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  1. It would be weird if this issue is only occurring on playback on a specific device. Any DVD player, including software DVD players, should play the same. Can you test on any other player as well?

    The high speed audio would then be a conversion error, possibly induced by uncommon audio characteristics of the source audio (e.g. not 48 kHz). Toast should convert it correctly, but odd audio in the source would be something to look for. What does it say for the audio specification after you add the file to Toast?


  2. Yes. Video will be re-encoded, unless the software finds that the streams are compliant for the destination format. In practice that means that for compliancy the streams must be encoded by this software in a previous session. Only then will it recognize that it is compliant and will burn as-is. I haven’t found any encoder settings/options in other software that is accepted by Toast as compliant.


  3. The bottom drop down menu is for selecting the media (disc capacity), not for selecting the disc structure (Blu-ray Video). 
    The Blu-ray specification allows for either MPEG-4 or MPEG-2 (or VC-1). MPEG-4 is advisable in most cases for Blu-ray.
    For getting to know Toast and Blu-ray burning, it is advisable to use rewritable discs, if your set top player supports that. Then you won’t waste discs in trying.


  4. If the error is indeed about permissions, then try repairing the permissions for system files and folders.
    On macOS 10.10 Yosemite or earlier, you can Repair Permissions in Disk Utility on a selected disk. 
    On macOS 10.11 El Capitan or later, that option is removed, as macOS itself should keep system permissions as they should be, and disallow others (e.g. installers) to change any of that.

    Besides the permissions for system folders and files, there are also permissions on other folders and files, e.g. in the user directory (including Desktop). You may have to check those manually (Get Info﹥Sharing & Permissions). Make sure the files that you want to burn have at least read access.


  5. If you don’t want the clips to start playing automatically, then you should leave unchecked ‘Auto-play disc on insert’.
    Note that DVD player software and hardware may have settings to override this, and start playback of the first item anyway, or continue where it left off the last time. Use the Menu button to return to the menu if that happens.


  6. On 7/10/2019 at 1:02 PM, mikeyg said:

     Awesome! Is it also possible to add or delete or edit the number of buttons that appear on the menu?

    The number of buttons are adaptive to the number of clips, up to a maximum, then it becomes a multi-page menu.


  7. Yes, that is possible. And that is even the default behavior.
    Add video files, and each clip will be on the menu. After playback of each selected clip, the view returns to the menu.


  8. Toast and macOS Finder calculate sizes differently.

    One DVD ≈ 4,700,000,000 bytes = 4.7×1000×1000×1000 = 4.7×(10^9) = 4.7 GB (base 10, as macOS, since Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard)
    One DVD ≈ 4,700,000,000 bytes ≈ 4.3×1024×1024×1024 = 4.3×(2^30) = 4.3 Gibibyte = 4.3 GB (base 2, as Toast)


  9. Do you mean you want your video project to be video-only, no audio at all, even though the source has audio?

    You could do that in a two-step process:
    You could save as disc image. When it is finished, keep the window open. Temporary file of separate video and audio are in ~/Documents/Roxio Converted Items/ , e.g. foo.m2v and foo.ac3. Remove the audio file (important: if kept in place, then Toast will re-combine them), then replace the old video file with the converted one. 
    Save as a new disc image file. Test in software player. Burn if satisfied.


  10. I haven’t confirmed this for v17, but for a long list of previous versions:
    you could save a project as a Disk Image file, which would get the .toast extension. If you rename that in Finder to .iso, then you’ll find that is is compatible with many Windows burning software.

    It won’t make your PC read the Mac file system (HFS/HFS+/APFS), but for DVD-Video (UDF file system) that is not an issue.

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  11. The only alternative to Gracenote is FreeDB.org, but I don’t think Toast can be changed to make use of that, but some stand-alone tagger applications may be able to set such.

    Does it work better if you use Toast’s Media Browser instead of drag-and-drop of the mounted disc through the Finder? That should help getting the information directly from iTunes.

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  12. Dolby Digital is a codec (AC3), not necessarily a channel count. Dolby Digital can be 5.1 or less, even 1.0 (mono).
    That being said, Toast re-encodes audio to stereo (PCM or Dolby Digital), unless the source (video+audio) is already compliant for the destination format (according to Toast). Compliant streams are copied as-is, including 5.1 audio. 

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