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Removing double-codec entries in Studio 11

Removing double-codec entries in Studio 11 By Rémy Fehlmann - Last updated on Saturday, July 25, 2009
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Category: Studio 1-15 Tutorials / Installation  -  Previous tutorials
Published on Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Created on Monday, March 31, 2008 1:18 PM
 

Double-codec entries in Studio 11 Make Movie

Many users have reported the ‘double entries’ issues after launching Studio by double-clicking on the project file (.stx), a shortcut based on it (.lnk), or a restart of Studio following a crash and without choosing to restore the last used project. It has been determined that in these particular circumstances Studio does rebuild some internal data info especially if it was used for the first time and it's needed to self-reinstall some components. This is why you’re getting double entries. In this case, each 2nd entry (the double) must be not used otherwise you might crash Studio. This Tips & Tricks allows you to get rid of these double entries.

  • exit Studio
  • In the Control Panel, check Folder Options settings: "Show hidden files and folders" and do not "Hide extensions for known file types"
  • look for the following file (folder names can slightly differ):

XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\Pinnacle\Program Files\Pinnacle\Studio 11\programs\Sites\COMPUTER_NAME\Settings\Settings.vst
Vista: C:\Users\Public\Public doc\Pinnacle\program files\Pinnacle\Studio 11\programs\Site\COMPUTER_NAME\Settings\Settings.vst
Hint: MB, one of our reader, found it easier to find the "Settings.vst" file by doing a "search" within windows explorer under C:\documents and Settings after setting 'show hidden files & not hide extentions'.

  • this file is incorrect if the size exceed 1000ko. If so delete it! (usual size ~ 598-652ko).
    You might find many Settings.vst files please delete only if more than 1000ko (you might prefer to rename as .old instead deleting it, works as well).
  • start Studio without opening a project; he will re-create automatically this file with correct data
  • done, problem solved !

Once this file is re-created correctly by Studio, you might want to change it’s attributes to "Read Only". This way the problem will not occur again, or just temporarily if Studio is started in the ‘wrong’ way (then you just need to exit Studio and restart normally). However please note that this file is not supposed to be setup as "Read Only", so it’s recommended to remove this attribute prior to upgrading Studio software. Here, we are just looking to prevent unattended updates during Studio startup.


{Article created by Fehlmann / fine tuning by Loosecannon}

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MB By # MB @ Wednesday, April 2, 2008 6:05 AM
Great tip, worked first time for me. Thanks guys!
Hint: I found it easier to find the "Settings.vst" file by doing a "search" within windows explorer under C:\documents and Settings after setting 'show hidden files & not hide extentions'
I got about 6 results with only one of them over 1000k. Renamed it, problem fixed! THANKS
Using XP

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Wednesday, April 2, 2008 6:13 AM
Very good idea MB. I will add this to the tutorial, it may help other people to find the file.
Thanks for the comment, and have a nice day,
DV FX

gary By # gary @ Wednesday, April 2, 2008 1:45 PM
Glad you figured it out. I had complained about this to Pinnacle and no one seemed to have a clue what the problem was. Thanks!

Rémy Fehlmann By # Rémy Fehlmann @ Thursday, April 3, 2008 12:15 PM
Thanks for feedback guys, appreciated.
Rémy

prm By # prm @ Sunday, April 6, 2008 7:22 PM
Wow good tips, many thanks anyway actually I also victim of this. Very good idea you have sharing us. Keep it up.

prm

alaskagram By # alaskagram @ Wednesday, May 14, 2008 9:25 PM
Is this the same as in" make movie" when the drop down files has two entries for each file type,i.e.mpeg-2, listed twice vertically.I'll click on one and get dvd compatible as the only write option,click on the second mpeg-2 and it gives me all of the write options.P.S. looking forward to using the transitions.

Mick Bentley By # Mick Bentley @ Wednesday, May 14, 2008 10:18 PM
Alaskagram,
Yes it is !
MB

Marita By # Marita @ Friday, August 29, 2008 7:45 AM
Great, great tip, I´m able to open again my Studio 10 after fighting over 24 hours

Buddy Mitchell By # Buddy Mitchell @ Thursday, November 20, 2008 5:08 AM
Many Thanks! Did just as you said......................

Buddy

CB By # CB @ Tuesday, June 2, 2009 7:52 AM
Thank you, worked for me!
(after unsuccessful attempts to find help in knowledge base, live support, email support...)

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Wednesday, June 3, 2009 1:46 PM
Thanks to you, CB, for taking time to post your comment. Very much appreciated. Have a nice day,

DV FX

The Doc By # The Doc @ Monday, June 29, 2009 3:00 PM
it also works for Version 10

Mark B By # Mark B @ Tuesday, August 18, 2009 7:53 AM
Well done, your answers are 3 for 3.
I found the file and renamed it to settings.vst.old and it didn't work, but did create a settings.vst file. I deleted the settings.vst.old and it worked immediately.
Now, I just need to add good positive responses on your other tips. Your efforts are appreciated, keep up the good work

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Wednesday, August 19, 2009 12:19 AM
Thanks Mark B for posting and informing us of the success of it. Do not hesitate to visit us soon, and subscribe to our newsletter if not already done.

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Ratnam By # Ratnam @ Thursday, June 7, 2012 5:42 PM
Hi I have studio 14 and operating system is windows 7.
When making movies it shows that it has done all making part, but after writing it only shows part of the movie wrttten on disk. Please can you help me. I have wasted quite a lot of disk by rewritting and get same problem

Rémy By # Rémy @ Friday, June 8, 2012 8:03 AM
Hi Ratnam,

Your issue is not related to this double-codec solving tip but rather with the fact that your project might be fairly complex, using the 2 video tracks in the timeline,and varpus types of videos sources? etc. so pratically Studio get lost at render time and displayed images are not matching with timeline content, at least for some. This can typically happen when using different video sources formats i.e mpeg + Avi +. .ts.. Ideally (but not always) all sources should be converted first to a unique common format to be used in the timeline. In this site you will find a tip posted by czmax advising how to convert i.e in 1440 res. Sorry this might be late for you at this stage but no luck.. have a try at leat with some test project to see how it goes with czmax approach. Hope will help.

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Friday, June 8, 2012 2:27 PM
Hello Ratnam,

Are you aware to post a comment in an article which is dealing with Studio 11 ?.....
And in addition, it's written here: "WARNING: this comment section only relates to the current article. All technical and/or general questions regarding software detailled in our article *MUST* be asked through various forums; we won't even answer to comments which do not comply to this basic rule, and we might even moderate it. Thanks in advance for your comprehension."

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WARNING: this comment section only relates to the current article. All technical and/or general questions regarding software detailled in our article *MUST* be asked through various forums; we won't even answer to comments which do not comply to this basic rule, and we might even moderate it. Thanks in advance for your comprehension.

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