First off hello, and thanks to anyone willing to answer my admittedly stupid questions about all this stuff.
I just got my first DVD burner and I’m trying to figure out the best way to go about burning a bunch of ISO/MDS files on my computer without losing too much quality. I have 2 programs: DVD Shrink and DVD Decrypter…is one better to use than the other? Decrypter seems more straightforward in that it simply has me open the MDS file then burn it, while Shrink let’s me “edit” the video by taking certain things out. It seems like I could edit out superfluous junk with Shrink thus resulting in less compression, but maybe it’s better to just use Decrypter? Also, what’s the difference between an ISO file and an MDS in the first place? DVD Shrink will let me work with either, but Decrypter makes me choose the MDS. Does it really matter which?
Lastly, for backing up my DVD’s in the future…What I was initially taught was to use DVD Decrypter to rip the entire disc in ISO mode so I would get an ISO image copy of the WHOLE disc, then to use DVD Shrink to edit that image (taking out directors commentary or whatever) which would THEN be analyzed/saved all over again as a whole new (edited) ISO image which would then be burned to disc using DVD Decrypter. Wouldn’t it make more sense just to put the DVD in the drive, open it using DVD Shrink, choose what I want to edit out then click the backup button? I’ve had two different websites tell me to do it each respective way and I don’t know which to listen to. Confusion!
These are the sites in case anyone’s curious: