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Dvd Pause

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Hi,

 

I have a problem that will be difficult to explain.

 

I have an 80 minute documentary that I edited in Final Cut Express, and shot in HDV 1080i. I have had a lot of issues with exporting this documentary from FCE and making quality DVDs. I've kept at it, and finally, with Toast 11Pro I have a DVD that looks pretty good. However, every single one of these better DVDs slightly pauses in the exact same place. It starts right up again, with no video or audio skipped over, and this glitch lasts maybe one second long. The rest of the DVD plays fine. I have attempted several burns and even started over again by deleting the first Toast file created, re-loaded the .mov file, and still, the same problem in the exact same place.

 

Some more info on my project:

 

The file I am importing or loading into Toast is a Quicktime .mov file export from Final Cut Express, with *NO* Quicktime conversion, and it is self-contained. When I play the Quicktime movie on my computer, it plays all the way through just fine. It does not pause at the place in question.

 

In Toast, I save as Disk Image and customize the settings, with the average bit rate no higher than 7.0 and the maximum bit rate no higher than 8.5. I also check the box to enable half-PEL (these custom settings per the forum's tssantee). Then, I add the resulting Toast file from the Copy menu and then burn and verify the DVD.

 

Two questions:

(1) Any ideas to fix the area that pauses?

(2) One idea I have is to return to FCE and export the sequence again. However, I am behind schedule learning Toast and other issues with exporting this sequence, and a public screening of this documentary is too close now for me to be able to re-export from FCE, make new DVDs, and then test the new DVDs at the theater. So, question #2 is this: The pause, while I hate it, is not that bad. This is a low budget film and this first screening is a low budget theater/film society, so do you think this pause/glitch will do the exact same thing on another DVD player as it does mine at home, or can I expect this to get worse? If it behaves the same way, I can live with it for just this one screening.

 

Any help is really appreciated!!

 

Thanks.

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There always is a pause at the layer-break point of a dual-layer disc. Is your project requiring more space than a single-layer disc (4.38 GB)?

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It shouldn't be . . . that is part of the reason I save as a disk image and then choose the toast file from the copy menu (correct?). Anyway, in Toast, when I choose the file that was a saved image file from the copy menu, it says it is 4 GB. It's close, but it should fit on a single layer, yes? Like I said, the rest of the DVD is fine . . . Thanks for such a quick reply! Any other ideas?

 

Thank you

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tsantee,

 

An update:

 

I went back into FCE and exported again, just in case the problem was a glitch on the exported .mov file I was using in Toast . . . exact same problem with the pause! Could the project be better on a dual layer, and that pause is the break point you are mentioning? Yet it plays fine on a single layer except for that one spot?? I have absolutely no idea. Thank you.

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tsantee,

 

An update:

 

I went back into FCE and exported again, just in case the problem was a glitch on the exported .mov file I was using in Toast . . . exact same problem with the pause! Could the project be better on a dual layer, and that pause is the break point you are mentioning? Yet it plays fine on a single layer except for that one spot?? I have absolutely no idea. Thank you.

I have no idea, either, what is causing that pause. There is nothing to be gained by trying to make it take up more space in order to require DL media. I wonder if you trimmed a minute or two around that spot and made a disc image of just that segment if the pause would still be there. If so, there is something in the source video triggering it. If not, then it does seem that Toast did this on its own.

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An update to this issue: It does not pause if a small segment is made into a DVD, as tsantee suggested I try above. But, even the full length DVD that had the pause, only seems to pause on certain DVD players, not all of them. I guess this was just one of those very strange glitches that is difficult to explain. Thank for your help, and I at least wanted to give an update.

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