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  1. pseudonym

    Can't Burn Dvd+Rdl On My Imac

    Same problem here. It MAY help if you use the best quality Verbatim brand DVDs, and if you burn at the slowest speed. Might also help if you don't do anything that requires significant hard disk access while burning the DVD. The drive in my MacBook Pro was able to burn DL DVDs for the first year or so that I had it, but I suspect that it slipped from spec and couldn't handle it anymore. You might try creating a disk image in Toast, mount the image and do the actual burning in Disk Utility. That would let you know whether you have a hardware issue. HTH
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    Xvid Codec Problems (This Is 2011, Wtf!)

    Don't know if the following could be considered bright: If you used [whatever] software to backup the commercial DVDs, then you ought to be able to make back up copies of the unencrypted VIDEO_TS folders using any software capable of burning a UDF DVD-ROM (including Disk Utility). If you did the AVI conversions yourself from the rip, you should be able to re-do them using a standard home-theatre DivX format that Toast will accept. I assume you chose the AVI format so that you could fit more episodes on each disc, but if that's not a concern then why not just use the backup VIDEO_TS folders to create the DVDs for your family? That way you get the full disc with subtitles, etc. Unless....the commercial DVD has no subtitles, and you had to go searching for srt subs and need to add them yourself. In that case you'll need to encode new AVI files (from the backup VIDEO_TS folders) to the standard home-theatre DivX format, and add them and the srt files to a DVD-video (MPEG2) disc for re-encoding. I understand that the inclusion of subs through Toast's MPEG2 re-encoding can be unpredictable, though. There's also the possibility that Lion has reared it's head, and broken some of the Perian/QT linkages.
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    Xvid Codec Problems (This Is 2011, Wtf!)

    @ PK72: Oh wait! I have an idea: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Garrows-Law-DVD-Complete-1/dp/B004O84S0C/
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    The following may be of use: http://forums.support.roxio.com/topic/35597-adding-srt-files-to-dvd/page__hl__subtitles Can confirm that it works with Toast 9, Mac OS 10.6.8 and Perian 1.2.2, but Toast 11, Mac OS 10.7?
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    Error Burning Cd And Dl Dvd

    Thanks for the suggestion. If my MBP drive deteriorates further, that will be the direction I go.
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    Error Burning Cd And Dl Dvd

    Do you have a particular model external drive that you might recommend to us? Thanks.
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    Error Burning Cd And Dl Dvd

    I also have had recent difficulties with DL DVDs. In the past, both Toast 9 and 10 have worked fine with Verbatim and even Memorex DL DVDs. But recently... I don't know whether it's an update to OS 10.6.5 or 10.6.6, or perhaps just a gradual decline in the reliability of my MacBook Pro's DVD drive. Maybe writing to a DL-DVD is a more demanding task, or is more likely to show up a drive's weakness? If you are having difficulties writing to CDs as well, try using Disk Utility in lieu of Toast. Still have problems? Probably the drive.
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    Toast 9.07 With Os 10.6.4

    MacBookPro, 10.6.4, Toast 9.0.5 Toast accepts and successfully converts FLAC files.
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    Cannot Set Button Picture in Toast 10.0.06

    You can also try adding a short video clip to a different (test) project. If you can properly choose the button picture in that case, then there may be a problem with Toast being able to select frames from some video formats.
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    edit VOB files from DVD

    Thanks for your quick reply. I need to trim sections from the middle of the files as well as the ends. If Toast can do this, then I'm set. The VOBs are in a VIDEO_TS folder. I'll check out the Toast User Guide for specifics.
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    edit VOB files from DVD

    I have some video (transferred from home 8mm movies) on DVD in VOB format. Does anyone have a suggestion as to which video format to use as an intermediary for editing? I would guess a lossless or near-lossless format would be best, although perhaps there are other reasonable options? Thanks!
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    OT: recommendations for film transfer

    Sorry for the somewhat off-topic post, but I believe there are people here who might be willing to help: I have approximately 300 reels of 8mm film, some of which are from as early as 1939. Professionals will not touch them, as many of the oldest reels are substantially degraded. I'm willing to do the work myself, and I have a good projector (and plenty of bulbs). My plan is to get them transferred to digital format (eventually use Toast to burn the data to DVDs, etc.). Does anyone have a recommendation as to a video camera that would be suitable for this type of work? I must say that the lower end of the "pro-sumer" models would be where I would max out financially, so (US)$1000+ models are beyond my budget. Thanks for any suggestions.
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    OT: recommendations for film transfer

    Thanks for the suggestion. I'll look into that route as well.
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    OT: recommendations for film transfer

    Thank you very much for your advice, Warren. I have contacted some services for telecine transfer, but they don't want to touch the film since it is so old and delicate. I don't mind doing it myself (and I can put up with stopping and restarting every 50 ft., as all of the cement splices have disintegrated), and I do have a screen in an appropriately-lighted environment. Re/ videocams: Canon is coming our with a new group of VIXIA HF cams in April, and I will take a look at the HV series as well. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks again for the specific advice on formats and modes for shooting. Kurt
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    Burn a DVD from avi with a srt subtitle ?

    You can have both Toast 9 and 10 installed concurrently. So, reinstall Toast 9.0.5 and use it when Toast 10 refuses to cooperate. I usually use Toast 9.0.5, since I'm apparently not working with formats/features that require Toast 10. Of course, YMMV.
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    Burn a DVD from avi with a srt subtitle ?

    Can confirm that authoring DVD from avi/srt and avi/sub/idx will work with OS 10.6.2 using Toast 9.0.5. I have QT 7 Player installed (along with the "new" QuickTime), and Perian 1.2. The subtitles appear and seem to be always visible (i.e. "burned in") when the DVD is played back.
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    Just bought Toast19 Titanium AND>>>

    I presume you mean Toast 10. In any case, go to the Help menu and select Toast Titanium Help. It's the complete user manual in PDF format.
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    Still have Toast 9? Keep it available!

    Just a general recommendation for those of us who fairly recently upgraded from Toast 9 to 10: Keep Toast 9 as well! I have discovered certain instances where (to me) cryptic errors occur upon burning DVDs with Toast 10. Rather than pester the board concerning what may be a one-off problem, I simply try the same procedure with Toast 9. In all instances (so far), I have been able to complete the project successfully using Toast 9. Of course, this may have to do with my particular configuration (MBP 2009/ OS 10.6.2), and as the OS evolves, I imagine that Toast 9 will eventually no longer function, but for the time being, it can be the simplest way out of a "burning problem".
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    10.0.4 Issue

    What version of Quicktime do you have? The specs say a minimum of 7.x is required. Perhaps the specs for Toast 10.0.4 are slightly different than 10.0.2?
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    Extract just audio from video file

    You probably should find out what kind of sound file the receiver's equipment can handle. If not mp3, then perhaps mono, 8-bit WAV? That would be a somewhat smaller file. AIFF has a couple of compression options. Any of the compression options or reduction to 8-bit would significantly reduce sound quality, as opposed to mp3 (at a bit-rate of 128 or above). See what your options are using the export function in QT Player. There are other export options in iTunes, for instance, but if the playback equipment won't handle mp3s, then I doubt it will play Apple Lossless or AAC, etc. When you exported to mp3, did you use a typical bit-rate such as 128? Some devices can only play back a limited subset of bit-rates. Sorry, by HTH I meant "hope this helps"
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    Extract just audio from video file

    -Insert DVD. -Select Convert tab in Toast. -Select DVD Disc tab on left. -Navigate if necessary to DVD from within Toast. -Click small "gear" button at bottom of Toast window. -Choose Quicktime Movie from Device popup menu. -Choose Custom settings. -Uncheck video checkbox. -Keep sound checkbox checked. -Click OK, save to Desktop (or wherever), click OK. -click BIG RED button to convert video to Quicktime (sound-only) movie. -You can now convert Quicktime movie to mp3 with itunes, or wav using QT player (Pro only?). HTH
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    Extract just audio from video file

    Considering you just need a 13 minute clip, you might want to try Wiretap: http://mac.softpedia.com/progDownload/Wire...nload-6692.html Using Wiretap, you can obtain an AIFF (uncompressed sound) file from anything that plays through your Mac's speakers. You can then use another program such as iTunes or QT Player to convert your AIFF file to mp3 or wav or whatever you need. You can also extract the audio track from your VIDEO_TS folder using Toast (see my next post, below).
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    10.6/QT, including subtitles

    Since the installation of OS 10.6, I have been unable to "combine" an external srt subtitles file with a source avi file using Toast (9 or 10) and Perian as previously described here: http://forums.support.roxio.com/index.php?...mp;hl=subtitles This merging of avi and srt still functions as previously when exporting from within QT Player 7. It was convenient to be able to do this in one step, and now I have to first re-encode using QT Player 7, and then create a video disc in Toast. Any thoughts? Thanks
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    Toast 10.0.3 installation discussion

    Yesterday I had Toast 9 converting some files to DivX, running concurrently with Toast 10 writing to a DL DVD! No problems.
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    Crashes with new Macbook Pro + 10.5.8

    Is it possible that the crashing problem has to do with the particular MacBook Pro model you have (the newest model, I take it)? Do all of the newest MBPs have the same DVD drive? As I mentioned on a different thread, I have an earlier model MBP (2.53GHz -MC118LL/A) which has had no problems with Toast 9.05 while running OS 10.6.1. I've just tried erasing and burning a DVD-RW with Toast 10, and again there's no problem. The model DVD drive I have is: MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-868 with a firmware revision: KB19. Try burning a CD-RW or DVD-RW disc with Disk Utility, perhaps. That way you might rule out a hardware issue. On a previous MacBook I had a DVD drive which gradually became less and less reliable, and I finally had it replaced under warranty. Good luck!