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Old 11-21-2008, 12:22 PM
EdoggIndy EdoggIndy is offline
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Default Does Zen Media Explorer hurt ripping performance?

I recently purchased a new computer with a faster processor, and out of the box, was delighted to see that I was ripping DVD's with frame rate of 120fps to a hard drive, and about 80 fps to a usb flash drive (using the ******** program). This was much faster than my old PC, so I was psyched about ripping a DVD into a wmv format in twenty minutes instead of two or three hours. After I ripped a few DVDs, I wanted to transfer them onto my creative zen. So I installed the creative media explorer software that came with my player, and transferred the movies. All worked fine. I then went to rip another disk - and this ripped at a rate of maybe 50fps to a hard drive and about 6fps to a flash drive. I went back and tried the DVD's I used earlier, and they also were ripping at the slower rate. I did a system restore to an earlier point before the creative software was installed - the DVDs ripped fast again. Then I reinstalled the media explorer software again, and BOOM, they slowed down again. I repeated the process one more time, restoring my system to an earlier point, and ripping before and after installing the media explorer software, and came to the conclusion that for whatever reason, this was KILLING the performance of my ******** ripping software. I should also note that without media explorer, I can rip very quickly to a USB flash drive, move the drive to ANOTHER machine where I have zen media explorer installed, transfer the files with no further conversion, and view them just fine.

Does anyone have any idea why this would be occurring? This doesn't seem to make much sense to me, cause and effect wise, unless the media explorer software is for some reason throttling types of files via USB, or modifying the wmv definition. Again, I know this may not seem to make sense, but I have seen this with my own eyes (and I work in installing and maintaining enterprise software, so I'm not inept with computers, the way I might be with power tools). Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions on this? BTW - I love this forum - I just discovered it today, but there's a wealth of great info here.
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