[quote=signals;2216996]Covered your point of view, not necessarily that of all users.
I read your post and I’m sorry this doesn’t work better for you. Let me re-state the question I raised: For other than the few movies where subtitles would be desireable or necessary, I wonder if it would be worth a 3-4 hour re-encode to save 30% on file size. As I suggested to you once before, maybe Sony will fix it. Heh heh. I was trying, perhaps mistakenly, to lend support to your feature request. If Ting thinks it is worthwhile I suspect he will try to do it for you.[/quote]
Maybe I was not clear about my point of view then. I agree with you that it is probably not worth it to re-encode if it can be avoided. That is why I will continue to use VOB Passthrough for most movies. It would be nice to be able to use DVDFab for those times where VOB Passthrough will not work.
Thanks for trying to lend support for my feature request. It was just odd that your support included saying that using the option was probably not worth it. I was not trying to jump down your throat. You just seemed to be weakening my position rather than strengthening it. My point is that there are times when there are no other options except to re-encode. My issue with the PS3 is one such situation but I believe there are other devices that do not support VOB playback that would have a similar issue.
Some other points I should make:
[li]3-4 hours for only 30% space savings is when using a setting that is 1 less than the maximum quality (maximum creates a file larger than the original). Those people that are not as picky could see significant improvements in both time and size by using a less costly setting.[/li][li]The processing required and space savings are with today’s processors and algorithms. A re-encode from DVD9 to DVD5 used to take 45 minutes and now takes 5 minutes. A re-encode from DVD9 to VCD used to take all night and was still unwatchable (maybe the unwatchable part is still true).[/li][li]Maybe one day Sony and DVDFab will fully support the MKV format (with MPEG2, AC3, and subtitles). Then conversion would be unnecessary (for me at least).[/li][li]There are other tools that already have this kind of output but I like DVDFab, so here I am making my case.[/li][/ul]
The main issue is to create “Theater” options (as you put it) which I believe we are in agreement about. The VOB Passthrough option is a good start but with the notable exception that it is lacking the ability to force a time code re-index (see -forceidx in mencoder). I think there is a growing number of people trying to create a video jukebox at home and would be willing to pay for a one-click solution. This creates a great opportunity for DVDFab since it is one of the few programs that keeps up with the latest DVD copy protection stupidity and has encoding capabilities.