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herbie747
2006-04-05, 05:28 PM
I'm presuming people here have heard of RATDVD. It's basically like Winzip, but it compresses a DVD IFO structure down to single 2GB (approx size) file, which can then be extracted back to normal filesize & structure at any time. I've downloaded RATDVD files numerous times before from other torrent sites, and they work perfectly.

Just wondering why it isn't used here, as obviously it would make everything TWICE as quick...and it's free. It makes perfect sense.

Info here: http://www.ratdvd.dk/download.htm

I presume it has been discussed before, but I couldn't find it when I searched.

U2Lynne
2006-04-05, 05:52 PM
One big reason is that it is only for PC users running Win2k or WinXP. What do you do about all of us Mac or linux users? This site doesn't allow lossless audio files in mkw format simply because it is not cross-platform compatible so we aren't going to be wanting a DVD format uploaded that isn't cross-platform compatible.

MeFirst
2006-04-05, 06:22 PM
Plus RATDVD seems very unstable, I (among many others, so I've heard) had the unfortunate experience of dowloading a DVD in that format and every time I tried to extract it, the program crashed. I would never suggest using it, and I'm glad it's not accepted on fine trading boards such as this! I'd rather wait an extra day or so to download something I know will work than save a day downloading something that's useless.

yeltzin_4
2006-04-06, 01:10 AM
I'm presuming people here have heard of RATDVD. It's basically like Winzip, but it compresses a DVD IFO structure down to single 2GB (approx size) file, which can then be extracted back to normal filesize & structure at any time.

RATDVD is nothing like Winzip. RATDVD uses lossy compression and re-encodes the video and audio.

From their FAQ: http://www.ratdvd.dk/faq.htm

"Is the reconverted ratDVD (to DVD) as good as the original?

Yes! There might be some small limitations to the quality based on the settings chosen, but it is a fully functional, compatible, high quality DVD-Video."

So, basically RATDVD is a glorified DVDShrink. Two thumbs down. :nono:

showtaper
2006-04-06, 07:37 AM
Just what we need, a lossy format to store our lossy format DVDs.......