DVDBeaver prides itself on the consistent method we have of obtaining DVD screen captures. We don't alter this method to improve the appearance of certain DVD productions and never will no matter how vehemently DVD producers may encourage this - attacking us in both private email, blogs and public Forums.
We've found these screen captures to be an
extremely valuable tool. They can indicate attributes of flaws in the source
used or the transfer process, example:
9) Noise and grain etc. etc.
For the sake of bandwidth and ease of page download, we've settled on creating our screen captures as 90% jpegs (it enforces a compression of 10%). This attack infers that we should use slow loading, large file sized (up to 5 times larger), PNG (essentially lossless) files. Here are examples below using Fantoma's The Tiger of Eschnapur (Fritz Lang) DVD.
DVDBeaver 90% jpeg (110kb):
'lossless' PNG file (577 kb):
Hopefully you will agree that in most of our list above of technical facets there are no extravagant differences. In fact:
1) Colors show no extravagant improvement
2) Detail shows a very minor to non-existent difference
3) Digital compression is more apparent in the jpeg to a very-minor degree
Now, this is not the first time we've had DVD producers insist that our screen captures are not a viable representation of their product. But, strangely, in every case they were - including the LA FEMME PUBLIQUE and THE MOST IMPORTANT THING: LOVE DVDs - recommended by us as the best edition available for purchase! I can see by our e-tailor link activity that we actually sold 100's of copies of their product.
For LA FEMME PUBLIQUE the DVD Producer actually posted me all 4 versions that we compared and I assured them I used the exact same system and settings to obtain the screen captures! The producer I dealt with was unsatisfied with our result and I had no ethical way of placating him. I wasn't about to improve the quality of his release's captures and invalidate all 80,000 other images on the site. I still insist to him that this would not be ethical.
We respect the fact that DVD producers can get very passionate about the work that they do and maintain pride in the products that they complete, but I suggest that they would be far more productive in promoting their DVDs elsewhere online than spending time attempting to tear down one of the few sites in the world that are actually endorsing their efforts.