Nothing works! I have carried out exhaustive tests based on your suggestions and another of my own, each test ending in a burned DVD which was displayed on my modern TV which successfully displays broadcast TV video and commercial 16:9 DVD films in 16:9, with black bars at top and bottom and (often) with only a small amount of cropping left and right. PAL, 25 FPS.
My aim is to make a 16:9 DVD of an FCE movie with the same characteristics - no jitter, no squishing, just a quality product. Surely it can be done.
a.) In FCE, do File > Export > QuickTime Movie. (There are no options here).
b.) In Toast 7.0.2, with all preferences and settings at default, DVD was burned. Toast's tab shows "720 x 576.
Result: Cropped slightly left & right, squished left/tight (people too tall & thin).
a.) As Test 1 but the first 4 frames were deleted. (This follows a suggestion of yours).
Result: Same as Test 1.
a.) As Test 2 but 16:9 forced in Toast by Preferences > General > "Show Legacy Formats and Settings" is checked; in Toast's left window Encoding > Custom is checked; and on choosing More > Encoding > Aspect Ratio is set to 16:9
Result: As Test 1.
a) As Test 1 but myDVDEdit uses as you suggest. I give below your instructions for completeness:
"Meanwhile I told my brother how to edit the widescreen flag in the Toast-authored VIDEO_TS folder. The problem is simply an instruction in the IFO file. There is a donation-ware app called MyDVDEdit. Either mount the Toast-authored disc image file or insert your DVD that has the wrong aspect ratio. Now drag the VIDEO_TS folder to your desktop. Select the folder and choose Get Info. Change the permissions to Read and Write and select the option to have that apply to the entire folder contents. Now open MyDVDEdit. Select the VTS 1.1 file in the list on the left and click the IFO tab under the window. There you'll see the Aspect Ration setting. Change it to 16:9 Automatic Letterbox and Pan&Scan. Choose Save. Do the same for any other video titles on the DVD. You can preview it in the window. Exit MyDVDEdit, open Toast and choose DVD video from VIDEO_TS option in the video window. Drag in the edited VIDEO_TS folder and burn your corrected disc."
Result: No cropping at all, wide black border at left, right, and top and bottom, squished.
a.) In FCE, do File > Export > Using QuickTime Conversion.
b.) In Options > Settings > Size > Use Custom Size: set at 1024 x 576
c.) In the movie Settings d. box, uncheck "Prepare for Fast Internet Streaming".
d.) The resulting QT movie played perfectly on my computer LCD monitor.
e.) In Toast 7.0.2, with all preferences and settings at default, DVD was burned. The images in Toast were 16:9 and its Text tab reported 1020 X 576 (Note: 1020.)
Result: 16:9, black bars top and bottom, slight cropping left and right, looks good so far, BUT, jittering as described above earlier in this thread. Useless.
As Test 1 but the QT movie was processed by Anamorphaciser and saved as a a new version in QT Pro (as advised on the FCE Apple Discussions forum).
Result: As for Test 1
I can do no more. It seems that there is some bug in either FCE or Toast or both. I have visited other message boards and there is a huge amount of complaints about the inability to burn 16:9 DVDs, including in the latest version of iDVD. As large corporations don't spend much time listening to individual customers, would it be possible for you to contact Tom Wolsky who is the guru on Apples's FCE forum (I have got advice from him as well) and for both of you, with your double clout, to contact Apple (FCE & iDVD) and Roxio, on the grounds that making a DVD from FCE is hardly rocket science and it seems very clear that something is wrong with either or both and with iDVD. (Tom has advidsed to use DVD Studio Pro, but having paid 270 pounds for FCE and Toast (the latter has no upgrade path from version 6) and for QT Pro, I am not prepared to invest another 300 pounds in the hope of just doing what FCE and Toast should be able to do.
Would you be prepared to do that please? The address of the FCE forum (not to be confused with the FCP forum) is;
and my thread there is "Widescreen puzzle" and my login name is SteveKir.
Many thanks for your help so far. Much appreciated. (I will be away for a week from Friday morning GMT+1)
G5/2 Hz, OS 10.3.9, FCE 3.0, Toast 7.0.2,