I am sorry if I am putting this in the wrong place. I am rather blonde when it comes to forums and proper placement and freely admit it!
My question may only be able to be answered by the author of the software and so, I hope he (or someone very knowledgable about the program) has a few minutes to entertain my ignorance.
I have been using DVDShrink for processing the movies I buy, to make copies (I never play the originals, for fear they will get damaged) and I have been using DVDShrink, because its compression technology is so great! But now that HD/Blueray is going to be the way to go within a year or so and DVDShrink is not updated anymore (which was free, so who can complain?), I know that I will have to get a different package that handles HD/Blueray as well as regular DVD’s. However, my fear is that I will not get the same quality of picture using compression that I do with DVDShrink.
Now I do not pretend to be a wiz at what is necessary to make great quality compressed videos, but I do know that DVDShrink has two options (I have included the explanations, according to the DOOM9 web site after each option:
- Perform deep analysis before backup to improve quality
Explanation: You can check Perform Deep Analysis before backup to improve
quality, which doubles the encoding time, but ensures that the output size
is accurate and helps to increase quality. If you have performed the deep
analysis before (by pressing the Analysis button), this option will not be
- Compress video with high quality adaptive error compensation
Explanation: Compress video with high quality adaptive error compensation
can be activated to increase the quality of the output significantly. When
activated, DVD Shrink will compare original and compressed frames, detect
compression artifacts and take measures to compensate. You have several
options how the error correction can work:
Sharp will tend to preserve the sharpness of the original, possibly at
the expense of fluidity of the picture. Alternatively, you can put the focus
on fluidity and select Smooth, and then there is also an extreme sharpness
and smoothness setting.
Note that activating this option will also significantly increase your encoding
time, so if speed is all you care about, you should use neither of the options
on this tab.
So what is my question? Well, in thinking about switching and buying DVDFab Platinum (which has had good reviews from what I’ve seen), I am wondering how the compression quality will compare to what I am using now. I mean, does it have these options? I didn’t see it when I tried it out. So maybe they are built in by default? Or maybe they are called something else?
As I said, I’m no genius with this stuff, but I know that when using DVDShrink and I check these options, that it makes one pass and then a second one, to implement these features while processing during the second pass, because if I don’t check them, then it only makes one pass and there is a big difference in quality!
I want to get the best reproduction that I can! DVDShrink was a great program, especially being free and all. But I am willing to pay, if the program is going to do what that one did. As I said, I know that eventually I’m going to have to switch, when HD/Blueray blanks get to a reasonable price and discs are coming out only that way and I would like to get used to using something ahead of time and get it over with, prior to being forced to. I don’t have to do it now, obviously, but I would like to switch fairly soon. So I am asking now about various programs. I did ask this once before, but the answer was that it should compare okay and to use Progressive mode on my DVD player, but I am looking for specific information, please.
So can someone (maybe the author) who is familiar with what I’m talking about, please help me to understand how DVDFab Platinum handles this and has anyone made a comparison, with using compression of say, 75% or something?
Now one last thing, please. I am not discussing using hardly any software technology and then making up for it using “Progressive” mode on your DVD player. I am talking about a raw comparison, without the DVD player trying to make up for the lack of software ability (not to say that DVDFab is lacking, I am just asking about it), understand what I mean?
I don’t have a HD/Blueray player yet and I don’t use “Progressive” mode on my DVD player and I like to make sure that no matter what DVD player I use and that it will look the same (sometimes I bring movies to my friends house, who has a bigger TV which makes the viewing nicer, but an old DVD player and so, I need the DVD copy to look right no matter what)!
So please, advice on DVD player tricks is not what I’m looking for. Without employing any, can someone please answer my questions? I would really appreciate it, especially if they can be specific about the questions I asked. As I said, it may be that only the author can answer them and I’m sorry about being so particular, but I like to have specific answers to specific questions. I guess I’m just anal that way and apologize for that up front!