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Postby SlyckTom » Wed Aug 17, 2005 10:50 pm

DVD Shrink and DVD Decrypter quickly became the "must have" software of the DVD burning generation. DVD Decrypter, with its DeCSS engine, worked hand in hand with DVD Shrink, especially for DV9 media. Since the most commonly used DVD media is DV5, this 4.7 Gig limit proved critical for those who wished to copy and burn a DV9 (9 Gig) movie. Unless of course you had DVD Shrink.

As its name implies, DVD Shrink took a large 9 Gig DVD and compressed it so it could be burned to a 4.7 Gig DVD. Unlike many DVD utilities, DVD Shrink is a simple enough for the average user, had enough advanced features to please just about anyone and was 100% free. One could utilize such features as customizing the level of compression or removing unwanted audio and video segments.

Here's where things start to get interesting. DVD Shrink's last update was on July 25, 2004. As many know, when several months pass it typically implies trouble in paradise. Indeed, this morning those who frequent the "official" <a href=http://www.dvdshrink.org target=_blank>DVD Shrink</a> website were greeted with this message:

<center>"The (only) **Official** DVDShrink Site IS NO MORE!"</center>

Fond memories of the likes of Song Spy, Scour, and of course DVD Decrypter would soon accompany feelings of disappointment. Howvever unlike DVD Decrypter, DVD Shrink gave absolutely no explanation for its departure. But with a little knowledge, it becomes apparent that DVD Shrink truly has not been with us for more than a year. The "official" website was really just a home base for the program, authorized by the DVD Shrink programmer. Hundreds, if not thousands, of mirrors for this program exist. Considering the circumstances, this number is likely to dramatically increase in the coming days.

Now, the <a href=http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=98846&highlight=dvd+shrink target=_blank>rumor mill</a> is churning some interesting <a href=http://forum.digital-digest.com/showthread.php?t=54150 target=_blank>speculation</a> regarding this matter. According to folklore and legend, the author had left the project a while ago, hence the lack of updates. Where oh where did our friend from DVD Shrink end up? The most plausible speculation suggests that he is now working for Nero, and still very active in the DVD "shrinking" business.

By examining both DVD Shrink and Nero Recode, the similarities are unmistakable.

Screen shot of DVD Shrink:

<center><img src=http://www.slyck.com/misc/dvdshrink.jpg></center>

Below is a current screen shot of Nero Recode:

<center><img src=http://www.slyck.com/misc/nero.jpg></center>

While DVD Shrink has been discontinued on the "official" site, keep in mind the author put little effort into the site's operation. So for now, DVD Shrink has been discontinued. Whether this will remain so...only time can tell.
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Postby Asian Flying Cow » Wed Aug 17, 2005 11:19 pm

A source has confirmed your speculation about working for nero, but until i hear it from more than one person, im still gonna leave it to questioning. Good article.
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Postby ksaturn123 » Wed Aug 17, 2005 11:19 pm

If he did indeed go to work on Nero Recode, I'm happy to see a coder finally get some payback for thier hard work. Why do it for free, if someone will pay you? :)
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Postby Psycho Ced » Wed Aug 17, 2005 11:31 pm

I've noticed this feature in nero too, but it was not as easy to "just shrink the dvd" ... it kept giving some weird warning about the dvd menus not coming out right, but that was a while ago.
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Postby Assyrian » Wed Aug 17, 2005 11:37 pm

Psycho Ced wrote:I've noticed this feature in nero too, but it was not as easy to "just shrink the dvd" ... it kept giving some weird warning about the dvd menus not coming out right, but that was a while ago.


yeh ive tried using it, not that simple, still dont know how to use it.
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Postby eAi » Wed Aug 17, 2005 11:37 pm

I'm not sure they're that unmistakeable similarities. Perhaps someone could do a comparison of the two binaries and see if anything matches up. Maybe I will if I get the time.
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Postby silentanvil » Thu Aug 18, 2005 12:12 am

It is really too bad he no longer makes teh dvdshrink software. My experience with nero has always been that it will crash at random times(usally right before you click the "burn" button for your dvd". I have never experienced any problems with DVDshrink in the past.
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Postby mrhappy » Thu Aug 18, 2005 12:19 am

fwiw, dvdshrink and dvddecrpter can still be found at the excellent mrbass.org site:

http://mrbass.org/dvdshrink/

http://www.mrbass.org/dvdrip/

http://www.mrbass.org/

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Postby Bucky da Lurker » Thu Aug 18, 2005 12:24 am

Hey All

You people are doing it all bass ackwards

Don't laugh, but this works, I do it all the time.

I use the Disc Copier in Roxio 7 with a memory resident program called DVD43 which if you Goggle you can find it for FREE. This program overwrites the copy protection on original DVD's

I also have a DVD-Rom and DVD Burner in that machine, I can copy an entire DVD and compress it in an hour or less.

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Postby resueman » Thu Aug 18, 2005 12:48 am

thanks that by far sounds to be the easiest way ive heard to copy a dvd..
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Postby snake187 » Thu Aug 18, 2005 1:06 am

you can still find dvd shrink on a number of torrent and warez sites
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Postby Assyrian » Thu Aug 18, 2005 1:14 am

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Postby vtwin0001 » Thu Aug 18, 2005 2:06 am

I use DVDIdle and AnyDVD. Those two are resident apps that too, break all the codes, so, you just put dvdshrink and off you go.

I took my copy of DonnieDarko DVD9 (it says its write protected on the back of the box LOL ) and put it inside my machine.

I didnt have to use anything, just, run dvdshrink and thats just it! :D
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Postby bkman » Thu Aug 18, 2005 3:17 am

So the fact that Nero's UI is vaguely similar means that DVDShrink lives on?

Excuse me if I am not convinced (:roll:), especially since Recode doesn't even provide a similar functionality to DVDShrink (afaik).

If you didn't have a source other than that truly compelling piece of "evidence" then my opinion of slyck's articles would really go down. Still pretty weak foundation for a whole article.
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Postby Psycho Ced » Thu Aug 18, 2005 4:47 am

bkman wrote:So the fact that Nero's UI is vaguely similar means that DVDShrink lives on?

I think the fact the you can still get it means that DVDShrink lives on. I think the nero thing was meant to more of a tidbit then the main article.
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Postby resueman » Thu Aug 18, 2005 4:53 am

"these are the dark days" goto majorgeeks.com if you want dvdshrink, i would never worry there is always something else.. look at p2p for instance it is carrying movies now, one could look as darwin if so inquired, but i just look at it as something else. not a miracle which it truely is.
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Postby Psycho Ced » Thu Aug 18, 2005 4:54 am

doom9 wrote:The "official" DVD Shrink site was basically a volunteer site that the author endorsed. The author never had anything to do with this site, and it going down has nothing to do with the author or software itself.
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Postby SlyckScratch » Thu Aug 18, 2005 5:19 am

I heard a while ago that Recode is DVD Shrink but in my experience, Recode doesn't seem quite as good....

BTW has anyone else heard that DVD Decrypter was bought by Macrovision?
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Postby donraja » Thu Aug 18, 2005 6:29 am

Can someone explain something to me. I used to use the combination of dvdshrink and dvd decrypter a long while back but then I switched to elby's clone dvd which does the job for you in one go. is there any difference in the end result of these programs?
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Postby AussieMatt » Thu Aug 18, 2005 6:52 am

LightningUK the creator of decrypter used to moderate the deCrytper forum on DVD Digest and stated that in one of his last posts he had to hand the website and code over to a company starting with M and it wasnt the one everyone was thinking about .
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Postby mea2214 » Thu Aug 18, 2005 9:54 am

silentanvil wrote:It is really too bad he no longer makes teh dvdshrink software. My experience with nero has always been that it will crash at random times(usally right before you click the "burn" button for your dvd". I have never experienced any problems with DVDshrink in the past.


Nero crashes on me so much I stopped using it and now use the CD Burner XP freeware to burn CD-Rs. Nero usually crashes on successive burns on the window to add file and then it freezes. Ctrl-Alt-Del gives me the blue screen of death and then I have to reboot. I was using the free version that came with the CD-RW burner but I got too frustrated with this program to use it anymore.
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Postby shulkman » Thu Aug 18, 2005 10:40 am

It's a shame to see this happen once again. I've used DVD Shrink to back up my DVD's for a while now. While I had DVDecrypter on my computer, I never actually had to use it, since DVD Shrink always seemed to take care of the encryption by itself. I use Nero for burning purposes, but have never used the Nero Recode program, so I can't offer an opinion on it. However, I can only say that DVD Shrink was not only FREE but it also worked, making it immediately better than Nero... I've recommended, and refered many of my friends and family to DVD Shrink. What I find surprising is that while DVD Shrink had not had an update in forever, it still worked so well, at least in my experience. Just think, what if Micro$oft could make an OS that worked that well, and could go for over a year without an update... LOL.

The death of DVDecrypter and DVD Shrink only hurts advancements in software improvement. It will do nothing to stop "illicit" DVD copying, since there are already plenty of other alternatives.
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Postby vtwin0001 » Thu Aug 18, 2005 1:29 pm

Just wanted to make sure everybody reads what Psycho Ced wrote, as it seems nobody did

Psycho Ced wrote:
doom9 wrote:The "official" DVD Shrink site was basically a volunteer site that the author endorsed. The author never had anything to do with this site, and it going down has nothing to do with the author or software itself.
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Postby GraphiX » Thu Aug 18, 2005 2:33 pm

why is it every great free tool they make
that does more and works 100% better than all
the other high priced paid alternatives always
end up where the author leaves or just decides not
to continue ???

every good thing that ever happened gets discontinued
but yet the crap programs that you pay for
that dont work for shit keeps on running.

but never fear now this has been shut down for
what ever reason a new app will replace it
so will just wait to see what comes from it
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Postby videocheez » Thu Aug 18, 2005 3:19 pm

There is always DVD2ONE. Its fastr but it ain't free.
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