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    24 Fps Dvds?

    I've tried that after encoding the MPEG 2 myself with the MEncoder command line executable, and it has never allowed me to burn without re-encoding. SmallDVD takes the same MPEG 2 MEncoder output and builds a DVD disk image just fine.
  2. llee

    24 Fps Dvds?

    I have a Hauppauge PVR and EyeTV 3.5. When I view panning scenes in DVDs converted using Toast, I feel as though I'm being slapped in the face six times per second. Will Toast 11 provide a way to preserve 24 fps when making DVDs of movies that I capture?
  3. Won't the new version of the Blu-ray plug-in be offered as a free update to those of us who have purchased Toast 10 along with the plug-in? How do we update?
  4. Never mind, the internal drive was selected for burning instead of the external one. I think there is still a minor problem, because the reason I didn't check which drive was the designated burner is because the tray on the Blu-ray device opened when I hit the burn button.
  5. Toast 10.0.6 now displays the Close Tray dialog and won't accept clicks on the Close Tray button. I have to cancel, and burning can't be started.
  6. llee

    Blu-ray authoring difficulty

    I have a Hauppauge HD-PVR, Toast 10, EyeTV 3, latest software and firmware updates for all. I can make Blu-ray discs without reencoding in Toast if I click the Toast button in EyeTV and select "Never" in the encoding settings in Toast. The problem is that the output of the HD-PVR never maintains sync between audio and video, so I've developed a method incorporating ffmpeg and Sox to make slight adjustments in tempo for the AC3 audio. That means, of course, that I have to work with audio and video separately, which isn't a problem, except that I can't seem to find a way to remux the audio and video so that Toast will accept the results without reencoding. I've successfully remuxed with both ffmpeg and MP4Box to .mp4 files that play just fine in VLC and mplayer, but can't be accepted by Toast (error "unsupported format and cannot be imported"). When I use QuickTime Player Pro, I can create a .mov file, but I can't create a .mp4 file unless I convert audio to aac in audio export options (passthrough choice isn't available for audio), so Toast insists on reencoding any file produced by QuickTime Player. Is there any way for me to put the adjusted AC3 audio back together with the h.264 video so that Toast can author my Blu-ray disc without reencoding the way it does when I click the Toast button in EyeTV? Thanks.
  7. I checked simulation mode before a burn, and when I stopped the process, I discovered that the disc had been partially burned. Simulation mode was still selected next time I clicked the burn button, so it's not likely that my memory of events is in error. So I guess this is really a bug report. Toast 10.0.4 (546), Mac OS X 10.6.1.
  8. Oh, I thought 10.0.2 just came out, but it's been out for awhile. No wonder. Thanks.
  9. Here's the error message I see in Snow Leopard when trying to install CD Spin Doctor's audio init even after upgrading to 10.0.2. System extension cannot be used The system extension "/System/Library/Extensions/CDSDAudioCaptureSupport.kext" was install improperly and cannot be used. Please try reinstalling it, or contact the product's vendor for an update. So, I'm contacting.
  10. I just called Roxio inside sales and was told that my grace period upgrade price of 29.99 does not include an upgrade for the BD plug-in even though I had purchased it with my purchase of Toast 9, the order for which was placed online on 12-1-08. So to upgrade to the Toast 10 and BD plug-in the gpu price would appear to be roughly $50. Thanks.
  11. I recently purchased Toast 9. I received an email from Roxio offering me Toast 10 for $29.99, but the email does not mention the Bluray plug-in for version 10. I did purchase the Bluray plug-in for version 9. If I spend the $29.99, will I be required to also buy an additional new version of the plug-in in order to continue to enjoy its functionality, or will my current version of the plug-in suffice for Toast 10? Thanks.
  12. Yes, I tried that. I've tried many combinations of custom settings. I didn't get results that were any better than when using simple settings. I could get better picture quality, just not better motion quality. I also tried export directly to Toast from EyeTV with many combinations of settings. Maybe if I spend the effort with dvdauthor that I spent with mencoder, I'll manage to get a scene menu command line. Or I guess I could look into DVD Studio Pro or Encore. Thanks.
  13. Toast 8 cannot adequately convert 720p video captures that come from my EyeTV to a standard or dual-layer DVD format. When performing such a conversion, the motion quality suffers, presumably because of a faulty telecined 60 fps to 30 fps conversion. Because of this, I spent a great deal of time learning to make conversions of the 720p source files (produced by exporting to mpeg2 program stream in EyeTV 2.5) into 24 fps mpg files with mencoder. Here is 2-pass example of the mencoder conversion strategy I'm using. It works in the latest svn update of mencoder compiled and executed either on Tiger or Leopard with the appropriate versions of the OS X Developer Tools installed. mencoder -oac copy -ovc lavc -of mpeg -mpegopts format=dvd:tsaf -vf framestep=2,filmdint=fast=0,softskip,harddup,scale=720:480,hqdn3d=2:1:2 -noskip -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg2video:trell:mbd=2:cbp:vqmin=1:lmin=1:dc=10:vrc_buf_size=1835:vrc_max rate=9200:vbitrate=7600:keyint=18:aspect=16/9:vpass=1:turbo -fps 60000/1001 -ofps 24000/1001 -o /dev/null inputfile.mpg && mencoder -oac copy -ovc lavc -of mpeg -mpegopts format=dvd:tsaf -vf framestep=2,filmdint=fast=0,softskip,harddup,scale=720:480,hqdn3d=2:1:2 -noskip -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg2video:trell:mbd=2:cbp:vqmin=1:lmin=1:dc=10:vrc_buf_size=1835:vrc_max rate=9200:vbitrate=7600:keyint=18:aspect=16/9:vpass=2:turbo -fps 60000/1001 -ofps 24000/1001 -o outputfile.mpg inputfile.mpg I can author a VIDEO_TS folder based on the output of the above command using dvdauthor that plays on my set top player, but I would like to use Toast so I can more easily get a scene menu, meager thought it may be. Toast 8 can't handle this 24 fps output video very well when I set reencoding to never (necessary to preserve acceptable motion quality) and accept default chapter markers. Although I can manage to get it to play on my set top box, both Apple DVD Player and VLC choke on it immediately after the first chapter mark is reached. So, can Toast 9 handle conversion of telecined 720p captures from EyeTV with smooth motion preserved? If not, can Toast 9 take my 24 fps mpeg2 file and make a standard DVD with a scene menu that plays correctly in Apple DVD Player, in vlc, and on my set top DVD player without reencoding? Thanks.
  14. Yes, for certain DVDs, but not others. However, what I've just discovered is that removing the check from the "include scene menus" check box, closing the "more" video settings dialog, then reopening and checking the box again resulted in creation of the scene menus. So it appears that a problem with refreshing of interface elements may be involved. Thanks.
  15. I'm having unexpected results when "Include scene menus" option is enabled for burning EyeTV output. The scene menus are not being created. I'm using Toast 8.0.3, but I've observed this behavior in earlier releases of Toast 8 and EyeTV also. The problem seems to be related to the size of the source file. My most recent experience with the problem occurred when I exported a 4X3 mpeg2 video recording of about 3.5G in size from EyeTV 2.5.1 directly to Toast. The main menu item of the DVD output opens the movie directly rather than opening the scene menus as indicated by selection of the Include scene menus option. I have been able to successfully include scene menus in some projects, but they were substantially smaller. Please help. Thanks.