Originally Posted by mdavej
May I ask why you don't use a computer to copy DVDs? It's much simpler and only takes about 10 minutes rather than 2 hours. Also, the copies are perfect and you get the full 5.1 soundtrack since there is no analog conversion. The software is free and very easy to use.
I can't speak for the OP but in my case I like to use my DVDRs for the few discs I only want to copy part of the original. I know Shrink has the option to shorten(beginning or end) of a DVD but it's not nearly as handy or quick as using a DVDR and the PAUSE button or SHORTEN TITLE where you can remove any number of parts of a original in a very quick time(I guess unless you count the time it takes to realtime copy the DVD in the first place and then HS copy to a blank). Also using the library I also run into a fair amount of DVDs that won't read on my PCs, they fail during the initial discovery option. The same DVDs play 99% of the time on one of my DVD players(Pioneers are the best for playing such "iffy" discs). With Shrink anyway if you can't get through the initial read you can't even start shortening the title to get rid of any parts that may be bad. For the 1% of the discs that don't read through on one of my players probably 3/4 only have one area thats bad, I skip those few seconds on my recorder and I end up with a good disc less a few seconds.
I agree though for the vast majority of things, including things you want to retain the original 5.1 or commentary soundtrack, the computer is THE way to go