I have been using shotcut for about a year. Today I got a big INVALID when I opened the file. I have copied it below. Can I save/recover the file or am I screwed?
You can recover.
All of us who do a lot of Shotcut have folders filled with MLT files that display in the system filesystem displays as INVALID.
But how did he get a 1920x1080 INVALID?
I had never seen that.
How did he “open” it?
I tried many things, a browser, the image viewer, GIMP…
Nothing worked then I discovered it.
How to get a 1920x1080 INVALID:
(Requires a big second monitor)
- Open Shotcut
- In Settings, select your External Monitor
- Open a folder containing an MLT file that displays the INVALID icon.
- In Shotcut, go to the Playlist tab.
- Drag the file icon from the folder to the Playlist.
- Double-click on the INVALID icon in Playlist
A 1920x1080 “INVALID”
How to fix the problem.
- With Shotcut closed click on (or double-click on, depends upon your OS) the “INVALID” MLT file in the file folder
- Open Shotcut
- Click on Open File
- Select that “INVALID” MLT file
You will get a problem popup, which looks like this:
- Hover over the first (top) “missing” file in the window
- Take note of the filename, and where Shotcut has been told it ought to be.
- Now double-click on that file.
- Use the system window that pops up to direct Shotcut where it can really find that file today.
- If any files still show as missing, repeat steps 1-5 again.
- When all the files are found, Click on File, Select Save As, and give the MLT file a new name.
Your project is saved.
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