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  1. marekn

    can I burn SD video on Blue Ray disc?

    What is GD? I'm sorry for the typo: "GD", I mean the size of the movie: 22 GB, and since it is 22GB big, I thought that perhaps it is possible to burn this entire 22GB QT movie to Blue Ray disc, so it will NOT be compressed at all, and this will provide the best playback quality... Is this possible by using Toast, and if yes - how - or I need to get something different? Or - perhaps it is not doable..? Anybody knows? Thank you.
  2. can I burn SD video on Blue Ray disc? &, if yes - how? what do I need (I have Toast 10), my Mac and the video is 22GD 4:3 SD Quick Time .mov thanks
  3. marekn

    the best burning settings for 2hrs of DV?

    thanks, & I agree
  4. marekn

    the best burning settings for 2hrs of DV?

    Thank you, and from what I gathered so far - your advice is the most convincing... An interesting replay I got on "Creative Cow" forum, advising me to give up Toast, and step up to iDVD, while I just bought Toast10 to "step up" FROM iDVD... What is your opinion on this one - Toast10 vs. iDVD (from iLife08).
  5. marekn

    the best burning settings for 2hrs of DV?

    Great; thank you - it sounds like a good plan, and I'll try it. BTW: what is it actually happening with the video while it is being "re-quantized"? (I understand that the re-quantization is like changing the bitrate from the one originally encoded to some new one that works in a given context), and since it sounds like a two-step process, which involves the bitrate manipulation - my ONLY concern at this point is regarding some errors that would show up during playback in DVD players, like skipping or freezing (this is sometimes a terrible death of the projects...), which I would love to avoid...
  6. Hi, I'm still inexperience with using Toast10 to burn DVDs, so I do not have a "feel" yet for the burning quality settings... and looking for the best burning settings for 2hrs of Standard Definition DV home movie (in full quality Quick Time DV file). I noticed that the material burned using "Automatic" settings is looking less desirably than while using manual with higher "MAXIMUM" and higher "AVERAGE" values, like 8 or 9, but then I also learned that setting those too high may cause the reading errors in people's DVD players. Thus the question for you - experienced Toast's burners: - at what maximum value should one set the"MAXIMUM" and the"AVERAGE" values for 1-hr and/or (if different) 2-hrs of the Standard Definition material, so it will fit on just one regular single layer DVD, and will look possibly the best, with an error-free playback on people's DVD players? (I will set the audio at compressed 320 kbps in order to gain some extra room for the video's quality... but at what settings?) Please help, if your burning and then playing back experiences are positive, or PLEASE - let me know about some pitfalls that I might be not aware of. Thank you.
  7. well, it's one nice Moderator... it's OK - enjoy it; I can live without that... Finished the first burning of 1-hr QT movie (dv out of iMovie), using the Automatic settings, and at first I was little surprised (and a little worry...) that it ONLY took about 30 min ... but it looked OK on TV when played from the DVD (a little bit grainy, and some hues were too much, like skin-tones and reds... as if the process added some reds, or could not handle it well...). I'll try the custom (mostly following your info - Bit Rate, etc. from your posts); I also have a disc image of the same movie (it is iMovie6 project), so I played with the preview, and I like this very much, so I intend to try this one too (it gives an opportunity to have nice iDVD's menus, which Toast is lacking). My work-week starts tomorrow, and the hrs are such that perhaps pt.2 of the Toast-experiments will need to wait a week, but I'll report back as soon as... Thank you for all your help.
  8. When I click on "Update Avatar Settings" there are only 2 top options, and I do not see (as I do on your screen shot) - the "Upload an image from your computer" option.... There is nothing past the "URL" option...
  9. Thank you. I think that I'm ready to finally try the burning thing; I'll burn using the Automatic, and then trying to maximize the Custom settings in the relation to the size of the same file, and se what is the playback difference - if any... (so I see that Avatar lets you choose one of the prepared photos - not the personal one...)
  10. Thank you again for the excellent answers/explanations; I feel like burning ...very soon...but - I'd like to fully understand the meaning of the colors in "space-remaining" bar: When it is red or green - it's clearly bad or good, no problem there, b u t - what if it is between green and red? How much orange is OK, and what it means for the quality of the DVD and the issue-free playback later? (the bar looks like several little boxes put one after another, so how many - counting from the end of bar - should be left not covered by the orange color? Or - how much of the orange color is OK to be allowed to show up? Except for obvious red - when else is the sign of the issues, while looking at the bar? (& - off topic - why I can see your photo of the awesome car, but I cannot see mine that I set up in my profile?)
  11. Thank you tsantee - I think I was posting when you did too, so here is an edit of what still burns to be answered... - - after studying the Manual, AND YOUR answer (thanks again!) I came to understand some of it, but some is not covered and still important (the most of all my questions above are answered NOW, Audio set ups, Half-PEL, etc.). - b u t - I see that the following could be answered based on the experience of using Toast: * while setting a burning DVD project, after importing the movie file: - moving the Custom Encoding sliders, they eventually go orange and then red: What is REALLY bad? and what is acceptable? How many little bars from the end should not be "covered" with the "Space Remaining" bar (going from green to red)? How to recognize the limit? And what happens while playing back the DVD when they go red during burning? - What is best (as to accomplish the best quality DVD) value (to target), how many Mbps: in Average Bit Rate, and in: Maximum Bit Rate? You say "keep the average below 8 mbps", so is 7.7 OK? and what would be max for Maximum Bit Rate? My videos are NTSC, so perhaps the "Bottom Field First" would be better than "Automatic"..? And what the "reencoding" does? and the above questions regarding the meaning of the colors of the "Space Remaining" bar?
  12. p.s. I don't know if this make any difference, but I want to burn what I did in iMovie6 and FCE4 (.dv & /or .mov files), and - after studying the Manual, I came to understand some of it, but some is not covered and still important (I still welcome answers/suggestions to all my questions above). I see that the following could be answered based on the experience of using Toast: * while setting a burning DVD project, after importing the movie file: - moving the Custom Encoding sliders, they eventually go orange and then red: What is REALLY bad? and what is acceptable? How many little bars from the end should not be "covered" with the "Space Remaining" bar (going from green to red)? How to recognize the limit? And what happens while playing back the DVD when they go red during burning? - What is best (as to accomplish the best quality DVD) value (to target), how many Mbps: in Average Bit Rate, and in: Maximum Bit Rate? It would be awesome to find out - please help... Thank you.
  13. Hi, I'm new to Toast - what settings are best for burning a DVD? (got it today), and primarily I'd like to burn DVDs (single layer) of SD DV (.dv & .mov file), so what settings (& where) should I choose for burning DVD: - up to one hour worth of material; and: - up to 2 hours worth of material ? I noticed some "Automatic" and "Custom" settings' choices, but not sure what exactly to do/set/choose... The objective is to get the BEST QUALITY possible in both cases (when 1-hr and/or 2- hrs long). p.s. What I really do NOT know is what should I enter (for the BEST QUALITY) in the ENCODING Tab fields when choosing CUSTOM (the "Automatic" is kind of self-explanatory - there is only one bar to be moved through Good, Better and Best, so I'd choose BEST, but - is this really the BEST QUALITY that I can get out of the Toast 10.0.1?). What to enter in the ENCODING Tab fields when choosing CUSTOM (from top down): VIDEO: - Video Format (MPEG-2 is there and this is what I need, so that one is OK) - Average Bit Rate? - Maximum Bit Rate? - Motion Estimation? (and - what is the check box for: "Half-PEL" ?) - Reencoding? - Field Dominance? - Aspect Ratio? (what is the difference if I leave it at "Automatic", or I choose "4:3"? AUDIO: - Audio Format? - Data Rate? - Dynamic Range Compression? (what is this check box for?) Thank you.
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