I never gave this much thought but I seen this a few times over the past few days. Anyways my computer is a P4 3.0 GHZ, 1 GB of Ram, Running XP, over 100 GB of free hard disc space, and No other applications running while I use shrink. I got an LG GSA4120B which seems to work just fine for me. Anyways it seems to rip the DVD really fast. It takes about 25 - 40 Minutes to analyze, and about 1 hour and 50 Minutes - 3 hours or more to encode. and it takes about 15 minutes to burn at 4X. Now this seems like at least the encoding process is maybe taking longer then it should be, but maybe I'm wrong, thats why Im asking. And if this seems to be a little on the slow side, what suggestions might you have to improve this?