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meaganmargaret

We Need A New Kind Of Dvd Creator - Using Mp4

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I'm pretty frustrated right now, because it appears that no matter what I do, I am stuck to MPEG2 resolution if I want to author a DVD. It doesn't seem to matter how small my project is, Toast will INSIST on formatting it to the old, badly outdated and grossly inefficient standard of mpeg2.

 

There are a lot of us out there who would like to author small works (5-10 minutes) on a DVD at 1920x1080 (and NOT 720x540), but we cant using Toast. So far in my experience, Toast will insist on converting a beautiful 1920x1080 piece, no matter what the size, to the very ugly SD DVD standard of mpeg2.

 

Is there any way or any program that will have a menu that links to an MP4 file, and when that MP4 file finishes running, returns the viewer back to the menu? And in my view, this "fantasy" program would directly support MP4 videos and would not transcode to the old standard, extremely bloated standard of mpeg2?

 

So, to be more clear, I would like an auto-start menu, and links to MP4 files, but no transcoding to the old standard definition of DVD. I just keep thinking that there must be a program out there that does this, I was kind of hoping it would be Toast. But it appears that Toast insists on transcoding these files to mpeg2 if DVD format is chosen. That seems really brain-dead to me.

 

But perhaps I'm wrong. Am I?

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Yes, you are wrong. There is no "fantasy" program that does what you want nor will there be one. The international DVD standard is mpg: 720x40 or 720x576. This has nothing to do with "toast insisting" on any format. All burning programs do the same thing

 

You can create HD video on a DVD but then you need a BlueRay player to play those DVDs. Plus, you can only putat most 40 minutes on such a DVD.

 

If you want HD 1920x1080 get a BlueRay burner and player.

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As Walt says, and Toast insists, if you select DVD format, then you're constrained to 720x480 (for NTSC). That is the DVD Standard.

 

I assume that Toast has an AVCHD option? (I'm not a MAC person.) If so, that's the format you want, to be able to put Hi-Def video onto a DVD disc. You are limited to about 40 minutes, and you can only play such discs back using a BR player. On the PC side, you have to start by selecting a 16:9 format for your video project, otherwise you can't output in HD.

 

Hope that helps!

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So, okay, I'm wrong about hoping to play MP4's with a menu.

 

But I can put together a data disk, on a DVD, with an MP4 on it, and it plays just fine, on computers or on specialized devices. I just can't have pretty menus and automatic links, but, then again, that's not playing it on a DVD player, and I'm assurming from your comments guys, that such files could never play on a standard dvd player. Only blu-ray, also an almost dead format.

 

I still think there might be some value in being able to do this, but if standard dvd players are stuck at 720, well, that's kind of it.

 

Oh well.....

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You can create menus with an AVCHD disc as well. To quote someone else, "People will remember your video, not your menus."

 

But you're right, you can't play back HD format video on a DVD player, as by definition, they output Standard Definition.

 

Not sure where you're coming from with, "blu-ray, also an almost dead format."

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I'm a little confused but maybe this explanation can help. If you have the Toast Blu-Ray plug in there is a setting in the Toast Video window for a High-Definition DVD. This creates a Blu-ray format video that is burned to standard or dual-layer DVD media. It requires a Blu-ray player. With the plug-in you have the option for either MPEG 2 or MPEG-4; either of which will retain your 1920x1080 resolution. Toast, however, will always re-encode the video to whichever of those you choose. As for menu, you can choose a menu style and then mark the auto-play disc at start so that it begins playing when the disc is inserted rather than go to the menu. At the end of the video playback the menu appears unless you checked the box next to play all items continuously.

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