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MenuShrink is an application designed to convert Motion DVD Menus into still menus with or without audio. It is a very useful tool when you are trying to shrink down the size of a DVD movie, as it could shave hundreds of megabytes off of the original size of the compilation, making it a useful tool in backup processes. This guide shows how to use the program on a DVD stored on your hard drive.
Introduction & Requirements
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You will need to use WinRAR or something similar to extract the MenuShrink executable file.
MenuShrink is a fairly basic program, it doesn't have a busy interface at all, it is made to be a simple process and it just does what it claims it does. To open a set of DVD files in MenuShrink, either drag and drop a VIDEO_TS.IFO file into the program or click Open and locate one that way.
Open a DVD
When you have opened a DVD file it is possible to run MenuShrink immediately. By default, MenuShrink will remove the audio from DVD Menus. If you don't want this to happen, click Keep Audio. It is now possible to start the process but a better option to first check the Advanced Options before you do that. Click the Advanced Options button.
The first thing you will notice is that MenuShrink will allow you to uncheck Titlesets that you do not want it to change. Frame Select is for choosing a default location in a motion (video) menu to get an image from which will then be used in the resulting still menu. However, you are better off selecting "Preview Select" for this process. Keep Remove "stop" in subpics selected, Inf. still times should also stay selected. Skip intro/outro clips is also recommended. Preview all cells, when selected, means that MenuShrink will give you options for all Menu cells, even if they don't have buttons.
When you are done with Advanced Options, click the X to close the window. Then click Process! when you return to the main MenuShrink window.
Select Still Image
MenuShrink will now pop-up videos from Motion Menus in front of you. Use the slider above the video to move through the stream, and select the picture you want to appear on your resulting still Menu. When you have chosen the picture, click Shrink. If you would prefer to keep some of the videos in the motion menu, then click Keep on those. Abort will stop the entire process and Auto will basically turn off Preview Select and will pick still images without your interaction.
When the process is complete, you will see the total amount you have saved from the compilation. In my case, it is 274.57MB, not bad at all, just for cutting a menu down to a still menu without losing any functionality.
MenuShrink leaves the backup files from the original compilation inside the VIDEO_TS/MenuShrink_Backup folder. If you want to restore this backup, simply open the DVD with MenuShrink again and click Restore Backup and it will be back to normal Motion Menus immediately.
Hopefully you will have found this article useful. If you have any problems or questions, please visit our Discussion Forums and ask for assistance
Written by: James "Dela" Delahunty
Last updated: 6 March 2009
Last updated: 6 March 2009