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I am trying to copy to a disc a show with multiple episode, that I downloaded. When I click record I get the following message.

 

"You are about to create a disc with mixed PAL and NTSC content. Are you sure you want to do this." It goes on to say that I may have troulme playing a disc with mixed content, which I did. I am not sure why some of the episodes are in PAL and others are in NTSC, but anyway. My questions are:

 

1. It there a way to pick out the episodes that are PAL and covert them to NTSC?

 

if not

 

2. is there a way to burn all the episodes, so they will play.

 

Ian

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You should be able to see which ones are PAL or NTSC in the description of the video specs that Toast places under each video title. The PAL ones are 25 fps whereas the NTSC ones are either 30 or 24 fps. You can convert the PAL videos to NTSC by having only those in the Video window (with DVD video selected as the format) and choosing Save as Disc Image. Toast will ask you if you want to convert these to NTSC (because you have NTSC selected as your preferred format in Toast Preferences). Click okay and Toast will make the conversion.

 

When the disc image is done you can mount it (several ways to do this but one is to use Mount disc image in the Toast Utilities menu). Choose DVD with the top button of the Toast Media Browser and double click on what appears in the browser window. What you'll see is a list of your converted videos. Create a new Toast project window and drag the titles from the media browser to the main window. When Toast is done extracting those go ahead and add the ones that originally are NTSC format and proceed with making your compilation DVD.

 

Actually I thought Toast would convert the PAL ones to NTSC even though there are mixed formats in your playlist. What happens when you tell Toast that it isn't okay to make the mixed disc? My expectation is Toast would have asked you if you wanted them all to be NTSC, but if it did that you wouldn't have needed to ask your questions.

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Thanks tsantee,

 

I will give that a try. I too would have thought Toast would have suggested converting the files that were PAL and keeping the ones that were NTSC. It does ask if you want to convert to NTSC if they all are Pal. Any so be it. The other strange thing is that, On one set of episodes when I said to go ahead and record anyway they would not work in my DVD player, as expected, but I deceded to try to go ahead on another set of episoded and it workd fine, Strange. any way thanks again for your help, appreciated.

 

 

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tsantee

 

I am trying your suggestion but I am haveing a little trouble.I have located the file I made a disc image from in Utilities/mount disc image. But you said to next "Create a new Tost Project window" I can not seem to find where I do that?

 

Ian

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tsantee

 

I am trying your suggestion but I am haveing a little trouble.I have located the file I made a disc image from in Utilities/mount disc image. But you said to next "Create a new Tost Project window" I can not seem to find where I do that?

 

Ian

I should have said to create a new Toast window. Just choose New from the File menu. It's the best way to start with a clean project file rather than quitting and restarting Toast. If there isn't anything in the Toast Video window then you don't need to do this step.

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I am sure I am misunderstanding something simple, but under file "new Disc" is grayed out and I can not chose it.

 

Ian

That means you already have an empty Toast window so you don't need to create a new one. The reason I mentioned it in the first place is that you are dragging videos from the Media Browser and then creating a disc image. I wanted to clear out that window after the disc image was finished. Apparently you did that either by deleting the titles from the window or quitting and restarting Toast.

 

I apologize for making this much more confusing that it needed to be. Just ignore that step.

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