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Menu option has not Fit-to-DVD check box.


RonNeil

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That should read: Menu option has no Fit-to-DVD check box.

 

I noticed that while using the Format: DVD-VIDEO from VIDEO-TS, there is a Fit-to-DVD video compression chech box yet in the DVD-VIDEO (the one with menus) there is no such check box. My attempts to combine two videos and have menus always gets an error message that there is not enough room on disc. I figured it would compress in that mode yet, it doesn't seem to. How do you overcome this?

 

I tried using DVD2one to compress the two videos and finally found that if the total size is 3.7 gigs or less then I get no error message about size. Surely, and here is the real issue, surely the menu does not need the half a gig or more space it seems to.

 

Why do I have to keep my total down to 3.7g before I can successfully burn with menus?

 

Ron

 

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OK, I will try that. On the surface, you are suggesting that the disc image will be created full size but, it will be compressed in the burn phase. Is that right? If so, seems like an odd chronology.

 

Will try.

 

And another thing. Where do you set the quality? And what are the considerations when deciding on good, better, best. There must be a trade off, I suppose. The default is better. Shall I leave it alone?

 

Ron

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OK, I will try that. On the surface, you are suggesting that the disc image will be created full size but, it will be compressed in the burn phase. Is that right? If so, seems like an odd chronology.

 

Will try.

 

And another thing. Where do you set the quality? And what are the considerations when deciding on good, better, best. There must be a trade off, I suppose. The default is better. Shall I leave it alone?

 

Ron

The disc image is burned using the Image File setting in the Copy window. Yes, Toast will do additional compression to fit a single-layer disc if that is possible with your videos. What format is the source video you are using in the Video window? How long is the total for all the videos you are burning to DVD? Knowing this will help in giving you some advice about the best recording setting.

 

By the way, Toast uses very little space for the menu.

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The disc image is burned using the Image File setting in the Copy window. Yes, Toast will do additional compression to fit a single-layer disc if that is possible with your videos. What format is the source video you are using in the Video window? How long is the total for all the videos you are burning to DVD? Knowing this will help in giving you some advice about the best recording setting.

 

By the way, Toast uses very little space for the menu.

 

Well, I am doing quite a few combos and the totals are all different. Are there rule of thumbs for quality settings?

 

Format? Not sure. How do I determine formats? Does VTS2_1_VOB mean anything. Bunch of those in the VIDEO_TS files.

 

I am specifically working on JFKII AND JFK JR., and two smaller clips, four menu items, 2.9 gigs and 3.3 gigs.

 

Using Toast 7.1.2

 

Thanks man.

 

Ron

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Well, I am doing quite a few combos and the totals are all different. Are there rule of thumbs for quality settings?

 

Format? Not sure. How do I determine formats? Does VTS2_1_VOB mean anything. Bunch of those in the VIDEO_TS files.

 

I am specifically working on JFKII AND JFK JR., and two smaller clips, four menu items, 2.9 gigs and 3.3 gigs.

 

Using Toast 7.1.2

 

Thanks man.

 

Ron

If you don't already do this, the way to add video from a VIDEO_TS folder to Toast when you want to author a different DVD (using the DVD video setting instead of theDVD video from VIDEO_TS) is as follows:

1. If the VIDEO_TS folder is on your hard drive place it on the desktop or in the Movies folder.

2. Choose DVD with the top button of the Toast Media Browser.

3. Use the second button to go down to the Titles or Chapter level of the "disc" that appears in the browser window.

4. Drag any titles or chapters you want from the browser to the Video window..

5. Do not drag files from inside the VIDEO_TS folder directly into Toast.

 

Your 6.2 GB of content should look pretty good after Toast's Fit-to-DVD from the disc image file you create. There are two things that affect the final quality. One is how much the source video was compressed in the original file. The other is how much additional compression (actually it is requantization) that Toast must do. Assuming those were good quality videos, reducing 6.2 GB to fit a 4.38 GB disc is not too drastic.

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4. Drag any titles or chapters you want from the browser to the Video window..

5. Do not drag files from inside the VIDEO_TS folder directly into Toast.

 

You seem to be rather emphatic about this. I have done this before and it works well. What exactly is the difference?

 

Just trying to understand it all.

 

Ron

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You seem to be rather emphatic about this. I have done this before and it works well. What exactly is the difference?

 

Just trying to understand it all.

 

Ron

As a test I just dragged a VIDEO_TS folder created by my Pioneer DVD recorder to the Toast Video window. It told me that five files are unsupported (which is fine). It also shows that my 1:55:32 DVD movie is 56 seconds in length. Toast 7 and 8 are designed to work with MPEG 2 files extracted from VIDEO_TS folders rather than with VOB title sets inside those folders. As you've found it sometimes works to do it your way but it can be buggy and fail.

 

I just noticed some other oddities. After Saving as Disc Image with the video dragged from the VIDEO_TS folder the new DVD is 1 minute seven seconds shorter than the source, has one fewer chapters and the VOB title set is 110 MB larger.

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As a test I just dragged a VIDEO_TS folder created by my Pioneer DVD recorder to the Toast Video window. It told me that five files are unsupported (which is fine). It also shows that my 1:55:32 DVD movie is 56 seconds in length. Toast 7 and 8 are designed to work with MPEG 2 files extracted from VIDEO_TS folders rather than with VOB title sets inside those folders. As you've found it sometimes works to do it your way but it can be buggy and fail.

 

 

I will take your word for it and change my ways. Why do you have to move the VIDEO_TS files to the Movies folder or desktop first?

 

Ron

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I will take your word for it and change my ways. Why do you have to move the VIDEO_TS files to the Movies folder or desktop first?

 

Ron

It needs to be in one of those two places in order for the Media Browser to see it as a DVD.

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