Not a problem. Glad to help.
I have been finding that for me, breaking the process down into separate tasks helps in the debugging process. If I isolate each step, making each step self-contained if possible, it just seems to go better for me.
For instance, I have two goals. One is to be able to open the disk into a program like DVD Shrink, and the other is to be able to re-author and re-burn to make it watchable without the menus, etc.
Before I would use AnyDVD, which is resident all the time, and open the disk in DVD Shrink (with AnyDVD handling decryption on the fly), go to the re-author mode, make the changes I need, then either export the finished product to a VIDEO_TS folder on the hard drive, or if I have Nero installed, burning directly from DVD Shrink.
Assuming the latter, that entire process is co-dependent. DVD Shrink depends on AnyDVD to handle the decryption the entire time, for both reading and re-authoring, and DVD Shrink depends on the Nero burning engine to get its job done.
But when things stop working 100%, I try to break things down into individual steps / tasks like this:
Step 1 - Get the DVD decrypted to the hard drive
Step 2 - Open the DVD and process it (backup or re-author)
Step 3 - Save the processed DVD to a VIDEO_TS folder on the hard drive
Step 4 - Burn that VIDEO_TS folder with a DVD blank
So now, I have 4 different tasks, and instead of relying on a specific program, I now have options.
For example, for Step 1, I could use AnyDVD, DVDFab Decrypter or the RipIt4Me combo. All I need is for one of those options to work so I can move on to Step 2.
So, with Step 1 complete, and the VIDEO_TS folder ripped to the hard drive with all encryption removed, I am ready to process that video. I can use Ulead DVD MovieFactory 5, CloneDVD2 or DVD Shrink, for example, to handle that. Then I simply export that finished process to a different VIDEO_TS folder on the hard drive. I can even use DVD MovieFactory 5 to create a DVD output that is larger than a single sided blank can handle, then use DVD Shrink to compress that project so it will fit on a single sided blank.
For Step 4, I could use the built-in burning engine from DVD MovieFactory 5, or I could use the DVD Shrink / Nero connection to burn from there, or I could use Nero to burn the VIDEO_TS folder as a separate process, or I could use ImgBurn instead.
Breaking it all down into its constituent parts gives me more options. If one app craps out, I can use another - no “domino effect” of cascading failures. If for one revision AnyDVD has trouble with DVD Shrink, I use something else until it’s fixed.
It’s good to have options.