CloneDVD is used to encode and burn DVD MOVIES.
Transcode . . . Clonedvd uses a transcoder. Shrink and Nero Recode also use transcoders. Encoders produce better picture quality than transcoders. Encoders take far more time to compress, however. Clonedvd2 is faster than Shrink and Nero Recode at compressing. However, Shrink and Nero Recode offer superior picture quality (when the transcoder is used in these programs).
Clonedvd2 is capable of splitting a movie across two discs while retaining menus. Recode and Shrink cannot retain menus across split discs. However, Shrink and Nero Recode allow you to split the video anywhere you want–and not just at chapter markers.
CloneCD is used to backup CD’s and DVD’s but not DVD movies.
Wrong. Clonecd is used in conjunction with Anydvd and Verbatim + R DL discs to produce perfect dvd movie backups that are uncompressed (perfect picture quality) and preserve the original layer break. This is one of the fastest and easiest solutions on the market (much faster and easier than using freeware) if you want to make DL backups of movies. In fact, I prefer this method when using Verbatim +R DL discs than using Clonedvd2 (Clonedvd2 will not preserve the original layer break position; Clonecd will). And if you can afford to use Verbatim +R DL discs (ensure you have a burner that allows for bitsetting changes), then Clonecd and Anydvd are no-brainers to choose, frankly.
While other people are still ripping, decrypting, transcoding or encoding, switching to other programs, and then finally burning, I’m sitting back, finished (after having clicked a couple of times in Clonecd with Anydvd running in the background). This solution is costly, but headache free, easy, and fast(er).
Alcohol 120%, same as CloneCD, without DVD MOVIES.
No. Alcohol 120% can backup movies (but Alcohol 120% does not retain the original layer break when using Anydvd and +R DL discs according to one dev on the Alcohol boards) when Anydvd is running in the background. Like Clonecd, Alcohol 120% does not let you edit movie content. Alcohol 120% also offers virtual drive support–and unlike Clonecd, Alcohol 120% also offers support for some Securerom protections. Clonecd, by itself, can not handle recent Securerom protected games. Clonecd does not do “Data Position Measurement”; Alcohol 120% does.
In my opinion, as of this post, GameJackal does a better job than Alcohol 120% if you want to run Safedisc or Securerom games without the original discs stuck in your drives than Alcohol 120% does (GameJackal tends to use smaller profiles and does not require 3rd party programs in order to get recent Securerom games working; I’m comparing this to Alcohol’s virtual drives only). But what I’ve just stated is all Gamejackal does. Alcohol 120% does do a lot more (burns discs, for one).
Now, does CloneCD/Alcohol do the same as nero for burning (iso burning, cd copy, data burning, audio cd etc) ?
No. There are free trials of all these programs; I suggest you use them. Nero allows you to create your own audio cds, for instance; clonecd and alcohol are used to copy discs.
Finally can someone compare alcohol and cloneCD please, i hear most say alcohol is better?
No. Each program has its advantages and disadvantages. Alcohol 120% does offer more features in terms of backing up copy protected games (and/or running virtual drives).
If you want to preserve the original layer break for dvd movies when using +R DL discs and Anydvd, then use Clonecd.