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    Where Are The Style Templates

    I used to edit the menu style PSD files - but with 15 - I can only find Splash. The menu styles provided are ugly and mostly unusable. I want to provide my own background, a title and a SINGLE simple play button, positioned where I want it. How can you create a powerful disk burning program and provide such a horrendous menu editor? And now you are making it even more difficult to use the product. Where is Arabesque (16x9).psd? Oh, and MyDVD won't take master files exported from FCP - for real? And it's menus are almost as bad as the ones in Toast - and I can't see how to "fix" them either.
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    Where Are The Style Templates

    Update. SO, the Splash (16x9).psd file that can be found inside Toast 15 application contents/style folder IS the file used if you select the splash template. I was able to edit that file to my satisfaction and burn a BluRay that didn't look like it was designed by a sixth grader. Thank you Roxio for leaving ONE template where I could get to it. I'm mystified as to where the other 25 templates that Toast15 clearly has, are hidden. I tried several different exports from FCPX - couldn't get MYDVD to read any of them. I'm sure there is a version that works. Too bad someone couldn't write a little documentation or use the same import tools that Toast obviously uses. But it still isn't useful. While I can move the title n such around, I can't change its color (so it contrasts with my background image) or the font or pretty much anything. Also MyDVD is VERY slow loading - sometimes never opening its main window. I have no idea what that is about. I do have nearly 20 drives on my system - maybe its one of those apps that insists on looking around to figure out where everything is before starting = bad idea. If I had known 15 had so little that 14 didn't have already, I'd have never bought the upgrade.
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    Where Are The Style Templates

    wow, can't read. I have PRO. I have mcdvd pro templates installed. When I look inside Toast 15 for the templates - I ONLY find Splash. Clearly toast 15 has 20 some templates. Mydvd seems to be using some completely different template format. I don't have time to try to figure that one out yet - and if I could just drop my video in - there wouldn't be a need anyway. MyDVD has lots of templates and yes, I can to some basic editing of the menu there - BUT I can't find any decent documentation as to what video formats mcdvd will take (and why the hell is it any different from what Toast handles). They don't handle Master Format from FCP - so I guess I need to experiment with compressor outputs. I don't want to have my bluray encoded TWICE on the way to the disk. This is a Beta grade software package. How about finishing it!?!
  4. 1. I try to use the feedback request link under help - page never loads. That means you don't want to hear from us, right? Claim otherwise, but until you fix it, I have no choice but to believe that. 2. On multiple data disk burns there MUST be a way to allow a person to restart a burn in the middle. I've just burned 30 disks (3-4 in each group) with no problem. But now, I encountered some weird disk and toast problem in the middle of a set - and there seems to be no way to fix it. Toast hung halfway through the verification and had to powercycle the drive too. I verified the hung disk by hand - its fine. Now I get to throw away the disks and start a four disk burn all over again. 3. While we are at it - you allow multiple drives - WHY CAN I NOT use multiple drives to burn ONE COPY of a multi-disk set? These seem like obvious functionalities. mgg
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    Toast 11 Pro Update Problems.

    So, I start up toast this afternoon - and is offers to install an update. I download it, it runs, but on open, I get a complaint that the package is signed with an invalid certificate. Really??? Roxio can't afford the right cert or to have someone check their install package? I suppose it could be my machine, but I've had no issues installing several other packages in the last few days. So, I tell it to go ahead anyway and I get a window that probably is asking me for a serial number - but I can't tell since the font is all fondue..... file attached. Are my fonts all screwed up? Doubt it - but then why would Roxio use any font except a basic system font that is ALWAYS on any system? sigh mgg
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    Toast 11 Pro Update Problems.

    ok, it appears my font files were screwed up. As for the cert - seems to have either fixed itself or fixed by roxio. I am now successfully updated. mgg
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    Toast 11 Pro Update Problems.

    so, does no one from Roxio read these forums?
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    Sd Video On Bd Disk - Compatible Players?

    hrm....... so I selected blu-ray disk in toast11 at the start - but it burned a video_ts file structure (yep, that's what is on there) rather than whatever a bluray should be........... SD is, I thought, supported.....reading the fine print, I see that they mean you can put a DVD format file structure on the BD disk..... The actual BD formats are: Resolution Frame rate[a] Aspect ratio 1920×1080 29.97-i 16:9 1920×1080 25-i 16:9 1920×1080 24-p 16:9 1920×1080 23.976-p 16:9 1440×1080 29.97-i 16:9 (anamorphic) 1440×1080 25-i 16:9 (anamorphic) 1440×1080 24-p 16:9 (anamorphic) 1440×1080 23.976-p 16:9 (anamorphic) 1280×720 59.94-p 16:9 1280×720 50-p 16:9 1280×720 24-p 16:9 1280×720 23.976-p 16:9 720×480 29.97-i 4:3/ 16:9 (anamorphic) 720×576 25-i 4:3/ 16:9 (anamorphic) no actual SD...... I could force the SD into HD with bars but I'll lose a lot of the capacity. CRUD. So, with all the streaming capability tv's etc are picking up, maybe I'll just dump it on a BD-rom format and give my mother a BD reader drive for her computer..... tnx me
  9. I had issues with toast 10 - but with 11, I was able to drop the vids in and successfully burn a disk with 15+ hours of SD. It plays back on my mac just fine, but so far, neither a Samsung nor Sony BD player will even recognize the content - one says, "nothing recorded" and the other "unrecognized disk". SD on BD is a part of the blu-ray standard - is it completely ignored by the player companies? Anyone successfully play one of these on their player? tnx mgg
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    Sd Video On Bd Disk - Compatible Players?

    It plays using APPLE DVD player - just like any DVD. Video is 4:3 format as it should be. I selected Blu-ray clicked video and dropped some movies in the window. I changed the Menu Title, left the aspect ration at standard and clicked burn. Roxio Video Player, seems to be just for playing videos. I could drill down and get it to play VOB files just fine. Get info in DVD player says 720 x 480 4:3, NTSC, Standard Def I'm pretty sure Toast is doing the right thing, I was just looking for confirmation that some if not most Blu-ray players do not handle SD on BD format. mgg
  11. I'm burning 9 SD movies to a blu-ray disk (or I'd like to). Toast is set to Automatic encoding - and it calculates 21.95GB for disk 1, Space Remaining 1.36 GB - but when it encodes, I get the error message 23.46 GB required and 23.31GB available. I hit ok, and silly enough, it tells me "Your disk is ready", but of course it is not. I have pretty much all menu options turned off. The SD video totals 12:14:53 which should fit. I can use custom settings - but after moving the slider so it fits, the exact same numbers show up. I'm guess this has to do with the fact that I have 9 titles so a second menu - but geesh, that can't take 1.36GB either - so no sense here. System: Mac Pro, fully updated, Toast 10 Pro updated. Pioneer BDR-206 drive, Ritek 25GB disk.
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    Toast 10 Pro Disk Capacity Miscalculation

    so, nothing at roxio has changed. After half a dozen "customer service responses" where some program or someone who didn't understand english sent a "try this" response that had nothing whatsoever to do with my problem (like "here is how you burn a standard DVD"), my tickets have evaporated. SO, after spending $100 in January and never really using the software successfully, my choice now is to A) run like hell from a company that can't support their product even to the point of actually reading tickets or spend yet another $100 for a new version of said software with absolutely NO CLUE as to whether it will work. I can't even get customer service to say - "hey we don't know if that works" or "its fixed in the new version". NOTHING. So hey - can someone out there open toast 11 pro and drop on 10 or 12 hours of video, let it tell you how big it will be - then encode to a file and see how big the file is? I'm happy to pay for things that work, but my experience with Roxio over the years does not encourage me to spend another $100 of my hard earned money. tnx mgg
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    Toast 10 Pro Disk Capacity Miscalculation

    sigh...... I'm on my third iteration of the second ticket - and all I can get from roxio is standard, "please try this" responses that have nothing whatsoever to do with my problem..... me
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    Toast 10 Pro Disk Capacity Miscalculation

    so, I do a detailed comparison between the compressor files for each of the movies and the resulting VOB files in the toast disk image - and they bloated by between 4.5% and 7.4% (average 6.6%) while being muxed. I have no idea if this is normal, but I expect that Toast could correctly estimate the file sizes.... me
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    Toast 10 Pro Disk Capacity Miscalculation

    And just to show this isn't some odd problem with my computer.... http://workflowed.blogspot.com/2010/09/snafu-toast-10-titanium-pros-addition.html has had the exact same set of symptoms. ROXIO!!!! are you listening?????? mgg
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    Toast 10 Pro Disk Capacity Miscalculation

    more toast 10 fun..... SO, the manual is very unclear on the subject of putting SD video on a BLU-RAY disk. I have been using the Blu-ray Video option. SO, for grins, I try the DVD-Video option - and I get the same problem, only half as much. I put 8 vids on DVD-video and it predicted disk size is exactly the same as Blu-ray. BUT, when the muxing is over, I get the not enough error, 23.83 are needed and 23.31 is available - so instead of 1.4GB of bloat, its in the 500M range. I set the menu option to NONE and instead of burning what would end up being a coaster, set it to save as disk image - it opened a toast file that was 23.2GB - but by the time it was done saving, it was 23.83 - so turning off menus saved nothing! So, the standard says 13 hours of video - and certainly I could decrease the bit rate and get my video small enough - but it seems like I have to guess what initial size estimate would actually fit. I can work around this - but why should I have to - and is this extra space really needed - or is it somehow being wasted? If I add up the audio & video file sizes fo the 8 videos, it is 22.8GB - so even the predicted size of 23.2 includes nearly 400GB of "overhead". I'd expect some from the muxing process, but is that normal? Even if so, the increase in size should be completely predictable. I'd love it if I was doing something wrong and someone could point it out to me because I really would like to make use of this without all the guessing. Has anyone out there actually done this? mgg
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    Toast 10 Pro Disk Capacity Miscalculation

    Ok, so other projects aside, I got around to another test. Took my 9 vids, shared out of FCP via compressor, MPEG-2 with AC3, 5-7.5Mbps vbr 2 pass best encoding. I can see right off the bat, not all 9 will fit, so I pull the first 8 into Toast - it says, 23.20 on 1 disk, 110 M remaining. I set re-econde never and hit the big red button. A few minutes later I get "There's not enough free space on this disk. 24.64 GB are needed, 21.31 are available. That is 1.44GB of bloat/miscalculation in the multiplex process - can't be right. Just for grins, I pull video number 8 off - it is nearly 52 minutes. It says, 21.93 GB on disk, 1.38 GB remainaing, so of course when I hit the big red button, it multiplexes and tells me that 23.32 GB are needed and 23.31 GB are available. So, yes, I can re-encode to get smaller videos or put fewer ones on, but nothing explains why Toast is doing such a terrible job of calculating the space required - or why it needs to bloat the disk with 5% overhead. I'm still waiting for customer service to provide more than the stock - here's how you encode response. mgg
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    Toast 10 Pro Disk Capacity Miscalculation

    Results of MPEG2 encode in toast.... 24.64 GB needed, 23.31GB available...... Toast seems to be incapable of correctly calculating the expected size of a large amount of SD to be burned into a Blu-ray disk..... On to Compressor test. mgg
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    Toast 10 Pro Disk Capacity Miscalculation

    When I was using the manual settings - I hadn't selected MPEG - it was defaulting to avc or whatever the other option is.... so I told it to encode 8 videos, MPEG...... 18 hours later, it is only 5/8ths done so it is going to be 24 hours or more just to encode one blu-ray, plus burning time. Looking at the converted file sizes so far, it looks like it might fit but I'll have to wait to see. This is running on a 2 x 2.6 quad core Zeon machine with 5G of memory. Activity monitor shows 16 threads, 15 to 20% utilized and disk activity (read) bounces between 100k and 500k and nearly half the system memory is free - so I have no clue what the bottle neck is as neither the cpus nor disk or memory are being taxed. I suppose I could try going to compressor, but from what I've read there are issues getting the right settings in compressor so Toast won't want to re-encode. mgg
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    Toast 10 Pro Disk Capacity Miscalculation

    ok, less video - exact same numbers - and too much to fit on disk - does this work for anyone? I'd go to custom and force the bit rates down - but the slider is rather coarse - like every 0.5Mbps..... it has to work better than this. mgg
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    Toast 10 Pro Disk Capacity Miscalculation

    no go - while Toast initially created a 21.95GB disk image (matching its estimate) - by the time it was done, it was 23.46GB - so it appears there is an issue calculating the compression rate so the initial size is well smaller than the final size. Oddly, when I take a movie off the amount of free space shrinks to 64MB...... I'm going to let it encode to see what happens. I suppose the other solution is go custom and force the compression even smaller...... mgg
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    Toast 10 Pro Disk Capacity Miscalculation

    I'm wondering if this is a 2 to the 9th vs 2 to the 30th issue..... I Save as Disk - and it created a file 21.95 GB in size (23,566,827,520 bytes which by the way is larger than 23.31 GiB....... if so, its still a bug - or two of them, as it should be calculating the size correctly and should be consistent in its math system. It'll be another hour or so before I know if it will burn that image to the disk. me
  23. I have a mac pro, fully up to date - runs flawlessly. I installed a new BDR-206 which seemed to work fine in various tests. Then I installed Toast 10 pro (10.0.4) including the BD plugin. My mac started having issues, not shutting down right, taking a long time to boot. I ran TechToolPro - full diagnostics - it found nothing. SO, I go download the update - and during install it hangs - can't copy Toast over the existing version, until I manually delete the file. I run toast and it seems to go through the setup again - but then hangs. Can't kill it, can barely get the machine to log out and restart. System takes forever to reboot - likely becuase its having to fix something in the file system. I open toast and again, I get the "thanks for buying......" setup windows - go through (don't tell it to install the extra finder stuff), click finish and tada...... hung. If I force it to quit - it drops off the top bar, but is still there in the force quit applications window...... This is a mess. I will try one more time, removing and reinstalling everything but with the updated versions.....
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