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Popcorn question
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: January 30, 2006 10:34AM
I made backups of a couple of DVDs recently but am not getting the result I wanted: the resulting DVD doesn't retain the letterbox format.

I used Mac the Ripper to extract the full disk; extracting only the main feature resulted in a VIDEO_TS folder that Popcorn couldn't handle. So I tried using Popcorn's option to do the main feature only, which lets me turn off extraneous languages and reduce the amount of compression, but I lose the letterbox (correct) aspect ratio that way.

Is there a way around this? The backups of these particular disks play better than the source disks in my cheapie Cyberhome player.



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Re: Popcorn question
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: January 30, 2006 10:47AM
I was starting to get hungry when I saw your title.

So you're saying it plays but it's in full screen instead of widescreen?



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Re: Popcorn question
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: January 30, 2006 11:11AM
Yes, full screen rather than widescreen.
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Re: Popcorn question
Posted by: MacMagus
Date: January 30, 2006 01:34PM
Popcorn uses QuickTime to do the recompression and QuickTime screws up the aspect ratio.

If the latest Mactheripper doesn't extractthe Video_TS folder proeprly, you could try ripping the video with Handbrake, followed by a conversion to VIDEO_TS with ffmpeg.
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Re: Popcorn question
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: January 30, 2006 01:44PM
How about DVD2One? Does that handle the aspect ratio correctly? Or Toast 7?

Also, what's the latest macthe Ripper? I have version 2.66, but I think there is a v3 out there somewhere?



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Re: Popcorn question
Posted by: samintx
Date: January 30, 2006 01:58PM
I think 2.6.6 was the end of MactheRipper. If there is a 3.0 I have not heard of it but then that doesn't mean anything.
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Re: Popcorn question
Posted by: MacMagus
Date: January 30, 2006 01:59PM
> How about DVD2One? Does that handle the aspect ratio
> correctly? Or Toast 7?

Dunno. I guess you could try it instead of Popcorn after using MTR to extract the video.
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Re: Popcorn question
Posted by: MacMagus
Date: January 30, 2006 02:01PM
> How about DVD2One? Does that handle the aspect ratio
> correctly? Or Toast 7?

Dunno. I guess you could try DVD2One instead of Popcorn after using MTR to extract the video.

If Popcorn doesn't preserve the aspect ratio, Toast 7 won't either.

You might want to play more with ffmpeg -- it has options for preserving or changing aspect ratios and cropping, although I confess that I haven't had much luck using them.
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Re: Popcorn question
Posted by: MacMagus
Date: January 30, 2006 02:16PM
Whoa! I edited that post and ended up with 2 of them!

Neat bug!!
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Re: Popcorn question
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: January 30, 2006 06:32PM
I guess you could try DVD2One instead of Popcorn after using MTR to extract the video.

I'd have to buy one or the other, so I was hoping to get a definite answer before spending $$.
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Re: Popcorn question
Posted by: Racer X
Date: January 30, 2006 07:49PM
samintx Wrote:
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> I think 2.6.6 was the end of MactheRipper. If
> there is a 3.0 I have not heard of it but then
> that doesn't mean anything.


3.0 is in beta format right now. there are a few bete testers here I think. Right now it is $15 on up as a donation to the cause to get the beta, and as usual, the full release will be free.

I use DVD2OneX instead of Popcorn 95+% of the time it does a better job. Then burn with Toast 5.2.3.
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Re: Popcorn question
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: January 30, 2006 08:19PM
I did some searching and came across a solution at MacUpdate (I think):

"Early issues resolved by user forums at Roxio, so here's a tip: if you extract the main feature, it may play as full frame on a DVD player. I have had to manually set the DVD player to 4:3 Letterbox, and then everything works beautifully. Full backups do not suffer from this problem, so i presume extracting the main feature leaves out some bit that tells your DVD player how to set the screen automatically.
Beautiful work Roxio, now if only there was tech support..."

I adjusted the Cyberhome's video settings and 4:3 letterbox is back.

The section on the commercial disk that stutters and sticks and causes the player to emit skittery metallic cockroach noises plays perfectly in the backup version. Woohoo!
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