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Does "reencoding: Never" Actually Work Now In Toast 14?

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I bought Toast 12 about a year or so ago (and apparently right before Toast 14 was released), and at the time there was an issue with the "Reencoding: Never" setting when creating a Blu-ray disc that, if you had encoded video as H.264, it would attempt to re-encode anyway - and "never" finish (read as: after 24+ hours I gave up). The "workaround" for Toast 12 was to encode as MPEG-2, which appeared to work - but Roxio appeared to ignore the issue and move on to Toast 14. Is anyone currently using Toast 14 to burn H.264 encoded video using the "Reencoding: Never" setting - and does that actually work within a "reasonable" amount of time (read as: close to actual running time of content, but not more than double; e.g. no more than 4 hours for a 2 hour running time)?

 

Separate but related, I've seen a pile of complaints/issues in this forum about Toast 14 on El Capitan. How "stable" is the latest build of the app (Toast 14.1?) on El Capitan 10.11.5?

 

Someone I know is asking me about whether they should get the Blu-ray plug-in for their copy of Toast 11, or upgrade to Toast 14... and I'm wondering whether they should bother with either. Personally, I've only used Toast 12 with the Blu-ray plug-in to make a single Blu-ray project with multiple tracks/titles because Compressor can't do that; but otherwise, all my projects are single track/title and I just use Compressor (as it's both stable and easier for me). Toast doesn't otherwise appear to provide any additional "features" for creating Blu-ray discs that Compressor doesn't cover (and both appear to be severely limited when comparing Blu-ray menus to DVD menu features, but that's another topic entirely).

 

I'm also suspecting by all the recent e-mail spam from Roxio re: Toast 14 on sale that a newer release may be imminent (seems to be an annual "thing"). Based on the complaint/issue posts in this forum, I'd be hesitant to buy any version of Toast until after a) macOS Sierra is released in the fall and B) Roxio updates Toast accordingly. It otherwise appears to be a "dead" product that Roxio keeps "poking" just to sell more copies without actually fixing issues between releases.

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