Originally Posted by mrfattbill
Kelson I have always wondered why you did the first step at all to be honest. Aren't steps 1 & 2 kind of redundant?
Clown doesn't decrypt. I use Fab to decrypt. I rip the full disk because it is very fast on my system -- ~30 min/disk and I can rip 2 BD at a time running two instances of FAB (both my burners have been freed of riplock). I use Clown to do the main title extraction because it joins seamless branching segments into a single .m2ts file -- Fab doesn't do that. Clown also identifies forced subtitles and extracts them into a separate track for players that don't support forced subs -- Fab doesn't do that. All my players are WD Live, so I need both those features of Clown. I find that Clown does a better job at helping me select the right playlist. Often with DVD Fab it will show me 4-5 choices for the main title, but when I get it into Clown it often shows just one playlist. Clown has a batch mode that is very handy. If I were doing the AnyDVD/Clown rip directly from disk it would be much slower and I would have to change disks. I don't know if you can run two instances of Clown on Win-7 but I do know that one instance of Clown takes up most of the CPU cycles. With Fab I can quickly rip a set of full disks then set up Clown in batch mode to process all of them unattended.
There are several good ripping tools out there. I'm sure you could probably do similar full disk rips with AnyDVD and do the same things I do with Fab. I'm not saying my way is best, just that I use Fab because that is what I bought a long time ago and I've never seen the need to go with a different app.