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DVD Shrink v3.2 released

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 25 Jul 2004 19:28 User comments (54)

Super popular free DVD-to-DVDR software, DVD Shrink, has been updated to a new version. The new version, DVD Shrink v3.2, fixes couple of bugs since the last version and adds few new features, such as support for using CopyToDVD as a burning software.
The full changelog since v3.1.7 is here:
  • Added Quality Settings tab in the backup dialog, with option to enable AEC "adaptive error compensation" algorithms.
  • Updated to NeroSDK 1.05, which includes support for burning DVD-9 dual-layer media. Added DVD-9 target size in preferences window.
  • Removed "burn with DVD Decrypter" checkbox and replaced with a selectable backup target.
  • Added burn with CopyToDVD as a backup target, this appears if CopyToDVD is installed.
  • Added automatic support for splitting ISO files if they are saved to a FAT32 partition. In this case a .MDS file is also output which can be burned with DVD Decrypter and mounted by Daemon Tools. MDS files can additionally be opened with DVD Shrink from the "Open Disc Image..." menu.
  • Added support for replacing a title with a custom image. A default image from Guy Incognito is installed.
  • Added "InstallPath", "InstallApp" and "InstallHelp" keys to the DVD Shrink registry.
  • Added "March by ZeF69" toolbar.
  • Fixed bug where Panscan and Letterbox subpicture streams could be erroneously discarded in some circumstances.
  • Fixed bug if volume label exceeded 32 characters.

Download the latest version from here:

http://www.afterdawn.com/software/video_software/dvd_rippers/dvd_shrink.cfm

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54 user comments

126.7.2004 5:08

hi all MAN O MAN this is excellant news as i thought we already had the last updatre and the maker wasnt going to carry on this KICK BUTT peace of FREE! software This app is got to on the all time favourites of mine and i bet others too! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK !!! Thx...

226.7.2004 8:28
kyrill
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This program is so flawlessly good is there a way to sponsor the maker? kyrill@cistron.nl

326.7.2004 8:58
wylds
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Fantastic news! The man just can't give it up. His baby has been a boon to all of us. Question? Does the old version have to be uninstalled first before installing the 3.2

426.7.2004 9:03

hi if you go to dvd srink.org you may donate there! also i uninstalled my old version first! **I LOVE THIS APP** just think if the guy sold this - he wouldnt need to work again! THx....

526.7.2004 9:12

I didnt un-install old version and all seems ok, should I delete it??

626.7.2004 10:04

My experience was when I downloaded 3.2, it detected an older version and uninstalled it for me. So you have to uninstall the older version. Richard


Whoa Nellie

726.7.2004 10:08
brobear
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As long as the shortcuts are renamed for the version and the programs are installed in different folders, there is no conflict. I had at least 3 at a time loaded on the computer when sampling the betas leading up to the release. (Just name the installation folders differently; like Shrink 1, Shrink 2... you get the idea.) But, why would one want to keep more than the new version? The improved version does the same things as the old plus there are new functions. I will only be keeping the 3.2 for use. The program went through an extensive beta test procedure before being released. The impending release wasn't breaking news. I guess the actual release is. Discussion here at AD and at DV Forum has been going on for some time. Sort of developing anticipation. _

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'Brobear'





I was an earth-rim walker, a lurker at the threshold of the abyss. - Grendel -

826.7.2004 10:28

I just think it's amazing how the completely free DVD Shrink/DVD Decrypter combination makes commercial products (321's DVD X Copy included) look like a joke. Hats off to the developers of these two programs. They deserve medals.

926.7.2004 10:34

Thanks for the input Brobear. Actually I wanted to ask you a question after reading your thread with a newbie about burn problems. I mistakingly posted it in audio since that's where I was reading it and also posted in dvd for newbies if you care to opine. Richard


Whoa Nellie

1026.7.2004 11:16
brobear
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The new version of DVD Shrink brings it to the forefront of recording capability once again. The improvements modernize the function of the software and make it competitive with other programs. And the price (free) is definitely right. However for Newbies the statement

Quote:
free DVD Shrink/DVD Decrypter combination
could be a bit misleading. One could as easily say the free Nero/Shrink combo as one can continuously download the Nero program for use (30 day trials). DVD Shrink only needs these programs to burn. Some Newbies mistakenly get the impression that DVD Decrypter is needed as a ripper for Shrink. DVD Shrink rips, encodes, and sends the program to a burner. DVD Shrink uses ISO mode to burn with DVD Decrypter. File mode or ISO image can be used with the Nero Burning ROM. These programs will burn automatically with DVD Shrink when the proper choice is selected. (Burning with Nero is the default setting and unchecking that and checking another choice is easily done. There are many guides available, and except for the newer functions, the older guides are still applicable.)
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'Brobear'





I was an earth-rim walker, a lurker at the threshold of the abyss. - Grendel -

1126.7.2004 11:58

Correction accepted, brobear. I only mentioned that combination because it happens to be the one I use. However, that is not universally the case. I should probably try Nero one of these days.

1226.7.2004 12:30
wylds
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LANjackal I agree! In that these two programs make life so simple! I have been at it ten years now and this is the icing on the cake so to speak. I purchased an OEM copy of Nero Express 6 for five bucks and three shipping and installed but have not used once. Maybe I will try it soon to compare. My hats off to all the folks that have worked on these two programs! My sincere thanks.


Until I was thirteen, I thought my name was
'shut up'. ~Joe Namath

A7V8X-X Asus AMD 2400 Thrbred
Enlight Case
Liteon 52X24X52
Liteon DVD 16
Liteon DVDR 812S
Decrypter
D Shrink
Nero 6.3 OEM
Radeon 7500 128MB
512 MB 2700 Ram
80 Gig WD
OS WIN

1326.7.2004 13:03

Awesome - how they keep making it better astounds me. A must have if you back up your DVD's!

1427.7.2004 11:35
1Adonis4u
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This is the type of software that I would buy in a heartbeat. This is my #1 DVD-Backup tool simply because it is very easy to use and don't need to rip to HD beforehand. I'm on my way to contribute some $$$$$ to this guy... and I would hope that you guys would do the same thing. We have to support those who care about our needs and keep working and updating their software to meet the new technology demans. This guy is cool!

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"Burn, baby, BURN!"

1527.7.2004 12:32

Hopefully this will be 3rd time lucky at posting on this topic. I think shrink is a great free program, the "dog's danglers" so to speak. But after using cce+rebuilder, i can say that it is the "donkey's danglers". It is a great program which is FREE and very helpful for analysing the streams. This is the only reason I use shrink. A great product, even better if you don't want to spend the dosh.

1627.7.2004 12:34

clarification: dog's danglers = shrink donkey's danglers = cce+rebuilder

1727.7.2004 12:41

hi all neilm247 (Newbie) 27 July 2004 16:34 clarification: dog's danglers = shrink donkey's danglers = cce+rebuilder are we talking shrink against cce/rebulider on a dvd5 is the same quality? but cce/rebuilder on dvd9 is better than shrink? Thx....

1827.7.2004 21:01

I like the new shrink as well as anybody, I was one of the beta testers. The new shrink is VERY impressive! I would buy the app if it was trialware, no doubt about it. But shrink 3.2 against RB/CCE on DVD5? Paaallleeeaaassseee. Gimme a break. To those who insist on one program to do all their backup needs, no problem, if you're happy then that's all that matters. But to say another prog is useless or doesn't measure up (like Nero) is comparing apples to oranges as my good buddy brobear likes to say. Nero Ultra 6 is a complete audio and video package, including file conversion, menu construction, dvd cover design, PC back up, software dvd player, audio cd player, info tool kit, recode (which works almost exactly like shrink) and a host of other applications too numerous to list. If I could only have one app, this would be it. BTW, nero is the default burner for shrink. Different apps for different situations. RB/CCE is my "bestest" app for quality, but is a waste on a short movie considering it takes four to six hours, so I only use it on movies requiring 35% or 40% compression and up. IC 8 and DVDCopy 2 are also excellent apps and now we have shrink 3.2. I suggest instead of trying to proclaim which is best, to use each in it's own optimum situation to the fullest. Hey rotary, I also used the new shrink with a dual layer burner in the beta testing on a DVD9 AZO 8.5 verbatim, turned out perfect! "but cce/rebuilder on dvd9 is better than shrink?" lol, Am i picking up a hint of sarcasm here? With no compression would it matter? _

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GO VOLS !

1927.7.2004 22:23

Hi Bigo, Can you (or anyone) tell if there is an improved quality in terms of higher compression allowed? In other words, if 3.17 produced good quality when compressing up to 25% will 3.2 allow same quality with 30 or 35% compression? By the way, I don't see on the new version where you choose double layer option for blank disc. Does Shrink detect it automatically? Is there a reason to use CopyToDvd over Nero in conjunction with Shrink? Now with the improved version, do you still favor Nero Recode over Shrink, and if so - why?

2027.7.2004 22:37
brobear
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BigO is right. Shrink's improvements have modernized it and makes it a major player in DVD recording. However its improvements don't diminish the attributes of the other excellent programs one can choose from.

2127.7.2004 23:01

hi all @ bigO

Quote:
Hey rotary, I also used the new shrink with a dual layer burner in the beta testing on a DVD9 AZO 8.5 verbatim, turned out perfect! "but cce/rebuilder on dvd9 is better than shrink?" lol, Am i picking up a hint of sarcasm here? With no compression would it matter?
LOL - it should of read or wrote? is cce/rebuilder better quailty on a dvd5 that is 9 gig dvd!?! compressed to a dvdr or 4.36 gig sorry i forgot some people have dual layers burners! i dont! what a twat i am! so makes no diff at all! and is the is the difference (quailty wise) between a shrink dvdr and a CCE/rebuilder dvdr of a 9gig dvd5 film compressed to 4.36gig a vast difference? (could we tell on the human eye?)????? Thx.... _ _
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Nothing here to see, move along folks.

2227.7.2004 23:40

Hey rotary, lol ,the only reason I have one is cos I got a good deal on it (90 bucks new) and I thought I would wait til the media dropped in price. Crap, forget that, if ya got it, ya wanna use it, know what I mean? On a more serious note, I can tell a BIG difference with RB/CCE on large movies over any other app when reduced to dvd5. It is so sharp it almost looks like someone took a pen and outlined the characters. Well, kinda. heh heh Itsmekev, click on edit, then preferences, where the DVD5 is there is a drop down menu, You can choose custom or DVD9. There is a big difference in the new shrink over the old, both in quality and menu function being maintained with editing. This was one of my major reasons for choosing Recode, altho now that I have heard Mr. Shrink is going to work at Nero, look for improvements on that end as well. Competition is a wonderful thing, it keeps making these various apps strive for a better and better product. In the end we, the consumer, win.

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GO VOLS !

2327.7.2004 23:49

Bigo, Thanks for the useful instruction. Hopefully if and when you have a chance, you'll answer my other questions (my previous posting). Thanks.


If you can't be smart - at least be friendly...

2428.7.2004 6:48
wylds
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Man I love these forums! Until some miracle happens I will stick with Shrink and Decrypter. I did try out Nero last evening and found it easy to use.I copied a copy and it took thurteen minutes without a hitch.It might be my emagination but it looked like the quality of the new copy was better. I just joined this wild bunch last Friday and no coasters yet. I feel honored to be accepted by such knowledgeable folks. 76 years old and going strong! Maybe I ought to test that Viagra huh! But not sure I need it yet!


Until I was thirteen, I thought my name was
'shut up'. ~Joe Namath

A7V8X-X Asus AMD 2400 Thrbred
Enlight Case
Liteon 52X24X52
Liteon DVD 16
Liteon DVDR 812S
Decrypter
D Shrink
Nero 6.3 OEM
Radeon 7500 128MB
512 MB 2700 Ram
80 Gig WD
OS WIN

2528.7.2004 9:46

wylds, sounds to me like you're going strong, keep it up! BTW, Welcome to AD!

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GO VOLS !

2618.8.2004 20:40

I'm using Shrink 3.2 and when encoding it takes over 60 HOURS to encode a movie and then another long time to burn it. What am I doing wrong that this is taking place. I recall that before this was not the case and I have not installed anything new in my computer. Regards, ER

2719.8.2004 6:05
brobear
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Obviously something has gone wrong. 3.2 shrink with the quality settings on shouldn't take over a couple of hours at most on an epic length movie. You have more patience than I do allowing it to run 60 hours. I'd have nailed it much sooner. The first thing I would ask is what are the specs for the PC being used to record and are the drives in DMA?

2819.8.2004 7:08

Was shrink working OK with the 3.1 version, if it was installing the new version shouldn't matter. Something has to have changed since you used the old version. Have you tried uninstalling and reinstalling? Did you completely remove the old shrink before installing the new one?



GO VOLS !

2919.8.2004 7:25
brobear
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BigO riveroer PMed me. The DMA is on and the system specs seem to be adequate. I advised this being handled in open forum. Currently, I advised a free trialware test of another program to see if the problem is with the recording software or is system related. I agreed with your suggestion of reinstalling the software as one of the possibilities. That was one of the possibilities I mentioned that may need to be addressed. I also mentioned the need for good cleanup and maintenace, i.e. Disk Cleanup, spyware/adware and AV, and registry tool operations. I even mentioned checking the drive interface, ASPI. And that was all in one little message. Here are those specs I asked for and the DMA results. By riveroer: The specs are as follows: Intel Pentium 4 - CPU 2.50 GHz 480 MB of RAM hardrive is 120GB I have defragmented the hardrive just in case. I checked IDE ATA/.... Primary IDE Channel is set as follows: Device 0 - transfer mode is set to DMA if available, current transfer mode is set to Ultra DMA Mode 5 Device 1 - transfer mode is set to DMA if available, current transfer mode is set to DMA if available Secondary IDE Channel is set as follows: Device 0 - transfer mode is set to DMA if available, current transfer mode is set to Ultra DMA Mode 2 Device 1 - transfer mode is set to DMA if available, current transfer mode is set to Ultra DMA Mode 2

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'Brobear'





I was an earth-rim walker, a lurker at the threshold of the abyss. - Grendel -

3019.8.2004 9:37

brobear, you seem to have it under control, those are all good suggestions. His system seems more than capable for video work. I have a hard time believing nothing has changed on a system when it worked one minute and didn't the next. There is usually always something different between software loads to cause the problems. well, 99% of the time anyway. Trying a different software would be a good indicater of whether it's his PC or shrink that has the problem. riveroer, this doesn't mean I don't believe you have done nothing, don't take it the wrong way, you may have inadvertantly done something and not realized it, something we all are capable of. PCs are very finicky and lots of times it doesn't take much. We all have been there, done that. LOL brbear, I'm doing some serious burning today, I went and got 6 new movies. I'm kinda checking in and out every couple of hours when I get a break between programs running. Talk to ya later.



GO VOLS !

3119.8.2004 9:59

I love the new Shrink program as well but for some reason it locks up whenever I try to do compression. If when re-authoring it is at 100 percent and doesn't require compression it works fine, but when a movie is a bit to big with locks up everytime during the encoding process, is there something that I am not doing right ? I am a bit confused and dis appointed. Please help anyone if you have the answer mlemen

3219.8.2004 10:09

Brobear, Thanks for the suggestions. I'm in the process of trying DVD X Copy Gold. This is my roginal software and it worked sometime and then it did not work anymore. This is the main reason that I decided to start using DVD Shrink. I had purchased DVD X Copy, the I got DVD X Copy Gold, then I got DVD X Copy Platinum and they would work for a while and then they would not work or give alot of errors during the burning process. But I try once again.

3319.8.2004 10:12
brobear
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mlemen First of all, we need to know the specs for the PC you are trying to record with. CPU type and speed RAM amount HDD size and free space OS Brand, model and drive configuration Transcoding a larger video onto the smaller target reguires the PC to use more memory. It sounds like something may be causing your system resources to be overburdened. Just a guess at this point, but you may be having hardware problems instead of software ones.


'Brobear'





I was an earth-rim walker, a lurker at the threshold of the abyss. - Grendel -

3419.8.2004 10:38

I Have a 1.3 Gig Hp with approximately 400 meg of ram, 120 gb hard drive with about 50 gig free and a 7200 rpm matrox drive. Operating system is Windows XP and I have not upgraded to SP2 yet. I had this identical problem with the previous version of DVD Shrink. Please let me know your thoughts. Mlemen

3519.8.2004 10:59
brobear
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Have you tried using any other recording software to transcode video to DVD? Your system is suitable to use shrink unless you are encountering some sort of memory problem or interference. Shrink by itself causes no particular problems to cause a crash. It happening with an earlier version sort of eliminates it being just a bad installation. Just to run a check, close all the programs running in the background if there are any. Use an RW to record to, so you don't waste any media. Open the Task Manger. While recording watch the scale and see what the system memory levels are and where the level is when the crash occurrs. Depending on the setup of the system, your requirements may be too high for the additional burden. That would be one quick check. Make sure you use a movie large enough to cause the problem. If you haven't tried transcoding with other software, try it to see what happens. Most of the software companies offer free trials. Try using the free DVD Decrypter to rip and use the trial DVDCopy2 from InterVideo.com to transcode and burn. That will give you an idea of whether it is just recording in general or A particular software causing the problem. Let us know what you find.


'Brobear'





I was an earth-rim walker, a lurker at the threshold of the abyss. - Grendel -

3619.8.2004 11:11

I will give that a try, I have used dvdxcopy express and dvdxcopy and it never happened there. But I will try what you are suggesting and see. If nothing else I will upgrade to a faster machine with more memory as a last resort, Thanks for your help and I will elt you know what happens mlemen

3719.8.2004 11:39
brobear
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Usually the problem is with a program like Xcopy and one uses Shrink to check the system. Be sure to check the memory.


'Brobear'





I was an earth-rim walker, a lurker at the threshold of the abyss. - Grendel -

3819.8.2004 12:29

Brobear, I tried DVD X Copy and it worked. I will try to delete Shrink and download it again and re-install this program from the system Regards, ER

3920.8.2004 3:21
brobear
Inactive

Good luck. Let us know what happens.


'Brobear'





I was an earth-rim walker, a lurker at the threshold of the abyss. - Grendel -

4020.8.2004 3:54

Well, I tried closing everything running and watched memory and nothing changed, it didn't use up memory, the processor peaked to 100 % but would drop down to 75% to 90 % 95 % and go back up. go about 49 % of the movie encoded and it locked up my system ?? Any other ideas ?? please ?

4120.8.2004 4:52
brobear
Inactive

Just want to try another tack to see if I can locate the problem. It is difficult not being hands on. Use Shrink to Create an ISO image to the HD and select DVD Decrypter to burn the ISO file.


'Brobear'





I was an earth-rim walker, a lurker at the threshold of the abyss. - Grendel -

4220.8.2004 6:41

Hi all. :) mlemen, your problem is probably caused by overheating. DVD Shrink is quite demanding on systems, especially when medium to high levels of compression are required, and/or Deep Analysis or its new Quality Options are used. You could try monitoring your processor temperature, to check at what point the crash occurs. A temporary solution would be to open your PC case. P.S: is your processor overclocked? _

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4320.8.2004 9:15

Brobear & Team, Thanks for all sugestions regarding DVD Shrink. I have implemented them and it works now. Thanks a lot. Regards, ER

4420.8.2004 9:20

Glad to hear it, riveroer. :) Would you mind letting us know how you solved the issue?





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4522.8.2004 19:52
brobear
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riveroer It is useful to the thread to let us know your solutiion for the problem. It could prove helpful to someone else reading the thread later on. @dd When did you get that Senior thing hung on you? Now you have to play nice like me.

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'Brobear'





I was an earth-rim walker, a lurker at the threshold of the abyss. - Grendel -

4622.8.2004 19:59

He'll be impossible now! lol Btw, that title kinda makes you two look old, looks good on me tho.



GO VOLS !

4722.8.2004 20:45

Thanks to you all for your suggestions, I think in my case I found the problem, I tried most of the things suggested but this didn't seem to fix the problem. I unistalled the program and re-installed it, this seemed to change a little as the processor didn't stay pegged at 100%, but it still locked up, so i tried something else and haven't had a problem since. I dis-abled the real time protection on my norton anti virus, no problems since then. Thank You all for the suggestions, peace mlemen

4822.8.2004 22:40

hi @ DD nice to see you matey! hows it ? yes riveroer how did you sort the prob? Thx...


Nothing here to see, move along folks.

4923.8.2004 4:35

Hi Rotary. :) I'm ok, thanks. How you doing? ;) Senior Member, me??? LOL





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5023.8.2004 9:25

riveroer, I am curious, we all are curious, how did you solve the problem? One of the things that makes this forum work is the give and take scenario. By passing down what you did, even if you don't want to help others, we can use that info to help exxpand our knowledge base. Besides, my curiosity is killin' me! lol Sooo please tell us, what did you do? :)



GO VOLS !

5110.1.2005 19:43

I had the exact same problem, went through a lot of the same steps to isolate and finally found that disabling Norton's real-time file protection solved the problem..... Thanks MLEMEN!!!

5210.1.2005 20:10
brobear
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jabak Thought this thread had "gone South". I have Norton AV and don't experience the problem. I'd say that is one of those problems that varies by system. What is your CPU and how much RAM do you have? I have a 2.8GHz P4 with 1GB RAM that I do most of my recording on and haven't had a bit of trouble locking up; that's with DVD Shrink and a number of other recording apps I use.

5310.1.2005 20:28

1.8GHz P4 with 512 RAM.... I think I spoke too soon... encoded two dvd's and locked on the third one again.?.! I thought I had finally come across the answer... havn't seen the Norton AV solution in many other places so thought I would resurect. After trying just about every DMA, master/slave, aspi, drivers, etc. setting I think I'm going to give up and use something else. Proabably Intervideo DVD Copy or just stick with DVDxCopy.

5410.1.2005 20:55
brobear
Inactive

This is a thread for commenting on the new version of DVD Shrink 3.2. Been out since July, so not that new anymore. You need to open a thread in DVD for Newbies or the DVD Shrink section and see if the forum members can help you out. There are a number of things that can cause the problem you're having. If you go with trying another app, InterVideo gives a good trial on the DVDCopy3. Take it for a road test to see if you have the same problem with it. That'll tell you if you're having a problem with a certain recording app, like Shrink, or a system problem. I sometimes suggest a good trial of another app in diagnosing recording software problems. DVDXCopy, or at least the old 321 software, is becoming a bit dated. Unless you have it, I usually suggest going with something else. It's a good app, but no support except from forums and now has to rely on external rippers for some of the new DVDs like RE2 and LBB with unreadable sector encryption. Without development, it will continue to fall behind.

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