I have been ripping my DVD collection to 720x480 mp4 (h264 aac). I have noticed in the last couple months that my rips are starting to show black bars on the side (similar to the widescreen bars at the top and bottom).
I fired up my old desktop which has DVDFab version 22.214.171.124 from September 2008. I ripped one of my DVDs that was having the weird black bar problem using the exact same profile as I do on my primary PC.
The black bars did not appear on the side of my mp4 output.
I will have to do some testing to determine which version this broke in. However, I am getting extremely fed up with the problems in this program.
At first I thought the attention the devs give to this program, evidenced by the frequent (2 or 3x a month version upgrades) was a good thing. Now I am 100% against it. I continue to experience new problems with my rips. They are subtle issues that I don't notice immediately but its a huge problem when I'm ripping a DVD collection of 100s of titles.
My suggestion to Ting and Feng is to release one update a month or every two months. Hire someone to do some testing and work out the bugs before you release a new version. QUALITY CONTROL.
My only solution now is to downgrade to previous versions and at this point I want to completely ignore the prompts to upgrade. Why break something with a new release when it worked fine with the old release?
I've been suckered into thinking newer is better-- upgrade when there is a new release. I upgrade every other program on my PC when a new release is available without a problem. This is the only program that breaks with each new release. Subtitles stop rendering, weird black bars appear, aspect ratio screws up, ripping speed slows down, etc. I just can't take it anymore. :a