DVD Shrink alternative

vbimport

#1

Just wondered if anyone knew of an alternative to dvd shrink?
I used to use this many moons ago but when i went to download it again, not only do you now have to pay for it (not saying this is a bad thing) but Norton flags the site up as a “Nasty” :a
If there was another alternative about then id be pleased to hear of it.

Regards
Tim


#2

Dvd shrink is a free program although the actual site
does ask you to donate to keep the servers running.
I would suggest you pick a different site and you should
have no problem.
As for Norton…I would not worry about the file being nasty.
If you download it from a reputable site there should be no
problems with it.


#3

Hi tspar and Welcome:

You can get DVDShrink from http://www.mrbass.org/ . As it’s the older version, do not expect it to break newer encryptions. For that, one option is to use DVD Fab’s free decryptor. Be aware that if you install this program, you will be using the trial period for their commercial programs DVDFab Gold & Platinum.

http://www.dvdfab.com/free.htm


#4

Thanks for the reply. Just looked at Fab’s site and the software looks impressive to say the least for a very reasonable $50. Happy to pay out the cash if its a recommended product on these forums?. Looks about the best “All in one” solution ive seen so far. Would anyone agree ?

[QUOTE=jeff53404;2185746]Hi tspar and Welcome:

You can get DVDShrink from http://www.mrbass.org/ . As it’s the older version, do not expect it to break newer encryptions. For that, one option is to use DVD Fab’s free decryptor. Be aware that if you install this program, you will be using the trial period for their commercial programs DVDFab Gold & Platinum.

http://www.dvdfab.com/free.htm[/QUOTE]


#5

Wholeheartedly !!! You will not be disappointed with that wise choice!


#6

Well i shall pop off and buy it then !!. Thanks for the “recommend” :bow:


#7

is an excellent program but you should check out the copy movie section on this forum as other programs are also mentioned there too


#8

Will give that section a look, thanks. Just surfing about this site and i get the feeling that DVDFAB and Slysofts offerings are amoung the favourites used by people. Which do you think is best ?


#9

I’m glad you are in a holding pattern as your original question started with an alternative to shrink and evolved into potentially purchasing DVDFab.

Both Slysoft’s and DVDFab’s products are excellent. An alternative method is to use DVDFab HD Decryptor (free), DVDShrink if needed (free) and imgburn to burn (also free).

Here is a link to a thread I participated in (along with many other members) and it gives you an idea of what the issues are. Remember to use quality media and try it before you buy it.

http://club.cdfreaks.com/f34/how-backup-movie-dvds-258610/

As of January 1st, 2009, Slysoft will change its update policy from free lifetime updates to an annual subscription fee. All license purchases made before January 1st, 2009 will not be affected by this change; as promised, all licenses purchased before 2009 will still be honoured under Slysoft’s free lifetime update policy.


#10

Just playing devil’s advocate for a moment here. You should be aware that DVDFab has gone to a subscription model…you will have to pay periodic fees for updates. That makes it less attractive to me as an option.

AnyDVD and CloneDVD are still available for purchase with lifetime free updates. But only for two more days. They go to a subscription model as well starting Jan 1, 2009.

The free section of DVDFab HD Decrypter has no time limits, it continues to function even after the 30 day trial for the main section is complete. And DVDShrink is totally free.

Another free option is DVDRebuilder. It doesn’t decrypt or rip, but will reduce the size of the movie to fit a blank dvd. And it will do so with higher quality than can be produced with a transcoder like Fab, Shrink or CloneDVD. The trade off is that it takes more time. There is also a paid version called DVDRebuilder Pro with considerably more options built in.

Thought you should know some of the options.


#11

Thanks to you all for your advice. I will go away for a while to weigh up the options. Many thanks :bow:


#12

Don’t pirate!


#13

I just started using anydvd and clonedvd and have had near perfect results. I coudn’t be happier. There are lots of choices, but it all comes down to quality and reliability.