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DVD Shrink Compression Options

With DVD Shrink you can remove audio streams, subtitles and even turn an item you don't want on your DVD into a still picture. It is best to approach these options by parts of your DVD. The first part of this DVD i want to check the settings for is the Main Movie. On the left in the DVD Structure box I have selected the Main Movie "folder" (there is no Main Movie folder on the DVD though, don't get confused, this is just here to help). Click the little + beside the folder and you will see the Titles under Main Movie. In some cases there can be more than one title. I will show you in a moment how to determine which is your actual movie.

First though. Take a look into the Compression Settings on the right. Video is set to Automatic. This means that Shrink will automatically change the video compression setting when items are removed from the DVD (or when compression settings for other items are changed). Currently, the compression ratio is at 58.4% from the original state, this is quite low. The best way to boost it is to remove audio tracks and subtitles you do not need.

A great way to save more space

There is one great option for saving more space on the Output DVD and making the overall quality much better. This is the option to convert your motion menus into still menus while retaining functionality. If you think you would like this, then check out Appendix A.

Appendix A - Shrink Motion Menus with MenuShrink

Automatic Compression

Automatic compression, as said earlier, basically means DVD Shrink will determine the best way to allocate the available space on the blank DVD to different parts of the DVD-Video, making the measurements in quality. It is highly recommended to keep it on Automatic unless you have used the program enough to know the difference in quality at different percentages.

Remove Audio & Subtitle Streams

Another way to save space on the resulting DVD for better quality is to cut out any audio that you do not need. On most DVDs there is foreign audio and a lot of subtitles. Also there is directors commentary and often 2 tracks, one with 5.1 audio and one with 2.0 audio. Obviously, we don't need all of these tracks.

I only need the AC3 5.1 channel track so I unselected the other two. However, to be on the safe side, click your Main Movie and then go down to the Preview Window. Right click and select the track you going to keep. Drag the slider into the middle of the movie and then press play (Do NOT seek through the video when it is playing). This will make sure you don't accidentally keep a directors commentary track or likewise instead of the proper track.

I recommend removing any DTS audio also because it takes up much more room than AC3. Of course, that depends on your own preferences when you watch movies. As for subtitles, I usually don't remove any as the space gained is never anything significant enough to make a noticeable difference on the output DVD, but this is a judgment for you to make yourself.

Replace DVD Extras with Still Images

There may be some extras you do not want to keep. If this is the case, click the + beside Extras to see just how many you are dealing with. Check all of the content in the preview window before you decide to cut anything. I found some anti-piracy notices on mine. I'd prefer not to have to sit and wait through them so I select them and change the Video Compression on the right to Still Image. A still image will now be placed here instead of the video. You cannot remove the video with DVD Shrink however, this will mess up the DVD Structure.

As you can see, you can click Browse and choose a picture from your HDD to put there instead of the video also. There is also another option under video compression you can use, Still Pictures. This converts the video into single frames at 0.5sec intervals. It's not very useful unless for some reason you want to keep the audio.

Using Custom Ratios

One way to push up the quality of your main movie is to go to Extras, change the Compression to Custom Ratio, and manually move the slider down as far as possible (58% in my picture). With Main Movie left on Automatic, this will improve the quality there as more space becomes available. You can also do this with menus. The higher the quality of the Main Movie, the better.

Output Options - Move to Page 4

On the next page, we take a look at your options when it comes to outputting the DVD-Video compilation.

Page 4 - Backup Settings & Begin Process

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Written by: James Delahunty