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Pdotnet reviewed on 14 Jan 2010
This is a review of DVD Remaster Pro 5.2.1. I haven't upgraded to version 6 yet but I likely will just because of the faster H.264 encoding engine. With that said, version 5 is by no means slow. Typically I've found that a DVD can be converted to Apple TV format in about as much time as it takes to watch it. Obviously this will depend on your hardware, mine is a Core2Duo 2.4Ghz with 4GB ram.

DVD Remaster has 2 main operating modes - Remaster and Export. I've used the Remaster feature only once just to test it out. It lets you squeeze a large dual-layer movie down to a size that fits on a single-layer disc. The results were as expected, the movie looked great and it fit on a normal sized DVD. I don't really find myself using this though, because the appeal of DVD Remaster for me is putting my physical DVD discs into storage and archiving them digitally.

This is where the Export feature really comes in handy. The Apple TV preset and iPod/iPhone are the only two I use and the results are just fantastic. I've bought a few (standard-def) movies from the iTunes store and the quality of an iTunes film compared to one that I've Exported myself from DVD Remaster has been exceptionally close in quality. The iTunes store does appear to be a tad bit sharper picture and handles motion better, but I've found there's an option in DVD Remaster called “Multipass” that basically encodes the movie twice. The resulting quality is much better for things like action movies, but it does take MUCH longer to complete. For dramas and movies without a lot of motion, I just use one pass which is the default and it still looks great!

If version 6 of the product can do two passes in the time it takes version 5 to do one, that would be fantastic. I'll follow up with a speed update once I've had a chance to test out version 6. Enjoy DVD Remaster, it is a great piece of software for OSX. I gave it 4 / 5 for ease of use only because it took me a while to figure out what everything did, mostly because (as another reviewer pointed out) there is no help file that came with version 5 of the software. But once you have figured out what everything does, it works exactly how you'd expect it to.
[Version 6.1]

Pdotnet had trouble on 08 Feb 2010
Great idea, and well executed - but as soon as you try and enter your own recipes is when the bugs start to appear. Adding ingredients and directions goes very smoothly if you do it in order without making any mistakes. But as soon as you want to insert directions or ingredients, reorder them or delete them is where this app suffers. I have too often lost steps entirely when deleting or re-ordering a direction. Sometimes 2 items disappear, sometimes the wrong item gets deleted. The same issues are with the Ingredients but I've found the best way to work around this is to just add ones you forgot to the end instead of messing with the order and risk losing any. You can get away with this with the Ingredients but unfortunately not with the directions because you NEED them to be in the right order.

When you're working on entering a recipe with over 10 ingredients and steps, it's very easy not to notice when one goes missing. For this alone I have to rate this application a 3/5. Another issue I found when creating a grocery list, I typed up the whole thing and clicked Print. The pinwheel spun for about 30 minutes before I force quit the application. When I re-launched, none of the items in my grocery list had been saved and ended up re-typing up the whole list in Text Edit.

The online portion works pretty well, and it's a great way to find new recipes and share some of your favourites, just as long as you manage to enter them in correctly.

To be honest, because this database is largely (if not all) community driven, with the amount of problems I've experienced entering in my own recipes, I can only imagine that other people may have run in to the same thing and maybe didn't notice, and therefore there could be recipes published in the online database with ingredients and steps missing.
[Version 1.2.4]

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