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Video Preview without burning AVCHD Archive?



I apologize if this has an extremely obvious answer or has been covered elsewhere - I searched for these terms and didn't see anything.


I have the latest version of Toast Titanium Pro, and am running OS X v. 10.5.6. I'm trying to figure out a workflow for archiving the raw AVCHD footage from my Canon HF100 video camera onto DVD-R or DVD+R DL discs. I want to keep some sort of low-res preview (or even a filmstrip of thumbnails) on my primary hard drive and keep the raw footage elsewhere. For that reason, I like the "Video Preview" option available when making an AVCHD Archive. I can't use the AVCHD Archive option as-is, though, because I would strongly prefer to have some sort of nice looking menu on the discs. My Blu-ray player (Panasonic DMP-BD35) just displays the whole group of clips, whether I'm viewing it straight off of the SD card from the camcorder or on a Toast-created AVCHD Archive DVD, as one single stream - there are 20 clips from different dates on my card at the moment, yet they still display as just one item. I haven't been able to find a way to select a particular clip from the Blu-ray player's menu without skipping through them via the remote while they are playing.


I don't want to have to transcode the AVCHD footage. I have three Macs in the house, but none of them have the power to be able to churn through HD video fast enough. I need to be able to get footage on disc quickly and without too much effort - I can edit it later on when my kids are older and my future computer doesn't threaten to melt at the thought of processing the video.


I have gathered, from reading here, that I can burn an hour's worth of raw footage with a menu to a Blu-ray format DVD+R DL disc as long as I select Blu-ray Video, don't edit any of the clips, and select "Never" for the Reencoding option. This is almost exactly what I need. When burning a Blu-ray Video disc, however, there's no option to save the Video Preview in the Movies folder. Is there any way to have Toast create that low-res copy without actually burning an AVCHD Archive disc? I don't see a way to burn the AVCHD Archive to a disk image, for example, so that I'm not wasting blank media each time. . .


I'd really prefer to NOT buy additional software to accomplish this if I don't need to, but if it's not possible with Toast, what application would you choose to create a low-res video or thumbnail/filmstrip sort of offline catalog for AVCHD video?


Thanks for your help!

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