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Can anyone tell me if it is possible on Toast 10 Titanium Pro to compress a movie file to make it fit on to one DVD? If it is how do you do it?

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Yes, Toast has what it calls Fit-to-DVD. You must have a complete VIDEO_TS folder (either on a dual-layer DVD, on your hard drive or in a disc image file). When you click the burn button Toast asks if you want this on a single-layer or dual-layer disc. When you choose single layer Toast requantizes the video to fit and then burns the disc.

 

There are some cases when it cannot fit the content to a single-layer disc. For example, if the source video is already highly compressed (such as those DVDs that have many hours of movies on one disc) or when the audio is uncompressed PCM and the movie is about three hours long (which can happen when using iDVD). Toast can only compress the video so much and if more is needed it won't fit.

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It's been so long since I used Toast to compress. Does it tell you how much compression it's going to take. I use DVD2oneX and it tells you. I don't compress more then 30% or so . If it is higher then I use DL discs. The more compression the more likely hood of play back problems like pixelation.

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It's been so long since I used Toast to compress. Does it tell you how much compression it's going to take. I use DVD2oneX and it tells you. I don't compress more then 30% or so . If it is higher then I use DL discs. The more compression the more likely hood of play back problems like pixelation.

Yes there is an indicator of the quality before you initiate the compression. I don't recall off the top of my head if it gives a specific percentage. Since you have already have Toast go ahead and check it out.

 

One thing about Toast is if you choose any option to select specific titles or audio tracks you will not have a menu. Roxio did this so the menu won't point to something that isn't there. The only way to keep the menu is to compress the entire source VIDEO_TS folder. If someone wants a menu but only a specific title then it is better to use the DVD-video setting and have Toast author a new video DVD disc image with a Toast menu and then use the Fit-to-DVD to compress that to a single-layer disc.

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Yes, Toast has what it calls Fit-to-DVD. You must have a complete VIDEO_TS folder (either on a dual-layer DVD, on your hard drive or in a disc image file). When you click the burn button Toast asks if you want this on a single-layer or dual-layer disc. When you choose single layer Toast requantizes the video to fit and then burns the disc.

 

There are some cases when it cannot fit the content to a single-layer disc. For example, if the source video is already highly compressed (such as those DVDs that have many hours of movies on one disc) or when the audio is uncompressed PCM and the movie is about three hours long (which can happen when using iDVD). Toast can only compress the video so much and if more is needed it won't fit.

 

 

Thanks for the reply, that's great. Another question though (which you may not be able to help with). I'm trying to export a movie from EyeTv which has a direct link to Toast but it send it straight to the DVD setting and I don't seem to be able to compress it from there. I have found that if I save it as a disk image i can then compress it with Popcorn, but that involves a lot of extra steps. Do you know if there is an easier way to do it?

 

Thanks again

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Thanks for the reply, that's great. Another question though (which you may not be able to help with). I'm trying to export a movie from EyeTv which has a direct link to Toast but it send it straight to the DVD setting and I don't seem to be able to compress it from there. I have found that if I save it as a disk image i can then compress it with Popcorn, but that involves a lot of extra steps. Do you know if there is an easier way to do it?

 

Thanks again

That's the way it's done. The first step is to have Toast author a VIDEO_TS folder which is done when you choose Save as Disc Image with the EyeTV videos. The second step is to use the Image File setting in the Copy window to fit that to a single-layer DVD. The only way to do it in one step is to turn on Always Re-encode in the custom encoder settings window and also to set the average bit rate so you'll know it fits. However, you'll get better quality doing the two-step process and it actually takes less time than re-encoding.

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