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  1. Lately, I've been muxing my 720p MKV files of TV show episodes into Transport Stream (TS) format (with TSmuxer, so that I won't have to wait hours and hours for Toast to force an encode of the video to a High-Definition DVD. It used to work like a treat, but I've been noticing lately that on many Toast projects, the "Space Remaining" capacity being reported in Toast is WAY too 'generous' compared to if I put the original MKV files in the pane. For example, I'm trying to author a High-Def DVD project with three 45-minute 720p TV episodes on it. Encoding is set to "never", average bitrate is set to 4.5 and max. is set to 10. With the three un-muxed MKV files, the space used is reported as 4.22GB, with 173.6 MB remaining. However, if I put my three muxed .TS files in there instead, the space used drops dramatically to 1.07GB, with 3.32 GB remaining. The files are all about the same size: The three MKV files are 678mb, 622mb and 1.56gb, while the three TS files are 727mb, 798mb and 1.63gb. If anything, they should consume more space rather than way less, right? If I try to dump more files into the list to "fill up" the space, I'll get an error message telling me there isn't enough space on the disc. If I leave things the way they are, I can see a huge "unburnt" portion on the recording side of the disc. Anybody know a fix, or if I'm doing anything wrong? As I said, this used to work great. I've also tried trashing the preferences file, but that doesn't fix anything. I like that the TS files don't have to go through Toast encoding, but these wildly differing usage spaces bother me, especially as it doesn't always happen. I seem to notice it more with discs where I'm putting multiple episodes on, though.
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    Toast 11 Is Stretching 4:3 Mp4S To 16:9 When Burning Blu-Ray

    You might be able to do custom settings for DVD, but for the Blu-ray plug-in, resolution appears to be "locked" in the encoder to 1440x1080. Do you know of any Mac apps that might fix my problem (particularly "free" ones), or do you know if any of the other Mac Blu-ray authoring programs will work better with other resolutions? It seems odd to me that QuickTime player is showing pillarboxes if they aren't encoded into the video itself. If the video is straight 4:3, then surely Quicktime would display it in a 4:3 window rather than a 16:9 one with added-on pillars? The video was obtained online (free to burn with a Creative Commons licence, so 100% legal), and in the online player, it's also displayed 16:9 with pillarboxes. I'm suspecting that Toast's encoder is removing them, perhaps. Whatever is happening, it's certainly frustrating!
  3. I have a couple of 1080p MP4 files with are "old" films, so they are 4:3 aspect ratio. The native resolution of the MP4s is 1236 x 928 pixels. When I play the MP4 files in a video player (like QuickTime Player), they are displayed pillarboxed in a 16:9 (the proper 4:3 video is in the middle with black bars on the side). I wanted to burn them onto a blu-ray disc, so I did the "drag-n-drop" into the "video" window (with "blu-ray video" selected). There were absolutely no options/buttons to allow me to specify an aspect ratio, but I assumed that Toast would give me a disc with the same thing I saw in the QuickTime player. Imagine my surprise, then, when I put the finished disc into my blu-ray player and instead of pillarboxed video (which is what I should have), I instead get a disc where the original 4:3 video has been artificially stretched to fill the full 16:9 frame! Can somebody explain why Toast is doing this? I do not like it and I see no options within toast to force it to respect the original aspect ratio for blu-ray. Going back to the Toast window, If I click on the "edit" button and look at the video file in the 'player' (where you can set the button picture), the image is still properly pillarboxed in the frame, so it 'looks' right there, it just doesn't turn out right when Toast does the actual encoding/burning. On the right side of the edit window, it shows JVT/AVC Coding, 1440x1080, 23.98fps, MPEG-4 Audio. I know 1440x1080 is the full 16:9 canvas, so maybe it's something in the encoding that is stripping out the pillarboxes (or not correctly adding them)? If there's no way to fix this in Toast, is there some sort of program I can download for the Mac that can "force" pillarboxes onto these titles before burning in Toast? I don't want to waste any more valuable BD-R discs on this, and if there's no fix, I feel really stupid for buying the blu-ray plug-in when I could have gone and bought a different BD authoring program instead. I've attached photos showing the correct pillarboxed image (from Toast's "edit" window), and the incorrect stretched image from the burnt blu-ray.