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  1. Toast project file conversion

    Please note that the project files (.disc) do not contain any content, and never did, but only contain settings and the location pointers for the content. While re-creating old setups is a pain to do, you could re-create old disc projects if you still have the source files.
  2. TT16 very slow unless it's the front app

    The issue may be the App Nap feature (in 10.9 Mavericks (2013) and later). That feature would put ‘inactive’ applications (i.e. not-visible apps) in a sleep mode (mostly to safe power consumption), similar to iOS. For a disk-burning application like Toast, you may want different behavior. To exclude any specific application from the App Nap feature, you can tick the box Prevent App Nap in the Get Info box (in the General section) in Finder for the application.
  3. Multiplexing is hanging

    If this happens for one specific video, then there may be a file error. If it happens similarly for every video conversion, then Toast or your system is not working well and in need of some repair works or a re-install. Multiplexing is the easy part, and getting stuck during that is very rare. Toast should have created the intermediate files in ~/Documents/Roxio Converted Items/ , so if you move those files before quitting/restarting Toast, you may save yourself some encoding time, as those files will be automatically deleted otherwise. Disk Utility > select volume > First Aid > … to make sure the are no disk errors causing this. How are you on free space on that disk? An almost full disk could prevent the creation of the multiplexing results.
  4. Are these bugs fixed in Toast 16?

    For the ‘main’ Toast application: Subtitles - unchanged: no support for adding your own Disc format - seems to remember it, but must match content (i.e. DVD-Video remembers DVD or DVD DL, but not other sizes, which I find logical) Menu style - unchanged: defaults to Splash when opening a project file (.disc) For the MyDVD application: Subtitles - no support for adding your own Disc format - reverts to single layer when saved with DL setting Menu style - remembers the theme when opening a project file (.MyDVD)
  5. Need some help with menus.

    The official way is for a developer to get a license to the full specs and have the software product certified as compliant. The money that this costs will require a lot of sales to earn that investment back. I don’t see that happening on the Mac platform when optical drives are not present on new models. The existing Mac Blu-ray players are incomplete and/or otherwise limited and/or reverse engineered and/or otherwise a non-licensee to avoid the maximum costs. Actually, only WinDVD (Windows) and PowerDVD (Windows) come to mind as a proper software player with Blu-ray disc support.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
  13. 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).

    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.)
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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).
  20. "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?
  21. 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.
  22. 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.)
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 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.