Non-Mac native MPEGs with Toast? : LUSENET : Video CD : One Thread

I'm trying to take MPEGs (in appropriate VCD format) generated on a PC and burn them using Adaptec Toast 3.5.5 on a Macintosh. However, the software won't recognize the files, even if the source files are set to file type 'MPEG'. Is there any way to convince Toast to take these? Maybe a different file or creator type?

-- L. Candover (, August 12, 1999


I have a similar set-up. Theoretically it should not make a difference. An mpeg file is an mpeg file regardless of the platform. I have a Dazzle digitizer that supposedly makes vcd whitebook compliant files (on PC). These files are rejected by both PC and MAC CD burner softwares. When I do finally able to burn VCD on PC, it won't play on my DVD player (capable of VCD and has dual laser). On the MAC I got a message that suggested to use ASTATE M Pack software to make the file compliant. On the PC side iFilmedit, Xing encoder and etc. They sure don't make it easy to create VCD !. I am still experimenting and will let you know my progress. Feel free to e-mail me.

Kiam Oey

-- Kiam Oey (, August 12, 1999.


You may need to double check the parameters for you VCD template from Dazzle. I have similar experience before: parameters from the Dazzle VCD template does not match with the White Book format. However, once I re-install the Dazzle program. All the parameters have been reset and everything works.

-- Wong (, August 12, 1999.

I have only been able to do it using a really round-about method. Basically, take the CD which you burned using the PC software, and then use Astarte CD-Copy to read the CD back into your Mac. You will now have Toast-Ready MPEGs which you can burn back onto your CD.

MPack will create the proper format files as well. What's really annoying though, is that Toast seems to be searching for some kind of header which only MPack and CD-Copy place in the front of the MPEGs. Also, the files are written differently too because if you take the files which DO work properly with Toast and attempt to view them on ANY PC or Mac MPEG viewer, the viewer will not be able to identify and it will not play.

What I'm looking for is a program which is capable of just reading the MPEG file and attaching the appropriate header or whatnot so that Toast will burn the files.

Changing the creator or file type will NOT work BTW. It's actually reading something in the file to determine what to do with it.

-- Jim B (, August 18, 1999.

On the Mac if you use quicktime (I have 4.0) you can read the .dat file that is in the mpeg folder on the VCD that you burned with Toast

-- Colin Ho-Shing (, February 14, 2000.

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