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What's the best shrinking program for Mac?

Discussion in 'Video problems with Mac' started by Alzonder, Dec 3, 2004.

  1. Alzonder

    Alzonder Guest

    I've used a demo of DVD remaster but it was excruciatingly slow. Someone suggested Pro-cut or something like that.
    Thank you, oh pundits.
     
  2. mediaguru

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    The two main apps are

    dvd2oneX
    dvdremaster

    Both have their advantages.

    I'm just starting to use remaster for whole disc copies. It
    worked AWESOME on spiderman 2. The video quality was
    stellar. I used the m2vdownsizer which recompresses the
    original video. It takes a LONG time. After working for
    several hours my g4/400 still had 18 hours to go. So I bailed
    on that. BUT my dual G5/2GHZ crunched it in 4 hours.

    If you don't want to spend that long and/or want some other
    options like: movie only, join, subtitles etc then dvd2onex is
    your app.
     
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  3. Alzonder

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    Thank you.
    I have tried a demo of DVDremaster but it was excruciatingly slow. So I opted for DVD2oneX
    which is like hundred times faster.
     
  4. fatazzcav

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    i cannot locate a good copy of remaster for the mac os X.

    I am running a Dual G5 2.5 ghz machine with mac os x
     
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    For the record - I compared dvd2oneX with roxio popcorn and hands down dvd2oneX was twice as fast compressing - 26 minutes versus 51 minutes in popcorn. The only thing about popcorn is that it's a single click to do both compressing and cutting.
     
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    Well if it took 51 mins then it really isn't all that much quicker since it was also extracting.
     
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    no, actually you have to FIRST spend 23 minutes with MacRipper DeCSS, then you point popcorn to the VIDEO_TS folder of unencrypted VOB's on your hard disk and tell it if you want the whole disc or just the Main Feature then it compresses and then cuts in one click. Popcorn 100% does NOT work with encrypted files and unlike DVD43 on PC's you must do MacRipper by hand first.

    Also, even more importantly - I compared the video quality of popcorn to dvd2oneX after compression and there is positively a macroblocking effect in some of the background. dvd2oneX claims it's algorithms are better and it appears they are.

    Also, I couldn't find an obvious way to split a movie across two DVD's with zero compression which dvd2oneX will allow because it specifies Titles by Layer. So you can select Layer 1 for disk 1 and layer 2 for disk 2. There's a natural split in the files at the layer break anyway so it seems an easy way to cut it.

    so in short - popcorn only saves the extra step of mastering a dvd after compression but at the expense of quality of image.
     
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    Very nice post. I'll be holding off on popcorn for now.
     

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