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Posts posted by Jasonaug


    This forum was a great help on getting me on the right track. I posted a walkthrough on how to successfully create a beautiful HD Blu-Ray disk using Apple Compressor, Mpeg Streamclip, and Toast 10. This is something I discovered through much trail and error while working on creating a Blu-Ray screener disk and thought it would be a good idea to share my experience. Hope this helps others trying to find the best workaround. Click here.


    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.

  2. Jason, I just burned a blu-ray with Toast multiplexing the m2v and ac3 from Compressor..... it looks great on my 52" TV and has no pixelation or artifacts!


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

  3. Is the solution posted by dagnome the only workflow possible to maintain the chapters markers done in Final Cut Pro or is it possible to send to compressor for MPEG 2 HD compression and then send the MPEG 2 HD file to Toast 9.0.4 to get the Blu-Ray but with the Final Cut Pro chapters markers still in place.Iwould like to avoid Toast compression if possible. :rolleyes:


    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.

  4. I don't own Compressor so I can't check this out myself, but has anyone tried just exporting from Compressor has a regular old MPEG-2 file? I've been able to get MPEG-2 files from EyeTV and other sources to not re-encode and go straight to Blu-ray.


    On a side note - did Roxio support explain why h.264 was the best input format for Toast 9? I've been feeding it the Apple Intermediate Codec files directly from Final Cut Express.


    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.

  5. Compressor can make transport stream


    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?

  6. 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.

  7. 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...


    !!! , i will try this , looks like a very good solution to create a good file , did you try to convert raw EVO file from a any commercial movies ?


    i buck up my old HD DVD s , and i have them on my drive , i woder if i canuse compressor to convert them to any movie file with 5.1 sound , because all of them have 5.1 digital plus and i cant dongrade them for some time ....



  8. 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.


    Great idea - but ... I'm using Compressor 2, those m2v/ac3 files are apparently not accepted by Toast 9.0.2 + Plugin (Toast doesn't respond any more and "the spinning ball" shines up), did you use Compressor 3?

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. I am trying to take some some 1080p24 content and burn it in Blu-ray format to a DVD. I can do this successfully, but it reencodes it at 29.97 fps instead of the original 23.98 (which is what I want for playback on my PS3). Is there a reason why Toast has to encode ACVHD discs at 29.97 fps?



    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.