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  1. Need some help with menus.

    The black rectangle is a preview frame from the clip, and as such is also a button (select it for playback on the final disc). You can set which frame to use in the Edit window by double-clicking a clip in the main window, then using a slider (not very precise, I know), then Set Picture. It is probably black for you, as the first frame (default) of your clip is black (as it often is). Alternatively, there are some themes (menu templates) that have no preview frame, like Splash. The ‘My Movie’ text in the menu, is the menu title. You can edit that with Customize in the right side panel, then the Menus tab.
  2. MyDVD is the re-imagined 64 bit version to create video discs. Both present for Toast (non-Pro) and Toast Pro, as an application in the Toast folder, and with a shortcut in the Extras menu of the Toast application. The menus in MyDVD are different from the ones regular Toast. The menus in MyDVD also have a bit of motion (preview screen) and optional sound. I believe (from what others have told me) the Toast 15 Pro disc has a folder with ‘Extras’ or ‘Additional software’ or similar description. That would also contain an installer for the extra menu templates for MyDVD. The difference is ~20 templates for Titanium and 100+ templates for Pro. The additional software probably has separate installers for every application, and would not have been installed with the Toast installer. Try selecting Toast Titanium (or MyDVD) > Video > Blu-ray Video to see is the Blu-ray functionality is activated. If not, search for the High-Def/Blu-ray Disc Plug-in installer.
  3. Toast 15 Pro would come with extra menu templates for MyDVD, include Blu-ray authoring, and include the extra applications Painter Essentials 5, Corel AfterShot 3, HDR Express 3, and FotoMagico 5 RE. I believe the main Toast application is the same for both. The old v15 press release is sort-of archived at Marketwired.
  4. Toast 16 Titanium Multi session

    You can “format a Blu-ray Disc Rewritable (BD-RE) for Dynamic Writing” from the Recorder menu (Page 78 in the User Guide). Then it should be accessible as like a regular disk, to copy files without the aid of the Toast application.
  5. How to Select Zero Seconds Pause Between Tracks?

    MP3 Discs do not set any kind of pause between songs. Undefined. The playback device may need some time to interpret the files, but that could be anything from 0 to 2 sec. An advanced device could allow a custom pause, even after the disc has been burned. Technically it is just files, not tracks in the same way as an Audio CD.
  6. Roxio support insecure website warning

    I haven’t seen that. Did you get a Google Safe Browsing block, or something different? Which browser? Do you still get it?
  7. How to Select Zero Seconds Pause Between Tracks?

    Are we talking about the same software? Do you not see a column of text that reads “2 sec” to the left of the track names? Or the word “Pause” above it? Clicking there brings up a pop-up menu with other timings, including zero.
  8. 64 Bits Support Needed Soon !

    Traditionally, Roxio puts out new Toast releases in July, only publicly disclosing the new features and properties at release time. That being said, they have to be fully aware that that have to replace (or abandon) lots of code, to be compliant with the next macOS release. I am surprised that they waited this long. I have some 64 bit software on my computer from 2011. I think 64 bit applications were possible since Leopard (2007).
  9. CROSSFADE

    Do you mean these? I think those are graphical representations of Linear / Equal Power / Fast / Fast-Slow / Slow-Fast presets; the same as the non-custom options when you clicking the column in the main window. (I don’t have much use for crossfades myself, though.)
  10. Upgrade

    If you downloaded the 16.1 update without having 16 installed, then that file is not for you (yet). That update is for versions 16.0 and later. If you upgrade from from previous version (v9–v15), you should go to the Upgrade Center page (or perhaps a similar link with a “personalized” special offer as some people have received in the mail), and order there. Following those links will lead to a shop page with a form for transaction details. First you pay, then you get the product.
  11. Mount .sd2f to desktop

    Audio CD is a bit special, as the disc does not have a file system. There’s ‘tracks’ and ‘subchannels’, but no directory or files. You could save as Bin/Cue, but I don’t think that would be any better for your needs. Another image format for Audio CD is DDP (Disc Description Protocol), which is what the professionals use for replication. Why would you want a virtual Audio CD, when you seem to want a playlist for a software player? iTunes could serve that purpose, even in lossless format (not flac, tho'). There are automated batch taggers e.g. XLD or MusicBrainz Picard that you could try.
  12. Mount .sd2f to desktop

    According to old posts in the forums, I think you have to go back to at least an earlier release of Toast 11 (2011), before 11.1 even, to get that capability. Maybe even with a matching older version of Mac OS X (10.6/10.7). I’m sure the old thread on the change is still in the archives here somewhere. A variety of audio apps can still open .Sd2f as one long track, though. iTunes will open it as one long track. Toast can read it back as an Audio CD with separate tracks. Sound Designer was from Avid, so maybe Pro Tools can handle it, too? While it is now not supposed to work on this type of file, menu Utilities>Mount Disc Image>Foo.S2df did just open as a mounted volume for me, with my test file. [macOS 10.12.6] Huh, now I’m stumped. More testing is needed.
  13. CD TEXT and PQ subcodes

    I don’t know what the capabilities of your optical drive are, but you may want to look it up how the Mac, and thus Toast, see the drive: ‘drutil info’ in Terminal (example), a bit more specific than similar information in other places. Note if it says CD-Write: CDText, ISRC
  14. CD TEXT and PQ subcodes

    Allow me to correct myself a bit: With an Audio CD loaded, Toast menu > Recorder > Disc Info will show (part of the) CD-TEXT (just the track name) on a disc, if the optical drive can read it, and also ISRC codes, if you ‘unfold’ all info in there. CD-TEXT can contain much more, but Toast doesn’t show all of that. It has been hit-and-miss with ISRC codes on my drive, as sometimes one or two track ISRC codes are not read, and subsequent tries give different results (other tracks miss ISRC codes).
  15. "Photo Disc" Size Downgrade

    I don’t have the Aperture software, so I’m not familiar with how that interacts with Toast, but I’ve never known Toast’s Photo Disc to alter the image size of my photos. I can only imagine it is reading already existing reduced versions of those photos from somewhere. Can you quantify the size reduction to give an impression of what you are experiencing? Is it pixels, MBs, or both?
  16. Toast 10 and surround 5.1

    Awesome! I’m not sure that I follow that about AC3 vs. DTS, but I’d trust an audio engineer’s opinion about that. I only know DTS from a few discs that I have. I do not have a DTS encoder software. I never did compare the formats myself (but have read a bit about it). To make a DVD disc that follows the DVD specification, each ‘title’ on disc should have at least an AC3 or PCM audio track, with other formats (read: DTS) optional. It used to be that AC3 and DTS tracks were encoded by different firms, and thus inherently different and hard to compare fairly. Not anymore so. The maximum bitrate on DVD-Video discs is a bit lower for AC3 than for DTS, which may be the origin of the preference for DTS by some audiophiles. I don’t think that Toast allows DTS for authoring. The Toast 10 manual only mentions DTS as an audio stream to optionally skip when copying a DVD. Try anyway. I hope to learn from you. (I suppose Encore should be able to use it to craft a valid VIDEO_TS folder, which you then can burn with e.g. Toast.) The idea is for Toast to use the original multichannel audio, by creating the necessary elementary streams in advance, to avoid ANY re-encoding in the last step. I could draw a pretty picture, but in essence a repetition of what I wrote earlier. It is the round-about way of dealing with the limitations in Toast.
  17. Toast 10 and surround 5.1

    Do you mean you created a VIDEO_TS folder structure with something other than Toast? I didn’t realize you had that at your disposal. If I may ask, what software did you use? I’m glad you got it working. (I still think it should have worked with only Toast, though.)
  18. Toast 10 and surround 5.1

    Obvious wrong Space Remaining is usually fixed by trashing the Toast .plist and prefs files in your User>Library>Preferences folder and relaunching Toast. ~/Library/Preferences/Roxio Toast Prefs~/Library/Preferences/com.roxio.Toast.plist
  19. Toast 10 and surround 5.1

    No, upgrading Toast won’t help for this purpose, and will have the same result. You have to tweak your workflow: So you had Toast convert your MKV to DVD-Video. If you have Toast still open, you should have an .m2v in the Roxio Converted Items folder. Move that .m2v to another folder (to preserve it), e.g. together with your input files. Rename the .m2v and original .ac3 files so that they match. The base filename will be the suggestion for clip title in the menu, but you can change that manually later. Then set Toast up to make a new disc again. Add the .m2v file. Toast will know about the matching .ac3 file automatically. Set disc title, menu, menu title, clip description, etc. as your would normally. File > Save as Disc Image. Let Toast create a .toast file. This will be fast, as the conversion has already been done. Mount the disc image file as a virtual disc. Play in Apple DVD Player. Check for audio channels again.
  20. Toast 10 and surround 5.1

    You can check the new DVD even before the surround system, as it will either be converted to stereo, or as original. Software can show you the audio channel layout by analyzing it. Open the VTS_01_1.VOB from the resulting DVD in VLC/QuickTime Player/Apple DVD Player/HandBrake/MPEG Streamclip/VideoSpec/iMediaHUD/MediaInfo or any other application that will show you details the numbers of channels for the audio. VLC (⌘-I while playing or paused) will say 3F2M/LFE; QuickTime Player will say 5.1 (L C R Ls Rs LFE); Apple DVD Player will say Channels:6 ; HandBrake will say 5.1 ch; MPEG Streamclip will say 3/2; VideoSpec will say 6 channels; iMediaHUD will say 6 channels; MediaInfo will say 6 channels.
  21. 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.)
  22. 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.]
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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