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When trying to encode some Toast files exported from EyeTV, Toast sometimes gets nearly finished (99%) and then stops doing what it's supposed to do. No error messages, no further activity of any sort. And it will stay at 99% for a month unless I cancel the project. There appears to be nothing wrong with the file itself, when I play it on the Toast Player, and the same thing happens when I delete the original export file and re-export it.

 

I'm not trying anything fancy, just regular DVD preparation as I've always done.

 

I have a MacBook Pro and am running Toast Titanium 10.0.5.

 

Suggestions appreciated.

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Try an earlier version of Toast 10 to see if the problem started with 10.0.5. Is the file encoding or is it multiplexing? Usually you don't need to encode EyeTV video files. When I have any trouble with an EyeTV file I choose Export in EyeTV's application and save as an MPEG Program Stream. I then use that file in Toast.

 

If it is encoding (and that's what you want) then choose Save as Disc Image. Sometimes Toast has trouble waking an optical drive after completing a long encoding session. That may be what's happening here. After saving as disc image you can burn the disc image to DVD using the Image File setting in the Copy window.

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That's exactly what I've been doing. I have tried exporting to Toast as mpg and then creating disc image. It's at the end of the encoding process that it comes to a dead stop at 99%. The same thing happens with encoding to disc (DVD-R). As I say, even when I re-export a completely new copy (even changing the file name), the same thing happens at the same point.

 

This morning, I exported one of the problem files to MP4 directly to a DVD-R, and it worked just fine. Video quality was surprisingly good, too.

 

Again, in EyeTV, I export to Toast (mpg), then use Toast Titanium to encode either to an image file or direct to disc. On just three files (thus far, anyway), the encoding halts at 99% and nothing further happens, including error messages or program termination.

 

I might also add, that until the newest version of Toast was released, really good compatibility with the latest Mac operating system was pretty rough, so I really don't want to go back to an earlier version of Toast. Furthermore, the problem referred to above started just last week, a good many weeks after the Toast update. And a good many perfect encoding sessions ago.

 

Thank you so much for your response, Tsantee!

 

Paulso

 

 

Try an earlier version of Toast 10 to see if the problem started with 10.0.5. Is the file encoding or is it multiplexing? Usually you don't need to encode EyeTV video files. When I have any trouble with an EyeTV file I choose Export in EyeTV's application and save as an MPEG Program Stream. I then use that file in Toast.

 

If it is encoding (and that's what you want) then choose Save as Disc Image. Sometimes Toast has trouble waking an optical drive after completing a long encoding session. That may be what's happening here. After saving as disc image you can burn the disc image to DVD using the Image File setting in the Copy window.

 

 

Regarding my test this morning, I probably should have said I exported from EyeTV as an MP4 file, then used Toast to get that file directly onto a DVD.

 

 

That's exactly what I've been doing. I have tried exporting to Toast as mpg and then creating disc image. It's at the end of the encoding process that it comes to a dead stop at 99%. The same thing happens with encoding to disc (DVD-R). As I say, even when I re-export a completely new copy (even changing the file name), the same thing happens at the same point.

 

This morning, I exported one of the problem files to MP4 directly to a DVD-R, and it worked just fine. Video quality was surprisingly good, too.

 

Again, in EyeTV, I export to Toast (mpg), then use Toast Titanium to encode either to an image file or direct to disc. On just three files (thus far, anyway), the encoding halts at 99% and nothing further happens, including error messages or program termination.

 

I might also add, that until the newest version of Toast was released, really good compatibility with the latest Mac operating system was pretty rough, so I really don't want to go back to an earlier version of Toast. Furthermore, the problem referred to above started just last week, a good many weeks after the Toast update. And a good many perfect encoding sessions ago.

 

Thank you so much for your response, Tsantee!

 

Paulso

 

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I don't know what may be causing this. Since it used to work I suggest trashing the Toast plist and prefs files in your User>Library>Preferences folder and relaunching Toast. As an experiment you could try using Toast's editor to trim off the last few seconds of the video (which doesn't actually modify the source file) to see if that makes any difference to Toast completing the encoding.

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