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  1. Like lots of people here, I've done a lot of trial and error trying to figure out the best way to make a Blu-Ray and burn to standard DVD media. And like many others have discovered, the results have often been less than satisfactory. Either the video encoding done by Toast has not been good enough quality, or problems arise when Toast muxes encoded video to produce blocky artifacts, which is unacceptable. Using some ideas from Apple's Final Cut Pro forum (see this thread here: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?t...&tstart=15), I think I have come up with a workflow to author a Blu-Ray such that the disc is formatted by Toast, but the audio and video assets are all handled by tools contained in Final Cut Studio. Basically, you create a "dummy" HD DVD in DVD Studio Pro, and then use the resulting video file as your source material in a Blu-Ray authored in Toast, without Toast needing to re-encode or even mux the video: 1. Prepare the source material: Either demux your original MPEG2 material to m2v & AC3 (by using MPEG Streamclip), OR use Compressor to encode. If you are encoding with Compressor, use HD DVD H.264 or MPEG-2 presets as a starting point. If you're creating a Blu-Ray on standard DVD media, the MPEG2 bitrate average should not go higher than 15 Mbps. 2. Build a bogus intermediate HD DVD: - Start a new DVD Studio Pro project. Under General > DVD Standard, choose "HD DVD" - Import encoded assets created in step 1. - Add them to a track; add chapters, if necessary - Don't bother with menus or anything else since it won't be used; ONLY the resulting audio/video contents will be used later. - Build the DVD 3. Extract the muxed file from the dummy HD DVD created in step 2: - In the HVDVD_TS folder created in step 2, find the largest file with .EVO extension; drag that out and save it for later. - Rename this file "00001.m2ts" 4. Build a bogus intermediate Blu-Ray in Toast: - Under the Video tab, select "Blu-ray Video" - Under Options, select Encoding: Custom > More - Name the disc, create menus (or not) as desired. - Under the Encoding tab, below Video, set Reencoding to "Never". Click OK. - Drag in the original m2v and AC3 files created in step 1. - Save as Disc Image. Format: DVD Toast will now build the disc, muxing but not re-encoding the source material. Note that Toast produces blocky artifacts in the muxing process, making the resulting video unusable. Modify the BDMV folder: 5. Mount the disc image created in step 4. Open the disc and drag the "BDMV" folder to make a copy onto your hard drive. 6. Open the copied BDMV folder and find the STREAM folder inside. Now drag the 00001.m2ts file (created in step 3) into the STREAM folder to replace the existing m2ts file that was created by Toast. You will need to authenticate this by entering your computer's admin password (just like when you install software). Make the final Blu-Ray disc image: 7. In Toast, select the Video tab > BDMV Folder. Drag the modified BDMV folder (with the replaced 00001.m2ts file inside) into Toast and save as a new disc image, or burn. The final result is a Blu-Ray disc that was formatted by Toast, but uses assets encoded and prepared by tools included with Final Cut Studio. This also allows you to use 5.1 channel surround AC3 audio files that Toast otherwise wouldn't accommodate. So far I've only tried this with MPEG2, but in theory you could use Compressor to encode to H.264 as well. I still need to test more.
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    Toast 9 Hd/bd Plugin And Commercial Blu-ray Discs

    Nope, no way to watch Blu-Rays on Mac yet.
  3. So essentially you're using MPEG Streamclip to mux audio & video together, and saving it as a transport stream, which allows Toast to burn without re-muxing? Interesting, I'll have to give it a try, hopefully Toast 9 will behave in the same way. Thanks for posting.
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    Compressor To Toast To Blu-ray

    Cool! Can you please post the Compressor settings you used to encode the video? And you're using Toast 9 or Toast 10?
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    Compressor To Toast To Blu-ray

  6. I've tried every which way to encode with Compressor for Toast Blu-Ray, and it can't be done. Encoding for HD-DVD or BLu-Ray in Compressor results in audio/videos files that, when muxed together by Toast, gets corrupted and results in blocky, breaking-up video when played back. I don't know if Toast 10 is any different.
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    How To Keep Chapters Markers From Final Cut Pro.

    No, you cannot use Compressor to encode and avoid Toast recompressing for Blu-ray. You SHOULD be able to, but you can't. I've tried it every which way, and either Toast re-encodes, or screws up the video when it muxes it together with the audio and produces unusable results. This was with Toast 9.02. I have not yet tried with 9.04, but I haven't seen anybody post on here with working results yet.
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    Compressor To Toast To Blu-ray

    Yes, I've created MPEG2 in Compressor and then sent it to Toast for authoring a Blu-ray. Toast did not re-encode, but when it muxes the video and audio together, it results in a blocky, skipping unusable video stream. I've also been able to edit P2 footage@ 720p, 59.94 and export from FCP as Quciktime using current settings, then have Toast encode & author to Blu-Ray successfully. But there is just no way to use Compressor to encode anything for Blu-Ray that Toast can use successfully without re-encoding. I would love for somebody to prove me wrong, though.
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    Compressor To Toast To Blu-ray

    Does anybody know the Compressor settings to do this without Toast re-encoding? I honestly don't think it's possible. I've tried every which way to encode with Compressor for Blu-Ray, both H.264 and MPEG2, and have been unsuccessful. It technically SHOULD work, but Toast either re-encodes H.264, or screws up muxing the MPEG2 and makes it unusable. What's the secret here? Has anybody successfully done this? HOW?
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    Ps3 Conversion Does Not Work

    1) If you don't see your video file on the SDHC, press the OPTIONS button, and select "Display All" 2) Make sure your PS3 firmware is up to date. Version 2.4.1 is the latest, I think.
  11. I have used region 1 Sony 300 and PS3 to play Toast-burned Blu-Rays on DVD media, with success. The Sharp also did not work for me.
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    Dolby Digital 5.1 Downmixed In Toast 9

    Here's what you need to have in order for Toast to mux the video and burn to DVD without encoding: 1. Dolby Digital 5.1 AC3 audio file 2. MPEG2 video file If you have Apple's Final Cut Studio or Final Cut Express, you can use the Compressor program for encoding your video to MPEG2.
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    Bluray Burning Woes/ Skipping!

    I usually check the video in Toast Video Player first, before even going to the PS3. You can usually tell if it's going to skip by the way it plays in Toast Video Player.
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    Bluray Burning Woes/ Skipping!

    If you're burning a Blu-Ray to a standard DVD media, keep the avg. bit rate set to no higher than 15 Mbps. I don't beleive there is any way to burn bBlu-Ray with Toast WITHOUT Toast doing the encoding and muxing. I've tried various settings using Compressor to encode and Toast to jsut do the muxing, but it skips like you described. I don't think anybody's found the magic workflow yet to encode outside of Toast.
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    Blu Ray 5.1 Audio In Toast 9

    But so far it seems there's no way to use any other software to encode something, that Toast won't re-encode or that will play successfully after Toast formats it.
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    Blu Ray 5.1 Audio In Toast 9

    Nope, not doable. Toast re-encodes everything to stereo.
  17. I don't have any EVO files from movies, just ones generated by projects I made in DVD Studio Pro. UPDATE: It doesn't look like this process will work with H.264 files. I encoded a sweet-looking H.264 movie in Compressor and it plays great in Quicktime Player. But after putting it through Toast to make a Blu-Ray, it doesn't play properly, - stutters, locks up, huge amounts of blockiness. UPDATE 2: this doesn't seem to work with MPEG2 material encoded with Compressor, either. Technically, you can still build the final disc okay and everything, but the video doesn't play properly. After muxing the material in DVD Studio Pro, the resulting EVO/m2ts file stutters and is unusable. So much for that...
  18. Yes, Compressor 3. I suppose you could also build the bogus intermediate Blu-Ray disc image by having Toast encode it, you'd just have to wait for it to encode.
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    Toast 9 Blu-ray: Awesome, But...

    I've also noticed this problem with discs I've burned too.
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    Cd Spin Doctor On Leopard: Worth Buying?

    I haven't used it extensively, but so far I have no problems with Spin Doctor (with Toast 9.02) running on OS X 10.5.2. Last week I recorded a 13-minute chunk of audio without any problems. I have not made any long recordings with it, but so far no problems.
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    What Encode From Compressor?

    I was able to use the "MPEG-2 for HD-DVD" preset in Compressor - modified to a higher bitrate - to encode a 720p DVCPRO HD movie that Toast can use without re-encoding. But when Toast mulitplexes the video, it creates some unacceptable blockiness in the bottom portion of the screen that ruins the video. This blockiness seems to occur in areas where the bitrate maybe spiking, i.e. parts of the video with lots of movement or very fine details that are hard to compress. On the other hand, I've have not been able to figure out how to encode to MPEG4/AVCHD in Compressor. I made a sweet-looking H.264 movie in Compressor, but Toast wants to re-encode it.
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    1080p24 Encoding For Blu-ray

    If all you need to do is watch on PS3, consider skipping the Blu-Ray disc and just make a file that PS3 can play. It's really easy using MPEG Streamclip (free). If your content is encoded using MPEG2, File >Convert to TS > Convert to TS. Done. No re-encoding necessary, since it's just changing the container, and it will play on PS3 at the original frame rate.
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    What Encode From Compressor?

    Good question! I've been trying to figure this out too, and haven't been able to come up with a compressor setting in either MPEG2 or MPEG4 that works.
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    Mac Os Errors

    I found the solution to the "can't find file" error, in this thread below: http://forums.support.roxio.com/index.php?showtopic=40468 Go to Toast preference, and under "Storage" tab, change "Delete Converted Items" to "Never". After doing this, I was successfully able to make a short sample clip into Blu-Ray using AVCHD compression. And it does look quite a bit better than the previous MPEG2 version I had previously made.
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    Mac Os Errors

    I get the same thing consistently whenever I try to make author a Blu-Ray using MPEG-4 AVC encoding. If you switch the encoding settings to MPEG-2, it doesn't have this problem.