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pika2000 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 14, 2012 1:29 PM

I'm looking for a simple software to burn blu-ray data. I already have the external drive. And no, I'm not looking into burning a blu-ray movie. This is just for data, aka a UDF disc. I know Toast, but I'm not too keen of spending that much money just to get a seemingly simple task. Any ideas?

  • Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7 (22,420 points)
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    Mar 14, 2012 2:08 PM (in response to pika2000)


    Any ideas?

    What happens if you just try to burn a data dvd with the drive?

     

    Matt

  • Tony Baczynski Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    May 9, 2012 10:39 AM (in response to Matthew Morgan)

    Toast, Burn, Disk Utility & Finder all say (in their own way) that the BD - DL doesn't have enough space.  0 Free.

     

    I've tried different discs, removed 25gb worth of data and keep getting the same results.

     

    Burn allows a 'Not enough space, still try to burn?' option.  At $9 each, I'm not gonna experiment.

     

     

    Toast 11 did burn a single layer data BD effortlessly, but chokes when using a DL

  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,460 points)
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    May 9, 2012 10:54 AM (in response to Tony Baczynski)

    Toast 11 did burn a single layer data BD effortlessly, but chokes when using a DL

    I assume you're changing the drop down menu to BD DL?

     

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    I've burned quite a few dual layer Blu-ray disks with Toast 11, and have never had an issue.

  • Tony Baczynski Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    May 9, 2012 2:42 PM (in response to Kurt Lang)

    Your presumtion is correct.  They were data?

  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,460 points)
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    May 9, 2012 3:11 PM (in response to Tony Baczynski)

    I've done lots of data disks on 50 GB DL disks, and a couple of Blu-ray videos. No problems.

  • Tony Baczynski Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    May 15, 2012 3:56 PM (in response to Tony Baczynski)

    I manually set the burn speed to 6x instead of Automatic to get it to work.

  • Shabazzr Calculating status...
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    May 19, 2012 1:14 PM (in response to pika2000)

    I just bought a Mac Pro 2.8GHZ Quad Core 16GB Ram OS X Lion 10.7.4 and the Toast 10 Blu Ray Plug in doesn't work any more because of the power pc issue. Does Toast 11 Titanium work with the Blu Ray Plug in? My goal is to burn Blu Ray disc from my independent projects. Thanks for any answers in advance.

  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,460 points)
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    May 19, 2012 1:41 PM (in response to Shabazzr)

    Does Toast 11 Titanium work with the Blu Ray Plug in?

    Yes. Though you need to purchase the version 11 Blu-ray plugin to go with Toast 11. You can't mix and match.

  • Shabazzr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 19, 2012 6:54 PM (in response to pika2000)

    Thanks so much for your reply! Which Blu Ray burner have you had great success with 0S X Lion? Thanks again!

  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,460 points)
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    May 20, 2012 11:19 AM (in response to Shabazzr)

    Mine is an internal LG Electronics GGW-H20L, which is an older discontinued model. In some pretty recent training videos on Adobe's site, they think Digistor are currently the best Blu-ray read/write drives. You can also look through Panasonic's offerings, since that's the type of drives Digistor uses in their enclosures. Internal drives are always cheaper than external since you aren't paying for the enclosure or power supply.

  • Shabazzr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 20, 2012 2:11 PM (in response to Kurt Lang)

    Thanks! I've been checking out the Digistor drive.

  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,180 points)
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    May 20, 2012 2:18 PM (in response to Shabazzr)

    Apple's Compressor 4 (in the App Store $49) will burn Blu-ray discs. You can burn Blu-ray encoding on both DVDs (about 35 minutes of video) and Blu-ray discs. You don't need a Blu-ray burner if you burn to DVDs.

  • Shabazzr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 20, 2012 4:18 PM (in response to pika2000)

    Thank you David. I'm burning blu-ray for film festivals that request blu-ray on blu-ray discs and I've noticed the loss of quality you get sometimes when burning to DVD. What's the best way to encode for blu-ray to get the best quality?

  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,460 points)
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    May 21, 2012 5:47 AM (in response to Shabazzr)

    What's the best way to encode for blu-ray to get the best quality?

    Other than having good source video to start with, it's pretty much all about bit rate. Higher minimum bit rates produce higher quality final video. It also takes up more space, so you kind of have to know if your final encoded video is going to overrun the available disk space. If it does, lower the minimum bit rate and encode it again.

     

    In general, I use 24 for the minimum bit rate, 33 for the target bit rate, and 40 for the max. If you're using H.264 (MPEG-4) as the encoding rather than Blu-ray MPEG-2, don't bother using 2 pass VBR. You won't see any difference between single and two pass H.264. It'll just take twice as long to encode.

     

    The only thing to be careful of is using too high of a minimum bit rate. A cheaper player may not be able to decode it fast enough and play back very jerky. But I haven't run into any problems using the numbers above.

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