I'm having a mystifying problem with making dvds from mpegs, mostly made by exporting mpeg program streams out of EyeTV, but some from a Windows box as well. I have Toast set up by default to give me a chapter point every five minutes and the Include Scene Menus box ticked. 90% of mpegs cooperate, giving me nice scene menus. However, some just won't, whatever I do.
Last night and the night before I recorded a two part mini-series and exported out mpegs from both, trimmed to lose the pre and post programme fluff. One gives a scene menu, one doesn't. Same size file, same resolution, same TV channel, same recording equipment, different result. Wierd.
I've tried using Mpeg Streamclip to make a new mpeg from the uncooperative one, no difference. I found the option to put manual chapter points in in the clip edit menus, so I inserted a load of chapter breaks. No difference, still no scene menu (or chapter points, as the burned dvd has only one chapter).
I've found from experience that I can put in a manual break into an EyeTV recording and then use the Toast option to send the recording to Toast, and when I do this I get the chapter points I inserted, but if I don't insert manual breaks I get no chapters, regardless of what I have set in Toast (i.e. it won't do auto-chapters with EyeTV files the way it usually will with mpegs). I can understand this, as the EyeTV file is presumably an mpeg in some special container. The trouble is it produces files which as 15% bigger than the mpeg which you export from it, so if I use EyeTV files directly I get less per disk (and in this case one EyeTV file plus the working mpeg doesn't fit).
It's not the end of the world, but it is very irritating.
Can anyone shed any light on why this is happening, please?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.