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  1. Fisheye

    .vob File Conversion To Dv For Fce?

    Thank you yet again!! This worked very well. I now have the footage in final cut express. Much appreciated!
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    .vob File Conversion To Dv For Fce?

    Hi, I am hoping to convert .vob files to DV so that I can use them in Final Cut Express HD (very limited in the type of files it will work with). Will toast 11Pro make this conversion? I noticed it will convet to .mov but I didn't notice how to convert to DV. Thanks for your help!!
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    .vob Files

    I meant to respond to this before now. This worked perfectly! Thanks so much!!
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    Toast Is A Total Waste Of Your Money!

    The Roxio / Corel tech support is worthless, in my opinion. If I had listened to them, I would have actually received a full refund of my purchase of Toast11Pro (outside the 30 day window) and of course not be the pleased user I am today. But, before I took them up on that offer, I came here and have had several problems, or just issues of my not understanding the software, solved (thanks to tsantee). Toast11Pro makes better quality DVDs than I was making on iDVD, and I have been able to make Blu-rays of an 80 minute film, time after time, flawlessly. I know Toast/Roxio advertises a lot more than DVD and Blu-ray creation, but that is why I purchased the software, and I am quite pleased with its abilities in those areas. I can't speak to the other aspects of the software. But, you will find help on this forum!
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    .vob Files

    Hello, This is probably a very stupid question, but . . . . I need to get an 80 minute film onto Vimeo (password protected) for e-screenings for critics, media types, and theater owners. I have made good DVDs and Blu-ray discs of this film with Toast 11. I use a 58 GB .mov file (Final Cut Express, no conversion, self-contained) when I make these Blu-rays or DVDs. Obviously, 58 GB is too large, even with Vimeo's $200 pro account. I am very weak at exporting with compression out of FCE; I usually end up with a poor-looking movie that took 5+ hours to export. So, I had the idea of using the .vob files created in the Toast file to upload to Vimeo, or convert the .VOB files and then upload them. For the DVD, there are 5 .VOB files in the TS_Video folder that come to about 4 GB, total. Does anyone have experience getting all of those together into one, 4GB file to upload? Is there a way Toast could handle what I am hoping to do? Thanks for any help! Mike
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    Blu-Ray Burner

    Just FYI in case anyone finds this thread later: I ended up with a LaCie d2 Blu-ray burner. It came packaged with Toast 10. I have Toast 11, so yes, I was paying for software I wouldn't use, but the reviews for this burner were just too good, and I was finding online that many people were unsure about getting a homemade Blu-ray of an 80 minute film. Well, Toast 11 and the LaCie burner work beautifully! I am making Blu-ray discs of this film, and it looks great, on several television, through projectors at screenings, etc. I'm a novice, so I was pretty pleased with the results.
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    Dvd Pause

    An update to this issue: It does not pause if a small segment is made into a DVD, as tsantee suggested I try above. But, even the full length DVD that had the pause, only seems to pause on certain DVD players, not all of them. I guess this was just one of those very strange glitches that is difficult to explain. Thank for your help, and I at least wanted to give an update.
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    Dvd Pause

    tsantee, An update: I went back into FCE and exported again, just in case the problem was a glitch on the exported .mov file I was using in Toast . . . exact same problem with the pause! Could the project be better on a dual layer, and that pause is the break point you are mentioning? Yet it plays fine on a single layer except for that one spot?? I have absolutely no idea. Thank you.
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    Dvd Pause

    It shouldn't be . . . that is part of the reason I save as a disk image and then choose the toast file from the copy menu (correct?). Anyway, in Toast, when I choose the file that was a saved image file from the copy menu, it says it is 4 GB. It's close, but it should fit on a single layer, yes? Like I said, the rest of the DVD is fine . . . Thanks for such a quick reply! Any other ideas? Thank you
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    Toast Dvd Quality Vs. Idvd -- Hd Footage

    Just to add to this in case someone else stumbles upon this thread . . . . the brand of DVD-R makes a difference! I switched to Verbatim and it made a big difference. I use the suggestion of tsantee above with the custom Toast settings of avg. bit rate 7 and max bit rate 8.5 with half-PEL turned on, with Verbatim DVDs, and the movie looks pretty good -- I'd like it to be a little better quality, but keeping in mind the drop-off from shooting in HD and making DVDs, it's pretty good. But those customized settings didn't make the movie look near as good with other brands of DVDs. Just FYI . . . .
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    Dvd Pause

    Hi, I have a problem that will be difficult to explain. I have an 80 minute documentary that I edited in Final Cut Express, and shot in HDV 1080i. I have had a lot of issues with exporting this documentary from FCE and making quality DVDs. I've kept at it, and finally, with Toast 11Pro I have a DVD that looks pretty good. However, every single one of these better DVDs slightly pauses in the exact same place. It starts right up again, with no video or audio skipped over, and this glitch lasts maybe one second long. The rest of the DVD plays fine. I have attempted several burns and even started over again by deleting the first Toast file created, re-loaded the .mov file, and still, the same problem in the exact same place. Some more info on my project: The file I am importing or loading into Toast is a Quicktime .mov file export from Final Cut Express, with *NO* Quicktime conversion, and it is self-contained. When I play the Quicktime movie on my computer, it plays all the way through just fine. It does not pause at the place in question. In Toast, I save as Disk Image and customize the settings, with the average bit rate no higher than 7.0 and the maximum bit rate no higher than 8.5. I also check the box to enable half-PEL (these custom settings per the forum's tssantee). Then, I add the resulting Toast file from the Copy menu and then burn and verify the DVD. Two questions: (1) Any ideas to fix the area that pauses? (2) One idea I have is to return to FCE and export the sequence again. However, I am behind schedule learning Toast and other issues with exporting this sequence, and a public screening of this documentary is too close now for me to be able to re-export from FCE, make new DVDs, and then test the new DVDs at the theater. So, question #2 is this: The pause, while I hate it, is not that bad. This is a low budget film and this first screening is a low budget theater/film society, so do you think this pause/glitch will do the exact same thing on another DVD player as it does mine at home, or can I expect this to get worse? If it behaves the same way, I can live with it for just this one screening. Any help is really appreciated!! Thanks.
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    Blu-Ray Burner

    Thanks yet again, tsantee! I am wanting to put an 80 minute documentary on Blu-ray, primarily for the best possible quality for screening at theaters. I was hoping to just go with DVD, but the drop-off from HD to SD is much more significant than I expected (see my other thread, where you also made an expert reply). I'll look into the Sony one you mentioned. I use LaCie external hard drives and have been looking a their Blu-ray burners, too. Thank you!!
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    Toast Dvd Quality Vs. Idvd -- Hd Footage

    Thank you for the response, tsantee. I tried your first suggestion and the resulting DVD was of slightly better quality, but not much better. Thank you for helping with the Toast settings Your second suggestion I tried -- partially. I went to export the 80 minute sequence with the customization you described, and it was going to be a 4 hour export. Not having that time right now, I exported about 5 minutes of the 80-minute movie with those customizations in FCE , and then put that in Toast. The 5 minute DVD was the best quality so far! My next question is, should it change if I export the entire 80 minute sequence with the customization/compression in FCE that you described . . . that is, will 80 minutes instead of 5 minutes mess things up? Could it push it over to a dual-layer DVD? I wouldn't think the change in time should matter, but this entire process has been full of surprises for me, the novice. Thank you very much for your help!
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    Blu-Ray Burner

    Hello! I primarily purchased Toast 11 Pro to try my hand at making a Blu-ray disc. I have an old (late-2008/early-2009) MacBook Pro running on OSX 10.6.8 (I have upgraded my OS since the original purchase). My question: What kind of Blu-ray burner do you recommend? I know basically nothing about this!! Thanks so much for any help. -Fisheye
  15. Hello all, I am brand new to Toast (Just purchased 11Pro about 3 days ago, never owned a previous version) and fairly new to movie-making in general, so I have what will probably prove to be some simple questions. Here's my "problem:" I edit in Final Cut Express. I have an 80 minute documentary. The settings for this sequence are: Vid Rate - 29.97 fps Frame Size - 1440 x 1080 Compressor - Apple Int. Codec Pixel Aspect - HD (1440x1080) The audio files in the sequence are 48 khz and 16 bit. All footage is HDV 1080i from a Sony HVR-A1U I exported the 80 minute movie as a quicktime movie (NO conversion), self-contained, and the resulting MOV file (58 GB) plays and looks great on several computers. I then wanted to get the movie onto DVD and went with iDVD. I understand and am aware that DVDs are SD, so there will be some video quality drop-off, but I was quite disappointed in the resulting DVD. It looks like, played on a HD TV via a standard DVD player, almost like it was shot on a $99 camcorder. Because I am also interested in possibly putting this movie onto Blu-ray, I began looking into Toast and the sales rep. said the resulting DVD would be better than what I experienced with iDVD. Well, he was wrong, for now. I just finished making a DVD of this movie on Toast 11 Pro and the quality is about the same, perhaps slightly better, than the iDVD-made DVD -- but it still looks like a cheap camcorder. The Toast settings I used were "Best." I left everything else on default. What am I doing wrong? I am surprised I have had nearly the same results with both iDVD and Toast, and am wondering if the drop-off in quality from HD to SD is just what I should expect . . . but I have read online that with Toast one could make a very good quality DVD. I understand " video quality" can be subjective, so my descriptions don't help much. So, please allow me to conclude by asking: What Toast settings are best for turning a MOV file from the above FCE sequence into the best possible DVD? Thank you so much for your time and helping this "newbie!"
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