The Best DVD Copy Software - Full Reviews:
Tested by Rob Boirun, Lead Product Reviewer for BurnWorld
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Ok, in 2012 DVD Copying is as old school as Napster. However, Napster is now defunct but there are still scores of copying software still available and many are still being updated. If you are one of the few people that still haven't thought about making a dup of your favorite movie, or if you are in need of an upgraded DVD Copy app then this review will point you in the right direction. In this review I take a look at 1Click DVD Copy, DVD Cloner, and 123 Copy DVD. 1Click and Cloner were first to the scene was back in 2003 and they are clearly the industry leaders when it comes to this type of software. If you want simple one click, no hassle backups go with either of the two.
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The second most highly rated program among our staff is DVD NeXt Copy – NeXt Tech Edition. NeXt Tech has a technology unique to the market. As encryption software evolves so quickly, it is difficult to keep up and be able to continue copying. NeXt Tech uses the automatically updated codecs in DVD viewing software to find the way to copy a newer disc, then takes advantage of the up-to-date decryption. This handy feature builds a user database with the decryption codes for individual movies for the use of other customers as well.
Overall: (5 of 5)
Next on our list of copying software is DVD-Cloner 9, the newest update in the long-running and popular Cloner series. It offers a simple 1-click procedure, technology that ensures any DVD can be copied, and limited Blu-Ray support. It has the capacity to make single layer copies, or shrink dual-layer to single layer discs. This program is known for its frequent updates and success in keeping up with new encryption technologies. It is also quick as well as simple: click a button, and in 30 minutes you have your copy!
Overall: (4 of 5)
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Number four on our list of highly-rated DVD copiers is 123 Copy DVD. This software's primary claim to fame is the basic version's lower price – half of what most of these programs cost. While it is effective on most encryption schemes, it s updates are infrequent, and customer service is not the most reliable. 123 Copy offers three different levels of functionality and features. The newest platinum version earned the raves of Burnworld reviewers, who report that it now works perfectly with DVD, Blu-Ray, and video burning, and is "the best in the business."
Overall: (3 of 5)
Finally, Burnworld chose DVDFab DVD Copy as their #5 top copy software. It offers standard features such as the choice between copying just the movie or the whole disc, the ability to change quality settings, and to convert to mobile video format. It also provides frequent updates to address changing encryption software.
We also have a review chart for DVD Copying software for you to compare side-by-side.
The Best In DVD Copying Software - The Features to Look For
When it comes down to choosing a DVD Copying software make sure you look for it's best features which I would label as:
DVD copying was once the best way to collect or back up treasured movies. Internet speeds have increased to the point that digital storage is the most widely used method of storing media, but that hasn't cooled the desire of some collectors to have their favorites on DVD. Accordingly, DVD copying software remains on the market, and many manufacturers continue to update their software to address the latest changes in DVD technology.
If you are one of those cautious collectors who prefer to have a physical disc in your hand rather than rely on downloads, you haven't yet backed up your DVD collection, or if you are simply looking for an upgrade of your old DVD copying application, you can find information about a few of the best programs below. Some of these were the first DVD copy programs back in the early 2000's, and remain the standard for this kind of application. Most offer easy, single-click back ups and copies with no hassles to make copying quick and painless.
Before focusing on particular software, it is important to choose the features you need to be able to create the highest quality copies that suit your particular purpose. For example, the program needs to have an effective, up-to-date CSS (Content Scrambling System) decrypter. CSS is the method utilized to encrypt the data on a DVD to prevent copying. If you want to duplicate your DVD's for back-up, your software must have this feature to break the original copy's encryption.
The best programs can also shrink a DVD to a single-layer disc, as most standard DVD players are unable to play double-layer discs. Finally, it's best to choose a program originating from a company that offers regular updates. Encryption technology changes frequently and it's better to have software that keeps up with those changes than have to buy new copying software. After testing many DVD copying programs available on the market, the following are the best we at Burnworld found.
All DVD Copy Software titles were tested on the following machine:
* - To keep out of legal trouble, most DVD Copy Software apps do not contain a DVD Ripper or DeCSS. CSS is a copy protection mechinism that is found on almost all DVD movies and the only way to back them up is to use a Ripper or DeCSS. However there are freeware rippers available and you find them easily online. The best to use with most of the titles above is DVD43Free.