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    Burning DVD's--how long?
    I recently got Toast 7 Titanium and went to work burning a movie onto a DVD (since I heard that iDVD can't burn anything over 120mins long onto a disc for some weird reason...) Well, it's been close to I believe four hours now since I started the whole encoding/burning process and it's getting close to finishing now. My question is, is it normal for this process to take so long? I could've sworn my friend burned a DVD on his Dell laptop a while back and it took maybe 30mins at the most. Does the encoding process just take that rediculous amount of time?

    Oh, I apologize if this is the inappropriate forum, just thought "Other Software" was referring to what I'm talking about...

    Thanks for the help guys.

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    What Mac is this you are doing your burning with Toast on?

    Is this movie a Rip from a DVD or a movie of yours? What format is the movie in when you start Toast?

    converting from some formats to DVD Video_TS does take a while, but the faster the Mac, the faster it will happen. Ripping from a DVD then burning with toast takes me between 30 min and 45 minutes depending on how much is has to be shrunk to fit the DVD. I use an iMac G5 2.1 Ghz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sexy Patrol
    (since I heard that iDVD can't burn anything over 120mins long onto a disc for some weird reason...)
    A standard single layer DVD will only hold about two hours of video. Where as a dual layer DVD will hold more. You may have to do major compression if you want to get more on a single layer DVD.

    I don't know if Toast does a check of media type before the encoding and burn process like iDVD does. So it is possible that Toast will fail in the end.
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    I tend to encode the movie using ffmpegx and then burning to toast using the methods described here:

    http://homepage.mac.com/major4/dvd_sub.html#opening

    I can usually squash about 4.4GB of movie onto a single layer disk regardless of length.

    Ultimately it depends if you just want a dvd with the movie or if you want menus etc. I always found encoding through toast really slow and haphazard.

    If you can rob a bank then get DVD Studio Pro which is just excellent... but costly...

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    I'm burning with a PowerBook G4 1.5GHz, I want to burn a ~700MB .avi onto a ~4.78GB DVD-R. I don't know if the disc or my drive are single or dual layer.

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    I think what is taking the time is you have a .AVI and Toast has to convert that to DVD Video_TS first before it burns it. That conversion takes quite a while in Toast at least. On my Mac Mini with a G4 1.25Ghz it takes quite a while for the convrsion but on the iMac G5 2.1 Ghz it's around an hour. Just ripping a DVD on the Imac takes maybe 15 minutes or less sometimes, but converting an AVI to DVD in Toast is not very fast and especially on a G4.

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