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  1. Falcon501

    Toast 10 Vs Toast 7 Question

    I tried the UDF route. Unfortunately, I can't achieve what I need it to do. I did notice that on the bottom, where it shows the GB size, when I select Main, the size does not change. I just ran a test with a DVD that I own. I selected the Main option and T10T says it will burn with no compression, but the GB size did not change. I am assuming that is what you mean by corrupt prefs. Can you direct me to the files that need to be deleted or should I just do a clean install? Thanks.
  2. Falcon501

    Toast 10 Vs Toast 7 Question

    Thanks DG. I'll check out what you suggested. I should note that the original file size is a little over the limit of a single layer due to a complex menu screen that I do not need. With that said, my workflow is as follows: > I select the compression option > then I select the main "movie" option, (it is actually an instructional video we put together a couple years ago) This results in T7T saying it will fit the program on a single layer DVD - no compression needed. When I do the same exact thing in T10T, T10T says it needs to drop the resolution down 16% to fit the same file, without the menu, on a single layer DVD. This program does not need to be "professional", but I don't want to lose quality if I don't have to. I posted because I have never come across anything like this and wanted to hear what others had to say. Thinking it might be something with the instructional program file, I did a test run of another "how to program" we created (it is about 5GBs). I took out a chapter to bring it to 4.14GB and came up with the same results. T7T would burn it 100% uncompressed, but T10T wanted to kick it down 9% to fit it on a SL DVD. Very strange. After I go through your suggestions, I'll dump the T10T prefs and see what I get. Thanks again.
  3. Falcon501

    Toast 10 Vs Toast 7 Question

    I own both Toast 7 Titanium on an older Mac (my old faithful) and I own Toast 10 Titanium on an Intel Mac. I recreated an instructional DVD and am now putting it to DVD via the Video_TS folder option. Here my situation / question.. When I insert a blank DVD into T7T it will fit the entire program on a single layer DVD. When I do the same thing in T10T, with the same exact file, T10T wants to reduce my quality 16% in order to fit it on to a single layer DVD. Can anyone tell me why T10T wants to reduce my file quality 16% and T7T will burn the same file at 100% quality to a single layer DVD? Maybe the question I should be asking is, do you think there is going to be some kind of image quality difference going with the uncompressed, single layer DVD using T7T over the uncompressed, dual layer DVD using T10T? I'd rather go with the single layer DVD option to save money. Thanks in advance to any input.
  4. Falcon501

    Trouble Converting Footage

    This does help. The MPEG Streamclip suggestion was huge!!! I'm familiar with the Ken Stone website, I was on it last night. I guess I need to go back. I must have overlooked an article/link. I am doing tests now and am using the progressive mode for each. Space is not an issue. What you said makes sense. I did not create the DVDs I am working from. The 4 DVDs that I am having issues with do look like they were created by a consumer standalone DVD recorder. I converted the DVDs using the Apple DV/DVCPRO NTSC option and just finished with the straight DV conversion option. I will try DVCPro50 and see how it looks. At first I was using my laptop, but the conversions were taking way too long. I moved over to my desktop and the conversion time cut down by more than half. For these 4 DVDs, I think this method will work fine. I imported some of the DV/DVCPRO NTSC to FInal Cut and it looked good. It never fails, of all the highlights I have ever done, of course the project I am doing for free would be the one that that gives me the most amount of trouble. Also, I don't think I was thinking straight when I asked about the DVD format. I was thinking there was a MPEG-2 option I needed to export to. I was getting so aggravated regarding these DVDs not working correctly that I forgot it is the DVD software that puts the footage to MPEG-2. Thanks again for your help. I hope I am in the clear and could get this thing done so I could finally watch Hugo.
  5. Falcon501

    Trouble Converting Footage

    Just finished using MPEG Streamclip, says 81 breaks were found. Exported Quicktime > Apple DV/DVCPRO > 4:3 Interlaced @ 720x480 Couple issues: Master running time is 43:54, export came out @ 43:57 Should I have used progressive?? The video is slightly distorted. When the players are in motion, the lines are not as crisp compared to the master. I am seeing slight horizontal distortion. Only because this conversion took almost an hour, before do it again using the progressive option, I have a couple questions: (1) Can you suggest the best Quicktime conversion option that will make the footage come out as close, if not exactly, like the original? I apologize for my ignorance. I am a newbie making DVDs this way. I work for a community college and all of the highlight DVDs I have created have be recorded and dropped to DVD "in house". So we would just drop the DVD into Toast and let Toast make the conversion. I am doing highlight as a favor for a colleague. Everything I am working with was created externally. So I guess what I am asking is what is the best conversion format to create a high-quality standard DVD. Hard-drive space is not an issue, I have (30) 1 TB hard-drives. The less compression the better. -------------------------------------------------- Maybe this should be a completely different topic but I'll try it here. (2) I am sort of glad this happened to me because it has made me look deeper into the way I was creating DVDs. When I drop a DVD into Toast and convert it to QuickTime, I have been using the default setting the entire time > Quicktime > MPEG-4 compression. I then use it in Final Cut Pro using the clip's settings and export the project using the MPEG-4 setting. I then create a DVD from that file. I have never received any negative feedback so I figured I was doing everything the right way. Now that I have been researching, I am coming across info that states MPEG-4 is not for DVD. Is this true? if so I wonder why I have never received any negative feedback. If I understand this correctly, H.264 4and MPEG-4 are used more for streaming and not for standard DVDs. I also heard something a while ago regarding Sorenson. If this is a topic you don't wish to engage in, can you please point me to a link / site that will help me better understand the different compressions. I have been googling / youtubing this topic for two days so any feedback is greatly appreciated. Again, thanks in advance.
  6. Falcon501

    Trouble Converting Footage

    Thanks you. A break could be it. When the conversion is going through, I do hear the computer cycle down a couple times. I'll give it a shot and post back.
  7. Falcon501

    Trouble Converting Footage

    I am creating a simple football highlight DVD. I have created over a hundred highlight DVDs in the past but this is the first time I have come across this issue. I have 6 unlocked DVDs of footage, 2 “real” DVDs (they have creative title screens with different buttons) and 4 DVDs with just a play button that activates the footage. I did not experience any problem converting the two “real” DVDs. I am having problems converting the 4 basic DVDs. I am trying to convert the four unlocked DVDs (NTSC DV) to QuickTime files so I can use the footage in Final Cut Pro and them export the footage to a DVD. No matter which option I choose, Convert > DVD Disc, VIDEO_TS, Video Files, all of my conversions are coming out with running times shorter than the original footage. Before converting, Toast recognizes the true duration of each master and lists it in the Summary. Here is an example of what I am experiencing: Summary: Video: DV/DVCPRO – NTSC, 640 x 480 Audio: AAC, Stereo, 44100 Hz 1 Track, Duration: 43:57, Estimated size 40.2 MB (125 KB/sec) My final converted size ranges from 6 to 10 GB Using 10.0.9, my first attempt resulted in a 22 minute conversion of a 44 minute master. My second attempt resulted in a 34 minute conversion of the same 44 master. I tried again from another computer running 10.0.5 and it wouldn't even convert. I updated to 10.0.9 and converted again, got the 22 minute conversion result. I reinstalled Toast 10, didn't update, and converted again. This time, my conversion came up about a minute short. The major issue with the converted footage coming up short is that my times are off. For example, the play found on the master at 2:15 is not the same play found at 2:15 on the converted footage. Using Intel Macs. All input welcomed and thank you in advance.
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