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  1. The definitive (tsantee) reply to: Picture Size Shrinks - Started by JazzMessenger , Mar 30 2013 09:29 AM seems to indicate E-V-To-D-for-Mac (1.0.5) ALWAYS captures at 4:3 aspect ratio when set at "High" resolution. This works GREAT for old movies captured from a DVR, but many personally-recorded videos were recorded at the widescreen (16:9) aspect ratio. Based upon the response to the earlier question, I am guessing that using the "Medium" setting during E-V-To-D-for-Mac recording will avoid the "4:3 Prison" for recordings that were originally recorded in Widescreen (i.e., at 16:9.) Am I living in a Fool's Paradise, or what? (P.S. The ROXIO documentation offers NOTHING useful about this topic I am Very Grateful for the comments of tsantee on this thread...) Me - using E-V-To-D-for-Mac (1.0.5) to capture video on: Apple MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 13" Mid-2010 (MC374LL/A - MacBookPro7,1 - A1278) running Mac OSX 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) --- and all video editing done on: Apple Mac mini "Core i7" 2.3 (Late 2012) (MD388LL/A - Macmini6,2 - A1347 - 2570) running Mac OSX 10.9.5 (Mavericks) (Note: This configuration has experienced No Other Problems while transferring many videos, other than the obnoxious Black Bars on either end of the widescreen videos...) Cordially, -Gary
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    Issues With Toast 11.2

    tsantee - Many Thanks! My old CD player croaked, and the new one shows only CD number and track number, with no text at all, so I couldn't check the labeling anywhere but loading back on the Mac.
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    Issues With Toast 11.2

    Using Toast 11.2 Titanium on a MacMini (10.6.8 - Snow Leopard). Cannot create a CD (or image file) that contains any "CD-Text". Running 11.2 - Start: Toast Titanium Window Header: "Data" button selected, shows "Mac & PC" at left-hand side. Switch to "Audio CD" button with "Options" button selected. Drag 7 .aiff files from a Desktop folder, and edit both the disk name (next to the "Audio CD" button) and the 7 track names (on the various screen lines). The "Add CD-TEXT" button IS clicked; and when the "More" button under the "Add CD-Text" button is clicked, and it correctly shows all of the edited Disk & Track names. Doing "Save" or "Save As..." created a .disc file that correctly includes the edited names. Burning either a physical CD or a "Disk Image" creates a "disk" with: Disc Name = "Audio CD", and tracks named "1 Audio Track", "2 Audio Track", "3 Audio Track", etc... Switching the top-level Window Header from "Audio" to "Enhanced Audio CD" (with only the audio component) generates EXACTLY the same results. I have created *MANY* "CD-TEXT" CDs with Toast in the past. So what is different about 11.2 that it is unable to add "CD-TEXT" to an audio CD?
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    Edit Captures Movies On The Mac

    Download MPEG Streamclip (free.) After a capture is finished, open the mpg capture file (in the Movies folder) with Streamclip. Streamclip's internal editing is pretty clunky, but that's the only clunky thing about this program. Suggestion: Instead of editing with Streamclip, use it to save the file in Quicktime format. Use: APPLE DV-DVPRO/NTSC; 29.97 fps; Quality 100%; Audio: Uncompressed, stereo, 48KHz, then you can edit your movie with iMovie, Quicktime PRO, or any of the Final Cut releases without having to re-render it.
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    Frame Skipping When Capturing Old Vhs Tapes

    Thanks for the ref. The "over usage" part brings to mind how these dubs were probably made: Originals doubtless were recorded in camera at SP and the tapes were swapped out at intermission or scene change, as needed. Then the dub master was created - at SLP or EP - by going deck-to-deck. At the end of the first SP orig, the dub deck was paused while the orig tape was swapped out on the source deck, and the copy continued. This would definitely introduce at least a non-regular SYNC pulse, and maybe a short noise segment. After that, the dub master would certainly propagate this to all the copies. I will go back and watch the VHS on a TV to see if the tape exhibits a little static spot before the fault. I'll bet there is a quick roll or some noise in the video or some other similar indication. Good suggestion. Thanks.
  6. I have been converting some old tapes - most are '88-'94 vintage - of college plays, musicals, etc. for friends. Most are fine but several exhibit frame skipping at a few places in the program. All of the tapes are dubs, and most are VHS-120 recorded at LP or even EP, but that does not appear to correlate with the skipping problem. At the places where frame skipping occurs during EV2D capture, the video freezes on the EV2D monitor screen, but the audio track continues at the normal rate. After 20-30-45 seconds, the video unfreezes at the point in sync with the audio track again. When this region is replayed, all motion is very fast (as is the audio) until the point at which the capture unfreeze occurred, and then the program continues normally. I have tried using a different VHS player, but the frame skipping still occurs in the exact same place and for the same duration. I also tried fast-forwarding the tape to a spot a minute or so before the freeze and starting capture there, but the frame skipping still happens in exactly the same place with the same duration. I usually import the capture mpg file into Mpeg Streamclip (a GREAT! program), and the skipping is visible there, so I am pretty sure that it is in the mpg capture file. But I have also tried sending the capture file to Toast 10 (full version) to make a disk image file, with the same results. Playing back the VHS tape on a regular TV set exhibits no problem. Me: G5 Dual 2.3 / 4GB / 10.4.11 - EV2D 1.0.3 recording at High quality.
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    Cannot Capture Audio

    Here's an incredibly lame suggestion: Make sure the Mute is disabled. It's a tiny little speaker icon, and mute condition is indicated by a tiny red line through it. One of my suggestions for the next update is this: If EV2D is Quit with Mute enabled, then the next time the program starts up, Mute is still enabled. That can cause you to emit some serious bad language until you notice the tiny red line through the tiny speaker icon... Hope this helps you out...
  8. #7 - If the dongle is not plugged it, then NOTHING works, not even "Help" in the menu bar. Shouldn't at least "Help" work? #8 - If audio is muted when the program terminates, then the next time the program starts, audio remains muted. This can be frustrating if you fail to notice the tiny red line through the speaker icon when trying to determine whether audio is coming in. #9 - Finish - Has no cancel or stop button. Maybe you don't want to wait for the insufferably long "Wait..." (or maybe it's hung up.)
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    How Do I Import To Final Cut Pro?

    Quicktime is a catchall name for a file structure. Actually A LOT of different kinds of streams can be encoded in "Quicktime" format, and certainly not all can be viewed or edited in any single app. I use FCE to edit video, so I have dealt with this same issue. May I suggest that you download the very excellent (FREE!) app "MPEG Streamclip" to convert the capture file into something the FCE/FCP can process. MS can also do some editing, trimming, etc., though certainly not on the level of FC. Also, please refer to the following link: http://web.mac.com/piero.fiorani/PieroF_FCE_Effect/LL_n.1.5.html It will save you *A LOT* of FC file-rendering time. Cheers