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I currently have an open ticket with roxio support trying to figure out what causes this to happen. Steps taken to try to resolve this includes deleting every toast, roxio, cdsd and many other toast related files from the hd, empty trash, then creating a new user, repair permissions, restart, reinstall 10.0.5 in the new user account and I still get the same result. Very perplexing to say the least.

 

I must say that this is happening on my PPC G5 with 10.5.8. I DO NOT have this problem with my MBP 10.5.8 and toast 10..0.4.

 

Not sure why that is.

 

Let's hope.

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I sure hope this thread continues, and that something good comes from contributions from users and from Roxio itself.

 

I am a two-month-old newbie to Toast 10, and really want to learn how to use it because of HiDef burning that can't be done using Apple's iDVD. I have this fantastic Canon HV30 hi-def camcorder and the only way to show my edited movies in High Definition is to play them back on the camera.

 

So far, I am disappointed with Toast 10 for the inability to do DVD authoring, (titling, Scene Selection menus, importing images and AIF music files to menus, menu navigation, etc) with the ease that iDVD provides; if Apple were to come out with HDV/BluRay capability from within iDVD, I'd dump Toast in a heartbeat.

 

If somebody is doing all of this with Toast, I wish they would provided some detail work flow procedures for the rest of us; the information in the users manual is not enough for me.

 

Thank in Advance,

 

Mike

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I sure hope this thread continues, and that something good comes from contributions from users and from Roxio itself.

 

I am a two-month-old newbie to Toast 10, and really want to learn how to use it because of HiDef burning that can't be done using Apple's iDVD. I have this fantastic Canon HV30 hi-def camcorder and the only way to show my edited movies in High Definition is to play them back on the camera.

 

So far, I am disappointed with Toast 10 for the inability to do DVD authoring, (titling, Scene Selection menus, importing images and AIF music files to menus, menu navigation, etc) with the ease that iDVD provides; if Apple were to come out with HDV/BluRay capability from within iDVD, I'd dump Toast in a heartbeat.

 

If somebody is doing all of this with Toast, I wish they would provided some detail work flow procedures for the rest of us; the information in the users manual is not enough for me.

 

Thank in Advance,

 

Mike

I can't address some of your questions because I have no way to preview a Blu-ray DVD. However, some things I know. Toast does not have audio in its menus (nor motion). You can change the menu background with your own image but the thumbnail buttons must be from a frame within the video itself (click on the thumbnail in the Toast window and scroll to select the image you want for the button). The titles with the DVD can be up to three lines of text depending on how many buttons you choose to have on the menu page (maximum 6). The more buttons the fewer lines of text. There is no text nor custom button selection with the scene menu pages.

 

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I'm having the same problem. After upgrading to Toast 10, I have lost the ability to edit DVD menus. When I create a new project, or open an old one, there is no ability to preview what will appear, nor alter it. All DVD's created since the "upgrade" have blank menus regardless of what I put in the available data entries.

 

Interestingly, if you look at the tutuorial like video on the Roxio site that talks about DVD authoring, they show an edit window that allows video edit and menu edit with toggle buttons at the top of the window. I can't get that type of window at all. My edit window only allows video editing, not menu content editing.

 

Anybody have a solution? Otherwise, I'm looking for alternative software as Toast is costing me far too much time and trouble....

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I'm having the same problem. After upgrading to Toast 10, I have lost the ability to edit DVD menus. When I create a new project, or open an old one, there is no ability to preview what will appear, nor alter it. All DVD's created since the "upgrade" have blank menus regardless of what I put in the available data entries.

 

Interestingly, if you look at the tutuorial like video on the Roxio site that talks about DVD authoring, they show an edit window that allows video edit and menu edit with toggle buttons at the top of the window. I can't get that type of window at all. My edit window only allows video editing, not menu content editing.

 

Anybody have a solution? Otherwise, I'm looking for alternative software as Toast is costing me far too much time and trouble....

Since this happened after upgrading to Toast 10, trash the Toast plist and prefs files in your User>Library>Preferences folder and relaunch Toast. This should fix the problem with modifying menus.

 

The editor you are referring to is the Toast Video Player which is an application that launches when clicking the Edit button for most kinds of video. I believe there are some video sources that may not launch the player/editor. Tell me more about the format of the video you are wanting to edit, the settings you are using in Toast and what happens when you click the Edit button.

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I too am having the same problem with missing titles. Every version since 10.0.2 no longer has any text displayed in the "Menu" tab's window nor in the menu displayed when playing the DVD in a DVD player. Have tried 10.0.[345] with no luck. Have tried trashing pref file and .plist from ~/Library/Preferences and /Library/Preferences with no luck.

 

What I have noticed in the forum is that (at least for those that have reported it) we that have this problem are all running PowerMac G5s.

 

Hope this helps.

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Here what happens when I try to edit a DVD menu.

 

Starting with a DVD Video project - I've got two items listed on the right, with preview pictures, names, dates, and length of clip recorded (EyeTV recordings). They are MPEG-2, 720x480, 29.97 fps recordings, with MPEG-1 audio in stereo at 48000 Hz.

 

When I click on the "Edit" button at the far right of this main window for one of these items, another window pops up. The new window lists the name of the file, the video and audio parameters. Then below that are three text boxes with contents identical to those previously mentioned name, date, length. These can be changed to whatever I enter - and the changes will carry over back to the first window - but never onto a preview of a DVD menu or on a burned disc. These menus are always blank.

 

This second window also has buttons for "use defaults" (which will return the edited text boxes back to the EyeTV generated contents), "Edit..." (which takes you to the Roxio Video Player & Editor), then a Chapter Markers selection option, and a pair of arrows that let's you cycle through the video items in your project. Interestingly, even when I edit down the time of an item - the new length is never listed. It's only the original length in an editable text box.... I seem to remember the old version updating this time after the edits were made.

 

If I click on the Options portion of the main DVD Project window, on the magnifying glass of the DVD menu - I'll see the menu style with the appropriate number of items for my project - but no text. If I click on the mini-preview image, a new window pops up that lets me name my disc, and tinker with the DVD menu settings - but no text ever appears, even under the default settings.

 

Any suggestions?

 

 

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Here what happens when I try to edit a DVD menu.

 

Starting with a DVD Video project - I've got two items listed on the right, with preview pictures, names, dates, and length of clip recorded (EyeTV recordings). They are MPEG-2, 720x480, 29.97 fps recordings, with MPEG-1 audio in stereo at 48000 Hz.

 

When I click on the "Edit" button at the far right of this main window for one of these items, another window pops up. The new window lists the name of the file, the video and audio parameters. Then below that are three text boxes with contents identical to those previously mentioned name, date, length. These can be changed to whatever I enter - and the changes will carry over back to the first window - but never onto a preview of a DVD menu or on a burned disc. These menus are always blank.

 

This second window also has buttons for "use defaults" (which will return the edited text boxes back to the EyeTV generated contents), "Edit..." (which takes you to the Roxio Video Player & Editor), then a Chapter Markers selection option, and a pair of arrows that let's you cycle through the video items in your project. Interestingly, even when I edit down the time of an item - the new length is never listed. It's only the original length in an editable text box.... I seem to remember the old version updating this time after the edits were made.

 

If I click on the Options portion of the main DVD Project window, on the magnifying glass of the DVD menu - I'll see the menu style with the appropriate number of items for my project - but no text. If I click on the mini-preview image, a new window pops up that lets me name my disc, and tinker with the DVD menu settings - but no text ever appears, even under the default settings.

 

Any suggestions?

 

When I click the magnifying glass on a menu preview – even when there is no video added in Toast – the menu preview displays the text My Movie next to each thumbnail button as well as the overall My Movie title. If I add content the overall My Movie title changes to my new name but there is no change is the titles by the thumbnail buttons. That doesn't change until the disc or disc image is created. Also, I haven't checked this recently but my experience is the time does get adjusted after making edits in Toast Video Player.

 

So something is keeping Toast from doing what it is supposed to on your (and some others) Mac. Are you using any font utilities or other System modifying utilities?

 

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When I click the magnifying glass on a menu preview – even when there is no video added in Toast – the menu preview displays the text My Movie next to each thumbnail button as well as the overall My Movie title. If I add content the overall My Movie title changes to my new name but there is no change is the titles by the thumbnail buttons. That doesn't change until the disc or disc image is created. Also, I haven't checked this recently but my experience is the time does get adjusted after making edits in Toast Video Player.

 

So something is keeping Toast from doing what it is supposed to on your (and some others) Mac. Are you using any font utilities or other System modifying utilities?

 

just out of curiosity, are you doing that on a PM G4/5 or an intel mac? When I do that on my PM G4/5 I get no text, if I do that on my intel mac, it works as expected. I've done all the trashing of plists, etc. done complete uninstall/reinstall as described hereseveral times:

 

http://kb.roxio.com/content/kb/Toast/000014TT

 

makes no difference in the outcome.

 

My help ticket with Roxio support is still open w/o a response in two weeks.

 

Who knows what is causing this problem, but to me it renders the creating of dvd's and disc images useless w/o some text on it.

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This is not so much a reply to the thread but an extension to the topic of Video Menu Titles

 

I am new to Toast. My first project was a 16:9 multi-chapter video.

The result was OK but the buttons on the menu were displaced from the underlying graphics. It was as though the button layer assumed a 4:3 aspect.

Any suggestions would be welcome.

Bill

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just out of curiosity, are you doing that on a PM G4/5 or an intel mac? When I do that on my PM G4/5 I get no text, if I do that on my intel mac, it works as expected. I've done all the trashing of plists, etc. done complete uninstall/reinstall as described hereseveral times:

 

http://kb.roxio.com/content/kb/Toast/000014TT

 

makes no difference in the outcome.

 

My help ticket with Roxio support is still open w/o a response in two weeks.

 

Who knows what is causing this problem, but to me it renders the creating of dvd's and disc images useless w/o some text on it.

I just checked using my G5 iMac running OS 10.5.8. Toast 10.0.2 shows the menu text. Toast 10.0.5 does not.

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When I click the magnifying glass on a menu preview – even when there is no video added in Toast – the menu preview displays the text My Movie next to each thumbnail button as well as the overall My Movie title. If I add content the overall My Movie title changes to my new name but there is no change is the titles by the thumbnail buttons. That doesn't change until the disc or disc image is created. Also, I haven't checked this recently but my experience is the time does get adjusted after making edits in Toast Video Player.

 

So something is keeping Toast from doing what it is supposed to on your (and some others) Mac. Are you using any font utilities or other System modifying utilities?

 

I'm not using any font utilities or modifiers - I thought that could be it as well. I don't know what font they are using either.

 

Anybody have any ideas where I could get 10.0.2? I'd settle for anything that actually worked.

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I'm running a G4 - and trashing the plist hasn't worked either.

 

The DVD menus are all blank, and can't be edited.

Here is the latest response I received from Roxio regarding this issue:

 

Thank you for contacting Roxio Customer Care.

 

We appreciate the opportunity to assist you. Please accept my apologies for the issue that you are encountering and as per the comments, I understand that you are getting interface issues with your PM G4/G5 chipset.

 

We are working closely with macintosh to get Toast 10 Titanium and Popcorn 4 to be stable with the G4/G5 chipset. As of now the program is more stable if yoour PM is a Intel chipset.

 

Here is how I responded to their update:

 

Thank you for your response and update.

 

Here is feedback that I believe is most pertinent. When I use toast 10.0.2 with my PM G4/5, the menus work as expected. It is when I use 10.0.4 or 10.0.5 that the menus are blank. So to me something happened when going from 10.0.2 to 10.0.4 and continues in 10.0.5 that prevents folks who have a PM G4/5 and are trying to get text to appear in menus if they use 10.0.4 or 10.0.5. I also have a MBP (has os 10.5.8 installed) asnd have toast 10.0.4 installed and the menus work as expected. I am not comfortable trying to upgrade from 10.0.4 to 10.0.5 on my MBP due the uncertainty of versions of toast.

 

One other issue that needs to be addressed its’contained in this ticket is using the media browser in either toast 10.0.2, 10.0.4, 10.0.5 and POPCORN 4.01. If I select the convert button, select video, open the media browser, select web video, then go to my facebook page in firefox and select a video, toast/media browser will record said video. I can successfully edit the video, convert and save w/o problems. It is when I go to the media browser, highlight a video, right click on it, select delete, it does delete the video, but then any and all attempts to rerecord that same video does not appear in the media browser. This happens everytime which makes me think that somehow the media browser thinks that that video still exists when it has been deleted. This is with my MBP and using either toast or POPCORN.

 

I await your response.

 

All I can suggest is to do as Tsantee says and use toast 10.0.2 if you still have it. That does work on my PM G5. If you do decide to install 10.0.2 I would suggest that you follow these instructions to remove all toast files first, then trashing those files, do a restart and repair permissions and then install 10.0.2.

 

how to remove toast:

 

http://kb.roxio.com/content/kb/Toast/000014TT

 

 

I'm not using any font utilities or modifiers - I thought that could be it as well. I don't know what font they are using either.

 

Anybody have any ideas where I could get 10.0.2? I'd settle for anything that actually worked.

 

If you do a google search on "toast 10.0.2 you may find a link that will allow you to d/l.

 

Don't know if any work.

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I'm having the same problems with menus. There is no text no matter what I try. I'm not too hopeful for a resolution. I also have a problem with Spindoctor that support has told me they do not intend to fix. They offered to give me a full refund and then I discovered that I could only get a refund if I had bought Toast 10 directly from Roxio.

 

I have a G5 quad and what I have deduced is that there are many problems with toast on the older PowerPC platform which they have no intention of fixing. What I'm wondering is why they even bother making a version for the older G4 and G5 machines. If there is no intention of supporting those machines, they should only release products for the Intel macs. Then none of us would have waisted our money. If you are looking at buying a Roxio product to run on anything other than an Intel Mac, do not buy.

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