DVD Cloner Review

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The Pros

This application features up-to-date decryption codes, excellent compression and quick burn time.

The Cons

You have to download a free add-on to copy Blu-ray and HD-DVD discs.


This DVD copy software is quick, intelligent and thorough.

If you are looking into DVD copy software, you may be wondering about the legal implications. Although pirates are both fascinating and romantic, It's a safe bet you probably don't want to become one. Rest assured, however, that it is perfectly legal to make backup copies of your personal collection. With the powerful and versatile DVD Cloner, you can copy your movies without breaking the law. You can also combine multiple movies onto one disc, customize content, remove unwanted scenes and preview your files before you burn them. It is the best DVD copy software on the market.

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Not all DVDs are identical - the disc capacity can vary from format to format. You might have to compress your videos to fit onto smaller discs. Fortunately, this DVD copy software has excellent compression capabilities. Without excessively compromising quality, you can compress and store as many as two movies onto one disc. If you don't need the compression, DVD Cloner also creates perfect one-to-one copies. Default format conversion settings include the following:

  • DVD-9 to DVD-5
  • DVD-9 to DVD-9 (1:1)
  • DVD-9 to two DVD-5s (full quality)
  • DVD-9 to DVD-5 movie only

This DVD copy software allows you to tailor your videos. Most DVDs come with heaping extras that you may not want, especially when you are running out of disc space. DVD Cloner allows you cut out unnecessary or unwanted content. If you don't speak French, Italian, Tagalog or Swahili, you don't have to burn those tracks onto your new copy. You can also use this feature to filter out violent, edgy or suggestive content. It's not a full-fledged video editor, but it's pretty easy to exclude sensitive scenes that you don't want your kids to watch. In essence, it turns your DVD collection into an all-you-can-eat buffet where you can take the parts you want and leave the rest behind. And scene exclusion comes with a happy side effect - by cutting out all that unwanted data, you can fit larger files onto smaller discs without compressing the quality.

Before you commit DVD Cloner to burning a disc, you can preview the finished product. When necessary, you can adjust and optimize compression levels - if it's too much, you can back off and try again without spoiling a disc. If the quality is still good and there is room to squeeze down a little more, you can fit something else in the space. As a side benefit, the preview mode will also save you the headache of starting a burn only to realize halfway along that the disc is too small.

Using Intelligent Analyzing Technology, DVD Cloner automatically recognizes disc types when you first insert them. It uses this data to auto-select the burn settings that are most compatible with the disc. Naturally, this makes the learning curve nice and gentle - burning DVDs couldn't be easier. The software also includes HST technology to decrypt and bypass even the most recent DVD protections. That means you can make copies of your newest DVDs.

Naturally, burning speeds depend a lot on your hardware, but DVD Cloner does a good job on the software side of things. You should be able to burn most movies within about half an hour.

The best DVD copy software packages support batch operations. This feature allows you to designate precise burn settings and burn through a series of discs without reconfiguring anything. If your computer is equipped with an adequate burner, you can download a free add-on for Blu-ray and HD-DVD movies.

This application is compatible with most major operating systems, including Windows 7, Vista and XP. Mac owners can also get a piece of the pie with the sister application, DVD Cloner for Mac. iPod owners should consider DVD Cloner Platinum - it allows you to copy your movies to iPod devices.

If you're still not convinced that DVD Cloner is worth the purchase, think of all your damaged DVDs. This DVD copy software can create fresh, clean copies from scratched and damaged discs. Even your new discs will thank you, and if you keep the originals in a safe place, you don't have to fuss so much over the copies you actually watch.

DVD Cloner is the most powerful and versatile DVD copy software on the market. It gives you complete control over your DVDs. You can store multiple movies on one disc with high-quality compression and content exclusion. You can restore old, scratched DVDs and preserve the new ones in mint condition. Parents can even remove unwanted scenes from the family collection. If you are invested in your DVDs, this software is dynamite.

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Software Type Multimedia Software
Platforms Windows
Required Processor Pentium-II 450 MHz or faster processor
Software Required OS: Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000
Required RAM 64MB
Disk Space 50GB
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