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Elemental Streams (.m2v/.ac3) Import Into Toast 8, But Not 9


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Because the transcoding of Toast is so slow and poor quality (topic for another discussion), I use it mainly because it can create menus and burn disks.

 

I produce my video content in a tediously long toolchain, ending up with elemental streams (.m2v/.ac3 file pairs). You can drop the .m2v file on Toast 8, and it automatically finds the corresponding .ac3 file. Then you can burn a disk and Toast won't re-encode -- it just multiplexes the files.

 

This works great (well, everything is relative).

 

But Toast 9 doesn't seem to accept .m2v files.

 

What's up with that? Why take out this useful feature?

 

 

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I just tested with two different .m2v files and Toast 9 accepted them just as does Toast 8. I don't know why it doesn't do that for you. My files are NTSC on a Mac running 10.5.3.

 

You might try trashing the Toast plist and prefs files in your User>Library>Preferences folder and you might also consider reinstalling Toast 9.0.2.

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any error message when Toast 9 doesn't seem to accept .m2v files you used?

 

[ok - update: after trashing prefs and plist, Toast 9 will import these files. Good suggestion]

 

Yeah, "video.m2v is in an unsupported format and cannot be imported."

 

These files were transcoded from PAL -> xvid/mp3 -> MPEG

 

Here is the info from MPEG Streamclip:

 

Stream: 2008 Giro - Stage 16.m2v

Path: /Volumes/MacSea/Streamclip/2008 Giro - Stage 16.m2v

Type: MPEG elementary stream

 

Duration: 0:50:08

Data Size: 912.42 MB

Bit Rate: 2.54 Mbps

 

Video Tracks:

224 MPEG-2, 720 × 480, 4:3, 29.97 fps, 8.00 Mbps, progressive

 

Audio Tracks:

128 AC3 2/0, 48 kHz, 192 kbps

 

Stream Files:

2008 Giro - Stage 16.m2v (717.36 MB)

2008 Giro - Stage 16.ac3

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