting right here. Hooked to my station's HDSDI router, so you could even capture into a 1080i project.

    Next time you're near Buffalo, NY...

    Stick out tongue

     

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