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    Toastanywhere - So Frustrating!

    I've been struggling to get ToastAnywhere working for some time now, basically ever since I upgraded my Macs to OS X 10.5.6. The other night I thought I'd made a breakthrough. I went in to System Preferences and deleted Toast completely from the list of allowed applications. I then restarted Toast on the iMac (where the DVD burner is) and set sharing to "started". A dialogue box popped up asking if I wanted to allow incoming connections to Toast. I clicked "allow" and lo and behold: the DVD burner appeared in the drive list for Toast on my MacBook! So it looked like it was a firewall problem all along. Except that it stopped working again after I reboooted both machines. I changed nothing, just restarted. I have since tried the same firewall trick again on both machines but with no success. I did try turning off the firewalls altogether and the MacBook's CD burner appeared in the drive list for Toast on the iMac. But I don't want to run without a firewall, and in any case it's the iMac's drive I want the MacBook to see, not the other way round. I am convinced now that it is a firewall problem, but even so I don't seem to be any closer to a permanent fix. I have to admit to finding this all just a trifle annoying.
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    Encoding Settings - Picture Quality

    Well, I set Re-encoding to "Never" and the recording burned to DVD with no problem at all. It plays fine, and the picture quality is just as good as the EyeTV original. All the more reason to press Roxio to get this stupid bug fixed, I think.
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    Encoding Settings - Picture Quality

    Interesting. The maximum bit rate Toast allows me to set is 9Mbit/s. I was under the impression (IIRC, from reading the Toast documentation) that there was no point in making the average more than half the maximum, which would suggest that an average bit rate of 4.5Mbit/s would be the most that you would expect to see any benefit from. Have I been misinformed, or misunderstood? Any recommendations for setting maximum bit rate vs average bit rate would be most welcome. I am using EyeTV. I can certainly give this a try. The particular recording I am struggling with at the moment has a maximum GOP of 12 (according to the ProjectX utility) so shouldn't be a problem. I don't actually understand why Toast insists on re-encoding it and I have raised that question with Roxio. I am considering setting the re-encoding option to "Never" just to see what happens. You've given me some ideas to try anyway, many thanks!
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    Encoding Settings - Picture Quality

    Half-PEL is on. It doesn't seem to make any difference. Hmm, don't think so. I'm using PAL. The source video is 576x544 progressive scan. That shouldn't need upscaling, should it? I can try but it might take a while on a G4 iMac...
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    Encoding Settings - Picture Quality

    I sometimes have to use the custom encoding settings to tell Toast to re-encode a programme recorded off digital TV, because the recording has a Group Of Picture (GOP) which does not comply with the DVD standard. (Toast used to manage this automatically but seems to have forgotten how in more recent versions - but that's another story that I'm taking up with Roxio Support.) Can anyone recommend the optimum settings for encoding in situations like this? Increasingly I am finding that a re-encoded programme has dreadful picture quality: things like stepped outlines on high-contrast edges within the image, and sometimes a sort of vertical striping effect which is rather reminiscent of the original John Logie Baird Televisor, if anyone has ever seen what the pictures on those used to be like. (No, I'm not that old! There's an example on Wikipedia) Now, I know the the non-standard GOP is used by the broadcasters to squeeze a bit more picture quality out of a low-bitrate channel. But the original recording looks much better than the one burned to DVD, with many fewer of the sort of artifacts that Toast seems to be introducing. I usually try to set the bit rates to be as high as possible while keeping the programme fitting on a DVD. Is this not a good strategy?
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    Toastanywhere Crashes Os X 10.5.6

    If I start ToastAnywhere on my G4 iMac, when I try to burn to DVD on that machine OS X crashes. After restarting the machine I have to delete and re-install Toast 9 before it will burn DVDs again - and of course I have to keep ToastAnywhere stopped, otherwise: down she goes again. Has anyone else seen this problem? It seems to have started after I installed the OS X 10.5.6 upgrade. I'm running Toast 9.0.4.
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    Toast 9.0.4 Crashes On Burn

    I stated previously on this thread that Roxio solved the burning problem for me. Not quite true. The delete and re-install of Toast 9 does fix the problem when it occurs (I have now proved that the "secure file delete" is not necessary) - I've even built a Automator workflow to do most of the job for me. However, if I start ToastAnywhere then Toast crashes OS X when it tries to burn to DVD. It does this reliably, 100% of the time. The only cure after that is to delete and re-install Toast. I've told Roxio Support this. Although they are being reasonably responsive, nothing they have suggested that I try so far has got anywhere near fixing the problem. I suspect it is a genuine bug triggered somehow by OS X 10.5.6, and not something that can be fixed just be a bit of tinkering and reconfiguring.
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    Toast 9 On Mac Osx: Unable To Burn Disc

    I'd disagree with that. Toast 9 and OS X 10.5.5 worked fine for me and was very stable. It was when I went to OS X 10.5.6 that Toast started playing up. I actually restored a backup of OS X 10.5.5 for a while so that I could burn DVDs using Toast 9.
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    Can't Get Toastanywhere To Work

    Thanks, I do know how to set up ToastAnywhere. The point is that it isn't working. The drive on the iMac never shows up in the list of drives under the gear icon on the MacBook. I have had it working in the past but it doesn't work now, and trying to burn a DVD in Toast on the iMac when ToastAnywhere is started crashes OS X. I have reported this to Roxio but they seem spectacularly unable to even understand the problem, let alone solve it.
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    Can't Get Toastanywhere To Work

    Yes, Toast has incoming connections allowed in the firewall. I've actually discovered that enabling ToastAnywhere on the iMac causes Toast 9.0.4 to crash the machine. This happens reliably, every time I try to do it, whether or not Toast is running on the MacBook. After restarting the iMac Toast then refuses to burn DVDs, with the symptoms as reported in this thread The only way to fix it is to do a complete clear out of Toast and re-install it - and not to try to enable ToastAnywhere. This one is going to be reported to Roxio.
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    Can't Get Toastanywhere To Work

    Yup, Toast open on both Macs, blank DVD-R in the iMac's drive. Still nothing! It's very frustrating. EyeTV and iTunes archive sharing is working fine between the two machines, but not this. Screen, file and printer sharing all work fine too. Not Toast though. Ooo, I'm so cross...I could just stamp my foot!
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    Can't Get Toastanywhere To Work

    Hi I have a G4 iMac and an Intel MacBook, both running OS X 10.5.6 and Toast 9.0.4. I would really like to be able to burn on the iMac's DVD drive from the MacBook, because the MacBook is so much faster at encoding video. I've tried using ToastAnywhere but 99 times out of 100 the MacBook never sees the iMac's DVD drive - even when I enter the iMac's IP address. On a very few occasions the iMac's DVD drive does appear in the MacBook Toast's drive menu, but I have no idea why it worked on those occasions and none of the others. Before anyone suggests it, I have deleted preferences and re-installed Toast on both machines - so many times that I can practically do it in my sleep! That does not solve the problem. Whatever I do, ToastAnywhere seems to work only when it feels like it - and that's not very often. Can anyone shed any light on why ToastAnywhere is so flippin' awkward? Thanks...M P.S. I have never managed to get Apple remote DVD sharing to working either. Could these problems be related?
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    Toast 9.0.4 Crashes On Burn

    The "long answer" quoted by Mike Halloran above was the same response that I finally got from Roxio Customer Support. It does actually seem to have fixed the problem for me, though what was different this time from the previous times that I thought I had done a full de-install of Toast including removal of all Roxio preferences files beats me. Maybe the "secure file delete" makes a difference, I don't know. Anyway, I am right now successfully burning a DVD using Toast 9.0.4 under OS X 10.5.6 so I guess grateful thanks are in order to Roxio at last!
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    Toast 9.0.4 Crashes On Burn

    Thanks for the lead on Appcleaner - handy wee utility that, saves scratting around looking for preferences files and the like. I have done the same as you and gone back to Toast 8. Burning now works under 10.5.6. There's no way I'm going to pay for Toast 10 just because 9 doesn't work on 10.5.6 so if Roxio don't issue a fix for Toast 9 then it looks like I'll be sticking at 8 for the foreseeable future. Thanks Roxio. Does anyone know if there's any way to get the default set of menu styles from Toast 9 available to Toast 8? I do prefer some of the 9 menu styles, especially the Alloy one.
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    Toast 9.0.4 Crashes On Burn

    Thanks to those others who have logged this fault with Roxio. Next question: Has anyone had a useful response from Roxio (ie other than the automated one)? I reported the fault before Christmas and I've still not heard anything from them. Great customer service, thanks Roxio!
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