Your claim is completely false. Shrink’s transcoder is capable of producing better quality results than Clonedvd2 when using deep analysis with max smoothness (Clonedvd2 does not have a comparable feature). The tradeoff, of course, is time used to transcode.
That said, a good encoder is better than a transcoder (and both Shrink and Clonedvd use transcoders).
Of course, Shrink is no longer developed or supported, and I agree that Clonedvd2 is a less headache filled solution for most people; just use Anydvd and Clonedvd2, and try to avoid aggressive compression rates. Instead of running two or three applications to achieve the results you want, you just need to load up Clonedvd2 with Anydvd running in the background (which is a driver, not an application). Ripping to the hard drive is even an optional step here (in other words, you don’t need to). What could be simpler?
Has anyone else been having widespread issues with AnyDVD?
As far as having problems with Anydvd, the answer is no. Right-clicking the fox icon and choosing “rip video-dvd to harddrive” using Anydvd 18.104.22.168 should address most issues you encounter with Shrink. If not, I suspect your original is damaged, or there is something the matter with your optical drive/reader.
“New: Added “AnyDVD Ripper”. This little tool repairs defective DVDs
while copying them to your harddisk. It can be started from the menu of
the AnyDVD fox icon. It can be started as a stand alone application from
the start menu as well, so it can be used even if AnyDVD is not registered
and the trial period has expired.
It is identical to FixVTS (http://www.videohelp.com/~FixVTS/) but instead
of fixing problems “in place” it copies the files to your harddisk directly
from the source DVD. It fixes the problems while the files are copied.
Some DVDs which have severe mastering defects e.g.,
“Menace II Society” R1 (US) can now be copied with all DVD copy tools
(elby CloneDVD, DVDShrink, etc.) Many thanks to the author of FixVTS!”