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DVD Copying Software Features Reviewed

Aug 4, 2008
What Can DVD Copy Software Do? DVD copy software performs a variety of functions, including copying (also known as ripping, cloning or duplicating), converting and burning. The best DVD copy software can work with a wide range of formats including those utilized by online video sharing sites and those compatible with portable devices like iPods, Zunes and PSPs. DVD burning functions are also usually PAL and NTSC compatible and can burn to a variety of disk types including single and dual layer disks, so the burned disk can play on PC and standard DVD players.

As mentioned, DVD copy software fulfills a wide range of software needs, from ripping to burning. Here is a brief overview of DVD copy programs major functions:

DVD Copying
DVD copy software is often also referred to as ripping software. Essentially a ripper copies a DVD to your hard drive for viewing, storing, converting or burning. The best DVD rippers make perfect 1:1 copies without quality loss. Most rippers also support advanced functions like selective copying, compression and decryption.

DVD Converting
DVDs can be converted into a number of formats that perform various functions and work with several types of technology. With the growing popularity of portable devices like video iPod, PSP and Zune, DVD converting software is in higher demand. The most common DVD conversion formats include DVD to AVI, MPEG, PSP, WMV and 3GP. The best DVD converting software can convert DVDs into numerous formats.

DVD Burning
DVD copy software contains DVD burning tools. The burning elements of DVD copy software can take multimedia files such as home movies, slide shows, data files, video files and other video entertainment and burn them to a DVD. The best software can burn to a variety of disk types including DVD+/-RW, DVD+/-R DL, DVD+/-R and even CDs.

What to Look for in DVD Copy Software.
DVD copy software should perform all major DVD software functions including DVD copying (also known as DVD ripping), format conversion and burning. The best DVD copy software works with popular video formats including those used by popular video cameras, online video sharing sites and portable devices. Advanced DVD copy software can also rip other types of DVDs including data, games, photo disks and slide shows, home movies and professional films.

Feature Set The best DVD copy programs offer a wide variety of features, including:
Compresses large video files
Decodes CSS decryption
Retains or omits bonus footage
Restores defective or scratched DVDs
Creates and/or copies photo slideshows
Supports multiple disc formats
Ease of Use All DVD copy software should be easy to use, even for beginners.
Ease of Installation and Setup The best DVD copy software is easy to install and set up.
Quality of Copy Top DVD copy programs create superb 1:1 copies without any quality loss, including full surround sound, menus and languages.
Software Stability DVD copy software should work without error and ought to complete each copying task without glitches. The program should also work well with other programs, such as DVD players and popular DVD burners.
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