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I am a complete beginner, just trying to burn my first Blu ray disc. I dragged my complete iMovie project to the place with the big arrow.

(probably this is not the correct procedure, but I only want to burn a complete iMovie projects and not clips. I watched all the tutorials)

The project was displayed (although there was first the message "format not supported") and I could run through the project with the edit button.

The problem is that I have video sound but the music from my iMovie project (imported with iTunes) is not audible (aiif and wav format music). I cannot figure out why. How to burn a complete iMovie project without hassling with clips or editing (it is done)?

 

I also don't understand why my iMovie project is 15 Gb or something when it is still on my Mac and only 2 Gb or something as soon as it is displayed in the pane (screen) of Toast.

 

thanks a lot!

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I need to do some testing to make certain I'm giving you the best advice, but in the meanwhile just choose Export Movie from the iMovie Share menu and then add that export to the Toast window to make your Blu-ray disc.

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Thanks for your input/advice. I found out that the share (media browser) procedure works only with iMovie 11. My project is made with iMovie HD. I tried to import the project into iMovie 11 (not successful, besides I have to redo the music and transitions, which is not a big problem since the movie is only 15 minutes).

Now I will make a copy of the project on the tape of my HD Camcorder and then I will try to import it into Toast. I let you know. I have to conclude that I have to invest a lot of time into Toast to learn this software. It is not as I had in mind making a blu ray disc in no time.

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I managed to make a copy of my movie (project) on the tape of my camcorder, but I was not capable to import it in Toast.

 

I selected as format: AVCHD Archive. The " Read from" window is showing <No AVCHD camera>

 

I red in the manual that you have to connect your camcorder with USB. My camcorder is connected with Fire Wire. Does this makes a difference, because apparently Toast is not recognizing my camcorder. So I am stuck with trying to burn my project. My next thing (apart from being frustrated) is to make an QT version of my iMovie project to see if Toast is accepting my project as a whole with this format.

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Thanks for your input/advice. I found out that the share (media browser) procedure works only with iMovie 11. My project is made with iMovie HD. I tried to import the project into iMovie 11 (not successful, besides I have to redo the music and transitions, which is not a big problem since the movie is only 15 minutes).

Now I will make a copy of the project on the tape of my HD Camcorder and then I will try to import it into Toast. I let you know. I have to conclude that I have to invest a lot of time into Toast to learn this software. It is not as I had in mind making a blu ray disc in no time.

With iMovie HD choose go to the Toast Media Browser and choose the Video section. There you'll can access you iMovie Project File. Add the video from that location to the main Toast window and proceed.

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Thanks, I will try this asap. Now I am burning my first Blu Ray disc!! I converted my iMovie project into a QT movie. I dragged this movie to the Toast window and it is burning now. Of course I want to burn iMovie projects, because converting it to QT will take a lot of extra time. I let you know.

BTW I tried it already as you indicated, but it is not as intuïtive as I thought or I am too clumsy. W'll see, I will give it another try.

 

Please tell me why the disc bar indicator is showing only 1,9 GB (occupied space) while this project is more the 5GB big?

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Please tell me why the disc bar indicator is showing only 1,9 GB (occupied space) while this project is more the 5GB big?

It may be because the codec (MPEG 4 or MPEG 2) being used for the Blu-ray disc is more highly compressed than the codec of your source video. I believe that Toast chooses MPEG 4 as the default for Blu-ray projects. Since the video is so small you can use regular DVD media for your Blu-ray video rather than having to use the more-expensive Blu-ray discs.

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Thanks for this advice.

 

But please tell me why the added music (with iTunes) in my iMovie project is not present anymore after I import (drag and drop) the project into my Toast window.

The project as a whole lands in this window. (strangely it is multiplied instead of one iMovie there are three of four, but this is easy to solve with delete).

I can (with the edit button) browse through my iMovie project so everything seems fine only the music is gone.

 

BTW: I managed to burn my first Blu Ray. As I told you I converted my iMovie project first into a QT movie. I guess Toast doesn't know how to handle Mac audio formats in this case AIFF but WAV was also not accepted. I prefer to burn my iMovie projects without converting it into QT. I read the Toast manual but so far I don't have a clue (glad though that the QT movie is on a BD disc now and the Toast investment is paying off already)

 

Thanks for your assistance!

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I have red on another website that you have to convert iMovie projects into QT. This is a disappointment for me. Can you confirm this? (I thought that Toast as a "Mac product" could handle iMovie, this seems obvious for me, apparently it is not) But it explains my problem.

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I have red on another website that you have to convert iMovie projects into QT. This is a disappointment for me. Can you confirm this? (I thought that Toast as a "Mac product" could handle iMovie, this seems obvious for me, apparently it is not) But it explains my problem.

You need to "Share" the movie from the newer versions of iMovie but you should be able to use the project file with iMovie HD when it is accessed via the Toast Media Browser. There isn't any problem with Toast recognizing the format of the movie in iMovie, but it does need to have the movie rendered so that all the edits, fades, audio tracks and so on are applied to the file that Toast is using.

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This is important for me to hear. I am used to burn DVD's with IDVD, now I am facing a different approach. I am surfing on internet at least two hours to find how to render my iMovie project to make it 'compatible' for Toast. (iDVD is only handling SD footage standard DVD). I noticed that iMovie '09 is offering media browser, but my project is made with iMovie HD.

 

The share button gives: email, QT, iDVD, iWeb, Garageband, Blutooth, iPod and camcorder. I don't know what to choose or I have no glue how to render my project.

thanks a lot for your input, I am almost stuck and I feel like a dummy.

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This is important for me to hear. I am used to burn DVD's with IDVD, now I am facing a different approach. I am surfing on internet at least two hours to find how to render my iMovie project to make it 'compatible' for Toast. (iDVD is only handling SD footage standard DVD). I noticed that iMovie '09 is offering media browser, but my project is made with iMovie HD.

 

The share button gives: email, QT, iDVD, iWeb, Garageband, Blutooth, iPod and camcorder. I don't know what to choose or I have no glue how to render my project.

thanks a lot for your input, I am almost stuck and I feel like a dummy.

I'm uncertain if you've done what I've suggested. The Toast Media Browser is either shown when clicking the Media button on the right of the Toast window or it can be a separate window. When in the Media Browser there is a tab titled "Video." Click that and you will see an item labeled "Movies". (There might be one labeled iMovie but I don't know because I no longer have iMovie HD on my Mac). In "Movies" you should see another folder titled "iMovie Projects." This is where your iMovie project file can be located. Drag that file to the main Toast window. You shouldn't need to export the video from iMovie. Once the project video is added to Toast you should see a description of its video and audio formats in the Toast window.

 

As for the absence of audio I don't know why that happened with your original approach. Toast cannot use copy-protected tracks from the iTunes Music store but can use anything else. While Toast is "Encoding" your project you can go to the Roxio Converted Items folder in your Documents folder where you should see there is both an .m2v and an .ac3 file being written. The .ac3 file is the audio (but cannot be played from that place). If you don't see an .ac3 file then something is wrong and you should abort the encoding and tell me more information.

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I will study this tomorrow and let you know. Thanks a lot, your input is very helpful, step by step I am going in the right direction. At this moment I am burning another project with an iMovie project I converted first into a QT movie (this works as I posted earlier). I "see" my QT mov file in the window of Toast on the right side and drag it into the left part of Toast.

 

BTW the imported iTunes tracks from one iMovie project were for sure not copy protected, because I imported the CD, which I possess, myself into iTunes.

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Sorry for the delay, others issues came up to deal with.

 

I know now what you mean. I have the Media button blue and I see iMovie &Movies, iMovie Projects iMovie Stabilsation and other items (like DVD, Eye TV, AVCHD, Webvideo) in this window. But in this way I can only reach the iMovie files (projects) which are located on my internal HD. The movie I want to burn is located on an external disc (because of capacity of course). From this window I cannot access those (external) movies. (it is not possible to put a copy on my internal disc; not enough free space).

 

Do you know a way out/solution? Thanks a lot.

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Sorry for the delay, others issues came up to deal with.

 

I know now what you mean. I have the Media button blue and I see iMovie &Movies, iMovie Projects iMovie Stabilsation and other items (like DVD, Eye TV, AVCHD, Webvideo) in this window. But in this way I can only reach the iMovie files (projects) which are located on my internal HD. The movie I want to burn is located on an external disc (because of capacity of course). From this window I cannot access those (external) movies. (it is not possible to put a copy on my internal disc; not enough free space).

 

Do you know a way out/solution? Thanks a lot.

I don't know if this will work but click the Data tab in the Toast Media Browser. From there you can locate files that are any place. What I don't know is if Toast will treat it the same way as in the Video window. I tried this with a newer iMovie project file and it worked fine. I dragged the file to the Toast window and it appeared as the video. If this happens for you then click the Edit button after adding it to Toast and you can play the video in the edit window to see and hear if it is what you want it to be.

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Thanks, I did try it immediately. I can approach the iMovie projects, so that is great.

 

But strangely enough the project appears three times in my window (the left part). It happened before using the other way or importing the file/project from my internal HD. The file is showing up with slightely different times (15.50 min, 15.59 and 16.01 minutes duration/playing time of the movie)(of course this is not a major problem because I can delete two files and continue with the one remaining, but may be it tells you something about the problem)

 

And the imported iTunes (from my own CD's ) tracks (the music of my project) is not audible when I use the edit button and the play back button. So I am still stuck with the original problem.

 

If you still have ideas I will be very grateful, otherwise I have to continue with the QT method (converting iMovie first into QT and then drag and drop into the Toast window.

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Thanks, I did try it immediately. I can approach the iMovie projects, so that is great.

 

But strangely enough the project appears three times in my window (the left part). It happened before using the other way or importing the file/project from my internal HD. The file is showing up with slightely different times (15.50 min, 15.59 and 16.01 minutes duration/playing time of the movie)(of course this is not a major problem because I can delete two files and continue with the one remaining, but may be it tells you something about the problem)

 

And the imported iTunes (from my own CD's ) tracks (the music of my project) is not audible when I use the edit button and the play back button. So I am still stuck with the original problem.

 

If you still have ideas I will be very grateful, otherwise I have to continue with the QT method (converting iMovie first into QT and then drag and drop into the Toast window.

I've been really slow coming to the realization that the process I recommended must not work with added audio tracks. Until iMovie actually mixes the added audio with the video when you do the QuickTime export only gets the video. So your workaround is the way to get it done.

 

By the way, since you have iMovie HD do you have iDVD? Those two work well together,

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Thanks.

 

I have iDVD (6.0.4) on my Mac Book Pro, but since I run Lion (10.7.4) this is not working anymore. iDVD is not capable to handle high definition files or does it?

 

Does it makes sense for me to start working with iMovie 9 (already installed on my Mac) or iMovie 11 in this respect (avoiding the workaround)?

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Thanks.

 

I have iDVD (6.0.4) on my Mac Book Pro, but since I run Lion (10.7.4) this is not working anymore. iDVD is not capable to handle high definition files or does it?

 

Does it makes sense for me to start working with iMovie 9 (already installed on my Mac) or iMovie 11 in this respect (avoiding the workaround)?

I have iDVD 7.1.2 and it is working but I'm not surprised your version isn't. I'm not sure if iMovie has to convert the videos to SD when sent to iDVD or if iDVD does that conversion while it is encoding (which is what Toast does).

 

I just looked and the latest iMovie is $14.99 in the Mac App store. Since you need to export (share) the movie from iMovie '11 before it is added to Toast, Toast receives a file where the audio and video are merged together and so Toast will include it all. Isn't that the same you're having to do now?

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I understand from your reply that is does make sense for me to change iMovie HD for iMovie 11 (the costs are not an issue, only the fact that I master iMovie HD completely and for version 11 I have to start all over).

But the last phrase I don't understand. Now (with iMovie HD) I have to make the work around with QT. You are sure I don't need to do this anymore with iMovie 11?

 

thanks! for all the assistance.

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I understand from your reply that is does make sense for me to change iMovie HD for iMovie 11 (the costs are not an issue, only the fact that I master iMovie HD completely and for version 11 I have to start all over).

But the last phrase I don't understand. Now (with iMovie HD) I have to make the work around with QT. You are sure I don't need to do this anymore with iMovie 11?

 

thanks! for all the assistance.

iMovie 11 has a Share to Media Browser command that renders the video as a new video file. It is similar to exporting as a QuickTime movie from iMovie HD. So don't get iMovie 11 just to avoid the QuickTime export.

 

When making a QuickTime file from an HD video source for Toast to use in making a SD video DVD the settings I recommend are shown here. You also can use DVCPRO25 that has more compression (smaller file size) and similar quality.

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BTW my problem is still not solved (it is not a big deal because I have a 'workaround' ((converting the iMovie first into a QT movie and 'importing it in Toast.

I guess my iMovie 6.0.4 is too old for Toast 11.0.6 (not compatible). It would be nice if somebody can confirm this.

 

Questions directly to Roxio Customer Support where so far not very clarifying.

 

ergo: I have to start working with iMovie '09 (8.0.6) or even iMovie 11.

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