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    Burner For Bluray?

    Hmm... I can't comment on the G5 Quad, but I use this drive on both my Mac Mini running Leopard as well as my MacBook Pro (Core Duo version). It was a simply plug and play job - no hacks or even rebooting.
  2. This question has been talked about on the Toast 9 forums and no one has posted any success stories. I was able to do it using Adobe Media Encoder (create a .m2t) but people using Compressor haven't reported much success.
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    High Def Onto Dvd

    I think there are two places where this could go wrong: 1) When you import are you importing at full resolution? iMovie encourages you to downscale HD material to 960x540, but you want to keep full resolution. 2) The other place, as was mentioned above, is to export using QuickTime into a file that is 1920x1080 using Apple Intermediate Codec for Video and Linear PCM (Uncompressed) Audio.
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    Burner For Bluray?

    I know the Buffalo Technology Blu-ray/HD DVD combo drive and their Blu-ray writer work with Toast without any strange hacks.
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    Blu Ray Drive Compatibility

    I have a Buffalo Technology Blu-ray Burner/HD DVD drive and it works like a charm. Someone had commented on my blog that they had the model you have and said it worked. You should be good to go.
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    Success Burning Long (37 Min) Blu-ray On Dvd

    It's far more a function of your encoder than the bitrate actually. I have a Hauppauge HD PVR USB-encoder that receives input from Component outputs. I can tell you that the quality of encodes from the HD PVR at low bitrates (as low as 3 or 4 Mbps) is as good as broadcast quality HD (at 720p). I hooked my Canon HF10 up to my HD PVR and even though the HD PVR used a lower bitrate (around 12 Mbps) it had a far superior encode to the built-in encoder on the HF10 running at 17 Mbps. I've read about the "low bitrate HD lie" and while there's a lot of validity to it, bitrate doesn't tell the whole story. As far as software encodes of 1080, I try and stay with 15 Mbps average if I'm burning an AVCHD disc because 18 Mbps is the max for AVCHD on DVD anyway.
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    Success Burning Long (37 Min) Blu-ray On Dvd

    Yes, what you found is very real. With a low bitrate (5 Mbps) you can put as much as 2 hours of HD material onto a DVD.
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    How To Burn A Home Movie To Disc ?

    Just open Toast and under video select "DVD". Add your video file to the window and burn away!
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    Create Bluray Dvd+r Using Output Of Adobe Encorecs4?

    You'd have to try it out to be sure - authoring programs tend to be picky about what streams they'll take, but my guess is that Toast would take a properly encoded h.264 file and AC3 audio file from Squeeze.
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    Create Bluray Formatted Dvd+r From H.264 Without Transcoding?

    QuickTime files are not compatible as blu-ray streams. However, from your other post I know you have Encore, which includes Adobe Media Encoder. I've used AME to create transport streams that I then just drop into Toast for easy burning (when I don't want to make all the menus and whatnot in Encore). AME can encode h.264 and MPEG-2 assets up to 1080p for use in Toast.
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    Create Bluray Dvd+r Using Output Of Adobe Encorecs4?

    You can do this - it's tricky though. You need VMWare or Parallels because you need to use a program call BDedit to edit your index.bdmv file. Here it is: http://wallybarthman.wordpress.com/brians-...ray-from-a-mac/ Let me know if you have any questions. I've had good success doing this and would be happy to help. I know my tutorial lacks graphics and such.
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    Converting .mts Files From Sony Hdr-sr11

    I know Toast 9 can do this and given Toast 10's improved support for AVCHD my guess would be most likely yes.
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    No Compression On Blu-ray

    Blu-ray doesn't support lossless video or lossy video - it only supports MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC (h.264), or VC-1. So to put it on a Blu-ray disc you're going to have to compress it. If you export the file from FCP as a QuickTime file and add it to Toast under Blu-ray disc, you can adjust the encode settings to use MPEG-4 AVC @ 24 Mbps. That's the highest quality you'll get out of Toast's encoder.
  14. I know a properly formatted MPEG-2 file (properly as being defined by Roxio) can be handled without being re-encoded. I have done it with EyeTV recordings that are MPEG-2. I've also gotten mpeg-2 and mpeg-4 transport streams to not re-encode. But most of these were recorded using EyeTV or encoded with Adobe Media Encoder.
  15. Just out of curiosity, did you try using the h.264 for DVD Studio Pro? I will say I was very surprised when things encoded in Adobe Media Encoder multiplexed into Toast fine.