Toast 9 released

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by rileyrd, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. bareyb

    bareyb Under Maintenance TCF Club

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    I'm a beginner with Toast 9 as I just (finally) got an iPod touch to put some videos on. The main problem I'm running into with Toast 9 is getting the TV Shows from TiVo Transfer over to iTunes. Some of the time it just does it automatically after the transfer is complete. Other times it simply transfers the TV shows from TiVo and doesn't convert them to iPod format. You have to figure out which shows it didn't convert and then do them manually. Weird. Still in the end, I got all the shows over to my iPod. It's just a bit clunky and doesn't do things the same way every time. I guess I should be happy it works at all based on reviews from Toast 8. :D

    Question. Once I get the files onto my iPod can I delete them from iTunes to save space on my computer's hard drive? How do you guys manage your space?
     
  2. bareyb

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    Not sure if this is what you guys are talking about, but I found a way to choose some additional Export Options. Perhaps these are the missing options?

    At the bottom of Toast 9's screen there is a button for choosing the export format (ipod, AppleTV, etc.). Click on that and it brings up a dialog box that has a "quality" dropdown menu. Click on "Custom". This brings up a new dialog box with choices for:

    Video Format
    Data Rate
    Frame Rate
    Image Size
    Key Frame
    Aspect Ratio etc.

    There is also a "Video" button on that page that brings up some more options such as "Encoding Mode" and "Restrict Profiles".
     
  3. SnakeEyes

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    We are talking about all the additional export options were available when using toast expert mode that was enabled using the terminal and Toast 8. At least 9 doesn't overwrite 8.

    The additional formats and options you mention are not available for .tivo files.
     
  4. bareyb

    bareyb Under Maintenance TCF Club

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    I think you guys are on a whole 'nother level from me. :p
     
  5. kas25

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    For an intermediate (i know the basics of Visual Hub and Handbrake) who is looking to convert .tivo files for use on my Apple TV, will toast do the trick? I don't even want to edit anything, just convert a .tivo file to MP4 with a high quality. Thanks.
     
  6. kas25

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    What format are you converting them from? Are you downloading from Tivo directly and then converting with Toast or doing both with Toast.
     
  7. askewed

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    Screen shots please? I'm not seeing this but WANT to! Thanks!
     
  8. SnakeEyes

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    I just edited and burned a soccer game, from Fox Soccer, in Toast and the sync is further off than I had seen in 8. Not cool.
     
  9. davezatz

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    FYI I've been in touch with Sonic's (Roxio) PR woman regarding sync issues (v8 & v9) and she had this to say:

     
  10. SnakeEyes

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    using tivodecode, editing in mpeg streamclip and burning in toast however did work for the same file. Can't say that about one file I played with for three days, prior to 9.
     
  11. bareyb

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    Here's a shot of both menus. In the upper menu and select "custom" and that brings up the window below it.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. askewed

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    Wow thanks for posting that...

    I do not have those options. Did you do anything special/different to get them?
     
  13. epstewart

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    I have made some careful tests and found that at least one of my exported files gets audio out-of-sync with video in Toast 9 because of a glitch in the original recording.

    At the point where there is a glitch lasting a little more than a second in the original recording, Toast 9 is able to continue outputting video frames that have some minor blemishes, but it skips the associated audio. The following audio is joined up with the preceding audio, which was in proper sync. From that point on, the audio leads the video by about a second or so.

    When I use Toast 8 to export the same original file, it skips both the audio and the video during the glitch. The audio remains in sync with the video.

    The glitch probably happened because there was a hiccup in the cable-TV transmission.

    I was able to edit out the glitch in the new editor in Toast Video Player, then re-export the program in Toast 9. It had proper sync all the way through.

    Sadly, the TVP editor doesn't seem to let me gain much precision as to where edits start and end, at least for a .tivo file.
     
  14. davezatz

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    Those of you willing to help out Roxio can drop them a line at: TivoFiles@roxio.com
     
  15. epstewart

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    I have done that, and I expect they will be getting back to me in a day or two. It would be a big help if others did it, too.
     
  16. omelet1978

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    I like toast a lot. I've been able to burn DVDs, transfer tivo recordings to my Ipod, etc....and I got it off of eBay for $30!

    My main gripe is the Toast Video Player. It seems to have a mind of its own when playing tivo recordings. I'll hit the skip forward button and sometimes it will skip like 5 seconds, then a minute and a half, and even go backwards. The fast forward is the same way.

    Does Toast 9 fix this?
     
  17. SnakeEyes

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    You will not get custom options for .tivo files.
     
  18. kas25

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    I am really struggling with the low resolution convert issues for my Apple TV. I guess my best option is to use Tivo Decoder to get the files in Mpeg2 format and then use Toast to convert to Apple TV/Mpeg 4 format. Any other suggestions?
     
  19. askewed

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    I know... Any word on a work around for that... like the one that exists for Toast 8?

    BTW Toast 9 has crashed the last 5 times I've tried to use it...
     
  20. Dave R

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    I've had a little time with Toast 9's player, and this problem now appears to be minimized. It's still fairly inaccurate with respect to the amount of time it skips, but at least the buttons actually do what they should do. I did notice a new problem, however...

    Although things work a lot better when simply playing files back, if you try to use the new "edit" feature, the playback controls behave in the same dodgy way they did in Toast 8. So... still some things to work out. (sigh)...
     

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