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  1. designamo

    Result Code = -18768

    FRIDAY/YESTERDAY I recorded entirely new eyeTV 1-min MPEG-2 clip captures (3) from one VHS tape after I had installed the new OS X combined and, as I said, still received the Error message, "result code = -18768". Toast will burn one of the video clips, but not multiple video clips. This "Error" message was the reason for my original post. I was trying to quickly solve the much larger problem of determining which eyeTV encoding settings would best suit the capturing of VHS tapes for burning to DVD discs. Therefore, by burning to one DVD disc, multiple short VHS clip captures from one tape using different eyeTV encodings, I would be able to evaluate the different quality vs. file size settings offered by eyeTV. Without being able to burn multiple video clips, I would have to burn individual clips, of which there are six encoding settings that I'd like to evaluate. But, Toast should be able to burn multiple MPEG-2 video files, hence my original post here regarding the error message. The "much bigger problem" is that my first attempts in early February to capture VHS tapes and edit them with eyeTV (you can't edit using DVD recorders) and then burn them with Toast, produced inferior quality or very large file sizes depending on my encoding selection. eyeTv does offer standard MPEG-2 automatic options (1.8gb/hr.), etc. But, they also offer custom settings... up to 6.4gb/hr (15mbps). It's between this range that I was recording the short clips of different encoding settings. Recording/capturing live TV programs with eyeTV in it's "Standard" 1.8gb/hr encoding setting produces excellent quality and acceptable file size. I haven't tried to capture DVD to DVD with eyeTV, but I have read on discussion boards that it also works very well. But, my first attempts at recording/capturing VHS tapes in MPEG-2 for editing and burning to DVD discs with acceptable quality vs. files size was unacceptable. SATURDAY/TODAY Well, tsantee, your persistence (thank you) forced me to spend considerable time yesterday and today backtracking everything I've done over the last month and a half... and I successfully recorded duplicate quality of several different VHS tapes (5-min. segments) using the eyeTV "Standard" 1.8gb/hr encoding. Not only that, I successfully burned three of the video recordings simultaneously in Toast without encountering the Error code. Regarding the Error code, it is my opinion that the reason I was getting the Error code when attempting to burn multiple video clips simultaneously, is that the "Half-PEL" check-box was not enabled/activated in the "Customs" encodings panel. This has to do with "Motion Estimation"... and the manual says, "When this option is activated the motion estimation operation also looks for pixels that move only one-half of a pixel from one frame to the next. This setting should usually be enabled and should only be disabled if speed is desired over quality." The problem is, that this check-box is in the "Custom" encoding panel, and I don't believe it was checked/enabled by default. I always used "Automatic" encoding for all the burning I had been doing, resulting (in my opinion) in the Error code. When I activated this check-box and clicked "OK" to close the "Custom" encoding panel, it remained activated even when I used the "Automatic" encoding selection for my successful multiple clip burning session (no Error code). Regarding the issue of quality and file size when recording VHS tapes in eyeTV... I don't know what I had been doing wrong, but I'm able to record using the "Standard" encoding of 1.8gb/hr and it looks the same as the original tape. So, I want to thank you for all your suggestions and help. Thom
  2. designamo

    Result Code = -18768

    As suggested, I downloaded and installed the OS X.4.5 combined. Unfortunately, I still receive the same error code in Toast when trying to burn multiple 1-minute video test files. Again, these video MPEG-2 files where converted 1-minute clips from one new VHS recording using eyeTV. After over a month of experimenting with eyeTV and Toast in trying to convert, edit, and burn VHS tapes to DVD discs, while maintaining the original VHS quality, I have come the conclusion to wait for newer technology. eyeTV cannot retain VHS quality in the MPEG-2 format except at 6+gb/hr., resulting in huge video files split over multiple discs requiring massive burning times.
  3. designamo

    Result Code = -18768

    Are you saying that I should download the current OSX with all updates included, rather than work off of my current OSX with it's periodic updates? If so, that would cost me the $129. Right?
  4. designamo

    Result Code = -18768

    I have the latest eyeTV hardware and software (2.0.1). Yes, I've corresponded with Elgato support extensively... the conclusion was, that if I wanted to capture the existing quality that appears on my VHS tapes, I'd have to live with gargantuan MPEG-2 files. That's why I started this eyeTV different encoding of multiple 1-minute MPEG-2 test files to determine what sub-VHS quality level I could live with. I have nearly one-hundred VHS tapes that I'd like to convert, edit, and burn to DVD discs (SL or DL). And, I'd like the quality to be the same as the original VHS tapes. Many of these tapes/videos are over two hours long, even after editing within eyeTV.
  5. designamo

    Result Code = -18768

    Well.... not quite "solved". A 1-minute VHS recording in eyeTV that is encoded at 1.8gb/hr (lowest quality setting) creates a 38mb file. That file exported to DV balloons to 215mb for one-minute of video. Roughly, for a 2.5hr VHS recording, an exported DV file would amount to 31.5gb. Wow... I can't use that. Any suggestions/alternatives? Thom
  6. designamo

    Result Code = -18768

    tsamtee, thanks for your suggestions... here is what I've done: From a newly recorded analog VHS tape, I again used eyeTV to record/digitize three separate 1-minute segments using DIFFERENT eyeTV encoding settings for each. Again, I placed all three recordings/files in the Toast content window, set the default Toast settings, and commenced Toast burning to a SL DVD... and, again the error dialog box appeared and stopped all processing after the encoding of the first file. I did the same thing again, recording each new 1-minute recording/file using the SAME eyeTV encoding settings... and, again the error dialog box appeared and stopped the process. So, I deleted the second and third recordings from the Toast content window and proceeded to burn the one remaining file.... it worked without a problem. At that point, my assumption was that toast was not capable of burning multiple video files in one session to a single DVD. Today, Roxio Support replied to a web-ticket I had written to them (after my above efforts) regarding my problem and "result code = -18768". Their reply was, "Error = - 18768 would mean there is a problem with the clip, probably a damaged frame. I would suggest exporting your clip to say .DV and then use that file to author". It appeared they are suggesting the same problem/solution you where. So, within eyeTV, I separately exported all three of the files with different eyeTV encodings to DV files on the desktop. I placed the three files into the Toast content window, set the default settings, and everything worked out fine. The quality of the files on the DVD is as good as on the original VHS tape. Problem solved... thanks again, Thom
  7. designamo

    Result Code = -18768

    I am unable to simultaneously burn six small MPEG-2 video files (14:21 minutes total) to one SL DVD disc using Toast 7.0.2. My tools consists of: 1) iMac G4, OS 10.4.5, 27+GB free HD space 2) eyeTV 200, 2.0.1 3) LaCie d2 DVD±RW Drive 4) Toast 7.0.2 5) Verbatim SL DVD+R discs. I am trying to determine "best-quality" settings for recording and burning analog VHS tapes to DVD discs. In that regard, I used eyeTV to record six 2-3 minute MPEG-2 test video segments (14:21 minutes total) from one VHS tape using different encoding settings for each recording. I then dragged all six recordings from eyeTV into the Toast content window and set the default Toast settings. Toast then began to encode and multiplex each recording sequentially. While multiplexing the second recording, it stopped all activity and displayed a dialog box that stated: Could not record the disc because of a Mac OS Error. Result Code = -18768. Help, Thom
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