I tried the CB method and a 44 minute file got dropped down to 16 minutes, I followed the instructions exactly. Opened the file, let it play for a few seconds, then hit mark in and go to file Save As and Index. It saves a new file, but only 16 minutes long and the rest of the video is obviously missing, what’s wrong?
This is a bit late, but I want to append to my older post. There’s TWO ways you can’t seek a windows media (.wmv/.asf) file.
1. If the person who created the file didn’t index it (equivalent of keyframes like I said on the first page).
2. If the file is indexed, but is missing chunks (in the middle for example) or incomplete (missing chunks at the end - therefore of incorrect size). In this case Windows Media Player can’t seek (aka jump to another point) at all AND when you try to reindex it, it may stop at the point where the chunk’s missing (that’s why some people are getting shorter times after re-indexing).
(I learned about it when trying to preview incomplete usenet downloads... just can’t seek incomplete or partially complete wmv files)
If you first use asf tools and use the Lost Chunk button it will repair any Chunk problems with the file then use CBs method with Windows Media File Editor ( mark in, save and index ) the movie will save correctly and will still be the original size and best of all will forward or rewind....
All my movies now work as they should....
man your solution worked!! thanks a lot
A follow up. I downloaded the Windows Media encoder and the WMCodecs, ran the Windows Media File Editor, opened the file and went to “Save As and Index”. It did not work at first with the error “Failed to Save File” - BUT - good news - when I played the file in the Windows Media File Editor for a few seconds (I couldn’t see it but that didn’t matter) and hit the Mark In button it set the recording start time just a few seconds after the start of the file. I then again went to “Save As and Index” and after a minutes (essentially the the time it took to copy the file) a new file was saved with the ability to move forward and reverse in Media Player and Divx Player. Yeah ! Hope this helps others.
CB - That Worked perfectly on all the files except for one, where the “Mark In” button is inactive, so basically cannot Mark in, only mark out, mostly because the file’s start time is set to “28:26:52” or something like that. Any suggestions?
OK i got it.
-download the program called asfbin.
-extract asfbin and put the contents in a new folder. might have like 9 files.
-copy the video you want indexed to that folder
a DOS screen should popup displaying the file it’s working on and the progress %.
your new files will have the file name starting with “Reindexed-...."
really fast but i still do batches at a time.
if you want to delete the “reindexed-.." there are programs that can batch-rename files.