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  1. EyeTVuser

    Easy Dvd Creation From Eyetv?... Not!

    Yes, I have other options at home including AirPlay mirroring from my Mac as well as via an AppleTV box if I have exported to iTunes. I just posted the converted old films to my website for family members to view. I'll see if any want a DVD version. -------- I hope the Roxio folks can clean up the software so people like me get what we had expected.... easy to use software. I'm sorry that I can't give it a hearty recommendation. I appreciate the workarounds you have suggested.
  2. EyeTVuser

    Easy Dvd Creation From Eyetv?... Not!

    Right you are about the option to use the Media Browser. I had read forward from "To burn a disc from within EyeTV, using Toast:" As for the exact settings... I haven't kept a formal lab notebook... Looking at the package contents of the program that I started with to burn to disc, there is no iPad or iPhone m4v version. I am using the EyeTV Hybrid device and the show in question I captured using the AV input - composite video. So, I guess that would be analog. Most of the shows I have on the Mac are recorded from Comcast cable channels using the digital channels and RF input on the EyeTV Hybrid. Overall, if I force re-encode to Never, I get flakey results, though perhaps not always. If Roxio wants to offer me freebies, I'd get more formal in my testing. Since m4v is such a widely used format, perhaps I could consider burning in that format. My new BlueRay player supports it, just not sure whether I could do a nice top menu of the sort that is supported when formatting a "classic" video DVD. I try to remind myself that my goals on this project were keep it simple, get it done! I will be working on another video project so will keep that in mind... More than ten years ago, I had some 1930's vintage 16mm film to VHS. Yesterday I captured to EyeTV. I may just split it into logical video segments and post it on my website for relatives to grab at will in m4v format. That would avoid disc burning altogether. More later.
  3. EyeTVuser

    Easy Dvd Creation From Eyetv?... Not!

    Actually, the "Official, official" way in the EyeTV 3 User Manual specifies drag and drop: "To burn a disc from within EyeTV, using Toast: • Open the EyeTV Programs window, choose the Recordings section, and select the video recording you wish to archive by clicking on it once to highlight it. • Drag it from the Recordings section of the EyeTV Programs window, to Toast’s Video section. Then, select what format you want to use (VCD, SVCD, DVD) in Toast. " . In the next paragraph: "You can also highlight the recording, and then press the Toast button at the top of the Programs window, or choose for Toast via the Export command. " Looks like EyeTV's manual writers got ahead of the programmers. I find no Toast button at the top of the programs window or a Toast choice in the Export sub-menu. I haven't spent a lot of time in the Toast manual. Maybe it disagrees??? Thanks for the contact info!
  4. EyeTVuser

    Easy Dvd Creation From Eyetv?... Not!

    {sigh} Look like I'm a beta tester again... As far as I can tell, drag and drop from EyeTV to Toast cannot be made reliable with the EyeTV files I have to test with. I did find some recommendations on the Elgato site: http://support.elgato.com/index.php?_m=knowledgebase&_a=viewarticle&kbarticleid=4300 Some don't seem to work but one does: In EyeTV choose File:Export, then choose MPEG Program Stream (not MPEG Elementary Streams) as mentioned by Digital Guru above. The result is a file of type ".mpg". The export is quite fast because it doesn't involved re-encoding. This can be dragged into or opened by Toast. I played with burn settings and the ONLY reliable way to do it is to leave re-encoding set to Automatic (the default). That method does avoid the double re-encoding when exporting to a ".dv" file from EyeTV, then moving it to an iDVD project for burning. So it probably introduces fewer artifacts and is certainly faster. ------------------------------ I usually have EyeTV set to add formatting for viewing by iPhone and iPad. That extra data is added to the ".eyetv" file. Perhaps that added information is giving Toast indigestion. ------------------------------ SO.... if anyone is reading this who knows... is there any way to talk with a live representative of the publisher after all this? I would really like to encourage them to make the drag and drop option easy to use!
  5. EyeTVuser

    Easy Dvd Creation From Eyetv?... Not!

    When the video window is empty, the amount of available space on a DVD shows 4.38 GB When the setting is Automatic - Best quality, the video I want to burn will take 4.26 GB. When the setting is Custom Never Re-encode, the video requires 5.34 GB. The video's specs are: MPEG-2, 4.0 Mbps (8.0 Mbps max)
  6. EyeTVuser

    Easy Dvd Creation From Eyetv?... Not!

    Thanks again D.G.--- I tried what you suggested without success... I set the custom option to Never re-encode. Then the two hour video would not fit on the DVD, so for the sake of experimenting, I shortened the video until it would fit on the DVD. I executed the burn command and watched the result. As expected, it did not attempt to re-encode. It did (as before) make two runs at multiplexing, each time getting to about 15% complete. After the second incomplete attempt at multiplexing, it went ahead and started to burn the disc, no warning message that I had a problem. I stopped it because it was clear that the process would not yield more than a fraction of the total video. Your theory about dropped frames may be true. Clearly EyeTV is able to manage this problem way better than Toast. I tried exporting from EyeTV as elementary program streams and dropping the video file into Toast. That dis work partly. It took several minutes before the edit screen was ready. There was no audio when I played the video in edit mode. When I left edit mode and tried to burn, I got an error message that there was no video to burn. Thanks again for your help. I bought this version of Toast to make the DVD burn process convenient. It isn't. I have iDVD as a slow but reliable fallback. I'll contact the company on Monday and request a refund.
  7. EyeTVuser

    Easy Dvd Creation From Eyetv?... Not!

    Thanks D.G.... I exported the file from EyeTV using the iDVD format choice, yielding a ".dv" file which was readable by iDVD. The method I used to move the video from EyeTV to Toast was by dragging it from the EyeTV Recordings window to Toast's video pane, following instructions in the EyeTV user manual. This drag-and-drop transfer was accepted by Toast. I could scrub through the entire video in Toast, everything looking good. As described above, the burning process was a disaster, with no warnings. Toast hiccuped in the reformatting/conversion process, but just kept right on going to burn just 16 minutes of my two hour video. Toast was satisfied that all went well. The ".dv" conversion and burning via iDVD gets the job done, but requires extra steps. At least it works reliably, unlike Toast.
  8. EyeTVuser

    Easy Dvd Creation From Eyetv?... Not!

    My EyeTV3 version 3.5.6 (6920) software documentation suggests an easy way to burn a DVD of my program.... use Toast. So, I purchased the current version of Toast Titanium 11.1_1072 and downloaded it. (I had owned Toast 10 and earlier versions.) I was looking for a straightforward, no-frills way to transfer a couple EyeTV programs to DVD. So I launched EyeTV and Toast, dragged the first EyeTV program over to the Toast video pane, verified there would be enough space on a regular size DVR disc and pressed "Burn". The process went way too fast. I had a bad feeling about that. There were no warnings issued by Toast and I ended up with 16 minutes of my two hour show on DVD. I tried the second two hour show and got maybe 30 minutes of it. By the way, I'm running Mac OSX 10.8.2 on a MacBook Pro Retina purchased a few months ago. The first progress message indicates that it is Encoding. It gets up to 13%. Next it indicates that it is multiplexing and gets up to about 13%. Then it starts multiplexing again at 0%, briefly. Then it indicates that it has started writing and that it will be done in a couple minutes... not a good sign. Soon it is done. Yup, 16 minutes, 45 seconds (again). I tried turning off verification, recording at 4x (way reduced speed), etc. Finally, I figured out how to move iDVD from another computer, Exported in iDVD format from EyeTV, launched with iDVD, set up the menu screen and burned it. No fuss, no muss. The second two hour show was equally successful via iDVD. This appears to be a software problem, perhaps in EyeTV, but more likely in Toast. I'm not optimistic that there is an easy solution. I suspect that Toast 11 has serious flaws. Keep in mind that it did not give me any error message. I'm not too keen on a lot more experimenting. The whole reason I got the new version of Toast was to make the process very simple.
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