Thinking of Buying Popcorn 3?....I suggest you dont!!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by welders4mac, Nov 12, 2007.

  1. welders4mac macrumors member

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    I have bought Popcorn 3 online and have had a tremendous nightmare ever since.

    After much more exploring I find a lot of other people with the same problems. I suggest you dig much deeper that I did in your research on this Product. "In my Opinion" it is not a worthy package to put on your Apple machine.

    I have asked for a refund (under there refund policy)...will post back with any updates.

    Happy computing!
     
  2. YunusEmre macrumors regular

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    Can you explain the problems you are having with it?
     
  3. welders4mac thread starter macrumors member

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    The majority of the problem is that it does not (as it claims)
    take a VIDEO_TS folder and burn it into a viewable DVD.

    ROXIO SITE: Easily copy DVDs
    Copy non-encrypted DVDs, disc image files, VIDEO_TS folders from hard disk with complete control including selection of individual video titles and languages. Compatible with DVD-Video content from popular ripping utilities.

    This does not work, I have looked extensively on the Roxio Forums and there seems to be a lot of knocks on this particular version of Popcorn.

    AND its very very slow and converting the media files that do work.
    aka .mpg2 to dvd image

    I tried an avi to dvd and it took hours and hours and the final results were a black screen of about 100 minutes to view.
     
  4. dvd macrumors regular

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    Is the video in the VIDEO_TS folder non-encrypted? What are you using to populate the VIDEO_TS folder you're using as your source?
     
  5. quigleybc macrumors 68030

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    converting stuff to DVD fomat from Avi's always takes a long time.

    If you are ripping retail DVD's with all the security on them you need to run the DVD through a program like Mactheripper first. Then drop the resulting Video_TS into Popcorn.

    I prefer Toast to Popcorn.
     
  6. PYR0M310N macrumors 6502a

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    When i burn avi in toast it also takes a long time as well but that is because it is completely changing the file type, so its no suprise it takes such a long time
     
  7. welders4mac thread starter macrumors member

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    These are Perfectly sound Video_TS folders. No encryption,css,macrovision
    etc etc....

    I do know all about mac the ripper. I would also like to say that I successfully burned same folders via Linux...Much faster conversion too!

    Im not trying to stir the pot here, if Popcorn 3 worked splendidly I would say so....so far it hasn't worked for me....Not once.
     
  8. welders4mac thread starter macrumors member

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    Solution!

    For anybody viewing I have an update:

    I asked and received a refund for the Popcorn software I bought.
    never did get it to work.

    I have instead bought VisualHub, it worked fine from the start!

    You will still need a program for decryption if you are backing up commercial DVD's <check with your region too see if its legal> I use Mac the Ripper

    VisualHub Link:
    http://www.techspansion.com/visualhub/


    Mac the Ripper Link:
    http://www.mactheripper.org/
     
  9. eenu macrumors 65816

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    Why does this sound like an advert..... maybe i'm just skeptical but i smell a troll
     
  10. J@ffa macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know if it's a troll or not, but I can attest to the fact that VisualHub is an excellent video conversion app. Popcorn seems to cater for those who don't know any better and need an extremely nice GUI to convert DVDs for their Macs, iPods or whatever. Having said that, you still need to strip out the encryption, at least for store bought DVDs, so I don't really see the point. VisualHub is not exactly difficult to use, and is a lot more powerful if you need it to be. Still need v3 of MacTheRipper though!
     
  11. welders4mac thread starter macrumors member

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    A troll?:confused:

    no, I am in good faith relaying information on a situation I had.
    ie: I had problems with software, found a solution

    Depending on the time of day you might smell cellulose on me, due to my job.
    :)

    Ive been called a few things in my day, but I assure you I have never lived under any bridge, scaring nor assessing fees to individuals....I'll let Corporations and Governments take that niche :D
     
  12. GSMiller macrumors 68000

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    Were you able to get your refund?

    I bought Toast over the summer and was extremely disappointed and they never would give me a refund! :mad:
     
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    Any news on if the latest update fixes things?
     
  14. gkarris macrumors 604

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    This whole website is sort of an advert - for Apple... ;)
     
  15. YunusEmre macrumors regular

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    I know why VisualHub works better, it discourages users from using custom settings:


    [​IMG]
     

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