Originally posted by Olli
Well, I am probably the wrong person to ask, as I will tell you it will beat anything in this regard. IMHO the CloneDVD transcoder shines, if it compresses a high bitrate movie up to 25%, which is exactly what you want. But I am biased, you must understand this...
There is a lot of room for improvement, e.g. was the drift compensation not ready for this release, but you'll notice drift usually at higher compression rates, and drift compensation eats too much time at the moment.
You're not the wrong person--and I do not expect a rock-solid, perfected release (you're inventive, and I'd like to hear you speculate as to possibilities when time allows). I do understand that, unlike many, my focus is narrow compared to the market you want/need to address (so CloneDvd needn't thrive or fail on this sub-feature alone).
Maybe it would be more prudent of me to just ask, for movie-only:
a) the strengths and weaknesses of your program as you see it;
b) your focus for improvement(s) in just this regard; and,
c) current or future features/editing regards producing more space for main-feature compression (can any one-clicker predetermine a 'need' for inclusion of Eng-sub, and how about easy editing-out of end-credits)?
If you tell me that, right now, CloneDvd can best D2O 1.2 or Shrink/IC for movie-only quality on at least some kinds of movies [long, short, high-bitrate, action, episodics?], I'll register today. If not, but you can promise it will, I'll take your word for it.
You may be biased, but have never lacked ethics...!
Frankly, what I want/need is not (and shouldn't be) the primary focus for your efforts--most folks want speed, ease, and all the bells & whistles regards the 'wonderful' extras Hollywood is stuffing into their dvd's. Your entry is very valid and worthwhile in that greater market--good work!