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    Video Convert Interface Problems

    Hello, This is a minor but annoying problem which has existed in Toast for quite a while in previous versions and still exists in the latest so that's why I am posting this here. Basically, the Summary settings which are visible after clicking the Convert button are always wrong. I convert MTS (AVCHD) files to Apple ProRes 422 (1920 x 1080) @ 25fps but the summary always says the following: Video: H264, 320 x 240, 29.97fps Audio: MPEG-4 Audio, Stereo, 48000 Hz Duration etc. I know after doing this for a long time that the final output is correct but I always stop in my tracks when I see the wrong information. Also, Toast does not always save the converted files to the correct location. The default, for unknown reasons is iTunes but I save to a folder where I keep all my Final Cut media and sometimes, even if I select that folder, the files end up somewhere else not even listed in the Save To: menu. The pop-up menu does not reflect the settings in Toast's preferences nor does Toast save files in the default location, iTunes - files seem to end up in the user's Movies folder. It would be very useful if Toast could actually save a default location.
  2. I am using Toast 12 to convert video from my Panasonic HDC-HS900 to edit in Final Cut Pro 7. The camera's MTS files have 5.1 audio but when I configure the settings in Toast, all the channel options apart from mono and stereo are greyed out - but the options I need are listed just not available. I'm finding this extremely frustrating as I have two applications for converting video, Toast and ClipWrap. With Toast I can't get 5.1 audio and with ClipWrap, although it exports 5.1 audio, if I convert to 25fps PAL, it does so by slowing the video down by 50% rather than dropping frames. If I import ClipWrap's 50fps video to a 25fps project, everything needs constantly rendering. Ideally, Toast would be the solution and although the final output is going to be stereo, sometimes I need to mix the 5.1 audio to enhance certain elements. Can somebody please help me?
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