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DVD Shrink Discontinued - Sort of
August 17, 2005
Thomas Mennecke
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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" DVD Shrink website were greeted with this message:

"The (only) **Official** DVDShrink Site IS NO MORE!"


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 rumor mill is churning some interesting speculation 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:



Below is a current screen shot of Nero Recode:



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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Technology News :: DRM
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