I noticed that it looks like the new v2 encoder favours colour compression first before spatial compression. Is that true? It just seems that colour fields don’t have quite the variance that they did in the previous versions. Don’t get me wrong - it’s not really noticeable. It just seems like it’s a small trick to reduce bandwidth so as to keep a sharper picture and reduce visible mpeg macro block artifacts ie. “blockiness”. I still know of people that swear by DVD X Copy [Express] because it’s “quick and easy” but the quality is fairly substandard, at least now. I’ve tried a few concert DVD’s with it and it screws up on frame interlacing of all things. I wouldn’t think it possible with a decent transcoding engine unless they’re unsuccessfully trying to convert it to progressive frames before reencoding them. A respectable transcode engine shouldn’t play with the frame format PERIOD! This new version of CloneDVD works great though. I’ve had it crash a couple times but nothing major (never during ripping or transcoding, just in the dvd selection screen)
Also, what’s the deal with the CloneDVDfix version 184.108.40.206 (or something like that)? - its the other install with the word “fix” on the end that’s only on the ftp site, and not offically on the website. Is that to fix problems with only certain DVD’s, because it causes ALOT of graphic glitches in common DVD’s ie. Matrix, Matrix Reloaded, 28 Days Later, Cube2: Hypercube? (those are the ones I tested before I stopped using it)
Also, I wonder if it’s possible to have an option where u could have an image come up saying “please insert disc 2” at the end of the disc without using premastering software if you’re using the track split option (customizable graphic). Or any pic at either the beginning or end of the movie for whatever purposes say for copyrights, or “this is a backup copy” or whatever and for a customizable length of time.