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    Unfinalized Dvd's

    gotcha tsantee... thus, my rant........... I don't get why there is not a software/hardware thinkus, that's tech speak from a 35 year plus computer guy, that does this sort of thing...... !@!@#$%$#@#@*!@#
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    Unfinalized Dvd's

    This is a long post..... This is as much a vent/rant as it is is a cry for help. The DVD "standard" has got to be among the most unstandard (sic) that I have ever encountered. Blu-Rays seem to be even worse. I keep encountering client DVD's that were either not finalized or incorrectly finalized and in many cases the source machine is no longer available. This is a nightmare when trying to explain to a client (or even to myself) that a DVD that might play perfectly well in the original machine years ago will not mount, play or even show data of ANY kind to be available on my pretty sophisticated looking studio/Mac or any of my available DVD players. I have googled extensively, experimented with disc recovery utilities of all kinds, and I have even purchased a piece of software that was supposed to be able to do a "forensic quality" search on a disc and recover data. No joy at all. When CD's were new I had clients and Dance competition operators that refused to accept music on burned CD's and they insisted on cassette tapes as late as the early 2000's. Yet from the mid- 90's on there were demonstrable improvements in consistency of player/disc interactions and even though some were very paranoid for longer than necessary I at least always felt that progress was being made and I had more and more confidence in my product. DVD's are as error prone and infuriating to deal with today on my early 2008 MacPro with more cores and RAM than common sense dictates, modern High Speed disc burners and space age software as it was when I had my DP500 Powermac and 2x DVD Burner and first gen DVD burning software solutions. My Mac crashes much less (almost never) and doesn't hang anymore when trying to process video data but beyond that the results are easily as frustrating and infuriating when trying to deal with burned DVD's of all kinds as they have ever been. If a consumer DVD/VHS burning machine screws up a finalize operation, or if the disc is not finalized, I understand that the computer does not have an EASY roadmap of whatever is on a video disc. BUT WHY CAN"T I FIND A MACINTOSH UTILITY THAT WILL WILL READ AND THEN MANIPULATE WHAT IS ON THERE BY BRUTE FORCE ??!!??@#@##@$#@!!? WHY NOT SOMETHING THAT WILL FORCE THE OS TO MOUNT SOMETHING/ANYTHING? I don't get this. I realllllly don't. If I have missed something I will gladly come back for a mea culpa. Thanks In Advance guys. Pete
  3. peterguitar

    Multiple Drive Burn Speed Display "vegges Out" During Main Burn

    This continues to be a problem. When will someone from Roxio speak to this issue?
  4. peterguitar

    Firewire Input?

    Thanks tsantee, The way I'm going to transfer the video is this way: I'm going to pass the analog signal from a VHS player into the camcorder and use the conversion capabilities of the camcorder to create a DV signal that I will send to the Mac over Firewire. I have a Digital8 camcorder and a MiniDV/HDV camcorder that allow for this. My VCR to DVD combo burner has died and I don't want to spend more money on another one of those decks if I can get around this issue using the equipment I have on hand. Thanks for the response because it looks like I should at least try it this way and hope that Toast 11 does not have some kind of quirk where it won't let this happen. The compression in VHS-to-DVD was just unacceptable to me. Thanks! Pete D.
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    Firewire Input?

    I seem to remember that I was able to connect either my Sony Digital8 camcorder or my Sony HDV/MiniDV camcorder via firewire to my mac and I was able to capture video directly into Toast this way. EASY-VHS-TO-DVD is useless. Just a pain to get working and not worth the effort when I see the transferred video quality. I wont be able to test this in Toast11 for about a week but I remember I was able to do this before. So I'm thinking I can punt and do the transfer using my digital camcorder and Toast. Has anyone tried this yet in Toast11? Thanks, Pete D.
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    Vhs To Dvd For Mac - No Audio

    After getting the product to work I am going to bring the whole dang thing back for a refund... the quality of the copies is awful even at the best setting. I'm gonna dig out the VHS-to-DVD Toshiba recorder out of storage and get the copies done that way. The process is funky there too but at least the copies come out excellent.
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    Vhs To Dvd For Mac - No Audio

    I wasn't getting audio as well. My Audio control panel showed a USB device had been added to my "Input Devices" list. When I selected it I got what looked like audio input bars in the control panel but I still got no response shown or heard in the Roxio product. I then quit the VHS-to-DVD product. Started Toast. And I the started VHS-to-DVD and I had audio bars and sound from my Mac..... The funky USB audio device disappeared from my audio control panel, too. No idea if this helps you. YMMV. Pete
  8. I was really looking forward to the multiple drive burn feature. It's a great thing to have. However the multiple drive burn only shows progress for the lead in and lead out part of the burn. The lead in screen sits there idling while the main burn is done and then it jumps to the lead out screen at the end of the process. When I walk away from the workstation I don't care because when i return I have two fresh copies of my originals and I only had to load the drives once. That's cool. But when I'm sitting there watching the workstation it's unsettling not knowing what is going on after the lead in is finished. I'm using 11.0.2
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    Toast 11 -Dog Slow-

    All I can guess at is an average because my burns for multiple drives still only show the Lead In and Lead Out screens and no updates are made to the display during actual burning. The burns are faster but I still think there is a "drag" on speed. Without Toast reporting what is going on during the burn I can't prove or disprove that.
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    Toast 11 -Dog Slow-

    I don't know if this has been mentioned (or if it should be a separate thread) but when I burn to two drives at once it goes from the "burning intro" screen directly to "burning outro" screen without ever counting down the actual data burning time. It Takes forevvvver ( about 8 to 10 times longer than the data would require) from beginning to end with Verbatim and Taiyo-Yuden 16x media..
  11. peterguitar

    Why ...?!?

    A Video _TS folder from a DVD+R disc is the source.
  12. peterguitar

    Dvd+R Versus Dvd-R As Source Disc

    Yes! This method worked for me. Thanks...
  13. peterguitar

    Why ...?!?

    I am finding that it takes forever to load the video for editing when you try to use a video file. I have many cores and 32GB of RAM. Is toast loading as much as it can into the available memory, thus the long wait?
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