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  1. What settings in Toast 10 most closely approximate the "Edit with iMovie" conversion that "Easy VHS to DVD" does when you click the "Edit with iMovie" button? I have several camcorder tapes that I have imported and I used the "Send to Toast" button to burn a DVD. Now I want to go through some of the imported .mpg files and compile several clips from several of the .mpg files using iMovie. "Easy VHS to DVD" doesn't allow one to REsend (export) a file after the initial import, I wish to use Toast 10 to accomplish the same thing. It seems silly that I would have to transfer the tape a 2nd time just to choose a different "Send to" destination. All the various format options when converting with Toast require a greater familiarity than I have with such things. Can anyone help? What option(s) do I choose to duplicate the same result that the "Edit with iMovie" button provides? THANKS! --MacBrian
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    "one moment please" hang work around

    Thanks for the reply! I'm using Toast 10 Pro. After several "Easy VHS to DVD" crashes and force-quits because of the hang-up (where unplugging the USB device didn't help) -- my boot drive filled up again. Lots of invisible .eyetv files -- one for each crash instance even though I had a valid .MPG file in the "Easy VHS to DVD Capture" folder. I'm guessing because the "One Moment Please" dialog never finished, the invisible .eyetv file didn't get deleted even though the .mpg conversion had finished. Unfortunately I discovered I can't use the .eyetv file to save the real-time spent recording a VHS tape because the .eyetv format is not editable in the Toast Video Player application.. The editing tools simply don't show up after you click "Edit" in Toast. The Toast Video Player launches and plays the video, but it's only a player -- no editing available unless you've started with a legitimate .mpg file. I don't get why this hasn't been fixed? Is it a Leopard issue? Or Snow Leopard? I'm using Snow Leopard. Based on the existence of this thread I'm obviously not unique in having this problem... Is there some EyeTV software I could buy that would take the place of the Easy VHS to DVD Capture software and not lock up and cause so many problems? I still have a bunch of tapes to finish transferring and I'm getting tired of all this hassle.
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    "one moment please" hang work around

    Answering my own question. Inside the "Easy VHS to DVD Capture" folder is an *invisible* folder that contains an .eyetv file. The "One Moment Please..." process is converting the .eyetv file to the .mpg file that is visible inside the "Easy VHS to DVD Capture". So that tells me that "Easy VHS to DVD Capture" is really an EyeTV software product, rather than a written-by-Roxio product. (Just surmising here...! ) I discovered this after numerous "Easy VHS..." lockups, and eventually my boot drive was completely filled up whereas I normally have 130+ GB free. I discovered numerous invisible .eyetv files inside the "EasyVHS to DVD Capture" folder -- one for each time the software locked up and crashed. So THAT'S where the recordings were -- invisible files filling up my hard drive! Unfortunately I haven't found a way to do the .eyetv -> .mpg conversion without re-recording from the VHS tape again. Anyone have any ideas how to do that? Toast recognizes the .eyetv file, but when making a DVD-DL it goes to an Encoding step that it doesn't have to do when converting the .mpg. When making a DVD from the .mpg all Toast has to do is multiplex, than write the disc image or DVD. --B
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    "one moment please" hang work around

    In my experience, unplugging the converter when it hangs on the "One Moment Please..." works about 25% of the time. Does anyone know exactly what's happening during the "One Moment Please..." dialog? Often I'll discover hours after a recording has automatically stopped that the "One Moment Please" progress bar is still up. If I unplug the USB converter, sometimes it starts over on the "One Moment Please progress and take another 10-15 minutes. MOST of the time, however, unplugging the converter causes Easy VHS to DVD to hang, and if I force quit, my recording becomes a Zero KB file. Thus I have to completely start over on doing the transfer from scratch. Anyone have any ideas to help? I've done a couple of dozen VHS to DVD transfers now. It seems to work the best when you manually stop the recording. If you're using the timer to stop the recording, it ALMOST always creates the "One Moment Please..." hangup. (*almost* always, but NOT always.) GRRR... --Brian
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    Toast 10 Pro DVD size

    Thanks again for your thoughts. The "Fit to Disc" worked to reduce the 6 GB disc image to 4 Gb. Unfortunately I discovered AFTER I burned the DVD that the audio sync was fouled up. I traced it back to when Toast made a disc image of the original high-res .DV file....The original .DV file has perfect audi sync -- the 6 GB disc image that Toast made is where the problem appears. So, that DVD goes straight to the trash and that VHS tape gets moved into the pile of tapes I'm running through the Tivo. Yup, looks like a dedicated hardware solution, such as my Tivo or a DVD recorder, is the way to go.
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    Toast 10 Pro DVD size

    INTERESTING. Thanks for the reply! I'm still waiting for the first round of encoding to finish -- then I'll try the "fit to disc" method. I've been doing my VHS transfers to DVD on my Series 2 Tivo, which allows 6 hours of video on a single DVD using Tivo's "Basic" quality. Yeah, it degrades the VHS quality somewhat, but frankly to my eye not enough to be worth the hassle of two DVDS per VHS tape compared to getting the entire tape onto a single DVD. Tivos records at that quality so there is no encoding or re-encoding before it's ready to burn to disc. I was hoping to be able to use my computer and Toast to cut the time in half on this project by having two devices capturing and making DVDs. Guess that won't happen without some kind of encoder on my Mac. I've been using the pass-thru capability of my DV camcorder to transfer VHS to the computer. Do you know if the Roxio's Easy VHS to DVD device can copy 6 hours to a single-sided DVD? And is it finally compatible with Snow Leopard?
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    Toast 10 Pro DVD size

    I have a 78 Gb .dv file that is the result of importing a 6-hour VHS tape. When I drag this monster .DV file into Toast 10 to create a DVD, I have the selector by the big red button set for "DVD" (not "DL DVD") yet Toast insists on creating a 6 Gb disc image. The disc size thermometer bar across the bottom shows it's a 6.04 GB disc. Obviously that is NOT a single-layer DVD -- it should be creating a disc image that is in the vicinity of 4.7 Gb. Anyone have any ideas why it's not fitting this 6-hour .DV file to a single layer 4.7 Gb DVD??
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    CD Spin Doctor and Filter Distortion

    I briefly tested the new CD Spin Doctor that came with Toast 9 and the filters seem work w/o distortion just like they used to. I haven't recorded or applied the filters and saved anything yet, but based on my short test at least the problem seems to have been solved with the upgrade. That's kinda good, and kinda bad because I don't think a pay-for upgrade should be THE solution to a bug. But, the 'bug' seemed to be caused by a change in either Quicktime or Leopard (or a combination of both), so I guess we can't expect the programmers to have a crystal ball when it comes to operating system or Quicktime changes. I would think they at least owe those using Toast 8 a patch to fix it however, but where's their profit motive for doing so? (Other than the obvious good-will they would generate instead of alienating their user base to the point they might not continue buying Roxio upgrades.) Roxio must not believe in much of a beta-test cycle. There are so many kewl things in the new Toast 9, some of which are totally broken and useless (on my system, anyway). For example, editing a .TiVo file is a total fiasco for many Mac users. If you trim out the commercials (using a very very coarse and non-precise means of marking in and out points), the AUDIO doesn't get trimmed. So the saved result is a video file that is missing the video of a commercial (good), but the audio continues on as if it had never been cut out (bad). This makes the edited results totally useless, and a colossal waste of their users' time. I can't believe they'd let it out the door being that broken, so there must be something fairly common that most users have installed that is fouling up the process and giving results that they didn't expect or anticipate when they released it. Here's hoping enough people initiate an incident report (or whatever they call it) so this issue will get their full attention. --MacBrian
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    Editing Tivo Files In Toast Video Player

    Yes, you really should. The more incidents they have logged the more likely they will be able to get enough information to create a fix! Roxio responded requesting a text file copy of my Mac's System Profile. which I have sent. Haven't heard anything since then... --MacBrian
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    Editing Tivo Files In Toast Video Player

    Agreed -- my experience too. I just upgraded to 9.0.2 and did a very "coarse" edit of a TiVo recording, sent it back to Toast to burn a DVD disc image and guess what? The audio wasn't trimmed and the effort was a complete waste of time. I'm off to log an official "incident" with Roxio. --Brian Johns
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    CD Spin Doctor and Filter Distortion

    From Roxio's technical support today: Hmmm. We'll see....
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    CD Spin Doctor and Filter Distortion

    I've been using BIAS "SoundSoap". It's seems better than the filters in CD Spin Doctor, but I like Spin Doctor's interface better. Incidentally, after installing SoundSoap I found out some kind of plug-in it installs is poison to CD Spin Doctor. I don't remember the details, but that plug-in needed to be removed. There were also problems with CD Spin Doctor not opening a file after SoundSoap saved it. I just can't remember the full details now...it's been months. On Jan 8, 2008 I opened a ticket with Roxio's support for this issue. I pointed them to one of the threads here at this support forum. Then I opened another ticket pointing it to a different thread on the same subject. The first response I got from them was asking all sorts of questions about my system. It didn't come to me as an email so I didn't know they had responded and the ticket was closed. The 2nd ticket I had opened also had a response -- basically chastising me for opening "multiple tickets for the same problem" and that doing this would only delay their response. SHEESH. You'd THINK they'd APPRECIATE quick links to our descriptions of the problems. It appears "proactive" isn't in their vocabulary. Mine either -- I didn't realize I'd have to go specifically to check and see if they responded. I incorrectly presumed I'd get some kind of notification. I've re-opened the first ticket and added all the information they requested about my system. We'll see what response that brings. Maybe I'm crazy, but JUST MAYBE they'll launch a copy of CD Spin Doctor under Leopard and turn on a filter so they can hear the problem for themselves! --Brian
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    CD Spin Doctor and Filter Distortion

    Misery loves company, I guess. I didn't have any luck going back to an older version, but maybe I should try again? All I got from the older version was an immediate crash just after "generating wave form" so I couldn't tell if the filter situation was any better using the older Spin Doctor or not. I tried several times and occasionally could get past the crash after generating the wave form, but as soon as I hit the "play" button the beachball would start spinning and I'd eventually have to force quit to get out of it. Roxio is "good enough" to provide these forums, but really, when it comes to a fault in the programming or an incompatibility such as this, they don't monitor our pleas for help and they don't respond to emails. Or if they do, it's a canned response that is useless. This thread started in November and here it is February with no solution, so I'd say look elsewhere for your audio editing needs. It's a shame too -- the interface is brilliant and easy to use for the novice and not-so-novice alike. Too bad the stuff behind the interface that makes it all work has been neglected. But notice it's still for sale! They're very efficient in taking money for a broken, useless product! --MacBrian
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    CD Spin Doctor and Filter Distortion

    Oh, for crying out loud IT'S JANUARY 6 AND THERE HAVE BEEN NO REPLIES TO THIS SINCE THE ORIGINAL NOVEMBER 20 POST??!! I discovered the same problem with totally distorted filters and a search found this completely UNANSWERED thread. How frustrating. The noise heard when one turns on the Noise Reducer and/or Sound Enhancer makes the Filters totally useless since you can't hear a decent preview of the filters. In my case it seems to have something to do with my Griffin iMic. If I change the Sound System Preference to the built-in speakers or "Headphones" the distortion doesn't occur when I turn on the Noise Reducer or Sound Enhancer. I discovered if I'm playing audio with CD Spin Doctor and I plug the headphones into the jack on the front of my MacPro, Spin Doctor's playback stops and can't be restarted until the application is quit and relaunched. Of course, as has always been common with CD Spin Doctor, you poke at it too much and it just responds by crashing. In the meantime I noticed the Sound System Preference panel changes to read "Headphones" as soon as you plug headphones in the jack. I'm guessing this dynamic sensing of the output port is disrupting CD Spin Doctor. I'm very disappointed -- I waited a long time to upgrade to Leopard and thought by now most major issues would have been fixed. Obviously CD Spin Doctor is simmering on a back burner. Waaaay in the back. Mac OS X v10.5.1 Leopard 2x3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon 2 BG 667 MHz DDR2 FB-DIMM
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