Here are the two emails guaranteed to make the Video Star support crew wince:
“I keep getting error messages saying I need more space, but I don’t have any.”
“Oh no! I just deleted a music video that I worked on for the last three days straight! Can you help me???”
Yikes! Sadly, in most cases there’s not much we can do about either of these situations.
Beginning in Video Star 1.9, we’ve added a feature to help with both of these situations: iTunes File Sharing. Now when you connect your iOS device to a computer over USB, or you enable Wi-Fi syncing, you’ll be able to transfer video projects in and out of Video Star using the File Sharing area of the Apps tab.
iTunes File Sharing
After you hook up the device to a computer and fire up iTunes you’ll see the device … in this case “jPhone” in the left sidebar under Devices (step 1). Click the Apps title at the top (step 2) and scroll down to the File Sharing section (step 3) and scroll the apps list until you see Video Star (step 4).
The right side, under Video Star Documents, will show a list of your video projects. The names are a little longer than you are probably used to seeing, since we added the date and time it was created.
Whenever you get a chance you should save a copy to your computer. In other words, a backup! Highlight one or more of the video projects and then click the “Save to…” button to pick a location and save them to your computer. You could save finished projects to one folder on your computer and then reserve another folder for projects you are still working on.
Now that they are backed up you can open Video Star and delete some of your older video projects. This frees up space, giving you room to make even more. (NOTE: see PC issues below before deleting)
Restoring from a Mac
Let’s say your best friend comes over and you’re like, “You didn’t see that awesome video I made last month?” and then you remember that it wasn’t uploaded to YouTube, you removed it to get more space, but it’s been backed up to your computer. No problem. Hook up the device to your computer again and go to the Video Star Documents section. This time, instead of hitting “Save to…” you’ll want to click the “Add…” button, find your awesome video project backup on the computer, and open it. This copies it back to Video Star. The next time you start the app you’ll be able to use it like it was never gone (see note below).
Restoring from a PC
Because the Windows version of iTunes works a little differently, restoring a project from a Windows PC involves an extra step. When a Video Star project is saved to the computer using “Save to…” in iTunes, a folder with a name like “20121217113458_SongName.pkg” will be created. To restore the folder back to your device, this folder must first be converted into a single ZIP file, and then added to iTunes using the “Add…” button. Video Star will automatically unzip any ZIP files and re-create the project package.
So, here are the steps to restore a project folder on Windows to your device:
- Locate the project folder on your Windows hard drive.
- Right-click the folder and choose “Send to | Compressed (zipped) Folder.” A compressed file with a .zip extension will be created.
- Connect your device and start iTunes for Windows. Select the device, select the Apps category, and scroll down to the “File Sharing” section.
- Now select Video Star in the apps list under “File Sharing.”
- Drag the zip file created in step 2 into the right-hand window titled “Video Star Documents” as shown:
- That’s it! When Video Star is started up, it will convert the zip file back into a project package file, and you will be able to continue working on your project.
Now this is a more advanced feature and probably doesn’t apply to most people, but let’s say you are shooting your Video Star videos on your iPod most of the time (school, vacation trip, etc…) but when you are at home you sometimes want to use the family’s iPad. Believe it or not you can restore a project saved from you iPod right onto your iPad (and back). Of course both devices should use the same iTunes account so you have access to all of your purchased effects (see Restoring Past Purchases).
That’s it, a super simple feature, but one that can save your videos and save space at the same time: Enjoy!
Since this is a brand new feature in Video Star 1.9 there is one bug. Sometimes, after restoring a project, you might not see it show up in Video Star right away. The best thing to do after restoring a video project is to restart Video Star:
- press the home button to leave Video Star
- double tap the home button, icons slide up to reveal “running” apps
- tap and hold Video Star until you see a red “-” (NOT a red ‘x’)
- tap the little “-” icon and the app will quit.
- restart Video Star