Howdy! Thanks for all the kind comments.
This might be a little long...sorry
First a little background and then I'll speak more on some of your ideas...
I've had sirscrub.com for quite a while just sitting there with nothing on it...I just registered it because that is the nick I use all over the place. When I got into making DVD backups and saw how hard it was to find any one spot with enough info for a total newbie to get started (that was fairly easy to follow) I thought to myself that I could do that...DVD2One is pretty easy to use, but so many people have problems with DVD Decrypter (It's called File Mode folks <BG>) and all sorts of little "gotchas" that seem to get left out of guides. What really made my mind up was doing Pearl Harbor. When I didn't really know what I was doing (not that I know now) I tried to make a copy and would up with the second part of the movie having directors commentary. I left the movie sitting by my desk for several months and then one day decided to go look for a guide. I found some good tips, but they were spread all over the place and I had to take a lot of info and combine it to come up with enough of an idea that I thought I could do it...anyway, I figured it out, made that first post on how I did it and then started putting the website together...
It didn't take too long to figure out why so many guides leave out a lot of stuff. It's rather difficult to make a guide that is so complete that it shows every single step. You start thinking that you are wasting time and effort because you are explaining steps that are so basic (like making a new folder for heavens sake) but there are people that are trying to make backups that just don't know enough about the basics. Making folders, making shortcuts, unzipping files and not knowing where they are going, not being able to see file extensions because they are hidden...
Anyway, I think I did ok...it's not perfect, but I'm trying! : )
Now, on to some of your comments...
I must admit that you are thinking beyond the scope of my intended audience. : ) Good job!
You mentioned not needing to rip the entire disk like my guide says to do...I know that is not necessary, in fact I don't, but for the guide, I just decided to say it and move on, it was just easier that way (know what I mean?)
Now about that skewed compression...that's some fine thinking there. I'd never thought about that before. There are a few things I've thought about adding to the LOTR guide. The max VOB limit is one. I knew about the limit, I just didn't make it clear that if you don't chop off those credits, you would be hosed when it came time to use IFOEdit. I think the Pearl Harbor guide calls those steps optional which I definatly need to change. So your idea about increasing the compression to change the output is a nice caveat to add to the guide. Not having done any other disks that needed that process, I didn't know for sure if explaining something like that would be necessary.
Speaking of compression...you know...I've started thinking that much of the worry about compression is over blown. After having seen LOTR and PH cranked down to one disk and seeing the results, I'm just not that worried about it anymore. Still and all, I think it's the idea of one part of the movie having more compression that bothers us more than it is anything else, know what I mean? I think your suggestions have merit and I'll add them to the guide, maybe as footnotes so as not to get the newbies worrying too much about it and giving the more adventurous an opportunity to try it out.
And then you had to bring up Constant/variable didn't you? <BG>
When I first saw that in the new version, I thought, oh crap...I know I going to have to wind up talking about that. I thought I'd give it some time and see what others were saying...and just like it was first stated, try them both and see if there is a difference, that still stands as far as I know. So, I've been thinking about adding that to the site...hey, in the new version of DVD2One, there is constant and variable, you'll have to try them both out and see if there is a difference...it might make a difference, it might not...You must realize that I have been resisting the urge to remake LOTR and PH using constant bitrate. The both look great to me the way I first made them. Still, the idea that they might look better just haunts me. : )
Now about Chopper XP and the Pre-Processing. I learned my lesson about that using VOBEdit on Pearl Harbor. I tried chopping out the credits on PH before I processed with DVD2One and tried to take out that first few seconds of blank video that is in the beginning of PH...found out that DVD2One wouldn't work if I messed with the VOB files. After wasting all that time, I discoved that after DVD2One does it's thing, the blank video is gone and the new VOB files are arranged such that the last VOB file is all credits. That made it so much easier to work on and that is why I wrote to process the files first, then chop the credits.
It's cool that you took the time to experiment with different processes. That's the way to learn! Thanks again for the nice words and the great suggestions. I'll be adding some content to the site in the next few days and I'll add your suggestions as well. One of the things I am going to add is a quick "how to" on creating a "Decrypt with DVD Decrypter" handler to the auto play function of XP. Not that it is hard to do, but don't forget about my "target audience" : )
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