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Help! Crashing Because Maybe My File Is Too Big?


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I'm a new user, but have burned about 10 discs with no problem. However - am now trying to burn a dvd from an H264 and it keeps crashing. It is big, but should that be an issue? It's 19.57 gigs. I realize that can't fit on a DVD, but I thought Toast was supposed to compress it to fit?

 

Can someone confirm that it's the size issue and if so, what are my options? Is there a setting to change or do I need to create a smaller source file. If so, how small does it have to be.

 

I am not looking to create an HD DVD. Just an SD that looks as good as possible in a 16x9 format.

 

Thanks for your help.

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Hey thanks for responding. The original movie was about 50 minutes, but I've cut it down to as little as 10 minutes and the same thing is happening. The crash occurs after I drag the file into the window. It starts to think...with the tiny clock and then just crashes before it even shows the movie has been accepted. Just checked my ram which is low.... 3 gigs. But still, why did it work before when I had files that were 10 minutes and more long?

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I don't believe the length is the issue. My sense is there is something else about the video that is triggering the crash. Since Toast can't even display it my guess is there is something wrong with the file header. What I'd do is convert it before adding it to Toast so that the file gets written correctly. One way to do this is to open it in QuickTime Player and choose Export. You can save it as 720p and that will still retain its quality. You can test this with a short clip if you like.

 

Toast shouldn't have any trouble with large video files. If you said the crash happened after a few hours of encoding then I'd be suspicious of the amount of RAM.

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