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I am elderly and new to this.I have successfully burnt films to DVD that I have downloaded but find I can only look at them on the MAC and not my home dvd/tv player.

Most of the films I download are in Divx Avi or Wmv formats. I' m not sure but I think this is part of my problem. What do I have to do in the toast 10 is it something to do with NTSC or PAL formats.I have in my efforts seen in the toast 10 a drop down menu with those formats mentioned as options but in my last attempts I have not seen that any more.Am I getting confused and in the burning process does the toast do it all automatically Thanking you all for your help in anticipation of a solution

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If you used the DVD video setting the Toast's Video window then your DVD should play in your DVD player. If that isn't working then I suggest trying a different brand of blank discs, such as Verbatim. Which version of Toast 10 are you using and what kind of Mac do you have?

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I am elderly and new to this.I have successfully burnt films to DVD that I have downloaded but find I can only look at them on the MAC and not my home dvd/tv player.

Most of the films I download are in Divx Avi or Wmv formats. I' m not sure but I think this is part of my problem. What do I have to do in the toast 10 is it something to do with NTSC or PAL formats.I have in my efforts seen in the toast 10 a drop down menu with those formats mentioned as options but in my last attempts I have not seen that any more.Am I getting confused and in the burning process does the toast do it all automatically Thanking you all for your help in anticipation of a solution

 

Also you may want to try using the application "disk utility which is part of os 10. It is not as straight forward as toast, but it is free and another way to see if you can use those dvd's. I have heard of some who were able to use disk utility and were successful.

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Also you may want to try using the application "disk utility which is part of os 10. It is not as straight forward as toast, but it is free and another way to see if you can use those dvd's. I have heard of some who were able to use disk utility and were successful.

 

DU does not support authoring a Video DVD. I believe the OP has burnt the files as Data vs Video DVD and hence playable on Mac but not on Standalone DVD player. Tsantee's suggestion should get the OP going.

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DU does not support authoring a Video DVD. I believe the OP has burnt the files as Data vs Video DVD and hence playable on Mac but not on Standalone DVD player. Tsantee's suggestion should get the OP going.

 

Good point. Forgot about that.

 

 

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If you used the DVD video setting the Toast's Video window then your DVD should play in your DVD player. If that isn't working then I suggest trying a different brand of blank discs, such as Verbatim. Which version of Toast 10 are you using and what kind of Mac do you have?

Im, already using verbatim and the mac is 10.6.2

 

Also you may want to try using the application "disk utility which is part of os 10. It is not as straight forward as toast, but it is free and another way to see if you can use those dvd's. I have heard of some who were able to use disk utility and were successful.

do you mean some way to burn with disk utility thanks for trying to help ill try that

 

Also you may want to try using the application "disk utility which is part of os 10. It is not as straight forward as toast, but it is free and another way to see if you can use those dvd's. I have heard of some who were able to use disk utility and were successful.

can you do that ie burn on disk utility thanks for help ill try

 

If you used the DVD video setting the Toast's Video window then your DVD should play in your DVD player. If that isn't working then I suggest trying a different brand of blank discs, such as Verbatim. Which version of Toast 10 are you using and what kind of Mac do you have?

Could you clarify that bit about the settings how to do it properly thanks

 

could you clarify for a novice how to do those settings correctly thanks

 

Good point. Forgot about that.

Dont know what DU and OP MEANS SORRY HELP THANKS john donovan

 

DU does not support authoring a Video DVD. I believe the OP has burnt the files as Data vs Video DVD and hence playable on Mac but not on Standalone DVD player. Tsantee's suggestion should get the OP going.

could you tell me what DU and OP MEANS SORRY THANKS

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Im, already using verbatim and the mac is 10.6.2

 

 

do you mean some way to burn with disk utility thanks for trying to help ill try that

 

 

can you do that ie burn on disk utility thanks for help ill try

 

 

Could you clarify that bit about the settings how to do it properly thanks

 

Once you have the web video the way you want it in the toast video window, do a "save as disc image". Toast will encode that into a disc image. Once that is done, then open disk utility app, then use the help in disk utility which will instruct you how to burn that toast disc image in disk utility and then use burn disk within the disk utility. I have read that sometimes either toast or disk utility will except a particular dvd that the other won't. May/may not work, but its worth a try.

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DU = Disk Utility ; OP = Original Poster

 

Lets get back to basics. Can you post step by step details that were taken to create the resultant DVD?

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DU = Disk Utility ; OP = Original Poster

 

Lets get back to basics. Can you post step by step details that were taken to create the resultant DVD?

Thanks again.I will start at the beginningI have a dvd that a friend sent me to play on my home dvd it does not.It plays on mac when I put it in mac to play it it opens with a VLC logo file labelled film name.divx This is what I have tried to re burn by first dragging it into the toast and save when that finished it says after eject disk to insert blank disc to burn I do it then again this will only play on the Mac and not home dvd. I am obviously doing something basic stupidly thanks again john donovan

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Thanks again.I will start at the beginningI have a dvd that a friend sent me to play on my home dvd it does not.It plays on mac when I put it in mac to play it it opens with a VLC logo file labelled film name.divx This is what I have tried to re burn by first dragging it into the toast and save when that finished it says after eject disk to insert blank disc to burn I do it then again this will only play on the Mac and not home dvd. I am obviously doing something basic stupidly thanks again john donovan

 

Ok lets see if the following helps..

 

1. Since you have source file(s) as divx, you will require something called as "perian" (third party) to add support to decode divx files. Download and install.

2. Insert the source DVD containing divx file(s) in the computer and copy it on desktop in a folder.

3. Launch Toast and choose DVD-Video under Video tab.

4. Either use Media Browser to browse the copied files on desktop or simply drag them to the Toast DVD-Video window. Choose the Menu style, settings etc.

5. Instead of burning directly to a DVD media, I suggest saving as a Disc Image.

6. Once the Disc image file is created, try mounting the image and see if you able able to play with Apple DVD Player. If yes, go to Toast and choose Image file under Copy and Burn to a DVD and test this DVD on both Apple DVD player as well as your standalone player and see how it goes. If you happen to have a DVD-RW, you could use that for a test so as to not to waste your DVD media.

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Ok lets see if the following helps..

 

1. Since you have source file(s) as divx, you will require something called as "perian" (third party) to add support to decode divx files. Download and install.

2. Insert the source DVD containing divx file(s) in the computer and copy it on desktop in a folder.

3. Launch Toast and choose DVD-Video under Video tab.

4. Either use Media Browser to browse the copied files on desktop or simply drag them to the Toast DVD-Video window. Choose the Menu style, settings etc.

5. Instead of burning directly to a DVD media, I suggest saving as a Disc Image.

6. Once the Disc image file is created, try mounting the image and see if you able able to play with Apple DVD Player. If yes, go to Toast and choose Image file under Copy and Burn to a DVD and test this DVD on both Apple DVD player as well as your standalone player and see how it goes. If you happen to have a DVD-RW, you could use that for a test so as to not to waste your DVD media.

IM OK UP TO ITEM 4 AM NOT SURE WHAT YOU MEAN IN 5 IE DVD MEDIA DO YOU MEAN TOAST PLUS SAVING AS A DISC IMAGE SHOULD THIS BE AT THIS STAGE OR AFTER I HAVE BURNT IT I DONT SEE ANY OPTIONS TOSAVE AS A DISC IMASGE SORRY TO NOT UNDERSTAND JOHN THANKS

 

IM OK UP TO ITEM 4 AM NOT SURE WHAT YOU MEAN IN 5 IE DVD MEDIA DO YOU MEAN TOAST PLUS SAVING AS A DISC IMAGE SHOULD THIS BE AT THIS STAGE OR AFTER I HAVE BURNT IT I DONT SEE ANY OPTIONS TOSAVE AS A DISC IMASGE SORRY TO NOT UNDERSTAND JOHN THANKS

found disk image in process of burning

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IM OK UP TO ITEM 4 AM NOT SURE WHAT YOU MEAN IN 5 IE DVD MEDIA DO YOU MEAN TOAST PLUS SAVING AS A DISC IMAGE SHOULD THIS BE AT THIS STAGE OR AFTER I HAVE BURNT IT I DONT SEE ANY OPTIONS TOSAVE AS A DISC IMASGE SORRY TO NOT UNDERSTAND JOHN THANKS

 

 

found disk image in process of burning

 

#4 - Choose "Save as a disc image" (Or go to File-->Save as a Disc image) just above the status bar at the bottom instead of burning it directly to a DVD.

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#4 - Choose "Save as a disc image" (Or go to File-->Save as a Disc image) just above the status bar at the bottom instead of burning it directly to a DVD.

I am doing that it takes quite a while its still encoding at the moment. thanks for being so helpful and patient john

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I am doing that it takes quite a while its still encoding at the moment. thanks for being so helpful and patient john

can i also clarify this mountingthe image i presume you mean open it

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your wonderful and so kind

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Well all I can say your a genius!.I presume that programme PERIAN to desktop and dragged it to applications.I presume that it does its magic on its own at no time did i have to open it .

One thing that was bothering me was that when I did the image bit near the end, the film opened up and started playing before the DVD was properly functioning and I thought it would not record properly but it did.

Thanks very much the only thing bothering me now is that obviously your new programme did its bit but it begs the queston why do some DIVX films burn ok without all this thanks again john donovan

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Well all I can say your a genius!.I presume that programme PERIAN to desktop and dragged it to applications.I presume that it does its magic on its own at no time did i have to open it .

One thing that was bothering me was that when I did the image bit near the end, the film opened up and started playing before the DVD was properly functioning and I thought it would not record properly but it did.

Thanks very much the only thing bothering me now is that obviously your new programme did its bit but it begs the queston why do some DIVX films burn ok without all this thanks again john donovan

This is great news. As far as why some DivX burn ok, I can say 95%-100% of DivX will require this workflow for DivX being proprietary format (although is now an industry standard) unless the file is burnt as a Data which does not require any transcoding (coding/decoding).

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This is great news. As far as why some DivX burn ok, I can say 95%-100% of DivX will require this workflow for DivX being proprietary format (although is now an industry standard) unless the file is burnt as a Data which does not require any transcoding (coding/decoding).

 

 

I am wrong apologise I thought it was playing but it was playing just before the burn started .There is in a way an improvement re house dvd. It is now that both of the players ie home and mac play but a better word would be still photos so in that way whereas the home dvd did not show anything before it shows the same as the mac ie pixilating pictures but practically the same pic frame sorry again john

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... the home dvd did not show anything before it shows the same as the mac ie pixilating pictures but practically the same pic frame sorry again john

 

Can you elaborate? So the resultant DVD now plays on Mac as well as DVD player but you are experiencing pixelated pictures?

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Can you elaborate? So the resultant DVD now plays on Mac as well as DVD player but you are experiencing pixelated pictures?

 

EXACTLY THANKS AGAIN JOHN

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Is that all you can do for me now john donovan thanks as usual

 

Sorry John for the oversite. So are the source files of slideshows consisting pictures or strictly video? It very likely that the source file might have higher resolutions whereas when you author it to a DVD, it will render as per DVD spec i.e. downsample it. Is this what you are seeing?

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Sorry John for the oversite. So are the source files of slideshows consisting pictures or strictly video? It very likely that the source file might have higher resolutions whereas when you author it to a DVD, it will render as per DVD spec i.e. downsample it. Is this what you are seeing?

 

Sorry for not having enough knowledge re this matter I can only say that the dvd that i got in the post plays on the mac ok but all the ways i tried to copy it failed except for your last help which allowed it to also be seen on both mac and home dvd player which i could not do before but as i also said before the are practically freeze frames. Im really sorry that I cant give any more info john PS all I can tell you is I just put it into mac to be played and the only info I get is its title name followed by .divx

 

Sorry for not having enough knowledge re this matter I can only say that the dvd that i got in the post plays on the mac ok but all the ways i tried to copy it failed except for your last help which allowed it to also be seen on both mac and home dvd player which i could not do before but as i also said before the are practically freeze frames. Im really sorry that I cant give any more info john PS all I can tell you is I just put it into mac to be played and the only info I get is its title name followed by .divx

The only other thing that may be of use to you is that the dvd was recorded on a DVD-R -R it and 8X 4.tGB whereas the disc im trying to burn to is DVD-RW 4.7 4 X speed vitesse 120 minutes I guessing this is of no importance but mention it in case john Thanks

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Sorry for not having enough knowledge re this matter I can only say that the dvd that i got in the post plays on the mac ok but all the ways i tried to copy it failed except for your last help which allowed it to also be seen on both mac and home dvd player which i could not do before but as i also said before the are practically freeze frames. Im really sorry that I cant give any more info john PS all I can tell you is I just put it into mac to be played and the only info I get is its title name followed by .divx

 

 

The only other thing that may be of use to you is that the dvd was recorded on a DVD-R -R it and 8X 4.tGB whereas the disc im trying to burn to is DVD-RW 4.7 4 X speed vitesse 120 minutes I guessing this is of no importance but mention it in case john Thanks

 

 

We all need a laugh now and then thanks for all your hard work but you wont believe this I have 3 dvd players and one packed up I was going to give it to my daughter for one of the children's bedroom so instead today I bought 2 one each.Guess what the dvd that you have worked so hard on to solve plays on the new player without any alteration LOL!!!!! thanks any way They were not expensive £50 eacj

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