DVD burning software offers fast, easy ways to backup your personal data collection – whether it be compact discs, DVD movies, home movies, or your iTunes anthology – there is even software that lets you convert your treasured VHS tapes to DVD discs.
DVD burning software runs the gamut from free and easy to expensive and completely illegal, if used a certain way. Lawsuits abound: movie studios want to stop pirates, laws are conflicting, but judges continue to mostly rule in favor of the movie studios.
TopTenREVIEWS covers the best of the best. So keep in mind that even the 15th product on our list still qualifies as the best. We just offer the best products side-by-side so you may quickly find exactly what you need. Some of the great DVD burning software covered here includes DVD Cloner, 123 Copy DVD Gold and 1Click DVD Copy. For additional information about this type of software, take a look at our articles on DVD burning software.
Each review of burning and DVD software on this site measures all the software against the same ‘stick.’ Criteria include:
This section will document where the program stands with main features of the program and what file types with which it will work.
Quality of Copy
One of the most important features of DVD burning software is the quality of the copy it produces. We rated the software we tested on pixilation, motion blur, picture degradation and overall fidelity to the source file. In other words, if the picture looks good, the software is better.
The application should be stable throughout the burning process, without freezing, crashing or corrupting files. It should progress through the burning process smoothly and without incident.
Ease of Use
DVD burning software should be easy to use and intuitive, not filled with extra steps and time-consuming selection processes. The best software we found was simple to navigate, clearly designed with the user in mind.
Ease of Installation
Installing this software shouldn't take a degree in computer science. A quick and simple installation is key for hassle-free DVD burning software.
Through Fair Use doctrine, DVD owners already have the right to make a single copy of the DVDs they rightfully purchased. The Digital Millennium Recording Act of 1998 contains so-called anti-circumvention provisions that assert any person who attempts to circumvent encryption agents placed on DVDs are technically breaking the law.
At TopTenREVIEWS we do not condone the illegal use of any software or services – however we understand there are plenty of scenarios out there regarding DVD copying that are legal, convenient and unrestricted. Obviously if you make a copy of anything with a copyright (music, movies or other software) and attempt to sell it, you will be found and most likely prosecuted. But if your kids regularly use DVDs as Frisbees, yet can’t live without the daily viewing of Star Wars: Clone Wars, ripping a copy to your hard drive is the best, completely harmless solution ever.
And how about that entire season of Mad Men lurking in the memory of your tiny-screened, but 80-gig iPod? The range of DVD burning software we reviewed will enable you to dump it onto a Blu-ray disc so it’s watchable on a bigger screen. The possibilities are also endless for storing/converting all your old home movies as well as planning a whole host of professional looking family productions.
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