Saving a show to your hard drive ... xyzzy

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Saving a show to your hard drive ... xyzzy

Postby gpsmikey » Mon Mar 03, 2008 6:14 pm

This is a duplicate of a post I originally had in the "Tips and Tricks"
section that I thought I would put over here so others can find it :D
Strange -- I see I had posted it in the PSG Tutorials section :?:

You have watched a show at Photodex sharing that someone so
thoughtfully provided a link to and you want to keep a copy on
your local hard drive for later viewing - here is the process.

The following information is un-documented as near as I can tell, so
Photodex may decide to change it at any time (hopefully not). I am
assuming you are using Windows XP - for Vista, see the notes at the
bottom -- any other OS flavors, the path may not be the same.

Downloading the show:
When you click on a "shared show", Presenter begins to download the
show using a temporary name to the following directory (change "mikey"
to your account name).

C:\Documents and Settings\Mikey\Local Settings\Temp

[edit] - thanks to briancbb for the following - I had forgotten :? )
Two additional things. The Local Settings folder is a hidden folder.
If you can't see it go to Tools>Folder Options>View>Show Hidden Files,
and make sure it is selected (dot in a circle). Also under the same options
make sure that 'Hide extensions to known file types' is unselected,
otherwise you will not see the file extension (the.tmp and .px)

If you look in that directory and sort by size, most often the shared
shows will end up near the bottom. You do NOT need to actually
"Play" the show to get it downloaded, but it is important to understand
that when you exit Presenter, the temp copy of the show gets deleted.
The trick here is to let Presenter download the entire show. The show
will have a name like psg???.tmp where the "???" will be 2 or 3
letters or numbers and will end up roughly the same size as what is
shown on the page where you view the show near the bottom. For
example, if you look at this show of mine (for a quick giggle ... )
http://www.photodex.com/sharing/viewsho ... 4319&alb=0
you will notice under the display window it shows that it is "5.40 megs".
This will give you an idea how big the show is before you download it -
you may want to skip it on a dial up line if it is 200 megs :lol:

There are several ways to tell if a show has finished downloading - use
which ever one(s) work for you:

- if you can see your router (for those on broadband), the activity light
for your pc will suddenly drop way down when it is done - use one of
the following to confirm it is done:

- Looking at the size make sure it is close (they don't show exactly the
same due to the megabyte "value" -- 1,000,000 vs "real" megs of
2**20 = 1,048,576 (yeah, I know - don't go there !). If you do a
"View -> Refresh" the size should stay the same indicating the download
is done.

- If you have brought up the folder contents for the above temp directory
BEFORE the download was complete, the file will have a size smaller than
what is listed for that show. Don't touch anything, just leave that window
open with the file being downloaded showing. When the download is
complete and windows closes the file, the displayed size will suddenly jump
to the final value (close to that listed for the file). The download is complete.

Saving the file after downloading:
Now that the file is done downloading, DO NOT EXIT PRESENTER
Right click the file that was downloaded to the temp directory specified and
select "Copy" (you must use Copy, you can't move the file since Presenter
still has it's grubby little fingers on it). Copy the file, go to the directory
where you want to save the file and select "Paste". You now have a copy
of the file, but it still has the "psg???.tmp" name. At this point, you can
rename the file to whatever name makes sense to you (I usually use
an abbreviated form of the title and the users name). Set the file type to
.px (when you rename it, you can do all that in one step - just type the
desired_name.px when you rename it). You can now exit Presenter.

Presto !! You now have your own copy of a show from the
Photodex sharing site.


NOTES:
--- You do NOT need to actually "watch" the show, you only need to let
Presenter download a copy of the show to your Temp Directory. Also
note that you must use the copy/paste routine to some other directory,
you can't just rename the temp show in the temp directory, again because
Presenter "owns" that file and still has control of it.

--- I would suggest putting shortcuts on your desktop to the temp download
directory as well as where ever you normally store your shows. This makes
it easy to go there next time instead of trying to remember where they are :)



VISTA update (thanks to Al Cain)
These instructions are for VISTA USERS ONLY.

Downloading the show:
When you click on a "shared show", Presenter begins to download the
show using a temporary name to the following directory (change "mikey"
to your account name).

C:\Users\Mikey\AppData\Local\Temp

To be able to view this folder, you have to do two things...
1) Turn OFF UAC (User Account Controls) Then Re-Boot
2) In Folder options, go to Tools>Folder Options>View>Show Hidden Files,
and make sure it is selected (dot in a circle). Also under the same options
make sure that 'Hide extensions to known file types' is unselected,
otherwise you will not see the file extension (the.tmp and .px)

End of VIST Specific info

Hope that helps people :D

Let me know if I forgot anything or if any parts of it are unclear (I will update
this post so it is as current as possible)!!

mikey
You can't have too many gadgets or too much disk space !!
mikey (PSP6, Photoshop CS6, Vegas Pro 14, Acid 7, BluffTitler, Nikon D300s, D810)
Lots of PIC and Arduino microprocessor stuff too !!

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Postby sheldonk » Wed Mar 05, 2008 5:07 pm

Thanks for this. BTW, isn't xyzzy from the old game Adventure?

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Postby gpsmikey » Wed Mar 05, 2008 6:30 pm

Ah ha !! You just dated yourself. :lol: :lol:

Yep - it was a magic word that made things
happen .... sometimes - I originally added that to the title to make it easy to find
since that was a combination not likely to be in other posts. It is easier now that
we have the tutorial section though.

mikey
You can't have too many gadgets or too much disk space !!
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Lots of PIC and Arduino microprocessor stuff too !!

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Postby sheldonk » Tue Mar 11, 2008 7:24 am

I played that game on a Xerox Sigma 9 back in 1978!

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Postby VernonRobinson » Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:24 am

Thanks for the directions. I am able to save for later review. However, I noticed that there are no controls like on the Photodex site. In order to back up a slide, I have to right mouse click and then choose the function. Is this normal or do I have some type of conflict going on with my machine?

Thanks,
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Postby briancbb » Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:38 am

Vernon

You are quite correct there are no controls at the bottom. However you can 'right click' on the show and select 'pause', 'previous and next' slide.

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Postby VernonRobinson » Thu Mar 13, 2008 1:16 pm

Thanks for the confirmation.

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Re: Saving a show to your hard drive ... xyzzy

Postby rjl2gal3 » Sat Oct 04, 2014 11:20 am

Please remind me where the tutorial is that shows how to save a show ready to produce with the settings for Blueray quality. Richard. Its been a very long time since I have done any shows, I am getting older and things start to slip my mind at times. Over 80 at this point.

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Re: Saving a show to your hard drive ... xyzzy

Postby Betty » Sat Oct 04, 2014 10:42 pm

Hello Richards,

Perhaps this is what you are looking for found at the Photodex site:

http://www.slideshowblog.com/2014/09/best-practices-for-burning-dvd-slideshows/

Regards,

~Betty

p.s. The following is "Slideshow Quality Talk" also on Photodex site:

http://www.slideshowblog.com/2011/08/1662/

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Re: Saving a show to your hard drive ... xyzzy

Postby rjl2gal3 » Mon Oct 06, 2014 8:44 am

I am having a problem finding the tutorial that shows the steps when getting ready to burn a show that will play on a DVD that will burn an AVCHD I need the steps to doing this when going to the CREATE MODE. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Richard...
4.1.2737 is the Version that I am using.

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