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Eyetv To Toast 9 Dvd [best Format To Use]



I have a few key questions on creating a DVD from an EyeTV recording via Toast...


Which is the best format to use.

a) The default from within EyeTV, just select the Toast Button, or

B) Export from EyeTV, and select the format, but which one is best to use...

the default for Toast

MPEG Program Stream

MPEG Elementary Stream


c) Quick Time formats...


HDV720 or 1080




My objective is to preserve as far as is practical, the 1080p or other resolution of the original broadcast, as captured by EyeTV. And of course, will fit on a 4.7 GB DVD, or dual layer 7.4 GB DVD.




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Video DVD is standard definition. Toast will encode the EyeTV-captured HD video to anamorphic 16x9 video similar to what you see from a commercial widescreen DVD. You can choose to send to Toast from EyeTV or use the EyeTV button in the Toast Media Browser to add the video to the Toast Video window with DVD video selected as the format. Yesterday I used the Toast Media Browser to add the HD recording of the inauguration and then used Toast to select the portion of the video (a little more than one hour) that I wanted preserved on a video DVD. The process worked wonderfully.


There were times with previous versions of Toast that exporting from EyeTV as MPEG Elementary Stream was necessary due to some problem with the EyeTV file. I don't know if that is needed with Toast 10. Doing that takes extra time that usually is not necessary. If you do that, add the resulting .m2v file to Toast.


I suggest choosing Save as Disc Image rather than clicking the burn button. When the disc image is complete you can burn it to DVD using the Image File setting in the Copy window. There are several benefits to doing it this way.


In order to preserve the HD version, simply keep the original EyeTV-captured video for play back on your computer. If you want to convert it to a smaller file size choose H.264 which also is compatible with AppleTV.

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