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Disc Menu - Preview It


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How can I preview a disc menu?

 

I can create/author a menu, but the only thing that seems to be available for visuals is a tiny 4" window that is non interactive.

 

I want to create my menu and then test it before I burn it like iDVD used to do. So yeah - CAN I GET A LARGER PREVIEW WINDOW AND PREVIEW TEST DRIVE OPTIONS?

 

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Seriously? I just bought/installed Toast Pro, and I was very impressed with how quickly and easily I could put together the menu with the clips that I wanted to have - or at least I think they are like I wanted, so I went looking for "preview" - I found the option but it is gray'ed out. That is unbelievable. I have to wait all the way through the encoding, etc, just to see if it looks like I really want?

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Seriously? I just bought/installed Toast Pro, and I was very impressed with how quickly and easily I could put together the menu with the clips that I wanted to have - or at least I think they are like I wanted, so I went looking for "preview" - I found the option but it is gray'ed out. That is unbelievable. I have to wait all the way through the encoding, etc, just to see if it looks like I really want?

Yes, but you eventually need to wait for the encoding in any case before you can have your DVD. I recommend going to the Storage section of Toast Preferences and changing when to delete converted items to Never. Your encoded videos will remain in the Roxio Converted Items folder until you choose to remove them. That way you can make changes in the menu style after previewing the disc image and Toast will quickly multiplex rather than encode the video for the next go-round. Even if you don't do that and you lose the saved encoded files, you can use the Toast Media Browser to access the individual videos on the mounted disc image and add them to the Toast Video window to make a new project. Those will be multiplexed rather than encoded as well.

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Save as Disc Image, use Toast to mount the disc image and then preview it with DVD Player.

 

I folllow the save as disk image part - but I don't know what you mean with the rest. I figured I'd have to have a blu-ray player for mac (software) to preview this disc image - is that not correct? I currently don't have a way to play blu-ray on the mac.

 

Yes, I'm trying to work with blu-ray - if that makes any difference.... I did go ahead and bite the bullet so to speak and burned a disk to try - it plays perfectly in my PS3, but I do see some things I want to change, so being able to preview before burning a disc would be great.

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I folllow the save as disk image part - but I don't know what you mean with the rest. I figured I'd have to have a blu-ray player for mac (software) to preview this disc image - is that not correct? I currently don't have a way to play blu-ray on the mac.

 

Yes, I'm trying to work with blu-ray - if that makes any difference.... I did go ahead and bite the bullet so to speak and burned a disk to try - it plays perfectly in my PS3, but I do see some things I want to change, so being able to preview before burning a disc would be great.

You can mount and preview the Blu-ray disc image. To mount the disc image either choose Mount image file from the Toast Utilities menu, or select it in the Copy window or control-click on it in the Finder and choose Mount It from the contextual menu. After it is mounted open Roxio Video Player from the Toast Extras menu. It gives you the opportunity to select your mounted Blu-ray disc. In the player window there is a small icon in the area with the player controls that when you click on it pops up a list of titles that are on the "disc." The one at the bottom is the menu. The menu is inactive but at least you can see how it looks.

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figured out the last issue not being able to open a blu-ray disk image-I was clicking on the desktop in Open window instead of the virtual disk icon (listed under the drives on the left in the Open window) BUT since it only shows a non-working snapshot of the last screen in the menu when clicking on the last Title at the bottom of the list I am trying to find a Mac player software that does show the Blu-ray working menu to use with the disk image. Do you know of one? thanks again.

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