DVD Shrink is a freeware that’s used to copy or rip DVDs on Microsoft’s Windows.
As the name implies, DVD Shrink is designed to help users reduce the amount of data stored on a DVD with minimal loss of quality. And this software is pretty good at what it does.
For example, many commercially released films are dual-layer — that’s 8.5 GB. With DVD Shrink, you can reduce the size of the file to fit into a single-layer rewritable DVD — 4.7 GB. What’s more, it performs this function within minutes with minimal loss of quality.
DVD Shrink also offers its users the ability to efficiently and effortlessly handle DVD files.
The program comes with a DeCSS decryption algorithm, which enables it to open and decrypt many available DVDs. As a result, it can open files contained in the VIDEO_TS folder as well as disk image files. These include ISO, IMG, NRG, and MDS/Ixx.
Let’s delve a little deeper.
Features of DVD Shrink
Here are some of the features of this software tool.
In Reauthor mode, DVD Shrinks allows users to select specific DVD elements to retain or cut from a shrunken disc. These include the Main Title, Menus, audio tracks and subtitles, and Special Features.
If you select the Main Title only, the program automatically compresses the file to fit the selected size of the DVD. Selecting the Special Features, on the other hand, enables users to set the compression using the Custom Ratio Option manually.
Full Disk Mode
In Full Disk mode, DVD Shrink users can make a functionally identical backup copy of a DVD. Also, it becomes possible to replace sections of the DVD — such as messages, logos, and titles — with still images.
Full Disk mode on DVD Shrink supports both automatic and manual compression. And this allows users to conveniently select the most suitable compression for Menus and Special Features.
Remove DVD Copy Protection
DVD Shrink can remove some of the most popular copy protection for DVDs. These include the RC, RCE, as well as the Content Scramble System used by most commercial DVDs.
Preview Disc Content
The program comes with a video player that allows users to get a glimpse of the disc content.
Pros and Cons of DVD Shrink
This shrinking tool comes with a straightforward interface that most users will quickly grasp. It’s fast and has an impressive capacity to encode 8 GB DVD to 4.7 GB DVD.
However, the software’s author stopped updating it as far back as 2005. As a result, it doesn’t have support for the more recent versions of Windows OS.