I've been using Shrink + Nero or Shrink + RecordNow (which came with my Sony DVD recorder) to encode & burn DVDs. Both combinations have worked well but they were very slow -- e.g., 2-3 hours to encode, another 2-3 hours to burn. I figured it was probably my slow USB connection (1.1 version) so I upgraded to USB 2.0. The burning times have shrunk dramatically -- I now burn a whole movie in about 25 minutes. But the encoding time hasn't changed much -- the quickest it's gone is from 1:40 to around :50, which yes is an improvement, but I expected more with 2.0. Today I encoded a movie and it took 1:38, which is just about the same as it took with 1.1. I've checked settings for DMA, always disable everything when encoding & burning, etc. No improvement. Also, if this helps, when DVD Shrink encodes the first DVD of the day that I give it, it starts out slow and I can see it's getting progressively faster, e.g. going from 500 kps (?) to 2,500+ -- which means that the last half of the movie is being encoded much faster than the first half. Is there some reason for all this? Does upgrading from USB 1.1 to 2.0 help speed up burning a lot more than it speeds up encoding? If so could someone tell me why? I like to understand the logic of what's going on as well as seeing it work!! Thanks in advance for any help.