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      31.12.2003 03:12
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      The ULTIMATE DVD-9 (doubled layered) to DVD+/-R backup software. I have used DVD X Copy, DVD2One as well as Intervideo DVD Copy and this program beats them all, and by a long shot! ! It is soooooo easy to make backups with CLONEDVD. I've almost lost valuable disks (which cost me a lot of money) due to surface damage, now I can backup my entire collection with ease. CLONEDVD takes around 40 minutes to backup a long movie on my machine (Pentium4 3GHz) either to an ISO image or directly to a 4.7Gb recordable DVD. No longer do you have to concern yourself with the size of the original movie, CLONEDVD compresses it to fit including all the menus. The compression quality is very good, but if you wish to retain the maximum quality you can decide what DVD extras you don't need to keep (e.g. foreign language soundtracks, commentaries, menus etc) so that your movie will fit uncompressed. Furthermore, not only does it work great, but it also looks and feels cool. You’ve simply got to try it! And no, I do not work for Elby (the company that created the software). The good: 1) Complete control of the backup up process, but at the same time it is child proof easy to control the options. a) You first choose which titlesets you want with a nice little screen playing it at fast speed so that you know what titleset it is. b) If you want you can check and uncheck audio tracks and titlesets. This is great because you don't want any unnecessary soundtrack reducing the video quality of your backups (note audio tracks are not compressed in this or any other DVD backup software I know). c) Choose your burner or make a DVD ISO image. 2) Very good at recognizing different angle streams if the movie has multiple angles. 3) It is very fast, although not as fast as DVD2One, the Ferrari of video compressors. The Bad 1) It does not contain an option to copy a double layered DVD onto 2 DVDs a
      la DVD X Copy, without compressing. 2) CloneDVD does not backup copy-protected DVDs. You must install ANYDVD to backup copy protected disks (i.e. virtually all movies) 3) When you re-author (i.e. Copy DVD Titles), the selection of the audio, subtitle, etc. is a screen after you select which title you want to copy. Let's say after select certain title you want to copy, the "quality" percentage bar is at 91%, and when you go to the next screen, and deselect a couple of audio streams, this should improve the quality to 100%. Well, it does not. If you went back to the previous screen it still shows 91%. I tried this scenario with the same movie with DVDShrink and Nero Recode, and it improved to 100% on the "compress" bar if you deselected the extra audio streams. Conclusion There is another DVD copy software that allows this level of control in your DVD backup, but it leaves a nag screen in your copied DVD with a copy warning, and it cost 3 times as much, its called DVD X Copy Platinum. Overall ClONEDVD is an awesome program when used with ANYDVD, but there's a couple of things that need work (i.e. removing audio tracks doesn't improve video quality) and which therefore prevent me from giving it a perfect score.

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        12.10.2003 23:17
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        Clone DVD is a simple but efficient DVD writing tool which is mainly for copying DVD disks. It is made by elaborate bytes (elby). There are 3 simple choices when starting the program. 1 copy DVD titles this allows you to back up part of a DVD. 2 clone DVD this allows you to back up a full copy of a DVD including menus etc but the DVD that you copy must be 4.7 gb or less for this to work 3 write existing data here you can write any existing movie files etc basically the same as the above options but you can also put 2 or 3 movies on 1 DVD if their total size is less than 4.7 gb. One thing is that due to new copyright laws in the country of origin there is an extra feature on this that will not let you copy copyrighted DVD movies though. Basically it is a simple and straight forward program that is simple to use. As you build up you compilation you can write the DVD menus and copy them as they are on the disk that you are copying. it also has every item that is on the disk i.e. subtitles ac3 sound dual stereo etc so should you want to you can omit the features on the DVD that you do not want such as German subtitles for example. It takes only 3 simple stages from starting the program for it to be writing your DVD disk. The whole process is extremely simple to use and relatively fast as well when you consider the size of a DVD disk to a Cdr. There?s not too much you can write about this program as it so simple and straight forward to use. It is totally user friendly and takes a lot of the hard work out of DVD writing that I can only suggest that you download it and try for yourself to see just what you think of it for yourself. Only take minimum of input to use this program and as you can download a free trial version from www.elby.ch you can give it a try for yourself to see just exactly what you think of it.

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        KOCH Media is focused upon interactive content and the distribution of product for PC, gaming consoles and consumer electronic devices.