Nice to see another tool out there but the fact it is downloading as much data as it is seems problematic to me. Especially since it does so silently without ever telling the user. We only know about this because reviewers noted it.
So, I decided to run a test on a random disc. The copy process is speedy enough since I’m doing a straight BD50 to BD-50 from a mounted ISO. But, we’re looking at 4 MB/s being downloaded via DVDFab. Multiply that by the total copy time. The data adds up. For metered data users this is a problem. But even more than that is the issue of users using different speed tier plans. I don’t have a 50 M/bit down or higher speed plan like some. So, in processing the disc with 4 MB/s being downloaded because of DVDFab my other connection related work took a large hit in speeds. So, the program doesn’t tell you it’s going to do this, it does download data, and then it does so at a basically uncapped speed which then screws up other software use? What about other people using other computers in a household or even streaming Netflix, Hulu, Amazon VOD, VUDU, etc? At the very least there should be a BIG warning about the amount of data that is going to be downloaded and they should add in the ability to cap the download speed. Yes, I know it says it’s downloading files in the sidebar during the processing but a lot of people aren’t going to realize just what that means. Innocently reading that doesn’t translate to 3 GB at 4 MB/s in my mind.
The fact that DVDFab has a solution is great. But how it does it and how transparent it is? Not so much. Sadly, i’m underwhelmed with Slysoft/Elaborate Bytes handling of Cinavia but they also clearly state it’s not going to be amazing. As much as I have my issues with DVD Ranger the best solution w/o burning bandwidth or data usage is SoundTouch2 via the Utility and the sound quality has greatly improved since they first released the SoundTouch technology.
With the above being said, Cinavia has zero impact on me and I have no need to remove, alter, hide, replace or substitute to get around it. I was just curious to test this.