PROS / This program allows you to create virtual DVDs on your computer.
CONS / The program takes longer to burn new discs than any other product in our lineup.
VERDICT / Aimersoft DVD Copy is both an easy and useful DVD burner. It isn't perfect, but it gives you good-quality discs.
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Aimersoft DVD Copy is a good choice for DVD burning software with its easy usability, good-quality copies and full array of support options. However, it takes longer to complete the burning process than any product on our lineup. It's also missing some of the customization options we look for in our review of the best DVD burner software.
Burning a DVD to a blank disc is extremely easy using this program. All of the burner tools are contained on or accessible from the main screen of the interface. Once a DVD is loaded, you can begin burning a new copy with only one click. It then takes about an hour for this software to burn a blank disc. The layout of the interface is simple enough for all users, regardless of computer skills.
This program has the ability to burn both exact and compressed copies of your DVD movies. And it performs well at both. When we burned an exact copy of our test disc, the new DVD was identical to the original. However, in order to get this exact copy, you must use a dual-layered blank disc (DVD-9). When we compressed the burn to fit onto a smaller-capacity blank disc (DVD-5), we noted some quality loss in the video. This is common among DVD burners in our lineup, and Aimersoft DVD Copy's compression was better than those of most of the software we reviewed.
In case you want to avoid quality loss and still use the less expensive, smaller-capacity blank discs, this program allows you to pick and choose which contents of a DVD you want to burn onto the new disc. When you strip away everything except the feature presentation of a DVD, you can usually fit it onto a DVD-5 with little to no compression. You can also burn a separate disc with the bonus features, splitting up the original disc into two – one with the main feature and the other with the bonus content.
You also have the ability to save a DVD's ISO file to your computer. An ISO file is the blueprint of a DVD that acts as a virtual disc on your hard drive. This means you can play your DVD on your computer without needing the physical disc. It also allows you to burn new discs in the future, long after the original discs have been lost, broken or thrown away. This is a great tool for digitally archiving your DVD library.
As good as this software is, it doesn't have everything we look for in the best DVD burners. One example of this is its inability to merge content from two separate DVDs onto a single disc. This would be a good option for creating anthology discs from the movies in your library. Also, it takes almost an hour to complete the burning process, whereas most of the programs we reviewed take closer to half an hour.
Aimersoft DVD Copy is a solid DVD burner. It burns quality copies and is simple enough for anyone to use. But long burning times and some missing tools keep it in the middle of our side-by-side comparison chart.