Game Changing Technology:
Backing and copying DVD’s has been a simple process for years now thanks to DeCSS and easy to use software. Recently Hollywood has been changing the game a bit by releasing discs with new copy protections that makes some discs uncopyable until the software maker releases a patch to allow it. But now thanks to the new Next Tech feature you are able to update the movie yourself without waiting for a patch from the software makers.
This is done by utilizing your existing DVD Player software such as PowerDVD, WinDVD, etc… Since these player software’s can always play back recent DVD’s, mainly because they auto update in the background, they contain the ‘keys’ necessary to unlock the disc. The Next Tech updater simply looks at this data to determine the best way to copy it. Pretty cool eh? Even if you don’t want to do all this, there will be a user generated database that contains the files from movies that others have setup. Simply download the 1-2kb file for the movie your after.
The Next Tech Edition includes every feature that DVD Next Copy offers. There are other versions available that only do specific tasks, but they decided that users should be able to have it all and this version delivers. If you want to work with DVD video, Blu-Ray video, camcorder video, downloaded video, digital photos, music, or any other multimedia file then just know that this verison has all the bases covered. The user interface is self explanatory. Simply choose a project type from the Main Menu. Version 4 contains these projects:
- Automatic Full Backup
- Automatic Movie Only Backup
- Removes Region Limitations
- Copy Full DVD (more control)
- Copy Main Movie (more control)
- Copy to Mobile (iPod, Zune, Cell Phone, Android, PSVita)
- Copy to Blu-Ray disc (up to 10 DVD’s on 1 BD-R)
- Copy to PS3, XBox 360, Wii
- Convert to Disk Image (ISO File)
- Backup files to DVD/Blu-Ray for archival purposes
When it comes to using a multimedia software such as this one of the main things I look for is the relibility or the stability of the software. Many times this type of software can freeze up during a copying or converting process. This is mainly due to an incompatible plugin or a hardware failure. The programmers have opted to use a reliable burning engine and have even modified it to work better with their software. The Next Tech Updater goes a step further by offering every user the optimal settings for individual movies to ensure that the copies you make are fast and reliable. This is something that is lacking from other software of this type.
The audio and video quality I found in Next Tech is one of the better ones. They are using the highest quality encoding engines that is currently available. This ensures that the copied video is an exact bit-for-bit replica of the original, giving you the best video quality possible. The same is true for the audio files. If the original is 5.1 surround sound then that is what is put back onto the copy. There are settings that you can utilize if necessary to decrease either the video or audio quality. This is mainly used if you want to shrink a dual layer DVD onto a single layer disc, mainly for cost reasons.
Ease of Setup/Use:
Installing the software is a easy as installing any other type of software. Meaning that there are no fancy hoops to jump through or setting to configure to get the software working properly. The developers had the end user in mind while developing the ‘skin’ for this software. The layout is neat and tidy by grouping together tasks by disc/video type. All of the DVD projects are put together so you can easily select which project type you want to complete with a DVD. The same is true for Blu-Ray, Video Converting, etc… So anyone can easily jump around and choose the project you want to do without having to read the manual on how to use the software.
Another stumbling block with many companies that make this type of software is their support system. The support team at DVD Next Copy is one of the few exceptions. They actually have an in-house team of support personel that are knowledgeable about the workings of a multimedia software. If you have a particular problem with a specific DVD movie, they have a database they can refer to and give you the optimal settings to use. They are also well versed on supporting all types of DVD/Blu-Ray burners. They keep an updated database of current firmware updates for each drive manufacturer which is helpful since many support issues have to do with the drives internal firmware. In addition they have a quick FAQ reference section to answer the most common problems.
The neXt Tech feature is a one of a kind in this market. No other copy software has this feature where copy updates are done in a collaborative effort from all the users using the software. This feature alone takes care of not being able to copy a particular movie because it has new encryption. Anything is possible with neXt Tech and the users are the reason.
Recommendation Meter: Very High.
Reviewed By: Rob Boirun for Burnworld