The application I consider as most useful is
- AnyDVD HD
I bought AnyDVD + HD option + CloneDVD some months ago and this is the application package I consider the most useful on my PC (except my music-creation tools, of course).
Slysoft has a great update policiy (free lifetimes updates which are released frequently), and I NEVER EVER had a dvd movie I could not back up. Also, I never ran into compatibility propblems with any standalone I threw my backup-discs at. Every disc was easy to be backed up and worked everywhere I tried.
DVDRebuilder also has this free-lifetime-update policy, even though it’s very cheap.
Since I discovered it, I don’t use Shrink any more, since DVDRB gives me a better picture quality and is updated regularly.
ImgBurn is THE tool for burning my data files and ISO images to DVD, it never crashes on my mashine, is easy to use and free!
My routine for backing up movies:
- choosing “Backup DVD”
- set the target size to DVD-DL, so it does not transcode
- copy the entire dvd to my hard disc, only blanking some unwanted stuff (copyright warnings…)
- choosing MovieOnly mode
- set up HCEnc as Encoder
- click Backup
Burn the output with IMGBurn
Starting CloneDVD again
- choosing BackupDVD
- Unselect the main movie!!, keeping everything else
- set the target size to DVD-5
- click "start"
Burn the output with ImgBurn
[I]This gives me the whole menu with all extra features (eg interviews, making-of…etc)
Of course I do this only if the disc contains some interresting extras. [/I]
[B]Backing Up episodic dvds:[/B]
let’s assume this is a dvd containing four episodes of a TV series
choosing “Backup DVD”
set the target size to DVD-5
blanking episode 3 + 4, keeping everything else, including the menu, only removing unwanted stuff (copyright warnings…).
set output to ISO, naming the file e.g. “Anatomy S1 D1.1”
go back to the screen where you can select the titles
blanking episode 1 + 2, keeping everything else, including the menu, only removing unwanted stuff (copyright warnings…).
set output to ISO, naming the file e.g. “Anatomy S1 D1.2”
Burn the Iso files with ImgBurn
Now we’ve got 2 dvd’s instead of one, but with all extra features, menu and perfect picture quality.