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3rd Choice, Good Value: DVD Cloner

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10/12/2014: DVD Cloner 8 was just released. This is a small improvement over the previous version. We're concerned about another site that is claiming dvd cloner 8 is 'the best'. The reason they do that is because they have a special deal with the makers of cloner 8, who give them an exclusive discounted price we can't give you here. It's just a scam anyway... They are just trying to sell software, not give an honest review. We've found that 1Click DVD Copy is better (better updates, better support, copies more current dvd movie titles), and that's from actual user experince, not any special deal.

DVD Cloner 8 IS good, but it doesn't copy as many new DVD movie title releases. 1Click gives you free updates much faster. In addition, in the last year or so, DVD Cloner support has become very hard to come by. It's almost impossible to talk with someone or get an email returned. On another note, the new version of dvd cloner claims to be able to copy Blu-Ray movies to your hard drive (after paying for more addon software), but our testing shows it's buggy, and over 2/3rds of the bluray discs we tried to copy fail, and newly released titles never seem to work.

On the plus side, DVD Cloner can copy many DVD movies and has many of the most important features like compression, CSS decryption, episodic support and dual layer support.

DVD Cloner doesn't rank that high with us because it can't copy as many newer titles as 1Click DVD Copy, their customer support is almost unresponsive, and even though they have a new release, they have not had a new release in over a year. So when new DVDs come out, some of them can't be copied by Cloner. The decrypter needs to be updated more often. This is why we recommend 1Click DVD copy because they have almost monthly automatic updates.

We often hear of people having great luck with their DVD Copy software, only to find out later they have trouble copying one particular DVD. You're not going to get much help from DVD Cloner customer support. We recommend 1Click DVD Copy if customer support is important to you.

Good copy quality
episodic support
Good compression ratio
Good program stability
Dual Layer support
Limited Blu-Ray Copy capability
No CPRx enhanced copy protection removal technology
Built in CSS decryption (possible target for lawsuit)
Slow customer support
Infrequent Software Updates

Features: DVD Cloner does make high quality copies of most older DVD movies. Since the software is not updated frequently, it doesn't do so well on current movie DVDs.

Similar to 1Click DVD Copy, you can also backup a DVD to your hard drive instead of on a DVD. If you travel and have a laptop, this helps to conserve battery power that's taken up by spinning DVDs. Because DVD Cloner has a built in CSS decrypter, they may face lawsuits from the movie industry and unless they update their software more regularily than they have been recently, it won't do well copying any newer DVD titles.
  • Supports Dual Layer recordable media.
  • Fairly easy DVD Backup
  • Copy Blu-Ray to your hard drive. Still a bit buggy
  • Good quality compression allows DVD Movie copies to one regular DVD+R/RW DVD-R/RW
  • Fairly fast DVD copy (within 1 hour)
  • Warning: Built in CSS decryption (possible target for lawsuit)
  • Warning: Poor customer support

Installation & Setup: The setup is straight-forward and easy. There is no need to download and install a free decryption program. Although this saves one step during the install, it may lead to trouble for the company - Built in CSS decryption (possible target for lawsuit)

Copy Quality & Compression: The image quality is very good. Even with compression, it's very hard to tell when viewing the compressed copy. The compression capability is very important because most DVD's won't fit on single DVD-R unless compressed. Store bought DVDs are Dual Layer which is why you need to compress them to get them to fit on the Single Layer DVD-R. DVD Cloner can also write to Dual Layer media which makes for excellent uncompressed copies.

Usability: DVD Cloner is easy to use. Its very intuitive interface makes it very easy to understand. In addition, there is a lot of help information on the screen to make sure you can figure out what to do. There are custom settings, and these are easy to use as well.

Minimum Requirements:
  • Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 98, Windows 98se, Windows ME
  • Pentium-II 450 MHz or faster processor
  • At least 64 MB of RAM
  • 10GB free hard disc space
  • At least 1 DVD-R(W) or DVD+R(W) Drive
  • Blank DVD Media DVD-R(W)/+R(W) Discs

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