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Record Mkv File To Standard Dvd?


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Thank you oldarchiver. I recorded an MKV file to a standard DVD. When I played it back on my Mac, both on DVD player and VLC, the picture looked fine, except that every few seconds there was blue pixelated flashing on the screen which made it unwatchable. Is this because the DVD can only be played on a BD player?

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When I played it back on my Mac, both on DVD player and VLC, the picture looked fine, except that every few seconds there was blue pixelated flashing on the screen which made it unwatchable.

I'm sorry to hear that.

 

Is this because the DVD can only be played on a BD player?

No. If the DVD-Video disc plays on a set top DVD player, then the format is right. If it was BD-only, a DVD player wouldn't play it at all.

Most likely the the glitches are sign of a bad conversion. I don't know why it would do that.

Could you post a VLC screenshot, at a paused moment with such glitches?

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1/ Pause the media player at the right time. Using the space bar for pause/continue works best for me.

2/ Take a screenshot. (Search for “screenshot” in Finder’s Help menu for key combinations, if you don’t know how.)

3a/ Click “More Reply Options” below the message post field in this forum, then attach file.

3b/ Or: upload it to an image sharing site, note down the URL (“direct link”) of the image. Insert an image into your post using the Image button in the toolbar, copy-paste the URL.

Done.

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Attached is a screenshot from VLC.

 

I'm afraid to record any more dvd's from MKV files on Toast 11 since I could just be wasting disks. When I recorded disks on Toast 9 I converted the MKV files to Mp4's first, which Toast 9 then converted to MP2's (?) TS files. The results were sometimes a bit "shimmery" but many times OK.

 

I really appreciate all the time you have put in on this for me Oldarchiver, many thanks.

Blue pixelation.tiff

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Attached is a screenshot from VLC.

 

I'm afraid to record any more dvd's from MKV files on Toast 11 since I could just be wasting disks. When I recorded disks on Toast 9 I converted the MKV files to Mp4's first, which Toast 9 then converted to MP2's (?) TS files. The results were sometimes a bit "shimmery" but many times OK.

 

I really appreciate all the time you have put in on this for me Oldarchiver, many thanks.

 

Is the video about 1 hour, 40 minutes long? If yes then you will of course get poor quality on your DVD. A standard 4.7GB DVD can only hold 60 minutes of "best quality" video, any longer and the video has to be compressed and you lose quality.

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Is the video about 1 hour, 40 minutes long? If yes then you will of course get poor quality on your DVD. A standard 4.7GB DVD can only hold 60 minutes of "best quality" video, any longer and the video has to be compressed and you lose quality.

Not exactly, Walt. That is true with iDVD because it doesn't compress the audio. But Toast encodes AC-3 audio leaving more room or the video at the highest allowable bit rate. As I recall the video can be about 1 hour 20 minutes before the compression begins to increase. There's little visible loss until it gets over 2 hours.

 

The problem the OP is experiencing seems to be a result of Toast's MPEG 2 encoder having difficulty decoding the original video file. It might help to first use Toast's Convert window to convert the video using the DV preset and 16:9 as the quality setting. Play that DV file using QuickTime Player to see if the conversion looks right. If so, use that as the source file to make the video DVD.

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Attached is a screenshot from VLC.

Thanks for sharing. Not like anything I’ve seen before.

 

I'm afraid to record any more dvd's from MKV files on Toast 11 since I could just be wasting disks.

For other movies, try recording to a Disc Image file first. You may change the Destination from your optical drive to Disc Image, in the small menu at bottom center of the Toast window. This should put all of a DVD into a single file, which can act as a physical disc by ‘mounting’ it. If you’re satisfied with the output, then you can burn the disc image to a DVD disc later, from the Copy window (change Disc Copy to Image file), without doing the lengthy conversion process all over again.

This procedure should save you from waisting discs.

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"It might help to first use Toast's Convert window to convert the video using the DV preset and 16:9 as the quality setting. Play that DV file using QuickTime Player to see if the conversion looks right. If so, use that as the source file to make the video DVD."

 

I did the above which took a few hours. I looked for a new file to have been created but found nothing that indicated that it was a converted DV file of that movie... just the original file still sitting in the same place. I played that on QuickTime Player which looked fine... just as any other MKV files I have look fine when played on Quick Time Player. Is there not supposed to be a new DV file?

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"It might help to first use Toast's Convert window to convert the video using the DV preset and 16:9 as the quality setting. Play that DV file using QuickTime Player to see if the conversion looks right. If so, use that as the source file to make the video DVD."

 

 

I did the above which took a few hours. I looked for a new file to have been created but found nothing that indicated that it was a converted DV file of that movie... just the original file still sitting in the same place. I played that on QuickTime Player which looked fine... just as any other MKV files I have look fine when played on Quick Time Player. Is there not supposed to be a new DV file?

Yes, there should be a .dv file with the same file name. I just tried it with a file that I had inside a folder inside my Movies folder and the .dv file appeared at the top level of my Movies folder.

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"Yes, there should be a .dv file with the same file name. I just tried it with a file that I had inside a folder inside my Movies folder and the .dv file appeared at the top level of my Movies folder."

 

Thank you. I had requested the file to go to my desktop so I expected to see it there. I played the DV file on Quick Time Player and..... exactly the same thing happened! Flashing blue pixelation every few seconds.... Aaaaarrrrrggggghhhhh!

 

So now I'm trying the other suggestion from The old archiver which is:

 

"For other movies, try recording to a Disc Image file first. You may change the Destination from your optical drive to Disc Image, in the small menu at bottom center of the Toast window. This should put all of a DVD into a single file, which can act as a physical disc by ‘mounting’ it. If you’re satisfied with the output, then you can burn the disc image to a DVD disc later, from the Copy window (change Disc Copy to Image file), without doing the lengthy conversion process all over again.

This procedure should save you from waisting discs."

 

We'll see what happens with that with another movie. Thanks so much for all the help you guys.

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"Yes, there should be a .dv file with the same file name. I just tried it with a file that I had inside a folder inside my Movies folder and the .dv file appeared at the top level of my Movies folder."

 

Thank you. I had requested the file to go to my desktop so I expected to see it there. I played the DV file on Quick Time Player and..... exactly the same thing happened! Flashing blue pixelation every few seconds.... Aaaaarrrrrggggghhhhh!

Toast is not reading that video file properly and I don't know why. My only recommendation now is to find some other application such as MPEG Streamclip or ffmpeg to convert the image to a different format in hopes you can get a revised version that Toast does handle properly. You can do quick tests by making a 1-minute-long clip from the video and making conversions of it using other apps so you can see if one does the job before committing to converting the entire video.

 

Sorry this is happening. I wish I had the answer.

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"For other movies, try recording to a Disc Image file first. You may change the Destination from your optical drive to Disc Image, in the small menu at bottom center of the Toast window. This should put all of a DVD into a single file, which can act as a physical disc by ‘mounting’ it. If you’re satisfied with the output, then you can burn the disc image to a DVD disc later, from the Copy window (change Disc Copy to Image file), without doing the lengthy conversion process all over again.

This procedure should save you from waisting discs."

 

Hi guys, The above worked just fine for a different MKV file. At some point I may try to record the original MKV file again.... or not. Thank you all so much for your input, it is truly appreciated.

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