They were just short video clips I made with my Canon camera, and I thought I had saved the raw form of them on a CD, but didn't. I have these clips on a DVD slide show, and tried to recapture them from that, but so far no luck.
I could insert the DVD formatted slide show into my computer and attempted to just copy the starting 6 clips, which were the only videos on the whole slide show, the rest are still images. And I got get them into my Windows media player and they appeared as chapters, but could not edit them. And then I tried to edit them with Prism and convert them back to either an mpeg or .avi file, but while I could get them to play in there, my slide show software did not accept them, it said it had no file handler for that type of .avi.
It also copied back the 6 clips all in one long clip, which I didn't want, I just wanted to use a 2 of the six clips that were on there. So I downloaded another program, Video Pad video editor, and could get the long clip downloaded to that. And I worked with that a few times, separating which parts of the footage I wanted to use, cropped it, and sent it to be converted and saved as an .avi and again as .mpeg. They went to my pictures as I wanted them to, but again even though they appearred to be ok, my slide show software did not accept them. When I first copied them back to my computer in my documents, they appeared as video-TS/FO.VTS files.
So if I can't get the restored files to work, could I approach it from getting them from the DVD slide show someway and convert them from there? I know when I first inserted the dvd and tried to copy the files, it took a really long time, and made a huge file. And I wondered why that was, since all 6 clips together don't even play for 10 minute total.
Hope I have explained this well enough, it is very frustrating to be able to have it on a DVD, but can't copy it back to my computer the right way.