PROS / Quality loss caused by compression is kept to a minimum with this program.
CONS / It may take a while to learn how to use the software to its fullest potential.
VERDICT / An excellent interface plus high-quality results make DVDFab an excellent choice for DVD burner software.
Editor’s Note: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) forbids circumventing copy encryptions contained on commercial discs. The DMCA makes no exceptions for circumventing these encryptions for personal use. Top Ten Reviews does not endorse piracy or any other illegal activity.
The Top Ten Reviews Silver Award for DVD burner software goes to DVDFab for several reasons. Chief among them is its wide tool set, which allows you to burn exact copies of your DVD movies. You also can compress commercial DVDs to fit onto smaller-capacity blanks, split one DVD into two, copy ISO files and DVD folders to your hard drive, and more. Additionally, DVDFab has a beautiful interface that, once learned, is easy to use and makes quick work of burning backup copies of your DVD movies.
DVDFab is split into four different parts: Copy, Ripper, Converter and Creator. Each is available as a stand-alone application or as part of a suite. For the purposes of this review, we will focus on the Copy module.
DVDFab’s interface is the most attractive of all the DVD burning software on our side-by-side comparison chart. It’s dark and sleek, and when you load a movie into the program, it pulls images from the film and uses them as the background – it’s a unique aesthetic. However, you’ll probably have to go through the burning process a couple of times before you learn how to use the program to its fullest potential. But after you’ve mastered the learning curve, you’ll find this software is intuitive and very easy to use.
You can use this program in several ways. Probably the most common way is performing a disc-to-disc copy, which is where you copy a physical DVD onto a new blank disc. It normally takes between 40 and 45 minutes to burn a new disc of a commercial movie, whether you’re making an exact or compressed copy.
You don’t need a blank DVD to back up your movies. DVDFab gives you the ability to digitally store your movies on your hard drive. You can rip either the disc’s ISO file (or disc image) or Video_TS folder to your computer. These are digital blueprints of your DVD, and you can use them in your computer’s DVD player software the same way you would a physical disc. Additionally, you can burn a new copy of your disc from these files without needing the original. So if your DVD gets lost or damaged, all you have to do is burn a new copy from these files with DVDFab, and the brand new copy will be as good as the original.
Nearly all the DVDs you buy from the store are copy protected, meaning that they have anti-piracy encryptions that prevent you from burning new copies. DVDFab has a built-in decrypter that bypasses these protections so you can back up and make personal copies of the movies and shows you’ve bought and paid for. This feature is totally automatic and doesn’t require any input from the user.
There are two ways to burn DVDs with this software: compressed and uncompressed. When you burn an uncompressed copy, the new DVD is exactly the same as the original. On the other hand, the video files on a compressed copy are condensed to fit on a smaller-capacity blank DVD. This always results in quality loss such as pixelation, artifacts, distortion and more. During our testing phase, we burned compressed copies of commercial DVDs and then our video experts watched the new discs looking for imperfections. They noted that there was some quality loss, but it was relatively minimal compared to the other products on our side-by-side comparison chart.
If you want to avoid this quality loss, you can either burn new copies onto larger-capacity blanks or split up the content onto two smaller-capacity DVDs. We burned several uncompressed copies of commercial DVDs, and our video experts couldn’t find any flaws in the picture.
This software not only gives you the ability to split one DVD onto two blank discs, but also to pick and choose which titles and tracks you want on the new disc. You can also merge content from several different discs onto a Blu-ray disc. This is great for making anthology or mix discs of your favorite movies, bonus features or featurettes.
Help & Support
DVDFab’s website offers several support avenues if you ever have a problem with its software. You can consult its knowledgebase and tutorials to learn exactly how each of the tools and features in the program work. There’s also a live chat service you can log on to if you need to speak to a customer service representative.
DVDFab is an excellent choice for DVD burning software. It burns great quality copies of your DVD movies, whether compressed or uncompressed. It also allows you to customize your new discs with the exact content you want and offers a good amount of help and support options. It has a beautiful interface, that once you get to know, you’ll find quite simple and easy to use. There’s not much to complain about with this software.