I know this issue has been discussed before, but when I searched I couldn't find anything in a clean, separate thread.
Output from DVDfab Platinum version 18.104.22.168 works great as input to either DVD Shrink or DVD Rebuilder. Of course, since this is an older version, it cannot handle some newer DVDs.
I'm not sure about any versions in the range 22.214.171.124 - 126.96.36.199 .
Starting with 188.8.131.52, and continuing thru 184.108.40.206 beta, output from DVDfab fails in DVD Rebuilder 1.26.0 . The pattern is predictable. Rebuilder opens the ripped DVD okay. The Prepare phase and Encode phase complete just fine. But in the third phase, Rebuild, an error occurs. A typical error message is:
"Error in UpdateIFO:VTS_01 VOBID: 03/CELLID 01 was not found in the VOB".
Of course, the details vary, but it always seems to be a CELLID not found in a VOB.
Is there any intention on the part of Fengtao or Ting to restore this compatibility?
I would prefer doing all my ripping with DVDfab, but that's not always possible. My current procedure is to try Fab 220.127.116.11 first. If it can handle the DVD, then the output will probably work with Rebuilder. If Fab 18.104.22.168 cannot handle the DVD, I next try RipIt4Me. Again, if it can handle the DVD, the output is probably okay for Rebuilder. If RipIt4Me cannot handle the DVD, then I try the latest Fab (currently 22.214.171.124 beta). But if I use the latest version of Fab, I'm stuck with inferior transcoded compression.
From some of the things I've read, I know this is not as straightforward as it appears, and there are differing interpretations of "standards compliant". Still, there should be some way to accomodate these third-party post-processing programs. Perhaps some advanced settings switches to let users select which method is used for dealing with certain types of structure protection.
An even better feature would be if DVDfab Platinum were enhanced to include functionality similar to Rebuilder, to perform full re-encoding using optional third-party encoders. Hey, I can dream, can't I?