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  1. I'm curious, if you have personal experience with Blu-ray authoring in Toast 11 please provide any anecdotal feedback you can... In Toast 10, the 98 clip limitation (a legacy from Toast's origins as a DVD tool) in Blu-ray projects drove me nuts and pretty much made Toast useless to me for use with my HD content and my BD drive. Can anyone verify whether this limitation has been removed in Toast 11? I am speaking specifically of Blu-ray projects only. Obviously there's a necessary reason to limit the number of clips on a DVD project, but that's not what I'm asking about. Roxio's own documentation doesn't include this level of detail anywhere that I've been able to find, and my old thread about this issue from Toast 10 seems to be forgotten. I'm wondering if an upgrade would be any different. Thanks in advance for any clarification anyone can provide on this!
  2. Phil, are you working with HD content and trying to create a Blu-ray video disc? If so, I feel your pain. Toast should be able to create Blu-ray video projects with greater than 98 clips whether one is using BD media or DVD media. If you are trying to create a DVD video disc however, there is no way around that limitation and that's not Roxio's issue. There is a hard limit of 99 tracks built into the DVD video specification (and most software goes up to 98 in order to leave room for a menu asset or keep certain kinds of players from malfunctioning).
  3. Have you ever waited for years to get a piece of hardware you really want, then install it and suddenly realize that your software can't do something you presumed it could? I'm having one of those moments. I just finally got a BD-R/BD-RE writer, and have been excitedly experimenting with it over the past few days. One of the uses I've been really looking forward to putting it to is for backing up raw sets of clips from our AVCHD cameras. However, when I try to take advantage of my wonderful new 25GB-per-disc capacity, I immediately run into a depressing error dialog which says: "Only 98 movies or slideshows can be written." For heaven's sake, WHY? I know that there are various limitations of the DVD-Video standard, but I'm burning to a BD disc. Is there any reason technologically why this barrier has to be left in Toast for when using larger capacity media? I've searched around and haven't been able to find any evidence of such a limitation within the Blu-ray specification...if I'm missing one please feel free to point it out to me. In the meantime, Roxio, please remove this! Does anyone else find this maddening and want to try and remove it? I'm tempted to try and hack around inside the application package and see if I can find some way to do it. This is really frustrating, because of course anyone who shoots this many gigabytes of camcorder footage is going to have far more than 99 clips...
  4. Apologies, I've edited my post to say "implied."
  5. My name isn't Alex, and what's really frustrating is that you've made a presumption that you know something about the BD specification that you don't...and now you're making claims based on that presumption. It would be far more reasonable for you to say that "if I'm right about my presumption, this isn't Roxio's fault." I have at least provided some circumstantial evidence that the BD spec can handle a larger number of clips, and all you've implied is that I'm probably wrong and Roxio is probably right. Whether this is a Roxio issue or not depends on whether there is any inherent 99 title limitation in the BD specification. This is an unanswered question. Please do not miscast this as a closed issue involving people demanding that Roxio produce "illegal" media. It's nothing of the sort. I just want to be able to do something with my camcorder and my BD drive that any Windows user can do with other software.
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    Merging Avchd Files Using Toast?

    A lot of DVD software does this, and often it's to leave allowance for menu assets. It's much simpler than making the programming all conditional based on whether the user chooses to have a menu or not. What's really frustrating in Toast is that apparently the same limitation is applied to BD projects! See this thread for more information if you're interested in BD. http://forums.support.roxio.com/topic/67445-only-98-movies-or-slideshows-can-be-written-error-with-blu-ray
  7. This is exactly the kind of "assumption" that can be dangerous when researching something on the Internet. I have been looking high and low for some verification of the exact maximum number of clips one can include in a BD video disc and I have not yet found an answer, but it seems extremely presumptuous and perhaps even foolish to say that it would be exactly the same as DVD, the format which BD is designed to replace. Do you realize that at DVD quality, that is to say "standard definition," a BD project can easily hold 23 hours or more of video? Why on earth would the BD spec have the exact same limitation as its deprecating predecessor? That makes very little sense. Until one of us can produce an official source to the contrary, I think it makes far more sense to presume this is in fact a bug, and that BD authoring in Toast is being subjected to a legacy limitation that really ruins the practicality of AVCHD camcorder archiving. One bit of evidence which would seem to lean on the side of BD being able to handle far more clips would be the filename patterns, for example. When you pick apart a DVD, for example, you find two digit numbers all over the place because of the 99 title limitation. The filenames inside a BDMV structure have five digit numbers. While this is not the authoritative proof I'm still looking for, it certainly seems to indicate planning for far greater than 99 titles. Merging clips may be a "workaround" but it does NOT produce the desired result, because individual clips lose their identity and therefore can never be re-imported into an editing program using the BD disc as a "reel." For anyone who does non-linear editing with their footage (Final Cut, Premiere, Avid, Vegas, you name it) this makes such a backup worthless and requires that we additionally save disc images of our memory cards, making a BD drive almost useless to us.
  8. It's not that hard to combine together all your clips in a program like FCE and then export to Toast. I can actually do that, and if you're having trouble I'd suggest reading a Final Cut forum somewhere because that's really not a Toast issue. The problem is, of course, that by using Final Cut at all, you're dropping the quality of your original footage and not really achieving a "backup" in any true sense. In order to edit together the AVCHD footage, a program like Final Cut will first transcode all your material to AIC. Besides taking hours to do, this introduces additional loss into the visual quality of what you've shot (beyond the inital MPEG4 compression inherent to AVCHD). Then when you output from Final Cut to Toast, unavoidably there will be a third run of lossy compression on your video, again taking a great deal of time, which will further reduce the quality. In addition to all this colossal waste of time, if you're using Final Cut Express, you'd incur the added "bonus" of dropping your footage from 1080p to 1080i, because Final Cut Express doesn't support full HD (if you want progressive scan, it limits you to 720 lines of resolution). The bottom line here though is that Toast should be letting you back up whatever AVCHD clips you want to BD media. You should not need to use any other software, especially a non-linear editing program that insists on transcoding, in order to accomplish this. Toast openly advertises itself as being able to do AVCHD backups and archives for digital camcorders, and right now it can't. By limiting BD to only holding the same number of clips as a DVD, Toast is totally crippling those of us who have BD drives. Needless to say, this sucks. I wish I knew enough about how Toast works to hack it open and just remove the check wherever it is...after all there's no chance I'm ever going to try to author a DVD with over a hundred clips on it and then smack my forehead and go "oh noes, I wish my software had stopped me."
  9. I'm running the most recent version of Toast, and no, to this date I have STILL not been able to actually use my BD burner to actually do what I want, which is to back up my AVCHD footage with a heck of a lot more than a measly 98 clips per disc. It's extremely frustrating! I've searched and searched online for more information about the BD and AVCHD formats, and nothing I've found leads me to believe that there is any reason to limit the clips like this...it seems to be a "leftover" from Toast's roots as a DVD-only application. If anyone from Roxio is listening, please please remove this crippling limitation?
  10. If you burn a disc as data instead of authored properly as a Blu-ray video disc, it will not play back in most players. Even on a PS3, one of the most forgiving, it will not play back properly. The files will be browseable, but they will tend to skip during playback and no navigation (not even simple "next" or "previous") will be available. Tried this already. Of course, you do end up with a backup of your files in the strictest sense, but you could just as easily use a bunch of hard drives or some other burning software to accomplish that. My goal is to produce watchable "reels" of my footage that can be equally useful in my living room player or my editing workstation.
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    Archiving Hd Video On Blu-Ray Disc

    Joe, what happens when you put in one of these discs containing the MT2S files, then launch FCE, then choose "Log and Transfer" from FCE's menus? The window for importing video from an AVCHD camera should pop up (you may be unfamiliar with this, as a miniDV guy). After a brief wait, if you're lucky, the disc full of MT2S footage should be recognized as a "camera" and you should be able to reimport the footage into FCE. Remember that FCE doesn't edit this sort of video natively, it converts it to AIC and back again. So prepared to wait a little while as it converts whatever you put in the import queue. Of course, it won't take as long as realtime, which is what it would take to import miniDV tapes! Hope this helps.
  12. Greetings all! I currently own Toast 9 (with the HD plug-in) and am considering upgrading. Before doing so, I'd like to find out which of my issues with Toast 9 that Toast 10 may or may not improve upon. I sincerely appreciate any concrete answers folks can provide to the following questions. My primary use case for Toast on my Mac is to burn DVD-R discs of my raw AVCHD camcorder content to play back in my PS3 and use as cheap, easily duplicated archival media for my footage (which serves as a "reel" or a "tape" in my Finall Cut editing workflow, essentially). Currently, using Toast 9, I am generally satisfied with the utility of this functionality, but some things could be improved. First, the menus look awful. They appear to have been created with 4:3 in mind and looked jagged and stretched out in 16:9, and the same thinking seems to apply to the thumbnails for clips. For example, my 16:9 clips result in 16:9 thumbnails inside 4:3 cutouts in the theme, and end up having transparent "letterbox" spaces above and below them which look weird. Is this all the same in Toast 10, or is it improved? Second, using Toast 9 to burn my DVD-R discs, I have noticed that when played back in my PS3 the clips must each be chosen from the menu. While watching a clip, it is not possible to hit "next" on my remote and flip to the next clip. This is a really undesirable usability limitation, especially when dealing with lots of short clips. Has this been improved in Toast 10? Third, I am very interested in the new "AVCHD Archive" feature in Toast 10 which sounds like it would save me lots of time, especially how it can divide up a large SD card full of footage into multiple DVD-R discs automatically! This is the most interesting feature of Toast 10 for me...but there is one catch. In order for this feature to be workable for me, I need to be able to specify a unique name for each disc (to facilitate later use as editing storage). Does Toast 10 offer this as an option? If all discs burned this way have to be named "AVCHD" or something else generic, it won't be useful to me. Finally, as an owner of the previous version of Toast, I understand that I am eligible for an "upgrade" price on Toast 10. However I'm not sure about the HD plug-in, is there upgrade pricing available for that, or would I have to pay the full $20? I'm interested in knowing this because Toast 10 Pro would be overly featured for my most common use cases. Thanks very much to anyone who takes the time to answer these questions!
  13. khyron

    Windows go blank when burning

    Dude, are you for real? Of course that works, the problem has to do with having multiple framebuffers. That seems like a bizarre thing to call a "workaround". I have other machines with one screen I can run Toast on, the issue is wanting to be able to run it on the one that has multiple screens for a reason.
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    Windows go blank when burning

    I would like to think so, but can't be sure. I have two tickets in their system related to this issue. They are numbered 375090 and 407794. Sadly, the older one dates back to the summer of 2006! It does not appear that Roxio uses their ticket system the same way that development shops I've worked with have, they do not need to address or fix an issue to "close" it. They just wait a certain amount of time, and then close the ticket, sayng something like "thanks, we let the developers know about the issue". However they don't provide any information like when it will be repaired and how, or in what version... *boggle*
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    Windows go blank when burning

    Same here. Running 10.5.1 and 8.0.3 and still have the same blank window(s) issue. Oh well.
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    Windows go blank when burning

    Ditto here. I really don't think it's an OSX issue, since none of my other software has similar issues. Toast is the only thing I have that seems to "care" what monitor its on. I continue to presume that there's a call to Core Image or Core Video someplace in their code that's making a lazy presumption about which screenbuffer is in use instead of checking...
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    Windows go blank when burning

    Just updating this issue so that people know that it's not magically fixed with Leopard or anything. Still seems, at least to a lay person without source code in front of them, like this is a Roxio issue and not an Apple one. Seems to have something to do with a presumption being made somewhere about there being only one framebuffer or one video card to worry about. Lots of people use dual video cards, come on guys, throw us a bone here. It's annoying to have to always use Toast on a specific screen to keep it from blanking out.
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    Toast 8.0/8.0.1 Bounces In Dock & Crashes In Leopard

    For whatever it's worth, I am running Leopard and have burned a varierty of kinds of discs since Friday with no issues (save the stupid empty window problem that has persisted on every Mac I have since Toast 8 came out, because I use multiple monitors). In case the above issue is specific to maybe a video card or a video driver or a certain type of hardware, here's what my setup looks like right now: -Mac Pro quad core 2Ghz, 3GB -10.5 clean install on bare partition -Toast 8 build 137, installed directly from 8.0.1 dmg file (not upgraded) -dual NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT PCI video cards -codecs installed include latest versions of Perian and Flip4Mac -Quicktime Pro is registered, if that matters I hope this information can help somewhat in tracking down where the issue occurs. I know what it's like to be frustrated by stuff like this.
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    Windows go blank when burning

    I was told the same stuff, over and over (both here in the forums and by the ticket system responder person). It was really frustrating, since I kept trying to be as detailed as possible telling people what I'd already done. It's awesome when you explain that you've wasted entire disk wipe/reinstalls on an issue, and someone's like "well did you reapply the 10.4.9 updater" or some such BS. Hello, IT, did you try switching it off and on again? Maybe Roxio is just going to abandon worrying about quality in Toast since it looks like iLife '08 is going to pretty much kill it, since now it transcodes pretty much anything (especially if you have Perian installed) instead of just Quicktime containers and DV clips and has awesome DVD themes. I'll just repeat one more time, every single person I know with Toast 8 has this exact issue.
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    Toast 8.0.1 BUG Blank White Window When Burning

    Believe me I share your displeasure with this issue. I guess the problem is its not talked about widely enough and thus not influencing Roxio's business enough to get fixed? I can certainly understand a company ignoring minority issues to focus on what's most important, but I don't know anyone with Toast 8 who doesn't experience this issue.
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    Windows go blank when burning

    I opened a ticket and got some e-mails back and forth with someone from Roxio, but I'm not aware of anything beyond that. It interests me that this doesn't seem to be more widely talked about. Everyone I know who has Toast 8 experiences this at least intermittently on a variety of machines. Several of my friends decided to use a previous version or a different piece of software as a result. I have no idea how much Roxio "cares" about this issue, but if it still happens after I install Leopard in October, I for one am just giving up. I don't use a Mac because I want to troubleshoot buggy user experiences, I want stuff to Just Work. I own the current flagship Mac system with most commonly chosen video card option and I run the current Mac OS version, I don't get how this escapes a QA process...
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    Windows go blank when burning

    I THINK I FINALLY FIGURED THIS OUT! After tons of experimentation with this, I finally noticed something that was triggering the issue - what display Toast is running on. When Toast is launched on the primary display (the one set to have the Apple menu bar on it) the dialogs appear normally, even when you move them or the main Toast window to another display while it's running. However if you move the main Toast window to another display and close Toast, then relaunch it so that it initially opens on that other display - the issue occurs 100% of the time (dialog contents disappear while burning). This occurs whether Toast is installed off the install disc or downloaded (8.0.1). Perhaps this is a really easy fix, someplace a Core Video call is being made, perhaps, based on a bad assumption about what display is being used?
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    Blank window during burns

    I am having this same issue, over and over even if I reinstall everything. Did you ever resolve yours?
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    Windows go blank when burning

    Well just for good measure, I reapplied the 10.4.9 update. Also I verified that I already applied the NVidia firmware update, back in February. Running it again confirmed that my cards were up to date. I also did yet another complete wipe of Toast and all it's preference files - anything on my machine that was Toast or Roxio went away. I reinstalled from a freshly downloaded 8.0.1 disc image and turned off the setting mentioned above about fancy video effects. On my first burn, the dialog did exactly what's shown above. The progress bar gets drawn in the dialog as it "shrinks" down but the moment it's done shrinking, it goes white and stays that way until the burn is done. The only way I can know Toast is burning is by watching the itsy bitsy progress bar in the dock icon - this is getting maddening. Anyone have any other suggestions?
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    Windows go blank when burning

    lakewoodlawnman - Thanks for your suggestions but it doesn't seem you read my post, I've done all that you can't install 10.4.9 updates if you're already running it. John at Roxio - Thanks, I'll disable the effects, I don't care about them anyway I just wanna see a progress bar! I don't think my Core Video is messed up because tons of other apps which perform those effects work fine, but who knows. I'll just put this off until Leopard when I'm planning a clean reinstall.
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