DVD Catalyst

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    How long does it take you guys to rip a dvd with the default settings on DVD Catalyst? It takes me about 20-30 minutes to rip a dvd on my computer, which has the Intel i7 920@3.8 GHz. Is this normal? Faster? Slow? I have enable the boosterpack and it helped a little bit.
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    It depends on the settings you are using, the length of the DVD, and if you have any other things going on as well.


    the Touch HD HQ format is pretty much the same as the Droid HQ format. The resolution is slightly less for the HTC.
    The iPhone (standard) profile has a lower resolution than the Droid setting, and also uses a conversion format thats more focused on speed.
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    I forgot to mention,
    By turning off the CPU indicators (Global Settings > Advanced, at the bottom) you gain a little more speed. While it does not take much to show them (and it looks kinda cool :)), especially on faster computers, the little it uses does make a difference on the conversion speed.
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    Takes me awhile, only because my laptop is a dinosaur.
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    Boy are we spoiled these days... I remember ripping DVDs as an 8 hour event on my 700Mhz PIII to divx and rmv9 because Xvid wasn't up to snuff. Now we complain about about 30 minutes to rip to beautiful h264! Haha, how fast things change and how soon we forget!
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    haha, yes... 8 hr rips... mine were longer, from what i recall.. leave it on overnight, and half the time there was an error halfway through...

    but boy it was worth ripping Godzilla!
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    My settings (Droid HQ with audio 256K) are giving me rips at 78%. My PC is a dual core Intel at 1.83GHz with 2GB RAM.
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    For me it was with my first PocketPC. I had a lot of DIVX rips, and had to convert them one by one using Windows Media Encoder. Thats how DVD Catalyst was born. First a little calculator to get the filesize right (128MB SD card), then something for the screen, then a batch conversion so I could queue up multiple movies rather than setting a new one up every 6 hours.
    I was actually using a Dual Pentium 2 450 system at the time, LOL
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    Your speed sounds about right for the settings you are using. H264 video is quite processor demanding.

    Turn off the processor indicators in DVD Catalyst, should get you up a bit more.

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    Yeah, the two pass encodes in Xmpeeg often predicted 8hrs and took 10 - 12. I learned quickly that you'd better be positive before starting an overnight encode because a crash between passes would make for a grouchy morning!

    The Fast and the Furious was the big one for me, I must've re encoded it at least 10 times before I got the qualtiy I wanted and a file that would fit onto a 700mb CD with overburn! :icon_ banana:
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    I encoded the entire Star Wars saga onto my Droid....that was a b!*ch! Now to upload it, hope my computer doesn't catch fire in the middle of the night.
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    This program is awesome. 2 hour movies in about 45-55 minutes for me using JTacs droid settings (which are amazing). It is definitely a cpu hog throughout as my cpu use says 100% lol. I have a hp laptop with a core 2 duo @ 2 ghz with 4 gigs a ram running vista 7.

    What is everyone using to play the videos on your droids? I am using the gallery, but can't stand how it doesn't show you the details. I click on the movie select details, then again and again and again.
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    Do you have the (free) boosterpack installed? This will speed up conversions a bit.
    45-55 minutes fror a 2hour movie sounds about right on a core2duo laptop.

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    Thank you sir for this and all the other advice and help that you offer these forums

    **Edit - the boosterpack seems to have REALLY increased performance. I am doing scarface right now which is 2 hours and 49 minutes long and my estimated time is at 52 minutes. I will have to redo a movie that I recall the time on to see what the time savings is.
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    Glad to hear it. On average, the boosterpack makes DVD Catalyst about 20% faster, but for more cores and newer processors, it usually is a bit more than that.
    Another trick to gain even more is to turn off the cpu indicators (Global Settings > Advanced)
    You can do this while the conversion is running :)
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    Well I totally regret purchasing this software. I started ripping a DVD at 3:30pm and got back home at 6pm. When I left it said it would be 1 hour 27 minutes. When I got home it was only at 61% and another hour to go! I just tried again at 6:30pm to rip the same DVD and it is now 8:34pm...DVD Catalyst read 35% complete! The DVD is only 60 minutes long and I have used FREE apps that have done a faster job. I have even tried the booster pack but that seems to have slow it down...

    I should add that the 2nd attempt I shut ALL un-necessary programs running even processes that I wasn't using. I have 2gb RAM and a 2.5GHz Processor
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    I'm sorry to hear that Mike,
    there could be numerous reasons on why the conversion is so slow. Your computers specifications should do a faster job than that, however, if a fancy screensaver kicks in, or another application runs at the same time of the conversion, a TV recording for example, it will affect the conversion speed considerably. It's also possible some other DVD application is accessing the DVD at the same time, or the DVD or drive has some issues.
    Maybe try a different DVD and see if that works better, otherwise, send me an email and I will provide a refund.
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    You should troubleshoot with the creator as he is very helpful before you get all worked up. Your delays are not the fault of the program and most likely has to do with your settings and/or your computer. When it is done the quality of sound and picture will be greater than the other programs that you used. I have put 17 different movies on my hardrive and not one had any problems.
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    As I mentioned in my post I shut down every program and process I could. I am very good with computers and have built a few so I know my way around one. I know all about services & processes that run in the background that take up resources. I apologize to the creator if I sound unappreciative. Its just that when you expect something to work good and it doesn't TWICE then its frustrating. As for the program settings, they are all left as is from the install. If any need to be changed then please let me know.

    Thanks
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    As I said, I'd gladly issue a refund if you are unhappy with the program, but have you tried any other DVDs, besides the one you are having issues with? There can be numerous reasons on why you are experiencing such slow conversion times, but my first try would be a different DVD, and see if the same thing happens with that.

    You mentioned the DVD is only an hour long, so is it possibly a burned DVD, if so, it could be the burning software used to create the DVD that is causing issues. Roxio in particular does not create fully compliant DVDs for example.

    No need to apologize for bringing up problems, however, I would like to have as much information as possible to be able to assist you.

    **edit: I found an older post

    If it's an educational DVD, it might just be the DVD itself that is causing the problem. Some people have reported issues with some "The Teaching Company" DVDs. Most work fine, however there are a few that are a bit more tricky than others.

    If you let me know what DVD it is, I might be able to find it and figure out what is causing the problem.
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