Last year I purchased Roxio Toast because I needed a customized DVD burning software for my family video project. What drew me to Toast, was the ability to fit more onto a DVD disc without sacrificing quality. After spending more time with it, I have come up with several helpful ways to use Toast to its full potential.
Importing DVD’s For Use With iPod or iMovie
- To import DVD’s into Toast, go to the Convert menu (AppleTV/iPhone icon).
- Once, you have inserted the DVD of your choice, choose how you want to export it.
- Located in the bottom left corner is a small gear icon which shows you the export options.
- If you want to export the DVD for use on your iPod or iPhone, select the corresponding name under the Device drop-down.
- If you want to export the DVD for use in iMovie, select “DV” from the Device drop-down menu.
Burning An iMovie Project Without Using iDVD
- One of the key problems with iMovie is that you have to go through iDVD to burn your iMovie project onto a DVD. With Toast, you just drag your iMovie project and it takes care of the rest.
- To start, locate your iMovie project in Finder.
- Then, drag it into the DVD-Video section under the Video menu.
- If you wish to add a menu-style you can, but you don’t have to because the disc will automatically start playing the movie.
- Now, click the Record button.
Adding Flare To Movie DVD’s With Menu Styles
- If you are making a DVD with several movies on it, you might want to consider using menu styles to visually organize the movies.
- In your Toast project, choose the menu style you want by going to the Menu Style drop-down menu in Options sidebar.
- Once, you have selected a style, feel free to edit the settings for that style by clicking on the More button in the Options sidebar.
- A window will appear with three tabs: Disc, Menus, and Encoding. Choose Menus.
- In the Menus window, you can add a title, edit the font colors, change the number of buttons, and so on.
Creating A Photo Disc For PC and Mac Users
- Toast makes it very easy to create a PC and Mac compatible photo disc because it uses Mac OS X drag-and-drop technology.
- Simply just drag pictures from iPhoto, Lightroom, or where ever your photo library is into Toast’s Photo Disc section under the Data menu.
- When you are all set, click the big red Record button and soon enough all of your pictures will have been burned onto a DVD or CD.
- If you insert the photo disc into your computer, you will get a few neat options: Slideshow, Add to iPhoto (for Mac users), and Photos (folder).