Well you've got to give credit for an innovative interface..
But after that, there are some rough edges. And that damn sheep crunching away makes me want to jump out of a high window onto some sharp railings. Couldn't we have had the actual movie in there - a la Shrink?
The first movie I tried was Disney's Sleeping Beauty. Disney DVDs are a pain, so a good thing to test with. This didn't let me down. It crashed within seconds - in any mode I chose to place it - with this wonderfully enlightening message:
PS 3 255 PS 7 2048 IDVOBU VOBU 3 2 VOBU 4 98941 154 TCE
Oh well, that's all right then. I understand now.
The next Disney - Lilo & Stitch - did manage to get through OK. Sadly, the retention of menus, which I thought would be this application's ace card, turns out to be a grey screen which plays through in whatever time the title you dropped would have taken. Couldn't the IFOs have been doctored so that dropped items were simply skipped? Like IC does?
The quality is OK: just the same as all the other transcoders. I wonder when people will come to realise that there is a finite limit to what can be done in terms of quality when all you're doing is compressing. You are just so dependent on the original encoder. And CloneDVD does not even offer the facility to set different compression levels for different titles - the trailers are going to get the same loving attention as the main movie...
CloneDVD then..? Good, but no cigar.