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i have toast and it takes over 3 hours to encode the dvd before it can burn it. i did a search and figured out that this is at least somewhat normal and i saw that one guy suggested a USB hardware thing to speed it up. the one he suggested is 100 bucks and i dont wanna spend that much. are there cheaper ones, or is there software you can get to speed it up? i was also wondering if u could make some adjustments to the toast settings to make it any faster. i am new to toast so any help would be appreciated.
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i have toast and it takes over 3 hours to encode the dvd before it can burn it. i did a search and figured out that this is at least somewhat normal and i saw that one guy suggested a USB hardware thing to speed it up. the one he suggested is 100 bucks and i dont wanna spend that much. are there cheaper ones, or is there software you can get to speed it up? i was also wondering if u could make some adjustments to the toast settings to make it any faster. i am new to toast so any help would be appreciated.
I think you're talking about the turbo.264? That wouldn't help you with encoding DVDs: you'd need an MPEG-2 encoding hardware accelerator. I don't actually know of any, but I doubt they'd be any cheaper than $100.

Different applications will encode MPEG-2 at slightly different speeds and with various quality results. I believe Toast uses QuickTime for the conversion which is notoriously slow (although often produces the best results). Try using Handbrake to get all your video into MPEG-2 format before you burn a DVD with Toast and you should see your times decrease. It will also let you adjust the quality (lower quality = faster encode).

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Also, just for a comparison; my PMG4 will convert a DVD to H.264 in..... 80 hours!

My dad's MBP (I think it's the 1.8GHz CoreDuo) will do it in under 3.

3 hours isn't that long to wait. Just think of the poor sods who had to do this on the iMac DV.

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