Ideally, I believe the best environment to test out this new version is after a new OS install with minimal required software to run DVD2One. Because if it works as plan then most likely it'll be a software problem later ifyou don't install any new hardware. But alas, we can't always have this opportunity for reasons of our own.
Well, with that said and I can't achieve this ideal environment in the near future, I'm using WinXP Pro with SP1 and I'm glad that my first movie didn't crash on me when doing a full disk backup. I just did Inspector Gadget 2. Looks good but I haven't done it with the other programs yet, DVd95Copy and InstantCopy 7, to compare. Here's my comments on my backup.
Original movie only: 4.49 GB (4,831,752,192 bytes)
DVD2ONe set at 2051MB: 2.25 GB (2,416,091,136 bytes)
Video quality is not bad with size set at 2051 MB. I still see lingering artifacts with close inspections on the computer and I kind of expected they would be present. But on a better note, I do see a little increase in quality as compared to by previous version backups.
Layer breaks still exists. Since I haven't burnt it yet, I can't tell you if that the movie plays without problems.
No option to select unwanted audio ro subtitles. This issue has been addressed and I agree that we should have that option.
My question is by setting the size to what we want, does the extras and menus compensate proportionally with that? Say I set it to 3000 MB. I assume that my movie will be around 3000 MB and everything else shrinks to fit the movie unto a DVD. And of course, the video quality will decrease for those.