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    How Important Is It To Verify The Burn?

    I've found that skipping verification doesn't affect playback, but it does affect the ability to access and convert the vob files in the VIDEO_TS folder. I'm a Mac user and often need to access those files for re-editing projects. I use MPEG Streamclip to convert vob files to dv, and it fails to complete the process and reports errors with unverified data.
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    Dvd Menu Set In Stone?

    I'm not familiar with Warp, but I am a longtime user of iDVD and Toast Titanium. I'm currently using iDVD 6.0.3, Toast Titanium 11.0.4, and the El Capitan Browser. I've had no problems except for occasional issues getting Toast to recognize certain blank discs. As far as using Toast to create menus, forget about doing anything creative. The menus are extremely limited, and don't even allow for naming chapters.
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    Burning Photos Misc.

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    Extract Only Audio From Video Files?

    I use MPEG Streamclip 1.9.2 to extract audio from DVDs, then SoundStudio 3.5.6 to separate chapters, then Toast 11 to burn to disc. Sound Studio is not free, so you might want to browse around for freeware, like Audacity.
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    El Capitan Crash?

    I've had no problems with Toast11 and El Capitan.
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    Toast 11 And Os X El Capitan

    I held off on OS X Yosemite after all the complaints regarding incompatibility with Toast 11. Hopefully, OS X El Capitan (due September 30) will not have those problems. If anyone who still uses Toast 11 gets it, I'd appreciate a report. Thanks in advance.
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    Question: Best Way To Burn Apple Prores To Bd

    I've always used "best sitting," too, with satisfactory results, i.e., no coasters. Then again, I've never tried anything else, so you can take my experience or leave it.
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    Toast 11 And Os X El Capitan

    This worked for me: https://discussions..../thread/6770253 Not ideal, but I can at least use iMovie 6.0.3. Maybe it will work for STAGE.
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    Toast 11 And Os X El Capitan

    I had the iMovie file on an external hard drive. I moved it to the desktop of the new MacBook Pro, and the editing process ran very smoothly.
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    Toast 11 And Os X El Capitan

    >My old iMovie 6.0.3 is incompatible with El Capitan, which is a bummer since the changes made after that version eliminated some of the most useful features, such as: useful audio editing capabilities (they took away audio track isolation, audio enhancements and more); basic visual effects like video overlays for green screen, split screen etc.; and time code displays. I spoke with Apple about this, and a fix sin't going to happen. They want you to upgrade to iMovie 10. >A workaround for Yosemite is discussed here that I hope works for El Capitan: https://discussions..../thread/6770253 It works, but not well. Quite slow and balky. Fortunately, I have an old MacBook Pro with an older OS, so I can use iMovie 6.0.3 there.
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    Toast 11 And Os X El Capitan

    >A workaround for Yosemite is discussed here [for the iMovie 6.0.3 issue] that I hope works for El Capitan: https://discussions..../thread/6770253 It worked for El Capitan, but it's a pain. I hope they fix it. >My Apple User I.D. isn't recognized, so I can't update [iPhoto, Final Cut Pr0 10 and iMovie 10 . I figure that can be fixed with a call to Apple. Tried their on-line instructions, but no luck. Will have to call.
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    Toast 11 And Os X El Capitan

    My versions of iPhoto, Final Cut Pro 10, and iMovie 10 all have to be updated (requires iPhoto 9.6.1, FCP 10.2.2 and iMovie 10.0.9). My Apple User I.D. isn't recognized, so I can't update them. I figure that can be fixed with a call to Apple. My old iMovie 6.0.3 is incompatible with El Capitan, which is a bummer since the changes made after that version eliminated some of the most useful features, such as: useful audio editing capabilities (they took away audio track isolation, audio enhancements and more); basic visual effects like video overlays for green screen, split screen etc.; and time code displays. A workaround for Yosemite is discussed here that I hope works for El Capitan: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6770253
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    Toast 11 And Os X El Capitan

    Took the plunge. No problem with Toast 11.
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    Toast 11 And Os X El Capitan

    Thanks. Anybody else have a comment before I take the plunge?
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    Mac Blu Ray Player

    I've used VLC, Roxio and Macgo, and all work OK, except for the fact that the menus don't display as they do on a standalone blu-ray player, e.g., you don't see the names of the chapters, only a numerical list.
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    Os X Yosemite & Toast 11

    Has anyone upgraded to OS X Yosemite? After the debacle with OS X Mavericks and Toast 11, I'm hesitant to move up from Lion.
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    Converting Dvd To Mp4

    If your DVD is a commercial item then it is probably copy-protected. If so, you'll need to use software that removes the copy protection before converting the files to MP4.
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    Toast 11 Titanium = Useless

    This problem must be related to the operating system. My MacBook Pro is still on Lion, and Toast works fine for my purposes, mostly burning DVDs, BDs and CDs. But, it's also useful for converting MTS files and creating BDMV folders for Blu-Ray production. The very limited menu possibilities with Toast make it a poor choice for disc authoring, so I use Apple's iDVD for DVD production and Windows' TMPGEnc for Blu-Ray production.
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    Resolution And Aspect Ratio

    You realize, of course, that your menu options are greatly limited when using Toast as your DVD creator. You can't even name individual chapters of items like the songs of full concert videos unless you break your project into individual files for each song. iDVD is far superior to Toast in terms of making professional-looking DVDs. DVD Studio Pro is even better, although I'm not sure if it addresses the your aspect issue.
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    Video Editing Software

    I've been using iMovie 6.0.3 for years. It's fine for the uses you mention, while Final Cut Express and Final Cut Pro are more complex. If you can get that version or earlier, do so. Later versions stripped away many of the more useful, and professional features. Here's something I found at Wikipedia <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IMovie#Criticism_of_iMovie_.2708>, with which I agree: iMovie 08 was criticized due to its drastic abandonment of some iMovie HD 6 features. New York Times reviewer David Pogue said "iMovie ‘08 is an utter bafflement... incapable of the more sophisticated editing that the old iMovie made so enjoyable...All visual effects are gone — even basic options like slow motion, reverse motion, fast motion, and black-and-white. And you can’t have more than one project open at a time."[4] Features removed included the classic timeline, the ability to create DVD chapter markers, support for plugins, and in-timeline audio adjustment and control. iMovie '08 imports to a much more limited set of video codecs and metadata formats than previous versions of iMovie or today's QuickTime Player. For example, QuickTime Player can be extended to support the FLIP Video 3ivx MPEG-4 codec, but iMovie '08 cannot. iMovie '08 also removed the ability to import DV footage. As a result, all resulting videos have lossy compression applied and there is no facility for managing full format video. The peculiar lack of QuickTime support means QuickTime Pro can edit a larger range of video than iMovie '08.
  21. Follow this path: VIDEO > DVD-Video > Data > DVD-ROM (UDF) Drop the entire VIDEO_TS folder on the DVD-ROM (UDF) window. Works every time for me. Just be sure to select DVD-ROM (UDF). If you select the default (Mac only), the disc won't work on your standalone DVD player.
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    Toast And Dl Burning. Confused

    I wonder if this is a Maverick problem. I'm still on Lion, and when I want to burn a DL, I simply insert a DL disc into my MB Pro, and it's immediately recognized.
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    Customized Menu Theme Not On Finished Blu-Ray

    I gave up on Toast 11 as far as making or importing menus for Blu-ray projects, and never used it for DVD projects, except to burn the final products. I use the old iMovie 6.0.3 to edit all projects and then iDVD 7.0.4 to author DVD projects. For Blu-ray projects, I use iMovie 6.0.3 for the editing and Toast 11 to make Blu-ray folders and then PC software (TEMPGEnc 5) for the authoring part. I don't know if you can still get iMovie 6.0.3, but it was the last iMovie version that had some important features (Interesting discussion re here: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2777374?tstart=0). Apple perhaps figured folks could use iMovie for simple projects and Final Cut Pro/DVD Studio Pro for the more ambitious projects. Later on, they developed Final Cut Pro X and incorporated many of the features that made iMovie easy to use, but, if you want to continue to use FCP X, you should probably use DVD Studio Pro for authoring. Good luck!
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