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  1. Derek Dean

    Toast 11 Freezes On Writing Lead Out

    Howdy GreenWire and welcome to the forum, I've had much better luck when I create a Disc Image first, then when I get that working ok I'll go ahead and burn DVDs from that. I think it helps to separate the two functions, creating a disc image and burning, rather than doing both at the same time from the media window.
  2. Derek Dean

    Toast 11 Loops, Or Will Not Play All Clips.

    Howdy arewalt, and welcome to the forum, I think the information you're looking for can be found on page 87 & 88 of the instruction manual, which can be found under the Help menu at the top left of Toast the screen tool bar. After setting up your new project (select VIDEO, then DVD-Video) you'll click on OPTIONS at the right of the media area, that should bring up options for Auto Play (plays disc after inserting into player without going to menu), or Play all items continuously (which I think is what you want. If you've already tried those options without success, then try this. Start with only two short video clips (instead of 16), select the Play all items continuously option, and instead of burning a disc, go up to the File menu and select "Create a Disc Image". This lets you create a file on your computer that works exactly like a DVD. To play the Disc Image you'll have to Mount it using the Mount Disc Image command found under the Utilities Menu on the tool bar. Once you get the Disc Image to work correctly, you can easily burn it to a DVD by opening a new Toast project, but select COPY then Image File instead of Video for the type of project. Then drag the Disc image to the media area and click the Burn (or copy) button in the lower right side of the window. I've had much better success burning DVDs from Disc Image files rather than straight from Toast media window. It also lets you work out all the bugs with your DVD BEFORE wasting a disc. By starting with two small MPEG 2 movie files (instead of 16), you can try all your options until you find the one that works, and once you've got it working for two movies it should be easy to just add more movies. Good luck.
  3. Derek Dean

    Seriously?! Why Won't My Burned Dvds Play?

    Ok, Sara. Remember, just start with a short piece, maybe a few minutes. That way you can hone the process without waiting for a lot of converting and stuff. Then, when you've got it dialed and working, you can move onto the bigger projects. Personally, I've found Toast to be a very nice program, with lots of great features, and once you get used to it I'm sure you'll be burning those home movies with ease. Let us know how it's going.
  4. Derek Dean

    Seriously?! Why Won't My Burned Dvds Play?

    Howdy Mom2Boys, and welcome to the forum, First, sorry to hear that you're having problems. I've only had Toast 11 for about 6 months, so I'm no expert.... but I've been burning DVDs for about 10 years. My first guess is that you're trying to burn some type of copyrighted movie, and generally, Toast won't do that. However, as with most new programs, I've found it's important to start slowly and learn the quirks of the program first, then, as you gain familiarity with how it operates you can pick up speed. In case you didn't see it, you can open the Toast User's Manual .pdf file, found under the Help menu at the top left of the screen. Lots of good info there that will get you up and running quickly. Now, how to proceed. First, don't waste any more discs. Try a SHORT movie to start with. Import it into Toast just as you have been doing, and get it ready to burn, but instead of pressing the BURN button, go to the FILE menu at the top left of the screen and select "Burn as Disc Image". This will save a file on your computer that acts EXACTLY like a DVD, which means you have to Mount it to view it (which you do using the "Mount Disc Image" command found under the Utilities menu at the top of the screen. Once it's mounted, you can view it using either the Apple DVD utility or the Roxio player included with Toast (found under the Extras Menu). Be sure and UNMOUNT the Disc Image after viewing it (use the eject button at the top right of the screen or eject it from the finder window). After you've gotten the disc image to work correctly, you can move onto burning an actual disc. You do this by opening Toast and the selecting COPY (instead of Video) and then Image File. Then drag the Disc image into Toast and click the Burn (or Copy) Button. Personally, I always burn my first DVD onto a DVD-RW (rewriteable DVD), that way I can check and see that it's working properly in my DVD player first. Then if it's ok, I'll move on to burning a regular DVD-R. I use the same process for Blu-ray discs. It may seem like a lot of work, but I've never wasted a disc, and I haven't had any trouble with Toast so far. It's a finicky program that demands you do everything just right, but once you do, it makes great DVDs and Blu-rays. Hopefully, some of the other folks here will chime in with even better advice. Good luck.
  5. Derek Dean

    Toast 11 Titanium = Useless

    Howdy JSmith and welcome to the forum, As usual, tsantee offers another good suggestion. When I first started using Toast 11, I had an issue burning directly to disc, but after reading many posts here on the forum (and thoroughly reading the manual) I tried saving my project as a Disc Image first (which you do by going to the File menu and selecting Save As Disc Image). The Disc Image is simply a file on your computer that functions exactly like a DVD. I will then check to make sure the Disc Image works as expected (which you do by selecting Mount Disc Image from the Utilities menu and then viewing it with either the Roxio or Apple DVD player, and don't forget to UNMOUNT the Disc Image when you are finished, which you do by either Ejecting it from the Finder or using the Eject button on the tool bar at the top right of your screen, a little triangle with a horizontal line under it). After that i found it easy to burn discs from that Disc Image by opening a new project using the COPY option and then selecting Image File as the source. Good luck.
  6. Derek Dean

    How To Burn So Dvd Plays On Mac, Windows And Dvd Player?

    Howdy John, and welcome to the forum. I've never burned a hybrid disc, only Mac and DVD player stuff, but according to the Toast .pdf manual (page 58), it should be fairly easy to do by making a DVD-ROM. Page 59 discusses making a Hybrid Disc. In case you haven't seen the Toast .pdf manual, it can be found by opening toast, starting a project, then going to the Help file menu at the top of the screen. Click on Toast Titanium Help and that should open a very thorough and well done .pdf instruction manual (assuming you have Adobe Reader). The thing I've found really helpful when I'm trying new stuff with Toast is to first create a Disc Image BEFORE burning anything. This let's me preview how it's going to look and work before doing a burn. You do that by getting your project ready to burn, then instead of burning, you go to the File menu at the top of the screen and select Save As Disc Image. That saves a file on your computer that works EXACTLY like a DVD. To preview it, go the Toast Utilities menu at the top of the screen and select Mount Disc Image. Then you can use either the Toast Roxio player or the Apple player to preview the disc. To UNMOUNT the disc, use the EJECT button at the top right of your screen (or go to the finder and find the Eject button for the disc there). When I've got the Disc Image looking good, I usually burn a DVD-RW (or +RW) directly from the Disc Image (which you do by selecting COPY when you open a Toast project), and use that to test the disc out on my other computers, DVD player etc (that way I can always erase it and use it over again). Finally, when everything is working the way I want it, I'll go ahead and start burning my regular DVD-R discs directly from the saved Disc Image. It may sound like a lot of work, but I've found it saves me a lot of frustration over burning discs that don't work. One other point, in virtually every instance that I've had an issue with burning a disc, it's turned out to be something that I did or didn't do, so be patient and spend some time learning the program and trying various things. It's really an amazingly versatile program. By the way, in case your program is lacking the .pdf instruction manual, just contact me by private message and I'll send you a copy through e-mail. Good luck, and let me know if you have any other questions.
  7. Derek Dean

    Toast 11 Titanium = Useless

    I wouldn't give up guys. I have a fairly new Mac Mini running OSX 10.8.2, and after purchasing Toast 11 directly from the ROXIO website several months ago I've had no problems burning discs, and I've burned quite a few (CDs, DVDs, and Blurays). In fact, I've found it quite useful in ways I never considered, mainly because it offers so many different options. I'm no expert, so I can't offer suggestions for helping with your various situations, I'm just trying to point out that there are a least a few folks out here who are using this program successfully, so stick with it and keep trying different ideas. Good luck.
  8. Derek Dean

    Why Does Burning Take Soooo Long?

    Howdy Garbrieil, When you first open Toast, it brings up a big dialog box on your screen that says "Select a Project to get started". At the top of the box it has 6 buttons listed as, "Tutorials-Data-Audio-Video-Copy-Convert". Click COPY. The box will change giving you two selections, either DISC COPY or IMAGE FILE. Click on IMAGE FILE which will highlight that box blue, the click FINISH in the lower right corner of the box. That brings up the regular Toast File Box. Click on the SELECT button and a Finder box pops up, use it to navigate to the DISC IMAGE. Click on the Disc Image (which highlights it), then click the OPEN button in the bottom right corner. That should load the Disc Image into the Toast file box. Then simply make sure you have a disc loaded, set your RECORDER SETTINGS, and finally, click the COPY Buttons in the bottom right corner. The way I learned to do this stuff was to read the manual. It's VERY extensive (about 134 pages) and covers most things you might want to do with Toast. I found the manual by opening Toast, going to the HELP menu at the top of the screen, and selecting Toast Help. It opened a .pdf Toast manual. EDIT: If you have trouble locating the manual, let me know and I'll e-mail you a copy. It's very well written and something I refer to often.
  9. Derek Dean

    Why Does Burning Take Soooo Long?

    Howdy Gabriel and papa john, and welcome to the Toast 11 forum. I'm sorry to hear that you're having difficulty with the program. I've only had it for a few months, and I'll admit that it's been challenging, but over-all I've had wonderful success with it. One thing I've noticed is that Toast can be picky about certain things and how they're done. It would probably be easier for us to help you figure out the problem if you were to supply us with more information, like what operating system your using on what computer and what version of Toast you're using. Also things like what kind of files your trying to burn, etc? Are you trying to burn a CD, DVD, or Blu-ray? The more info we have, the easier is to help you. When I first started burning discs with Toast, I tried burning straight to the disc, but often it would hang up during the finishing cycle, so I tried something I had read about here, and that is to create a 'Disc Image' first, and save it on my computer. The Disc Image is simply a file that works exactly like a disc, and once you made it, you can burn multiple discs from it. When you have all your material in the Toast window, and you're ready to burn, instead of hitting Burn Button, go to the File menu (Top Left of Screen) and select "Save as disc image". This goes through the same procedure as burning, but saves the disc image on your computer. You open the disc image by going to Utilities menu and selecting "Mount Disc Image". Then use either the Mac DVD player, or the Toast/Roxio Player and check out the Disc image to see how it looks. When you're finished, you have to "Unmount" the disc image, just like a DVD, so you have to eject it. There are several ways to do that. You can go to the Finder and you'll see it listed with all the hard drives on your computer, simply click the eject button next to the name. Or, you can use the Triangle shaped Eject button at the top right of your computer screen, or you can simply drag the disc Icon to towards your Trash Can (which will turn into and eject button) and eject it that way. The cool thing about using a disc image is that it lets you preview exactly how the DVD will look, and if there are any problems, you can fix them BEFORE wasting a disc. If everything works ok, then simply burn the Disc Image. You do this with Toast by opening up the program and Selecting COPY, then Image Copy. Then select the Disc Image and burn it. I usually burn the first copy to a DVD-RW, just to check things out, and if it looks good I'll go ahead and burn a regular disc. It may seem like a lot of work, but since I've started following this procedure I've had 100% good burns. Anyway, there are a few other folks here that are VERY knowledgeable about Toast (and VERY helpful as well), and if you leave some more info about your situation I'll bet they'll chime in and give you a hand.
  10. Derek Dean

    How Does One Learn The Basics?

    When I click "Help" on the Toast menu bar, it brings up a Toast 11.pdf User's guide (146 pages of very useful information). If for some reason you need the .pdf User's Guide, just send me a message with your e-mail and I'll send you a copy. I'm a new Toast user, but I've been burning discs for 10 years, and let me tell you, it's as much an art as it is a science, and mainly, it requires time and patience, so plan on spending some time learning about all the options Toast 11 has to offer. A "disc image" is one of the things you should learn about from the first. A disc image is simply a file that you create from all the assembled material that you are going to burn, but instead of clicking the Burn button, you go to the File menu at top left of the Toast Screen and select "Save as disc image". This creates a file on your computer which behaves just like a disc. This serves two purposes. First, because the disc image behaves EXACTLY like a burned DVD, it lets you preview how your disc is going to look, without having to waste a disc. So, if you have any problems, or don't like the way it looks or sounds, you can go back and change things around to get them the way you want it. Of course you have to redo the "Save as disc image" each time you make any changes, but that's better than wasting a disc each time. It's important to note that in order to view the disc image, you have to treat it just like any external hard drive, that is, it needs to be "mounted", and you do that by going to the Toast menu bar and under the Utilities menu select "Mount disc image", then you can view it with your Mac DVD player, or the Roxio player. When you are finished, be sure to "unmount" the disc image. You can do this several different ways. Most players have an "eject" button, or you can drag the disc icon over towards the trash (which will turn into an Eject button), or use the actual Eject button located on the top right menu bar of the Apple screen, or eject the disc image from the finder. Second, once you've created a disc image you like, you can then burn multiple copies from that disc image without having to go back and start from scratch each time. Neat. The other thing I found helpful was to go ahead and invest in a couple of high quality Verbatim re-writable discs, one BD-RE DL (dual layer, 50 GB) Blu-ray disc, and one DVD-RW disc. Then, when I've got my disc image the way I want it, I do a test burn onto the re-writable disc, and if that plays ok on my external player then I'll go ahead and start making copies on regular Blu-rays or DVDs. Yes, it's a bit of work, but I've gotten very reliable and repeatable results. Good luck, and have fun .
  11. Derek Dean

    Product Key Will Not Work

    Howdy David, Hey, I'm a newbie to Toast, but I've been around Macs for awhile. Make sure you are using the Key EXACTLY as it is in the e-mail. I copied and pasted mine. I'm pretty sure it is case sensitive, so if it's upper-case, make sure you type it as Upper Case. It's also possible that you have your preferences set in such a way as to prevent the application from opening (either in the browser Preferences or, more likely, the Apple System Preferences, so I'd start by checking your System Preferences. Go to the Apple Icon top left of your screen and select System Preferences from the pull down menu. On the first line "Personal" select Security and Privacy. Make sure the first tab, General, is selected, and then look down to where it says "Allow applications downloaded from:" and select "Anywhere". If that area is grayed out, then you will need to UNLOCK the lock at the bottom left corner of the General box. Click on the little lock, then type in your password, and when the lock unlocks, select "Anywhere". Then re-lock if you like. Click on Firevault tab and make sure it is off. Click on the Firewall tab and make sure it is off. I don't know what browser you're using, but go to your browser Preferences and check for the same types of download blocking items and make sure they are unchecked. What I found was that even if those download blocker items are checked, I can still download an item from an unknown site, but they wouldn't let me open the application, so try deselecting those download blocking items and let us know if it helped. If doesn't help, when you come back, be sure and give us a bit more info, like what computer model and OSX you're using, along with your browser too. Good luck. EDIT: By the way, if changing your System Preferences works, you might want to remember to go back and re-select those download blocking items when you're done. They are there for your protection. You can always unlock and change them again if needed.
  12. Derek Dean

    Totally Screwed By Toast 11

    Howdy scharke, I'm sorry to hear that you've had difficulties with Toast 11. From the many reviews I've read, and the many posts on this forum, you aren't the only one, and to be honest, with all the negative talk about Toast 11 I was VERY hesitant to purchase it recently, however, after trying several of the few other Mac based Blu-ray authoring programs available, and seeing their limitations, I decided to go ahead and purchase Toast 11 directly from Roxio (even though it was more expensive that way), because I knew they offered a 30 day refund policy. Since then, I've thrown everything I could at Toast 11, not really expecting it to be able to do it all, and yet it's performed exceedingly well, burning and copying, and converting everything I've tried, which includes Blu-rays, DVDs, CDs, and converting files of all types. I'm running a Mac Mini (late 2011 model) with OXS 10.8.2. I'm using a Digistor DIG-79092 burner (using the optional AC power supply). I use Verbatim DVDs and Blu-rays and Sony CDs. So far I've tried CD-R, DVD-R, DVD+RW, BD-R and BD-RE DL, all with 100% success, no failed burns. One thing, I feel it's important to have all other applications shut down when I do a burn, feeling it's better to give the full resources of the computer to the burn task. It might be overkill, but it's something I learned when I started burning DVDs 10 years ago, and I've had pretty good success since then, so even with today's more powerful computers I still follow that protocol. My recommendation would be to first tell us a bit more about your situation and let us see if we can help. What model Mac are you using, and what OSX is currently installed? What version of Toast 11 do you have? What were the original source files you were trying to burn to Blu-ray? What brand of media were you using, and what brand of burner? Second, and you've probably already done this, but be sure and contact Roxio technical support, providing them will all the information I just mentioned. It's possible they might be able to help you find a solution. When I first got Toast 11, about a month ago, I was amazed how much they said it could do, and to be honest, rather skeptical, but after reading the manual from cover to cover, and following their suggestions (along with the many suggestions I've found on various forums), I've gained a fair amount of respect for the straight forward thinking that went into developing this program. Of course it's not perfect. I've found a few minor oddities, but overall I've had a very positive experience, and I'm hopeful that with a bit of research and help from some of the more knowledgeable forum members, that you will be able to get back up and successfully burning Blu-rays soon. EDIT: Oh, this is something you might try...... when I got this program I also bought a Verbatim BD-RE DL (blu-ray re-writable dual layer) disc and a re-writable DVD, and I always test my burns first to make sure everything is ok, and once I've got things dialed for a successful burn on the re-writable disc I'll then go ahead and burn the regular permanent blu-ray or DVD disc. For DVDs, before I even burn, once the project is complete I'll go to the FILE menu at the top left of the screen and select "Save file as disc image". This is the file exactly as it will appear on your DVD, and once it's saved I simply "mount" it, then view it with the Mac DVD player, and if everything looks good I'll proceed to the test burn using a re-writable DVD, and if that looks good I'll go ahead and burn the real DVD. Anyway, the re-writable Blu-ray discs are $10-15, but it seems like a good investment to me. Just a thought.
  13. Derek Dean

    "don't Have The Required Access Permissions"

    What verson of Toast 11 do you have?