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ratDVD takes a full featured DVD movie and puts it into a highly compressed video format file - while preserving all the features of the original DVD. You can directly play back the compressed file - with all the options the original DVD. You can also simply convert it back to the original DVD format without losing any features(but you will lose video quality).

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Version:0.78.1444 History
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Size:4.51MB



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  Latest version:
0.78.1444 (December 06, 2005)


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Supported operating systems:
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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
Release Notes ratDVD v0.78.1444
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Features:

MediaPlayer now supports ratDVD files in the video media library
MediaPlayer now supports direct convert and burn of ratDVD files
Added convert/burn option in navigation menu of standard direct show players
Added "/burn" command line option
Added support for ShowCommand in StartupInfo when started from another process
Added movie name recognition into ISO import plug-in
Added translation support for playback navigation menu
Updated danish translation
Updated codecs for higher performance

Bugfixes:

Fix for Media Player seeking issue
Fix for starting playback quickly after ending playback issue
Fix for stop/restart problem in Media Player
Fix for some Subtitle/Audio display/selection issues in navigation menu during playback
Fix for a problem that a DVD to ratDVD profile could have consequences when converting ratDVD to DVD
Fix for access violation during repeated starting and stopping of preview in converter
Fix for some playback errors

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Guides and How to's:
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From what I understand this latest version still doesn't support Mpeg audio layer 2, so if you want to convert DVD's from a set top recorder that records audio in that format you're out of luck.

Also, still veeery slow. And forget about getting any replies on either RATDVD forum (CDFreaks or Doom9).



Posted August 25, 2005 by . Tool version 0.75 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 4 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 6 of 10


Overall, this is a pretty good program for what it is...a rather early version of a program to compress dvd's....it has some stuff that has been simply lacking with other programs, such as tagging and full dvd archiving within a single file...on the downside though, the video codec that is used needs a bit more work before I personally would consider it to be a GREAT alternitive to some other programs around...compression time isnt THAT bad, at least in my opionion....try and compress a movie to divx at the highest settings and you will see what i mean. The only other drawback is playback.....the playback requirements are a bit steep for a lot of people...it plays semi choppy on a 2ghz amd athlon 2400 xp with 768mb of ram and a 128mb video card....THAT needs improvement BIGTIME........but like i said earlier, its still in a rather early stage of development, so once they get the kinks worked out of it, im sure it will end up competing with the best of the best.


Posted July 12, 2005 by . Tool version v0.7.1239 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


Tried it on vobs of total 7.x Gig to see how well it could compress it to fit all in a dvd-r. Took 6 hours to convert to rat file, and another 3 hour to convert rat file to vobs for authoring. The resulted DVD:
-appears to be much "washed out", lost a lot of details.
-macro blocks quite noticeable, pretty bad inter block noises.
-doesn't look like it has been converted to 1/2D from full D, but the perception to me with all those macroblock noises, over smoothing of neighbouring pixels (lost details) is worse than a 1/2D conversion done by for eg QuEnc, Rejig, or Tsunami.

I was looking for an alternative to DVD-rebuilder but so far have not found one that performs better than the QuEnc, or at least equal to Tsunami. Not recommended if all you want is to shrink a DVD.



Posted July 11, 2005 by . Tool version 0.7.1235 using OS Win98
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10


There is a big improvement in performance with the latest version.
The recovered DVD quality is v good at higher compressions even on high action scenes.
My trials were with quality slider at 60.RatDVD files were about 30 % of original and recovered DVD about 80% of original.
At 60 setting with earlier version-quality was not at all good.



Posted July 09, 2005 by . Tool version 0.7 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


Just done ,,Metallica,,DVD with 50%compression .I love this programm allready.DVD Rebuilder hasn't done the same job that nice.I think of using ratDVD from now on...10 of 10


Posted June 11, 2005 by . Tool version 0.5.1017 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


Good idea, but right now, needs to develop further. Things I'd like to see in the future:

1) Faster encoding - Currently it takes a very long time to make a ratDVD (but it is understandable).
2) File size preview - It'd be nice if you could know what the file size is going to be.
3) Automatic shutdown - Because the compression process takes so long, an automatic shutdown would be nice so that you don't have to worry about keeping your computer on longer than necessary.
4) Simplified GUI - I don't want to manually adjust my settings. I'd much rather have a simple slider where it has 3 preset options: Smallest Size, Medium, and Highest Quality. I don't want to have to slide the bar around to decide whether 125 is going to be better than 110.



Posted June 10, 2005 by . Tool version 0.5.1017 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10


It does not seem to work with any DVD that was authored by DVDLAB Pro. But I like the idea, it would be nice if one can predict the size of the video file.


Posted June 02, 2005 by . Tool version 0.5.1017 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


I noticed in task manager that the default priority is set at low, which would explain why it is very slow. I just increased the priority in task manager to normal and noticed an immediate speed increase. will have to wait for encode to finish to see if it makes a big difference in time.


Posted June 02, 2005 by . Tool version o.5 using OS MacOSX
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 6 of 10 Value for money 7 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


slow encoding - good results on image quality --- can not predict file size ..

some bugs reported with some users (as in does not work at all)

good idea and unique product




Posted June 01, 2005 by . Tool version 1 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 6 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10

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