[QUOTE=dual layer dvd;2115612]you’re saying the biggest advantage for a paid-program is that you can rip, save/back-up, format/convert and burn all from one screen/program!?[/QUOTE]
I’m saying that such a big project, as you want to do, needs software that works absolutely flawless. It’s necessary that every dvd works. You don’t wanna make 1000 backups and after you’ve burned them, you see that 20% refuse to work in your standalone player.
You don’t want to take the first DVD, rip it /shrink it /burn it, play it back in your player. Then take the second DVD…and so on. You need a strategy which works 100%. Therefor I prefere AnyDVD over DVDFab as a ripper.
Actually I don’t dislike free software, I’m using a combination of free tools and commercial tools because I take the one, that works.
I use AnyDVD/CloneDVD to rip the DVD to my harddrive, then shrink it down to the size of a regular DVD-R (DVD5) with DVDShrink and then burn it with IMGBurn.
This set of software has never let me down.
AnyDVD/CloneDVD can do this all alone, if you like to keep it simple! Just shrink and burn the DVD with CloneDVD.
But for the shrinking part I prefere DVDShrink which seems to give me a slightly better video quality.
Please note: I have licensed both tools, AnyDVD/CloneDVD and DVDFab and I compare them regularly. I just use DVDFab for other things (e.g. converting DVD->Divx)
Besides that, Yes I think, that if especially you’ve never worked with DVD Backup software before, the AnyDVD/CloneDVD combo will save you a lot of time!