- Jan 29, 2007
You are right. Shrink is an old unsupported program, there are many programs that cost little or nothing that you can use. If in fact the author of Shrink as has been said here is now employed by Nero it would make sense for him to make Recode not compatible with Shrink so people will buy Nero. I do not even know if this is true but we could speculate for hours and nothing will be accomplished. When and if Shrink can open these titles is not known, I am sure it will be accomplished at some point. I do not think its a number 1 priority.:disagree:
From some investigating on AV Science: You have the incompatability close but "sideways". ie The issue isn't Shrink vs Nero Recode as they are "redundant" programs that do the essentially same thing (rip and transcode). What Nero DID do (that you alluded to) was to make the Nero 7 Burning ROM no longer able to be hooked to directly by Shrink. Nero Recode *will* hook directly to the Nero 7 Buring ROM, much the same way Shrink did with Nero 5x and nero 6x. So ya you had it close. In other words... they want to move people that upgrade to Nero 7 away from Shrink over to Nero Recode.
Makes perfect sence now.
What's going on behind the scenes in the larger AV community, however, is that many users just don't (yet?) trust the transcoding portion of Nero Recode to be as good as the transcoder in Shrink. This may be based only on superstition or bias inertia, or even cost - who knows? <shrug> But the fact remains that the MPEG video on the DVD's hasn't changed (and won't change)a lick since Shrink came out, MPEG2 is a stable format. Sooo... if the DVDShrink dood perfected the MPEG transcoder for Shrink - there is no compelling reason to believe he got it any "better" for Nero Recode. (The transcoder in CloneDVD isn't even taking bets to show in that race.) This perhaps only because of the user inertia that the DVDShrink transcoder got, that inertia now being SLOWLY shifted to the transcoder portion of Nero Recode.
It seems the real problem with Shrink has appeared with the "ripper portion" of the program, and only vs the new COPY PROTECTION scheme on SAW3 and Open Season (so far). But again, this problem goes beyond Shrink and a few other older rippers. Last time I checked you *still* can't rip those DVD's to a folder just using AnyDVD and Windows Explorer iether. And that's a problem (in and of itself) that AnyDVD needs to look at.