I'm on a Mac running OSX 10.6.8. I've just received a special offer form Other World Computing to buy Toast 11 Pro for $49, but I have to decide by the end of April just a few days away. I was put off buying Toast last year when I purchased the Adobe Master Suite because of many poor reviews on Amazon, and because a cursory look at the Encore PDF suggested I would be able to burn Blu-rays from there. But, I've noticed a few comments in this forum saying that people don't use Encore's burning capabilities because the burn speed can't be varied.
I'm a complete novice to Premiere and Encore, working my way through the Premiere manual but not having touched Encore yet. So I need some guidance from experienced users. Given that as far as Blu-ray disks are concerned I will only be burning videos, not data, and that I'm using a Mac:
1. Is using the Blu-ray burning capabilites within Encore a reliable solution?
2. What are the pros of using Encore to burn a Blu-ray?
3. What are the cons of using Encore to burn a Blu-ray?
4. Does anyone using Encore use Toast, and what are the pros and cons?
5. Are there any other options for burning Blu-rays out of Premiere, other than Encore and Toast?
Most of us frequent helpers in the Encore forum are PC. There does not appear to be as robust a free burning solution for Mac as ImgBurn is for PC. It is not accidental that most of us do not burn with Encore. But some of that is that I don't even try from earlier generations of Encore and hardware. In a variety of tests, I haven't had a failure in CS6.
Someone might be able to answer #5, but I don't recall such a solution.
Since hardware configuration can be a variable, in addition to getting what answers you get here, you should do some tests and see what you get.
Thanks for the replies. I'll probably take this question to the Mac forums, but before I do I noticed this statement on p163 of the Encore PDF:
DVD Image or Blu-Ray Image Builds a Blu-ray or DVD image on your hard drive. The image is typically used for local replication by using a third-party mastering application.
The image file they talk about seems to be an ISO file.
Is an ISO file of a Premiere project just like a king-size ordinary file, like tiff or aiff, that can be burned to a Blu-Ray disk by virtually any burning software? Or does an ISO file have special characteristics which require specialist handling when burning?
Burn the Disc Image with OSX Disk Utility
Given that both sites are tertiary education sites, I assume the process works.
Anyone had experience with this technique?
<Mac has inbuilt burning software. I've never used it to burn
So... create an ISO from Encore and see what the Mac software does with the file... then you will know
I use Imgburn on Windows, and when I double-click an ISO file Imgburn opens and waits for me to put a disc in the drive and start the burning process
I missed the deadline for buying the special on Toast – luckily. For me, Toast is now toast when it comes to burning Blu-rays. On my first attempt, exporting from Premiere to Encore, generating an ISO, then burning that from Disk Utility (OSX), I was able to select various burn speeds and away it went. A perfect disk.
So, anyone on a Mac with Encore doesn't need Toast to burn a Blu-ray.