DVD Authoring Help??

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  1. mprodan macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    Can someone please tell me how to burn a DVD that will play in any DVD player?

    My situation right now.

    I have Toast DVD, the version thats for sale in the app store right now (07/30/2017), got that yesterday.

    I got the $15.99 Blu-Ray in app upgrade cause I hope to do this on Blu-Ray eventually.

    I have the pioneer BDR-XD05s external BD capable drive.

    I have a picture slide show generated with iMovie, audio built in, I "shared" it to iTunes to create an .m4v

    When I try and use Toast it allows either PAL or NTSC. I know that NTSC is the format for the US (right?). Neither of these selections will produce the VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS folders at the top level of the DVD that I'm used to seeing.

    The DVD I generated with PAL played on only one DVD player I tried, out of 4. It was a Samsung blu-ray player, new in 2000. It looked great.

    The DVD I generated with NTSC played on only the same DVD player as the PAL, but was really pixelated.

    I gotta be missing something here, right?

    As a side note, I used to do this all the time on my PC with something called Muvee Maker.

    Thanks In advance for any help!!!
    Mark
     
  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    There is no other option for dvds.

    Correct.

    Probably not a problem, as the dvd works, but what do you see when you double click on the dvd icon?

    It's obviously a "good" dvd because it plays, albeit only on one machine. However, some DVD Players can be a bit fussy with homemade dvds. Also the brand of dvd can have an effect. I use Verbatim DVD-R discs and have never had a problem.

    No idea why the NTSC dvd is pixelated though.
     
  3. mprodan, Aug 4, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2017

    mprodan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for the reply! The DVD that would play was actually the one encoded for PAL. It would only play in my old Blu-Ray player, nothing else. The folder structure, at least the top level, was a series of folders, can't remember how many.

    I recently purchased some new disks. Some are Staples DVD-R double layer, some are Verbatim BD-R. I also now have iDVD running on my machine, I hear that used to be the gold standard. ?? I'll be giving this all a try soon.

    Should I not be expecting to see the usual VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS folders on a disk that I burn with Toast?
     
  4. mprodan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok so I tried a new Staples double layer disk. This time I used the "regular" Toast DVD setting. In other words I didn't choose High definition or blu-ray.

    So now this disk does have the VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS folders I'm looking for. BUT, now it will play in all the older players, but not in y Blu-Ray player, and I've played lots of SD DVD's in that player, LOLOLOLO!!!

    Always a learning process . . .

    Any thoughts?
     
  5. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    Not really, I'm afraid. I've no experience with Toast or BluRay.
     
  6. Macgyver1 macrumors member

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    Not specific to your software situation, but, I've had some luck burning the disks as slow as possible(2X). Your on the right track with the -r's, also always finalize the disk.

    You can search for best DVD player for burned movies and see what comes about.
     
  7. mprodan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks! I am assuming that Toast is closing/finalizing the disk, I don't see that anywhere in the menu of that app.
     
  8. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    I'm pretty sure that any app making a video dvd will close/finalize it.
     
  9. mprodan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've sorted this out. I needed to un-check any references to chapter/menu systems. Toast was trying to add chapters and my input file is one continuous video that doesn't need chapter marks. And I think the menu system was pointing to a first chapter that didnt exist. So the player would hit that loop and spit it back out.

    Also I did find a .pdf on-line for my version, which to be exact its Toast DVD 3.2.

    Thanks for the help!
     

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