burning dvd's

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  1. theforce19 macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2006
    I have a the audio and video_TS files of a movie on my hard drive. There is over 7 gigs worth. I was wandering if i can burn this onto a dual layer dvd that is playable in most dvd players. I have toast and i would like to know how to do this
  2. road dog macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2004
    this won't fit onto a standard single layer DVD... the kind that *most* mac burners support... you need to compress it to fit.

    toast 7 can compress it down to fit and burn it.

    use the 'DVD from VIDEO_TS' option under the video tab.
  3. kgarner macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2004
    But he said he was going to burn it on a dual-layer. Through Toast. It would therefore be reasonable to assume that he has a Dual-layer drive. If that is the case then Toast should handle it alright. I don't know if there are any other particulars to be aware of but I think that Toast can handle that just fine.
  4. dkozi macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2006
    calgary, ab
    here are a few things to consider before doing anything:
    1) have you 'ripped' the dvd, or simply copied the contents to your hard drive? ripping is the process of removing that nasty copyright protection from most commercial movies. i've found the best one is 'mac the ripper', and best of all it's free! it has many features, and all are decently outlined in the online users guide. the simplest and quickest is doing a full rip of the entire movie, and then using another app to burn it. i have yet to find an 'all-in-one' app for the mac platform(there are quite a few for the windows platform, but i hate windows).
    2) yes, if you have a burner that supports dual layer discs then toast will do the job (well, at least version 7... will; i can't speak for earlier versions, as i haven't had the pleasure.
    my tool of choice for the burning process is a sister app to toast called 'popcorn'. it is specifically designed to burn movies (a streamlined and simplistic counterpart to toast). i've done over 100 movies to date using popcorn, and never had a problem.
    3) on that note, always remember that not all discs are created equally. some work better than others. and some don't work at all depending on the brand, and the brand of burner you're using. trust me, there is a difference. i haven't tried them yet but i've read that taiyo youden brand are one of the best, and cost pennies more per disc, than lets say memorex/sony/maxell brands. i'm having good success with maxell 8x dvd-r, using a benq burner.
    4) which nicely seguay's into the next thing to consider - single layer vs. dual layer? i personally use single layer, and let popcorn extract and compress before burning. yes, it takes a little longer but it does it all on its own, so what do i care. on average, i can 'back-up' a complete movie in about 1hr15min.(8x writting speed) and the discs only cost about $0.40 per disc, vs. almost $6.00 per disc for a dual layer(4x writting speed). you do the math!
    5) lastly, check the manual that came with your dvd player for supported disc formats. again, not all are created equal. some will only recognize the -r format, and not the +r format. this holds true for the burner you're using as well. keep in mind that apple drives do not support the +r/+rw discs, to read or write. i may be a little out of date on this one but you can check by running 'system profiler', and select the internal burner/drive from the drop-down list(under 'disc burning').

    likely more than you needed/wanted to know, but hopefully it helps.

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