Originally Posted by ptyork
Well, I just ran this on my DVD rip of Dune (1984), creating a full sized H.264 recording. Compared to Handbrake:
4) The resulting file INCLUDED 2 hours and 14 minutes of black bars at the top and bottom AND left and right, creating a 640x480 (i.e., 4x3), slightly laterally squished movie. Top and bottom I get, but left and right?!? Handbrake is 720x272. Apparently, whatever the DVD reports (generally either 640x480 or 720x480), this is the output. No attempt to crop the letterboxing or even to interpret the anamorphic recordings. This is by far the worst offense and a complete and utter show stopper for anyone who rips movies.
5) The resulting video was choppy as hell, at least on my PC. The Handbrake version is butter.
thanks for the review. Could you be more specific about the point 5? What do you mean "choopy"? Could you contact me at "email@example.com"? We'll need your input file for testing.
As to black bars, they are seen in the output video if they are present in the input, the converter doesn't have the option of cropping yet.