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  1. Toast 10 and surround 5.1

    Toast defaults to encoding files to DVD-Video stereo AC3 (named ‘Dolby Digital’ in the interface). [I think that was true for v10 as well.] But … it will also accept AC3 files as-is, creating a loophole for including multichannel audio. The trick is (a) to set Toast to “never re-encode” and (b) to use DVD compliant files (.m2v video-only + .ac3 audio-only) as input. Just add the video part. If the matching audio is in the same folder and has the same base name, then Toast will include it. If Toast can’t find matching audio, it will ask for it. Toast will create a disc (or disc image) with the original video and original audio, preserving the 5.1 audio. If you don’t have .mpg /.m2v, then you can let Toast encode your input file into DVD compliant format, and then move the temporary video file (delete any temporary audio file!), which you can then use for the second run with your original 5.1 audio. (The temporary files are stored in ~/Documents/Roxio Converted Items/ .) Please ask if this is not clear. (And I hope I don’t have to re-install v10 to verify details on each step – if that even works on Sierra.)
  2. Toast 16 gets Result Code=-1743388673

    I don’t have a list of these 10-digit error codes, so I don’t know what that code means. The regular macOS error code numbers that I know of, are 16-bit signed integer (-32,768 to 32,767), so I’m thinking your result code might be from a different list, and application specific. I’m just a fellow user, so perhaps someone at Support may know more or be of help? I doubt the script readers recognize the code, but a higher echelon might be able to look it up. I would delete any of the Preference files (*), even delete the Toast folder in /Applications, reboot with a minimum of peripherals, and try the installer again. (*) Delete these, if they are present, for a clean slate start: ~/Library/Preferences/Roxio Toast Prefs ~/Library/Preferences/com.roxio.Toast.plist /Library/Preferences/com.roxio.Toast.plist ( ← older Toast versions) /Library/Application Support/Roxio/ ~/Library/Application Support/Roxio/ ( ← not sure which versions of Toast used this folder) ~/Library/Services/ToastIt.service ~/Library/Saved Application State/com.roxio.Toast.savedState/ ~/Library/Preferences/com.roxio.videoplayer.plist ~/Library/Preferences/com.roxio.Toast.LSSharedFileList.plist [where ~ is a shorthand for your home folder, and a / at the beginning signifies the root of the boot volume.]
  3. CD TEXT and PQ subcodes

    While Toast can read them and write them, there is no build-in way to display them to the user. Burn the disc, then read back the CD-TEXT (in .plist form) and the ISRCs (in hex form) with drutil (Terminal). There are clickable ways to use these at Audiofile-engineering.com.
  4. Jwc1934@aol.com

    It might be that the drive is put into ‘sleep-mode’ after a while, rendering it inaccessible. You may have to disable "Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible" in Energy Saver. If so, this may be a characteristic of the unit. My second thought is to check the connection. I think your external optical drive (this one?) might be connected through USB 3, correct? Try a different cable, different port, or even connecting to a different computer, and re-affirm its power supply. Do you have latest version? If not, update to 16.1 (build 4867). It is said to have High Sierra compatibility fixes. The other burner seems to indicate that the issue lies with the new burner (and/or its connections). Not the OS or Toast itself.
  5. Toast Titanium 16 Install Hangs

    Verification should be a matter of seconds. There is something wrong there, that skipping verification won’t fix. Verifying content of an installer is a good thing. Try rebooting for a fresh state, then installing again. In combination with other steps that keep your system healthy. Possibly the file has errors, and should be re-downloaded (if not on a physical disc). That being said, the content of an installer pkg can alternatively be accessed with Pacifist. Don’t forget to update to 16.1 (4867) afterwards.
  6. Faillure Toast 15

    macOS 10.13 High Sierra requires Final Cut Pro X 10.3.4 or later. Check your versions. Others do have Toast 15 running on High Sierra, so possibly there is something special about your setup/configuration/state of disk. When you say “Toast 15 fails”, please describe exactly what fails, when it fails, and which steps you took. Does the install DVD not read, does the installer fail, or does the installed product fail? Please describe so we don’t have to guess. What did you do when Result Code -208 appeared? Error -208 corresponds to “badFileFormat”, which e.g. could happen with a corrupt or DRM’ed download of an audio file, which a player/converter/Toast can’t process.
  7. Blu-ray error

    The Help menu provides access to manuals. Toast Titanium redirects this to a webpage with links to PDFs. MyDVD has the PDF manual internally and that will open directly in Preview (if that is your default PDF application).
  8. Blu-ray error

    The ‘plugin’ is the same for v11–v16. It doesn’t add to Toast, but unlocks an ability in the main app (Toast Titanium/MyDVD). The same ‘plugin’ can work slightly differently in subsequent versions. v16 added manually enabling it and an online check. Hence my advice to dackman.
  9. Blu-ray error

    The software may want to verify the “High-Def/Blu-ray Disc Plug-in” online. Is your internet connection active at that time, allowing contacting roxio.com and/or corel.com? This is different from previous versions.
  10. Toast 11 (and 9) only able to burn at "best" and 1x

    Do you have a specific reason to stick to OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 , when 10.10.5 (or even 10.11–10.13) has been available? Does the drive still show extremely limited write speeds, when it is the ONLY connected device (except keyboard/mouse), after reboot? If not, that might point to a conflict. Is the drive connected directly, or via a hub? Have you tried other (USB-)ports to connect the drive to? If you burn at “Best” speed, how slow/fast is that? Closer to 1x or 24x?
  11. Toast 11 Dvd Menu

    Did you read the thread you are posting in? It says exactly how to edit button names for clips (select Clip>Edit>Info 1/Info 2/Info 3). We discussed this earlier. The default “My Movie” line is a menu title, which can be changed/edited as well (Options>Customize>Menu>Menu Title). Note that the disc name also defaults to “My Movie”, and is unrelated to the main menu title. Roxio did try to make a better product (regarding menus) with the MyDVD app (bundled with v14 and later).
  12. How To Remove Roxio Virtual Drive 10

    Farstone VirtualDrive does get spelled without a space, just like the screenshot. Most other Virtual Drive software do have the space. On the other hand, v10 is quite old: from 2005 or there about.
  13. Toast menus what do they look like?

    The program shows some previews to menu styles/themes to choose from. The small menu style previews (100×75) are available in the Toast main app. These are static. The larger theme previews (320×240) are available in the MyDVD app. The Pro package has additional themes. The MyDVD menus have motion (video preview) and audio (add your own audio file). On all these, the background image may be swapped for your own image.
  14. Toast 11 Titanium With Mac Os 10.6.8

    Thanks for reporting back. Nice to see that this issue could be resolved.
  15. bluetooth crashing toast

    I’m pretty sure Toast itself doesn’t do anything with Bluetooth, so the interruption must happen on a different level. I’ve known that Bluetooth may perhaps interfere with Wi-Fi, but even that shouldn’t bother Toast. A crash while burning may keep the drive in a ‘busy’ state, refusing to eject discs or listen to any command. This could happen with any app that communicates actively with the optical drive. What Mac model, what Bluetooth version, what Bluetooth device, what optical drive (brand/internal/external/connection type)?
  16. file size - burning data discs

    With Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (2009), Apple changed the way file sizes (disk sizes, folder sizes) are represented when using ‘kilo’, ‘mega’, ‘giga’, etc. (Base 2 vs. Base 10.) Unfortunately, the meaning of giga is now different between macOS and Toast. Regardless of what anyone thinks is better, it is confusing if it differs from application to application. A DVD-R with capacity of 4,700,000,000 bytes can be filled with folder of 4.7 GB (minus overhead) as calculated by macOS, which is the same as 4.377 GB as calculated by Toast (4,700,000,000÷1024÷1024÷1024). Toast has some threshold byte numbers build-in, but I don’t know their exact value. This is the same for all versions of Toast (up to and including v16). In general, the reliability of reading back from disc, is a bit worse on the outside, so it pays off to not fill a disc to maximum capacity. So don’t feel bad about your 94% discs.
  17. Your screenshot shows a 1281×580 px movie, that is an aspect ratio of 2.21:1 including the letterbox bars, or 2.75:1 excluding the letterbox bars. As Brendon also noted, this video reports 854×470 px (including 2× 58 px letterbox bars) when I download it with youtube-dl. That is an aspect ratio of 1.82:1 (with movie content of 2.41:1 between the letterbox bars. Original screen shots on stexpanded.wikia.com are 1128×480 px, so 2.35:1 seems like the correct value for the movie content. So even YouTube presents it now resized and a bit too wide. You may stretch the video back to 16:9 without re-encoding, using a separate tool (e.g. ffmpeg or MP4Box if you're comfortable with command line tools) if needed. MP4/MKV aspect ratio can be set at two levels: container (this file should be displayed at 16:9 regardless of pixel amount) or video stream (in this video stream every GOP has a defined a.r.). Setting it at the container level has priority and is easier/faster, but that setting might get lost for some file manipulation circumstances, as it is only meta data. The limited motion in this CG movie should facilitate mostly low bitrates and keep the file size small, depending on the encoder. (Roxio’s encoders with “single pass average bitrate” may not have the best efficiency on this special movie, in contrast to quantizer scale encoding.) So it can be encoded within 4.7 GB, even 1.63 GB at fine quality.
  18. Burning large files to CD

    Audio CDs are written differently to disc compared to Data CDs, and that gives a information density advantage (2352 bytes/sector vs. 2048 bytes/sector), meaning 86 minutes of 44.1 kHz 16-bit stereo PCM audio take up 910 MB on your hard disk, but that is comparable to the same amount of CD-R sectors as 793 MB of data, hence fitting on 800 MiB discs. If your audio files total more than that 910 MB (868 MiB), then perhaps some of those files are not 44.1 kHz 16-bit stereo. Toast, and most Audio-CD burning apps, will convert audio to that specification. There is no need for intermediate conversions. Standard Audio CDs are always uncompressed. (Some players may be able to play compressed files from a data CD, though.) You should trust the “90 mins” for the disc as really having (close to) that capacity for Audio CD. However, 90 minute CD-R is non-standard, and Toast may or may not be able to use its full capacity: it may register as lesser duration and I think Toast has no ‘overburn’ capability (write data beyond registered limit).
  19. Mac Photos Application & Toast 16 Compatability

    Toast 16 has provisions for reading photos from iPhoto, but not for Photos.app. (Alternatively, Roxio could have developed a Share extension (possible since Yosemite!) for moving content between applications (i.e. from Photos to Toast), but alas, they didn’t.) As for now, it seems you have to Export a selection (make duplicates) in Photos and drag those files to Toast. (User waitawhile had asked a similar question six weeks ago.)
  20. BDMV file burned by Titanium11 with Blu-Ray plugin

    Some issues here as well, though. My 2009 Pioneer BD player (last firmware 2013) doesn’t agree with Toast’s BD (and Toast’s High Def DVD) menus: It won’t show a menu background or text (but it will show the selection overlay: yellow border). The navigation is sort-of functional, in a blind way. The manual says this player supports BDMV on BD media as well as on DVD media. Regular Toast DVD-Video, commercial BDs, and BDMVs authored elsewhere all work fine, though. I can open the /BDMV/STREAM/01200.m2ts in a software movie player (Roxio Video Player or IINA), and that shows the menu; so it’s on the disc, but it doesn’t show on my tv. Still trying to figure out what the exception is here.
  21. BDMV file burned by Titanium11 with Blu-Ray plugin

    Did you author a “High Definition DVD-Video” or a “Blu-ray Video”? Both will generate a BDMV, but they may differ a bit. The set top player may expect certain properties depending on the detected media, so it is advisable to match format and media. Note that Toast’s High Def DVD may use a lower maximum bitrate than BD, I presume to accommodate for the read speed for DVD media. Others have calculated that High Definition DVD-Video could probably contain 40 minutes of video on a 4.7 GB disc. Doubling that would mean doubling the compression (half the bitrate, less quality). If you used a DL disc, then verify that this DL disc isn’t what is causing havoc on the Sony. For some unknown reason, there is a macOS build-in file association between BDMV and QuickTime Player, which is not justified, as the latter can not play the former, never has, probably never will. Note that the BDMV is actually a folder; the Finder treats it as a ‘package’, just because of its name (and its content). “Despite the fact that the BD9 format has been adopted as part of the BD-ROM basic format, none of the existing Blu-ray player models support it explicitly. As such, the discs recorded in BD9 and BD5 formats are not guaranteed to play on standard Blu-ray Disc players.” [1] “Most players have no problem playing BD9 discs, but it is a well know fact that most Sony players as well as Panasonics do not play this type of disc. However, there is a patch that can be applied to the Index file on these type of disc that will trick the player on recognizing the disc as being an AVCHD type of disc that these players accept.” [2]
  22. Toast 11 Titanium With Mac Os 10.6.8

    Something must have changed between then and now, to trigger the error now. And some (running) software probably has a bug regarding memory pointers. It might be a reason to look into the installation of the MOTU drivers (have those been updated/are there new updates for your setup to apply/can they be verified?). Perhaps their support staff or forums know better how to isolate this issue?
  23. Toast 11 Titanium With Mac Os 10.6.8

    Do check if you have removed both the important Roxio preference files prior to re-installing. Snow Leopard didn’t hide the ~/Library folder by default yet, so this should be fairly easy. (These two files will be re-created freshly on the next launch.) ~/Library/Preferences/Roxio Toast Prefs ~/Library/Preferences/com.roxio.Toast.plist There are other files if you want to be thorough in removing any trace, but they shouldn’t interfere with the launch of the main Toast app. /Library/Application Support/Roxio/ ( ← not sure if either or both Application Support folder was used) ~/Library/Application Support/Roxio/ ( ← not sure if either or both Application Support folder was used) ~/Library/Services/ToastIt.service ~/Library/Saved Application State/com.roxio.Toast.savedState/ ( ← only 10.7 Lion and later) ~/Library/Preferences/com.roxio.videoplayer.plist ~/Library/Preferences/com.roxio.Toast.LSSharedFileList.plist There may be even more caches and temp files, but those shouldn’t be accessed at launch, especially after a reboot. Do try to launch Toast without any peripherals attached (unplug anything non-Apple). Did you install/update software with firmware, drivers, kernel extensions, codecs, or something similar that Toast may notice? New devices or PCI-cards present? Can you create a new user and install Toast under that account? Will it launch then? If so, then the issue HAS TO BE specific to the old account (and not Mac OS X or the Roxio software), so you know where to look/narrow it down. I won’t claim to be able to read a crash log, but I did notice “EXC_BAD_ACCESS (SIGBUS)”, which I’ll use as a lead. (From the Apple Support Communities [1]) A SIGBUS exception is typically caused for one of two reasons — either the presence of a bug in the software in which it occurred, or the presence of faulty RAM. Have you tried running your Mac’s Apple Hardware Test, to see if it can detect any problems with its RAM? (Note that the AHT cannot detect all possible RAM defects, so even if it is unable to identify a problem, that isn’t a guarantee that no problem exists.) RAM modules have no moving parts, so if they go bad, it is probably from an electrical charge. Do you know of a recent power surge? Has the Mac been open, could the RAM modules have been touched by someone with a static charge? Is your Mac very dusty inside? (If the issue is RAM, then I would expect that you would also notice crashes outside of Toast.) Or suppose your ‘dyld shared cache’ was altered by anything else than an Apple installer or updater. Then a sudo update_dyld_shared_cache -force (+ reboot) may get things right again for this application to launch without crashing.
  24. Flickery Video

    I didn’t notice any flashes or flickering in the four uploaded videos on that channel ?!?
  25. Flickery Video

    YT says "This video has been removed by the user."
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