We’ve been given the opportunity to do some testing with the DVDRanger CinEx program. This thread is open for anyone who has the program and wishes to contribute some test encodes.
I am starting off with a simple task for the program instead of going straight to the Cinavia breaking section. This first encode examines the quality of the video conversion from DVDRanger.
Using a decrypted dvd on the hard drive as the source, I decided to convert this movie to H264. Looking through the various options for conversion, the best fit seemed to be Convert to HD within the TV tab of DVDRanger. Of course, a dvd-video is not high definition, and it makes little sense to try to upconvert it to a higher resolution, but DVDRanger does offer a standard definition resolution in this category. I chose HD MP4 (720) HQ 2000kbps AAC/192kbps.
Now, first off, the use of the term HD MP4 would suggest that you are still making a high definition file. That isn’t the case. With this setting, you are going to get a resolution of 720 x 400. The program crops the black borders on top and bottom, and there isn’t a way around that.
The next setting I adjusted was the Performance line. I changed this from Quality to High Quality. So I should be using the program with its best output settings.
The only options for audio using the HD MP4 output were AAC and MP3. You can adjust the bitrate for both, but you cannot use the original AC3 sound. There is no option to pass AC3 through without re-encoding. Edit: Not true. You can keep the original audio…I found the setting eventually. It was staring me in the face in the main window, so it is not a hidden option. I just missed it.
So I started the encode. DVDRanger was impressively quick in converting this dvd-video. It was done in 23 minutes on my machine. Here is the output information from MediaInfo:
Format : MPEG-4 Format profile : Base Media Codec ID : isom File size : 1.93 GiB Duration : 2h 7mn Overall bit rate mode : Variable Overall bit rate : 2 167 Kbps Writing application : Lavf54.4.100 Video ID : 1 Format : AVC Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec Format profile : High@L3.0 Format settings, CABAC : Yes Format settings, ReFrames : 4 frames Codec ID : avc1 Codec ID/Info : Advanced Video Coding Duration : 2h 7mn Bit rate : 2 000 Kbps Width : 720 pixels Height : 400 pixels Display aspect ratio : 16:9 Frame rate mode : Constant Frame rate : 23.976 fps Color space : YUV Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0 Bit depth : 8 bits Scan type : Progressive Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.290 Stream size : 1.78 GiB (92%) Writing library : x264 core 123 Encoding settings : cabac=1 / ref=3 / deblock=1:0:0 / analyse=0x3:0x113 / me=hex / subme=6 / psy=1 / psy_rd=1.00:0.00 / mixed_ref=1 / me_range=4 / chroma_me=0 / trellis=0 / 8x8dct=1 / cqm=0 / deadzone=21,11 / fast_pskip=1 / chroma_qp_offset=-2 / threads=6 / sliced_threads=0 / nr=0 / decimate=1 / interlaced=0 / bluray_compat=0 / constrained_intra=0 / bframes=6 / b_pyramid=2 / b_adapt=1 / b_bias=0 / direct=1 / weightb=1 / open_gop=0 / weightp=2 / keyint=250 / keyint_min=25 / scenecut=40 / intra_refresh=0 / rc_lookahead=40 / rc=abr / mbtree=1 / bitrate=2000 / ratetol=1.0 / qcomp=0.60 / qpmin=4 / qpmax=51 / qpstep=3 / vbv_maxrate=6000 / vbv_bufsize=2000 / nal_hrd=none / ip_ratio=1.40 / aq=1:1.00 Audio ID : 2 Format : AAC Format/Info : Advanced Audio Codec Format profile : LC Codec ID : 40 Duration : 2h 7mn Bit rate mode : Variable Bit rate : 165 Kbps Maximum bit rate : 192 Kbps Channel(s) : 2 channels Channel positions : Front: L R Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz Compression mode : Lossy Stream size : 151 MiB (8%)