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  1. Well... quitting and restarting either (or both) apps doesn't fix it, nor does re-installing from the 9.07a update DMG, but logging out and back in again returns normal operation. Very annoying but at least now I know it isn't necessary to go so far as a reboot. But what can logging out and back in again achieve that quitting the app and starting it again doesn't?
  2. Are you aware of how Toast and Toast Video Player communicate with each other? Perhaps I can delete stray files or such like and get my (already paid for and not prepared to pay for again!) functionality.
  3. Since around the time of the MacOS 10.8.1 or 10.8.2 update, every now and again my Toast 9 enters a state such that it refuses to load a video into Toast Video Player for editing (i.e. by clicking the Edit button in the dialog box for the clip). Toast Video Player starts as an application but doesn't open the video. Also sometimes Toast Video Player opens and loads the clip but when the cut points have been set and saved, Toast ignores them. The only way I have found to resolve the problem is a complete reboot of the entire Mac. Stopping and restarting Toast and the video player doesn't solved the problem. Loading video directly into Toast Video Player, e.g. by drag/drop from the Finder, works fine, the problem seems to be in the intercommunication between Toast and Toast Video Player. I have been using Toast 9 for years without this problem, even after initially updating to Mountain Lion, it has only started to happen recently. Any hints as to a solution gratefully received.
  4. Tim Hewett

    Cutting Out A Section Of Video

    Most of the HD programmes I find worth keeping are on a channel that has no ads anyway (so only needs one edit), and it turns out that Toast 9 edits the programmes on that channel ok anyway, even if it did have ads. On the channel that has ads I've found that if I save the entire unedited recording to a bluray disk image, mount the image and then edit the 00001.m2ts file to top and tail it and get rid of the ad breaks, Toast saves it fine. For a relatively infrequent HD channel it is just a bit of inconvenience.
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    Cutting Out A Section Of Video

    Still trying to work out how I managed to have it work successfully once. Do you know how the cropping information is shared between Toast Video Player and the main Toast application? If there's a shared file somewhere then I may have a try at adjusting it to see if I can get it to work better. Not worth upgrading to Toast 10 just for this, anyway upgrades should be for new features rather than bug fixes. Toast 10 doesn't seem to bring much by way of new features anyway.
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    Cutting Out A Section Of Video

    It does report the shorter time for me too. When Toast gets to the stage of making the disk image, there seem to be two substages: the first is "multiplexing" and the second is actually writing the disk image (the % complete number and bar counts up for the first stage, then resets and counts up again for the second stage). The multiplexing substage seems to take full account of the editing points, e.g. in my case it starts counting at around 6% (skipping the extra recording at the start), and skips forward about 3% at 27%, 51% and 80%, which is where the ad breaks are. The problem comes after this when it tries to write the disk image, the % counter runs much more quickly than if the whole movie is edited with one crop (i.e. including the ads), and in the end the disk image only contains the section up to and including the first ad break. It should be around 8GB in size, but it is 1.9GB in practice.
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    Cutting Out A Section Of Video

    If you have a drop box then I can upload a sample, 100Mbytes = about 1 min 20 secs with my recording's bit rate.
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    Cutting Out A Section Of Video

    I found out how to delete individual crop markers... you select it and press the delete key! No menu, no control-click, no drag away from the bar, just a key press. Better than nothing, but, like so much to do with this part of Toast, unintuitive. If you can work out how to burn multiple crops that would be terrific. At present I'm saving each individual crop into a disk image then aggregating them into one. Very cumbersome!
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    Cutting Out A Section Of Video

    I did start out by using the crop markers to select that should be included rather than excluded since that's the way the rest of the world works when doing editing. Then I realised this was including the bits I wanted excluded and excluding the bits I wanted included so I started using the invert markers function but that didn't work either. So then I inverted my own logic and selected the bits to be excluded instead, and that worked once and once only. I have a H.264 1080i TV recording of American Pie 2 which has 3 ad breaks, and I want to cut out the breaks as well as the few minutes of extra recording at the start and end. So that means cropping up to the start of the film, from the end of the film to the end of the recording, and the 3 ad breaks in between, i.e. 5 crop sections. I then choose "save to disk image" in Toast to have it all saved in Bluray format and the only video put into it is from the start of the film to the first ad break (apart from the first time I tried, when it worked ok apart from extra GOPs either side of the crop points, which is why I went to redo it and have so far failed to do so, including after restarting Toast etc. etc.).
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    Cutting Out A Section Of Video

    I take back my comments on how to do the editing, that approach worked once only. I've tried it several times since and it will only put the first cropped section in the output, the others were ignored. HOW did Roxio let this software out the door?
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    Cutting Out A Section Of Video

    How do you delete unwanted crop markers? So far I've only been able to do so using the "clear all markers" menu option. In case anyone has a problem where they set several crop in/out points but where only the first one gets into the final edited video (the others get ignored), you are probably doing the same as I did by using the crop markers to show which bits you want to have IN the final output, and then using the "invert markers" option to get around the bug mentioned earlier in this thread. That doesn't work (surprise), you have to crop on the basis of what you don't want from the outset, invert markers doesn't work except for the first crop set.
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