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Strange .ASF Format.

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by abrogard, Dec 20, 2011.

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  1. abrogard

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    My IP Camera management software produces .ASF files. 3 hours of observation produces a file of about 5Gigabytes.

    I can find no software that allows me to easily scan these files - the best my software offers is to run through the whole thing at an increased speed up to x 16. Not good enough I have many hours of stuff to look through.

    I can find no software to convert them into something else that doesn't screw up the job - typically producing a file that contains only 10 minutes of video from one of these 3 hour files. VirtualDub did that with, producing a 13Gig .AVI covering 10 minutes.
    Magix did that, producing a 1Gig .AVI that covered 10 minutes. Windows Movie Maker did that. Various others did that or somilar. I can find nothing that works.

    Thinking the files may be too big I searched for apps that would cut the files up. I could find no file cutter that wouldn't perform the same as those other apps - taking the file in and then offering me a 10 minute file to start cutting up...

    So these files can't be called 'corrupt' really because the camera management software ('Collect Client' or 'IP Camera Control Centre') can play these files no trouble at all. It just doesn't do it well enough.

    It seems as though it is using some kind of non-standard .ASF format. ASF-AVI-RM-WMV-Repair says there's errors in the header. Some other prog reckoned there was no header.

    I can't find the source of this 'Collect Client' software to query them.

    So does anyone know where I can perhaps troubleshoot these ASF files, determine exactly what their make up is, and distinguish where it might vary from the Standard ? Or know some other software that will either convert them or allow swift accurate scanning?

    here's hoping....

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