I know that there are plenty of DVD compression softwares out there. I've used CloneDVD2 and Amazon's DVD Shrinker. I noticed DVD Shrinker did a better job of compression, by creating less distortion and coming closer to the custom target disc size.
I am actually merging two full length movies into one file, then compressing them to fit on 8.5MB disc. My question is, are their any softwares out that are notoriously popular for superior quality? Or are they all the same?
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DVD Rebuilder with either HCEnc or CCE will produce superior results to a transcoder under most circumstances simply because it uses a better technique. Transcoders reduce the size of the video by removing data from the current stream without re-encoding. This has the advantage of speed, however it also quickly degrades the quality in many circumstances. Re-Builder actually re-encodes the video from scratch, which allows for proper analysis of the video stream to best determine where the saving can be made with the least impact.
Regardless, there is always a point where too much compression will do damage. However with Re-builder you can usually push that point a lot further than you can with a transcoder.
That said, some people cannot see the difference between the original disc and one that has been transcoded down to 50%. If you are one of those then it probably doesn't really matter what you use.Read my blog here.
I've always found DVD Shrink / Nero Recode did a good job when the quality settings are enabled. In Shrink, after you click the backup button the configuration panel comes up. Click the Quality Settings tab and check both boxes. Do the same in recode; here the settings are on the burn page. This is like doing a two pass encoding i.e. it takes twice as long, usually around an hour. That's still shorter than a complete re-encode and for backups to play in the van or for viewers that don't know any better, I don't think the extra quality is worth it.
DVD Shrink, max smooth AEC, deep analysis on, takes a few hours at most, sometimes less
DVD Rebuilder, use HC Enc (or CCE Basic or Procoder), re-encodes for best quality, but takes quite a few hours (8-10 on average, on a 3Ghz AMD/Intel setup)
DVD2one, most recent versions, not sure on settings (all the "quality" ones would be enabled, no doubt), I just know output looks fine.
Only options I would consider.
Thank You everyone for your input. I just want to share with you, something I read, and I'm wondering how you guys feel about it, with regards to (CCE)...
Both versions of DVD-ReBuilder come with two different free MPEG encoders - HC (Hank''s Encoder) and QuEnc. Both are good encoders, although not quite as good as the best commercial MPEG encoders available. In addition, Cinema Craft Encoder (CCE) and Canopus ProCoder are also supported. These two encoders are generally considered the best available. CCE comes in two versions - CCE Basic and CCE SP.
Can anyone confirm that Cinema Craft Encoder, is really the best encoding method available?
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Originally Posted by Noy2014
That said, being a 'Movie Only' guy, the original DVDShrink serves me well on movies of around 2 hours or less. By my eye and on my equipment they look great.