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  1. macuser, will come back tomorrow. in the meantime you could ask your question in the kenstone.net

    Sorry I didn't show up anymore, I was and am still sick. Is the problem now sloved? It sounds as if it is more like "ok, I can live with that compromise". There is Avidemux in which you can shift the audio under the movie, values in 50 and 100 steps (like 200, 300, 350 etc.) are good to start with.


    I would write more, but am too sick and haven't got that roxio application, but I imported my VHS tapes with my old Mac and had a problem which I will come to later.

    Aside from that: why does it automatically convert?


    I had a similar issue with a SATA-PCI-X card and a PowerMac G4 with using iMovieHD-5. After saving the file as "best quality" (which will make a DVC50pro file out of a recorded DV file) and playing the DVC50pro file in Quicktime I had the video ("picture") run away while the audio was normal speed. Saving the file to a Hard Drive on a native port (i.e. the PowerMacs own IDE-connector and not the SATA-PCI card) solved the problem. OR restarting the Mac and reading the file from the SATA drive.


    Seeing how heavy and inefficient OS X is written today you get lags with everyday tasks sometime, when the OS is on the 5400rpm HDD and not on an external fast USB3 HDD or SSD. This is actually pretty mean by Apple, to write the OS that stupid, that you need to use a faster HDD or an SSD to let it run with getting the beachball. I don't know, if the HDD speed (5400rpm 2,5" drives) play a role in you App issue.

  2. Thanks, but it seems every menue has the same style, if is 6 thumbnail-pictures divided by 2 rows.

    Like this:

    O O O

    O O O

    (imagine the O is a square picture)


    I will try, if I can use the second and third field under the name field (date and playing-time) for the rest of the title. Unfortunately I can only test it in DVD-Player (the Application in Mac OS X) and not on a real standalone-player.

  3. I only found this thread, now. This announcement is from 2012 and I have to say even after this date, now that tsantie is phasing out I benefitted so much from tsantie's activity here and got to know his helpfulness. Very sad that he had to leave, the more since it seems other members aren't as active and knowledgable as him... but I understand, that there are other thinks in life (more important).


    I'd like to add my THANKS!

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  4. Hello,


    I'd like to know, if the mpeg2 (standalone-DVD-player) encoder improve since version 8? Or did they just add new features and stability?


    I ask, because iDVD (last encoder update in 2007) does pretty well picture quality wise, while my Toast 8 (which is from 2007 as well, I think) is a tiny tad behind it. So I wondered, if I could benefit from a newer version, most probably version 11.



  5. Hello,

    I know, that, if one has the space on a DVD, one should utilize the whole bitrate of the DVD-standard (i.e. 8-9mbit/s video and 1500kbit/s audio PCM). But could it be, that Toast chooses a smaller bitrate, if a higher doesn’t bring any benefit?

    I am using Toast 8. With automatic settings „best“ and 1 file (a 10min. cartoon with 670kbps AVC video) I get a DVD where the vob-track has 5563kbps video (audio is 192kbps AC3). See first picture.

    With custom setting (8mbps average, 8.5mbps max, half-pep on I get 5705kbps video for the vob (and 448kbps audio AC3, because I set it that way). See picture 2.

    I am now doing a test with different numbers of clips per one DVD and look what bitrates Toast uses then. (All with automatic "best" and also with custom 7-8kbps)


    The source is SD and not high quality (a 10min. cartoon with 670kbps AVC video). Would someone with a faster computer (I have a mac mini i5 2,5GHz 2012) and better ways to judge the result want to download a testfile (65MB) from me?


    Or can one of yu say based on the specs of the source file, what bitrate makes sense and what would be overkill and what would be to low. (I did a test with iDVD and set to "professional quality" and added the max allowed number of clips (12) and got something over 3000kbps. The faster encode option in iDVD resulted in a lower number of clips and a bitrate of 5936kbps (while in both cases audio is always 1500kbps PCM!).





  6. ...One is to go to Toast custom encoder settings window and adjust the bit rates and turn on Half Pel. The window is accessed by clicking the Customize... button, then clicking the Encoding tab in the window that appears and then clicking Custom. Don't set the average bit rate more than 7 or the maximum more than 8.5. ...


    Another approach is to have FCE convert the video to standard definition so Toast isn't doing that. ...

    I know this is old, but I have a question.


    1. I set avrg. bitrate to 8 and max to 8 andd the file resulted in an avrg. bitrate of 3mbit/s. I guess Toast decided, that there is nothing gained form a higher bitrate, since the source was already not good quality. Does it matter, if I set the average to 7 or 8?


    2. would FCE only rezise (lower the definition) or did you meant to let FCE also convert to mpeg2 and Toast wouldn't have to re-encode?

  7. Hello,


    I have some files that 5:4, 4:3 and 16:9 and some that "mediainfo" detects as "640x464 (1.375)". Obviously there are missing 16 pixels.


    When I drop them all on Toast, and I set aspect ratio to automatic, would it then just convert everything to 4:3 PAL and leave the 16:9 in 16:9?


    I like Toast more, because of its freedom of choosing custom settings, but I have Toast 8 (2008?). Is it right to assume that iDVD7.1 (Oct. 2010) would have a better more recent encoder? I might as well try to get a copy of Toast 11 on Ebay...



  8. I know this thread is old, but lets sumarize:


    - 10.0.2 will work under Tiger (no version 10.0.3+ will work)

    - when using 10.0.2 and Tiger you will get no blu ray / HD support on a G4 (perhaps would work, but would take very long?), so the last fully working combination for PPCs without limits would be: PowerPC G5 + Tiger + not higher than 10.0.2


    - 10.0.3 however will be usable on a G5 with Leopard with HD/blue ray support or on a G4 with Leopard, but without HD/blu-ray.


    Different question:

    how do you gues burn blu rays on a Mac? Can you just buy any blu ray recorder and connect that to your Mac?

  9. tsantee, you have beeen of great help, even if your input did not solve the horizontal lines problem in DV and h.264.


    I'll try what you say prior to encoding the mpeg2 file with toast, later.


    I tried to find the keystone forum you mentioned, but I did not find it. The only video related site was a manufacturer site from switzerland.

    Can you tell me where I can find that Forum, you talked about?

  10. Ah, OK. I see it is a difference to just choose "save as best quality" to create a DV file and going to "save as quicktime" -> DVCPRO50, both result in a DV file, but with the first option one can't choose "progressive".


    But, if the DV file is allready interlaced, shouldn't I NOT see the horizontal lines inside the object, while wathcing on a LCD screen of my ibook?

    Shouldn't the problem also disappear, when I convert to h.264 and check "progressive" before the encode (in mpegstreamclip or Handbrake)?


    I can put the files on a USB stick and connect it to my set top box and watch on my Tube-TV, but both progressive and non-progressive videos have the lines. It does not support DV via the USB-stick, so I will later try connecting the ibook via Video-out to SCART to my Tube.

  11. Thank you very much tsantee!!!!


    Sorry I answer so late, I was sick for a week.


    The interlaced thing you mention is interesting. Because, when I export my projects as DV-file, the resulting file has horizontal lines in (mostly in moving) objects. No one could give me an answer to this. Then I used that DV file to convert it to a mp4 file and chose progressive for one time and the next time I chose interlaced, but the result was the same.

    Would I have to have been taken the original project file and export that as h.264? Because the exported DV file has these lines and mp4 files made from that have these, too.


    I once knew it, but how was it... with that progressive / interlaced thing. Tube TVs need progressive material and Flatscreens need interlaced and (mpeg2)-video-DVDs must be interlaced, too?


    I have PAL instead of NTSC, btw. does that make a difference about scanning?


    Also, I have iMovie05 (during import material should stay untouched) and I read that from iMovie08 on every material gets a special treating during import and it gets automatically interlaced and internally saved as aic and you won't see a difference on PCs and Flatscreens, but from DVD to Tube maybe. I don't know, if that says anything.

  12. The person who will get it, has both possibilities, streaming via PC or from media in set top box.


    I read that 8mbit/s for video is the usuall maximum for video-DVD, since, though you can choose up to 9mbit/s, some set top boxes can not handle over 8mbit/s mpeg2. So I chose custom and set minimum and maximum to 8mbit/s to have a onstant bitrate of 8mbit/s. For audio I chose 448kbit/s, which is, when I now think about it, stupid, because the DVD standard (I guess) doesn't like more than 320kbit/s, or does the audio thing not matter?


    I am not sure at the moment, if I want to give the documentary to the other person as mpeg2 or h.264.

    For h.264 I could go up to 17mbit/s, but I read that 3-4mbit/s would be the max and above there would be no gain, it doesn't get better.

    So would I be on the save side, to choose h.264 and set the bitrate to 5mbit/s (quality wise). I know, that 1-2mbit/s usually is perfect and finde for most situations, but as I mentioned, I'd like to keep the quality as closest to the DV file as possible, the limiting factor on the media shall be 4,7GB or 8,5GB DVD.

  13. Thank you.


    So that would give me a mpeg2 file with a max of 8mbit/s. Can you think of any other way to keep the DV-file (iMovie) as big as possible?


    It is 8,76GB big and I'd like to write a data dual layer disc and only minimize the size, just so, that it fits the 8,5GB. Using a h.264 encoder in iMovie led only to a 5,44GB file (bitrate of 17mbit/s + 320kbit/s audio). I could try Handbrake... I don't know, if it is able to make a bigger file.

  14. Hello,


    I have DV file, which is from iMovie. I did not take the clip in the project folder. Instead I choose send/export.


    The file is recognized as DVCPro.


    I open Toast 8

    I choose DVD from "video" on the left.

    I open the DV file in Toast

    choose settings for encoding.

    hit start and choose "save as Image"

    now it encodes for hours

    at the end I will be prompted to save the .dics and asked again.


    Result: I have a name.disc and othername.disc

    - the first is 8kb big, if I open it I have a preview picture of the DVD, which i set before. Under it it says DV, 48kHz. and I have no sound

    - the second, when I open it, is just a sound track.


    I thought, ok it is just the Image, I have to burn it still. I did choose to burn it and it was encoding again.


    How can I convert a DV file (from iMovie) to mpeg2 and save that to my HDD?