I tried out DVD2ONE the other night for the first time taking the largest movie I have, The Shawshank Redemption which is 7.7GB and set DVD2ONE to do its thing.
Overall, I think the simplicity, speed, stability and quality of DVD2ONE and what it produces is great. The only gripe I have is that there were several spots through the movie which showed easily visable image artifacts. THis is emphasised even more as I watch my movies on a 120" projection screen, so artifacts really do detract from the movie experience.
What I’m wondering is wether these occasional visable artifacts are due to what I’d presume is a single pass encoding in DVD2ONE? I’ve seen the results of a DVD9->DVD5 conversion using CCE, and I was very hard pressed to see any difference in video quality in this and the original, and I’m wondering if this was due to the CCE encode was set to do 3 passes? What’s putting me off the CCE route is that it seems to be extremely involved and complicated, but does seem to produce remarkable results.
If multipass encoding would benefit the video quality in DVD2ONE, would it be worth considering adding a user configurable option, such as a speed<—>quality slider bar so the user has better control of the output quality? I don’t care if the conversion takes 24 hours, I’d MUCH prefer a flawless quality result than a quick encode.