NB: This refers to DVD encoding only, not Blu-Ray !!!
I have just been setting up an encode of box set 4 Alien Movies that I was given as a present for testing on a new Media Player that I have acquired using another software package.
I have not used Fab for this task for quite a while and I thought I’d review why I will not use Fab for this task by re-attempting to do the same task with Fab Ver 126.96.36.199.
The other software package is FREE and has met my requirements for over a year, whilst Fab has promised these features and never delivered.
I am of the opinion that most of the development is being utilised on Blu-Ray & Blu-Ray 3D and DVD Ripper has unfortunately become a poor cousin.
Big mistake, because there is still a huge marketplace out there of DVD’s and equipment being purchased.
So I’ll now document why I will not use " DVD Ripper" for this task.
My container of choice is MKV, H264 Audiocopy for a variety of reasons which do not need going into here.
I will state, and anyone who has read some of my posts here and on other forums, will know, I am ANAL about my library and insist on “Do it once, do it right” !!!
Also, the Media Players that I have installed will utilise ALL of these features.
1. ABILITY TO SAVE THE QUEUE. I do not know how many times I have lost complex job setups with Fab or simply just wanted to save the queue for later processsing.
Fab does NOT have this simple feature, has promised it for over 3 years and NEVER delivered. The FREE software has had this ability for at least a couple of years.
2. MULTIPLE AUDIO TRACKS WITHIN THE MKV CONTAINER. I quite commonly require multiple audio tracks within the container, be it foreign language, Dolby or DTS, etc.
Again Fab does not have this feature whilst the FREE software does. Again, this feature has been documented and promised by Fab for a long time and never appeared.
3. MULTIPLE SUBTITLE TRACKS WITHIN THE MKV CONTAINER. I also require that multiple subtitles be held within the container.
Again Fab does not have this feature whilst the FREE software does.
4. CHAPTER MARKS WITHIN THE MKV CONTAINER. Fab will not encode the file with chapter marks whilst the FREE software will and also gives you the ability to edit the chapter names to reflect the scene like “The Alien eats Sigourney Here”.
This one I find really hard to believe that Fab has not implemented as it as simple as muxing an XML file in the MKV container telling where the chapter marks are.
SHORTCOMINGS OF FAB & THE FREE SOFTWARE
Both Fab and the FREE software have two shortcomings that I feel could be easily addressed but currently require a remux of the produced file.
A. Inclusion of Album Art. This is a simple remux with the JPG as an attachment.
B. Ability to add and edit the standard MKV Info Tags such as ACTOR, DIRECTOR, DATE_RELEASED, etc. This is again a simple remux of a compliant XML file.
I would dearly love to see at least a response to this by the developers but why do I feel I am beating my head against a brick wall?