Media generator not opening for editing?

chulaivet1966 wrote on 9/12/2015, 2:16 PM
Good day to all my luminaries...

I'm on Platinum 9.0 and working on a my music anthology project.

I have several 'media generators' in the timeline with the lyrics in sync with the songs being played.
At bottom right of each media generator there are three icons.
The top one when clicked opens the media generator for editing the lyrics.

I had one of them opened this morning to edit the lyrics and by accident I moved the mouse upward with that generator opened for edit.

Now...when I click on that icon to edit none of them open?
I have no clue what spasm I may have had but I sure could some help on this issue.
Did I lock something by accident?

I just selected another different media generator and it won't open to add text either?
Just tried 'right click/edit media generator' and no luck there either.
Opened a 'new' project-added a media generator-same behavior-will not open for typing in text.

Many thanks and hope all are doing well.


MSmart wrote on 9/12/2015, 3:54 PM
It sounds like you may have hid it below/behind the task bar. Minimize the task bar and you may see the very top part of it. Hopefully you will be able to drag it up. It's somewhere just off screen.

When launching MS, you can hold down the left Shift key to reset parameters to default. I'm not sure if this will affect the Video Event FX window size/position though.

Another thing that may work is to temporarily change the resolution setting of you monitor to expose it.
chulaivet1966 wrote on 9/12/2015, 6:12 PM
I opened a new file and titled it for the test run.

I cannot find it off screen
I tried the left shift idea when opening the test file.
No change.
When I do click the icon on the generated generator in the time line it does not open for editing.

But...I noticed on the ORIGINAL file
When I click the icon to open/edit it opens a Video Media Generator dialogue box between the the Media Generator Presets on the left and the Mixer & Audio Preview on the right. I hadn't noticed that before.

I now see I can enter/edit from that EDIT tab albeit not as fast/convenient.
I'd sure like to get back to the original quicker method.

I have no clue what I've done and you've been damn kind to try and help.
I owe you a cold beer so belly up....I'm buyin'!
I'll continue putzing with it.


MSmart wrote on 9/13/2015, 12:04 AM
Ah, then you've docked it.

Click just inside the left edge near/on the vertical dots and drag to undock it.
chulaivet1966 wrote on 9/13/2015, 9:18 AM


Now I can get back to the work flow I'm accustomed to. :)
Many thanks for reading my long query and chiming in with the help.

Have a great day....

Chienworks wrote on 9/13/2015, 9:28 AM
"hold down the left Shift key to reset parameters to default"

Actually it's hold down Ctrl+Shift while starting. It doesn't matter which shift key. This should result in Vegas looking and behaving exactly the way it when it was first installed.
chulaivet1966 wrote on 9/13/2015, 10:15 AM
Mornin' Chienworks....

Got it.
I guess that's why that tip didn't work for me initially.

This project is an involved, busy one for me and I still don't feel that bright with the depth of the program.
It's 01:51 long:
Video track with pics - Music track with 29 original songs - Voice track with six minutes of narration.
Whew....quite a time vampire to manage without screwing something up.:)

Hence...I may be back!

Thank you both for helping out. and have a great day.
Chienworks wrote on 9/13/2015, 2:35 PM
Make sure you save incremental .VF project files as you go. After every set of major changes, or even more often, save your project as something like "projectname-20150913-a.vf", and next time -b.vf, etc. (I always use yyyymmdd format for the date so that they end up in chronological order when sorted by filename.) That way if you realize you messed something up badly yesterday, you can go back to the way it was before that change.

.vf project files are usually tiny, almost nothing compared to media files, so it's fine to have hundreds of them saved for each project.
chulaivet1966 wrote on 9/13/2015, 3:58 PM
For some years I've done the same.

IE....My naming convention for versions would be:
It's about time_091315.
It's about time_091315_harmonies added....etc.
Of course, I apply the same protocol for .vf files

I've also noticed the .vf files are very small.

Just finished a 'Make Movie' on this one so time to review and see where I've missed some transitions. :)
I need a goblet of wine.

Thanks again for the help.

Allegretto wrote on 10/1/2015, 1:17 PM
.vf files are small because they only contain references to the media (paths and filenames), not copies of it.

If you move or delete the media files, Movie Studio will ask you to locate them when you open the project.

You are smart to save versions of your MS project to different filenames as you go, so you have a backup if you need it.