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Old 23rd October 2003, 00:10   #1  |  Link
Ollie W. Holmes
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Nikos the Impaler impales Instant Copy

This sneaky dvd cannot be shrunk with IC7, nor is it easy to process with ifoedit. IC gives you a negative vob size or negative time, so there is something causing an overflow. Titleset 1 is the culprit. Vob id #2 in this set has a time of 20+ hrs.

If you attempt to use ifoedit to strip audio or subtitle tracks, and you accidently allow it to include all vob ids, then ifoedit will hang, never getting to vobu navigation update. Just check vob id #1 only. Thus, if you want the contents of the entire dvd, then you will have to manually process each titleset, rebuild the video_ts.ifo file, and live without the menus. That's life, unless 2Cool or someone else knows a way around this.

Update 25 October 2003: Vob id #2 of Titleset 1 is part of the final chapter (#9) of the movie and includes end credits. Nasty vampire stuff. Unfortunately, the suggestion I gave above to bypass extracting vob id 2 will leave you without an ending. Well, Ifoedit hangs extracting this, and leaves a several hundred meg vob file that is (to put it mildly) "still born". Now, you can manually create an ifo file for this, but you can't really author with it. However, you can burn it to a dvd using dvdtool box to prep the video_ts.ifo file for the start of the movie through the middle of chap 9, and then the corrupted vob. A set-top player will die when it gets to the corrupted vob, but a computer player like windvd will play it, provided you select the title # (say 2) of that vob manually. It will not play from the end of title 1 to the beginning of title 2, even if you used a post command at the end of title 1's pgc. Explain this mystery to me!#?

Anyway, this vampire anti-piracy authoring trick on the part of the people who distribute this dvd is not a random accident. Think back to all those occasions where you have used IC7 and saw the sizing slider go bonkers, like it was dealing with negative space and time. We have seen this phenomenon before.

In case you're interested, Nikos is a Romanian vampire, the second in infamy, only to Dracula. He makes a comeback in New York city circa our time. Duck you sucker. The movie, shot on video, is a real dog. Skip the backup, because it's not worth the effort.

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