Everyone’s favorite optical disc format around the office is still DVD and we still get questions daily on what software is the best tools and software to copy a DVD to a blank DVD. Frankly I don’t know how this is a mystery to some since it’s been well documents over the last 10 years, but I guess people get into the game at different points. So we’ll take a few minutes here to go over the most popular options that are still in use today.
1 Or 2 Burners?
First of all you only need one DVD burner to accomplish this. So there is no worries if you only have a 1 burner drive setup. However it is a bit easier and quicker if you have two DVD drives, even if one is just a DVD reader (remember those things). I know that many have strong opinions on what the best DVD burner is and many are loyal to certain brands due to the little things each offers over the other.
Personally I have been using Plextor drives mainly for the past few years, and yes they still work like day one. But overall I have seen and used almost every drive since we used to get each new burner as it was released. Now many hardware vendors are focusing on other storage types like SSD and Cloud Storage so there is not as many new burning hardware coming to market. Which is fine, I’ll just keep using my Plextors until they die. So now that you know you only need one burner to copy a DVD to a DVD, let’s focus on what software you can and should be using.
Top Software Picks
I think I’m going to toot my own horn here with the first pick. We have recently teamed up with a software developer with the idea of putting all the best features people have been wanting in a DVD/Video software. After a year of testing and tweaking we believe we have accomplished our mission of providing a super reliable and super fast software that we call FilePop HD Platinum.
Why FilePop HD Platinum is the best choice for DVD to DVD copying? First of all we realized that people want this to be a no-brainer operation, just insert the disc and make a dup. So we had the developers create a 1-click operation into FilePop where all you do is insert the DVD you want to clone and hit the Start button. A normal backup process takes around 10 minutes, this is regardless if you have one or two burners in use. This is because 95% of all DVD movies are on dual layer discs or on media that is 9.6GB in size. This is usually more than enough space to hold the movie plus all the extras, trailers, etc… When you have this scenario and only have single layer 4.7GB media to burn to, the video file needs to be reencoded to fit on a single layer disc. Sometimes video quality can be sacraficed but if you choose just to just copy the movie you can usually get the original quality on your copy.
So for obvious reason we recommend that you use FilePop HD Platinum, we also priced it less than others to provide a better value overall. Shhhh…
Any Other Recommendations?
It wouldn’t be fair to you if we only talked about our software right? So I’ll make it fair and talk about another software that I had been using and still use for comparison sake. 1Click DVD Copy was the leader after DVD X Copy folded in the mid-2000’s. By offering a 1 process software, 1Click was able to provide a quick and reliable solution for cloning DVD movies. Look at the screenshot below to see how super simple they made the DVD backup process:
That pretty much sums it up. Choose your Source and Destination, tick or untick Extras, Languages, DTS Audio, Subtitles, Menus, and if you have Dual Layer media or not. Click Start and there is not much else to say about that.
Like I said this is a reliable solution if you don’t like FilePop HD Platinum for some reason.
You can Download 1Click DVD Copy here.
Those are the two choices that I’m going to recommend as the best ways to copy a DVD to a DVD. There are free ways to do this also but the free options are no longer reliable since the majority of the free offerings are no longer updated and since DVD copy protection keeps on changing, it’s necessary to constantly supply updates to the software to combat these changes. Which both FilePop and 1Click still do.
So regardless of what type of hardware you have, (as long as it really is a burner and not a reader) anyone can easily copy a DVD to a blank DVD by using what I recommended above. If you have any other questions or have any other tool that you use, please share in the comments below. I know that there are more than 2 ways to skin a cat and would love to hear others recommendations.