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  1. 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.
  2. Toast 11 Titanium With Mac Os 10.6.8

    Thanks for reporting back. Nice to see that this issue could be resolved.
  3. 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)?
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. 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.)
  8. 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.
  9. 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]
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. Flickery Video

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

    YT says "This video has been removed by the user."
  14. Hidden Files Mac & Pc

    The .toast file is completely self-contained (does not rely on outside files/settings/variables), and should burn exactly the same on your computer as on a long distance away computer. The disk image file will retain all the settings regarding separate file systems with inter-linked files (files used on both formats are burned only once). The checkboxes allows you to exclude some files from one of the file systems; it is not about hidden or invisible (although you can have files that are not in either file system, and thus without a normal way to retrieve them). I don’t think it matters which version of Toast created the data disc image and which version of Toast burned the data disc image (although I haven’t seen anybody do it with a wide gap like e.g. v8 and v16).
  15. Mac & Pc Cd-Rom Mac Icon Sizes 'auto-Open Disc Window'

    The custom icons size and the window size are stored in an invisible settings file inside each folder, or here at the root level of a volume. So to have those settings transferred to an optical disc, you have to work with a temporary partition, like a virtual disk in which you can prepare everything. When everything is set the way you want it, unmount and re-mount, to check if the settings were stored correctly. Then prep/build your disk in Toast, by dragging the volume icon to the Toast window. I’m not sure if the Toast options (Auto-open and custom background color) update or replace those other settings; so that may need extra checking. Edit: The above was from memory. I checked and it doesn’t work that way for “Mac & PC” format (but it does for “Mac Only”) in newer versions of Toast. I won’t be testing Toast 8, though. If disc capacity permits, you could make a Custom Hybrid disc, with no shared files, but with the Mac volume completely separate from the PC volume, in order to have more control with Toast.
  16. Did I Miss Something ?

    The Toast manual mentions iMovie chapter markers, not FCP chapter markers. I’m not sure if there is any difference, though. I don’t know where it says it puts the titles underneath the chapter images. I haven never read that; I have never seen Toast do it. Some styles (not all) may number the chapters. Chapter names are not used in the menu, not in current or previous versions of Toast. Same for MyDVD. Not sure why your BD chapters behaves differently from DVD chapters. When Apple wanted to publish a DVD creating app, they bought an external solution (Astarte's DVDirector) in 2000, and that’s how the then-best Mac authoring app got removed from the market. With DSP gone, it really left a void. Some people claimed they had DSP working up to Sierra, tho'.
  17. Cross Fading Overlap

    The viewer-selectable multi-angle feature is often used for alternate language title cards and credits, so mostly ‘hidden’ behind a language selection. Disney/Pixar has done that many times. Even with the Star Wars crawl. Even in-movie texts, like a book or a letter. I’ve seen several concert movies that used the multi-angle as originally envisioned. U2, Phil Collins, Genesis, Eurythmics, The Who, Nine Inch Nails, Melissa Etheridge, King Crimson, Pet Shop Boys, Metallica. The Die Hard DVD is reported to have it as a gimmick on some scenes. Apollo 13 DVD is said to have multi-angles on e.g. the launch scene. Some sports collection DVDs have the feature, as several cameras have captures the same action. Ghostbusters has used it to show a few scenes without f/x. Spider-Man 2 has used it on e.g. the harbor scene. Behind-the-scenes/Making-of/Documentary extras do sometimes have the option for multi-angle. e.g. Planet Of The Apes (remake). ​And there is a whole genre of movies that likes to pioneer with the possibilities … But most directors just want to show their vision, and thus their chosen angles. And most viewers want just to watch without too much interacting, most of the time.
  18. Won't Burn, Getting Message "the Connection Is Not Stable."

    Could it be that the movie encoding took a long time and the drive or connection went into sleep mode? If so, you could make it a two step process: encode and save as disk image, and burn from disk image. If you have other external devices connected, perhaps those can interfere, so try again without those connected. Maybe your connection cable has suffered from a sharp bend or rough handling of the plug; maybe the cable isn’t shielded as much as it should be (is it next to other electrics?); those could cause bad connections and a quality replacement cable could fix the situation. Anyway, I think the message is invoked because the software detected that something is wrong with the hardware.
  19. Scrolling Message Is A Bit Annoying

    That message doesn’t have a corresponding setting to switch it off. If Toast and/or your Mac and/or your optical drive go into sleep mode, that could ruin a disc burn. Kind of an important thing to let users know. And it is not that intrusive. If you ensure that they won’t go to sleep (Prevent App Nap, Energy Saver), then you don’t have to watch the process.
  20. No Sound On Blu-Ray

    I’m suspecting Toast doesn’t support DTS audio (nor multiple audio streams, nor subtitles in the encoding/authoring process). A tool like ffmpeg (command line) can copy some streams as-is, but re-encode other specified streams, and ignore yet other streams. That might be more suitable in this case than HandBrake GUI, which can’t pass-through video, afaik. ffmpeg -i path/input.mkv -map 0:v:0 -map 0:a:0 -c:v copy -c:a ac3 -b:a 448k path/output.mkv This Terminal command assumes a pre-installed ffmpeg binary. It will copy the video stream (with highest quality (resolution)), re-encode the audio stream with the highest quality (most channels) (or the first if there are several HQ streams) to AC-3 448 kbps, and ignore all other streams, and put the result into a new file.
  21. Can Toast 16 Able To Create Uhd 4K Blu-Ray Disc ?

    The high definition discs that Toast itself encodes and authors are up to 1920×1080, not 4K. The only vendors of 4K UHD authoring apps today are professional outfits (Scenarist, Indigo). There is currently no consumer software for 4K discs, AFAIK.
  22. Cd Spin Doctor?

    The greyed out timers with up/down buttons seem to indicate that they once were intended to be fields to be edited by users. Unfortunately, they are disabled as editable fields. There is a timeline at the top (min:sec), and moving the sliders shows seconds (5 mins = 300 sec). Not very precise, but some guidance at least. For more precise segmenting, you may have to look at other programs (Audacity with a labels file; or ffmpeg in Terminal (fastest); both tested).
  23. Cd Spin Doctor?

    It is not in the main window, but in the menu: Menu > File > Open > select an AIFF file > A new window pops up, in which to create/select tracks.
  24. Cd Spin Doctor?

    The last useable SpinDoctor was CD SpinDoctor 6.1.2 bundled with Toast 10, according to user tsantee. He wasn’t too keen on the version that shipped with Toast 11. (But running that old application may also restrict the version of the OS (10.7 Lion).) I’m not that much into audio recordings to properly suggest alternatives, unfortunately. Maybe Audacity? Toast 16 includes an “Toast Audio Assistant” [PDF User Guide] for recording audio from various devices. It will open an AIFF file, divide it in tracks (auto or manually) and send it to Toast (per track, not all tracks at once , although they will be added in order to the same project). Perhaps that works for you? Toast 16 allows to set the gap to "0 sec", and burning DAO (burner must support that too, perhaps detailed as SAO), but you’ll have to test for a smooth transition (audible ‘clicks’ may ruin the experience). But I suppose you know this last bit already, as that hasn’t changed for many versions of Toast.
  25. Toast 16 Pro

    You are absolutely right: a modern application that has provisions for iPhoto, should also have that for Photos. It has been a while since April 8, 2015 (introduction of Photos.app), so there has been ample time to implement this. On the other hand, personally I have never used Toast in that way, and I won’t make claims as to what the majority of users do.
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