DeepMediaScan is specialized in audio and video recovery. Unlike data recovery services and tools that try to recover files by detecting container data, it tries to recover media directly. Indeed, what matters is the content, audio and video, not the container, that can be re-built through reindexing.
Since Treasured main strength is media detection, it is not surprising that DeepMediaScan recovers more footage from a damaged disk than generic recovery tools.
DRAFT DeepMediaScan overview (13 minutes video)
Generating the Disk Map
1. Open damaged disk with Treasured
Choose a disk or volume from the left column of the Open dialog and push Open.
Network disks are not allowed.
Besides disks, DeepMediaScan also accepts files with .img or .dmg prefix. Such files are disk images created by reading a damaged disk.
2. Choose Slice size
We recommend to take a bigger size first. This will give less definition but will be faster.
Optionally, you can...
- indicate a profile (like XDCAM EX), that Treasured uses to display time resolution of the map (below, 68 seconds per image)
- indicate a Good File. This will increase the chances of preview the media.
- request to stop after each slice. This should be done if previous attempts have failed to preview the media.
The first time, you can also leave everything as it is and push Start.
The same process will repeat several times:
- Read a slice from the disk
- Analyze slice
- Import images to iPhoto
And finally, all the images will be grouped in an iPhoto album, and the Scan Summary screen will display.
You can leave the computer unattended during scanning.
Working with Clips
4. Disk Map in iPhoto
Each image represent a certain amount of data of the disk. In the example above, each image represents around 68 seconds of XDCAM EX media.
If Treasured has been able to preview the data, the image represents the contents of the data. Otherwise, it indicates the media type. The images accumulate in your iPhoto library:
At the end, Treasured displays a Scan Summary with statistics about the Disk Map.
After scanning, the Disk Map is persistent: you can quit Treasured and come back later, double-clicking on the disk in the History pane.
Unless you delete the images in the iPhoto album, it will not be necessary to scan again.
5. Define and extract clips
Probably your disk contains several video clips. Looking at the Disk Map in iPhoto, you can identify them: if you "read the map" you will see sequences of images pertaining to a clip, followed by more sequences.
The Disk Map allows to define the clips that you want to recover. This flexible approach is very useful when your have a huge hard disk but you only want to recover a part of it. Or when you don't have enough disk space to recover everything in one shot.
- Select a sequence of images
- Drag the selected images from iPhoto to Treasured left column
A clip can also be created from the menu: Disk > New clip from iPhoto selection
- Rename clips. The name will also be used for the file created when the clip is extracted.
- Extract clips. The clip file is created in your repair folder. Extracted clips have underlined in the table.
- Request a Price Quote to repair the selected clips. (The clips must have been extracted first)
- Show file
- Remove clips. This does remove the clip from the table but doesn't delete the clip file
- Add a comment. Optional, if you need to add some information about the clip.
- Specify a profile to evaluate the duration of the clip
A clip is first defined (at this stage it doesn't exist as a file), extracted (it becomes a file in your repair folder), then repaired (it becomes a playable movie). But to repair, first you need to go through quotation and request...
6. Price Quote and Repair Request