I'm going to the local library to check out the article tomorrow. I really don't put a lot of faith behind those tests. The important thing is which program works best with MY 600 MHz PIII SYSTEM!!!
So here's my unoffical SHOOTOUT. I'm going to backup Matrix Revolutions with CloneDVD 18.104.22.168/AnyDVD 4.5.51, latest Recode 2.x/AnyDVD 22.214.171.124, and Shrink 3.2 using my 600 MHz PIII with 384 MB RAM and a clean W2K Pro partition.
1st ROUND...copy the main movie title with AC 3/6 sound to a DVD-5 at 81% video quality.
-Creating DVD files...39 min 52 sec
Nero Recode (no detailed analysis, high priority)
-Creating DVD files...29 min 21 sec (analysing 2:15, encoding 27:06)
Shrink 3.2 (no detailed analysis)
-Creating DVD files...49 min 33 sec (analysing 2:14, encoding 47:19)
It appears that Recode is QUICKEST for my system. Since I cannot "see" any quality differences among the three "shrink" proggies, I must rely on the processing time and ease of use. CloneDVD is VERY EASY to use!!! But Recode has a huge lead in processing time. Shrink is way behind the pack. I would expect better performance from Shrink 3.2 since Recode 2.x is just a tweaked version of Shink.
2nd ROUND...copy the main movie title with AC 3/6 sound to a DVD-5 at 100% video quality (no transcoding). To accomplish this, I copy chapter 1 to chapter 27.
-Creating DVD files...14 min 19 sec
-Creating DVD files...12 min 53 sec (analysing 2:15, encoding 10:38)
-Creating DVD files...12 min 59 sec (analysing 2:14, encoding 10:45)
We actually see the true heritage of Recode in these tests. With the transcoder disabled, the processing time for Shrink and Recode is almost identical! The MAJOR improvement in Recode happens when the transcoder is ACTIVE. CloneDVD is about 1 min 20 sec slower.
I expect to see similar results with a faster PC, although the gaps between 1st and 3rd place will be much smaller. Also note that these tests were performed with a clean install of W2K Pro SP1 with DirectX 9C.
All three proggies provide identical video quality at regular speed and magnification. Recode is the clear winner when shrinking the original material to fit a DVD-5 disc. It also ties for 1st when backing up uncompressed material. Newbies can't go wrong with CloneDVD. Tweakers may want to check out Recode.
Oh yeah...el cheapos should DEFINITELY check out Shrink 3.2. It should work with most if not all older CSS protected DVDs. You only need to run AnyDVD in the background if you're backing up DVDs with the latest encryption protocol.
I welcome any suggestions and/or comments.