(Updated 16 Mar 2015 to incorporate Item 4 and change Subject to incorporate AutoMusic discussion.)
I've created a new thread here (original in http://forum.corel.com/EN/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=56157) since it has digressed into a new topic that deserves its own thread with an explicit subject:
OK, I agree it seems we have three working folders, as follows:lata wrote:Hi Tanguero
Thanks for the info regarding temp wav’s created from Auto Music.
I have used Auto Music for the first time over the last few days, as you know this music is new to X8. I was unaware of the auto creation of Wav files.
I know that VS saves temp files including video to the Documents\Corel VideoStudio Pro\18.0 sub folders (DMF_Temp).
Oh silly me….X8 has a separate Working folder dedicated to Audio, I’ve not set that location, may try C:\Users\Trevor\Documents\Corel VideoStudio Pro\18.0\AudioTmp
Now the program has 3 Working Folders
One for normal editing , Snapshots etc.
One via the burner module that targets a different folder DMF_Temp
And now an Audio working folder.
Each of these can have a different location allocated by the user.
1. Working folder (set in Settings > Preferences > General, default ...\Corel VideoStudio Pro\18.0\):
- For .vsp files (under \My Projects), snapshots, rendered files seem to default there, who knows what else
2. Audio Working folder (set in Settings > Preferences > General, default ...\Corel VideoStudio Pro\18.0\VoiceOver\):
- As the name suggests, presumably narration goes there, or maybe voiceovers for screen captures only (since that's new for X8 and you suggest that this folder setting is new for X8 too)
- .wav files for AutoMusic used in the project should go there logically, but it seems to go into the last used folder instead (see below).
3. Proxy Folder (set in Settings > Preferences > Performance, default ...\Corel VideoStudio Pro\18.0\):
- Presumably for lower-res proxy files if proxy editing is turned on, apparently in a SmartProxy subfolder under this working folder
4. (per lata)Disc Burning Module Temp Folder (set in Share > Tools > Create Disc > DVD (or BluRay) > Settings and Options (F6) > Preferences, default ...\Corel VideoStudio Pro\18.0\):
- Used by Burner Module during pre-burn rendering
You say that the temp Folder (DMF_TEMP) is another one, but there's no separate setting for it that I could find, so I wouldn't call it a separate working folder--it seems to be just another subfolder under the main working folder. (I don't know what temp files are stored there or what DMF stands for. In addition, TEMP could just as well be an abbreviation for Template, although there is a VSPTemplate folder, though the 2Contents templates are not there--no idea where they are stored.)
In addition there is a 5th
5. Last Used Folder -- not settable, used (and sometimes misused) by the program when it feels it should (presumably only for things that fall outside the three explicitly settable ones above, such as where files were last imported from).
Now one could argue about what should be included in which folder but as long as usage is consistent, it's probably not a big deal. But the one true bug seems to be where the compiled .wav files (created from the AutoSound processor) are stored. I've seen at least two manifestations or rather two negative consequences of this bug:
(i) If you go to AutoMusic and click on Play Selected Song just to see what it sounds like, it creates a 23-second clip and stores it in some random place (perhaps Last Used Folder?). The fact that it's stored in a random place is bad enough, but it should not be stored at all as far as I'm concerned since I was just sampling it. Sure, it needs to be created to be played, but since it's just a sample, it should be created and played in-memory. And if it must be a file since it uses a sound player plugin that reads from a file, it should be put in a truly Temp directory (such as Windows system temp directory) and not somewhere where you have no idea later if you come across the file whether it is useful or can be deleted.
(ii) If you actually use AutoMusic in your project, presumably a compiled .wav file is created that indeed makes sense to save (to avoid recompiling each time the project is opened if nothing is changed). I deleted all the .wav files that looked like they came from AutoMusic (they have names that match the theme), and I have one that I actually use in my project. It plays fine in the (unrendered) project without any rendering delays so the .wav file is indeed somewhere but I cannot find it at all! It saved it in some random Windows-Explorer-wide "last used" folder or somesuch. Clearly it should be saving it within the VS working folder, not leaving crap all over my filesystem. I'd have to do a full system search to find the file, and if I move or delete it, VS will just create it again when I next open the project, in some other random-to-me location.