Editor’s Note: The manufacturer has informed us that a new version of DVDFab is now available. We will post the new test results and reviews when we next test DVD Copy 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.
DVDFab earned the Top Ten Reviews Silver Award for DVD copy software because it makes quick and easy work of backing up your movies. It has a slick interface that contains every feature and tool we look for in this category. And the end results are fantastic, whether you’re making an exact 1:1 copy of a disc or compressing a commercial disc to fit onto a smaller-capacity blank.
DVDFab is divided into four modules: Copy, Ripper, Converter and Creator. You can buy them separately or as a suite. For the purposes of this review, we focused on the Copy module. It may take you a while to explore and master all the tools and features DVDFab has to offer, but once you do, you’ll find it easy, intuitive and useful for all your DVD needs.
The interface of DVDFab is the most beautiful of all the DVD copy software in our review. It sports a slick, modern look, and the background image changes to fit the disc that you’re copying. But while it looks nice, it takes a while to learn to use to its fullest potential. It will take you a few times through the process to overcome the learning curve. However, once you get to know all the tools, you’ll find the program quite simple to use.
There are several ways you can make a new DVD with this software. You can perform a disc-to-disc copy, which directly duplicates your movie from a physical DVD to a blank disc. During our testing phase, we found that it typically takes 40 to 45 minutes to complete this process, no matter if you’re making a direct 1:1 copy or compressing a commercial disc for a smaller-capacity one.
DVDFab also provides you with tools that allow you to back up your physical discs digitally. It does this by allowing you to save a DVD’s ISO file (disc image) or DVD folder directly to your hard drive. These files are digital blueprints of your DVD, complete with menus and special features. Once the file's on your hard drive, you can use it as a virtual disc in your computer’s DVD player software. You can also burn it to a new disc without needing the original. So, if you ever happen to lose or break your movies, you can use DVDFab to burn a new copy from the ISO file or DVD folder.
Almost all commercial DVDs are copy protected, meaning that they have anti-piracy encryptions. Fortunately, DVDFab has a built-in decrypter that bypasses these protections so you can back up and copy the movies you’ve bought and paid for. You don’t have to do anything to use this feature; it’s completely automatic.
You can do two types of DVD copying with DVDFab: compressed and uncompressed. When you make a compressed copy, it means that you’re shrinking the movie to fit onto a smaller blank disc. We used DVDFab to compress a commercial movie, and our video experts examined the results. They found that the compression was quite good. They could tell that it had been compressed because of some artifacts and distortion. But you’re going to experience that with every product on our side-by-side comparison chart. Losing quality and detail is a natural byproduct of shrinking a digital movie. In fact, the quality of the compressed DVD from DVDFab was among the best of all the products we reviewed.
You can also make an exact copy of your DVDs using this software. If you have blank DVD-9s (or DVD-DL), you can create perfect 1:1 duplicates of your movies. Our video experts couldn’t find any quality flaws in the uncompressed discs DVDFab burned.
Making exact copies of discs isn’t the only thing you can do with this software. You can also pick which content you want to make it onto your new disc. For example, you can choose to only have the feature presentation burned onto a blank disc. This would cut down the need for compression if you have smaller-capacity discs. You can also choose to burn discs with only the special features, or mix and match anything on your discs.
This software can also merge content from multiple discs onto a single new DVD or Blu-ray disc. This is great for making anthology discs or backing up your DVD library on Blu-ray discs.
If you ever have a problem with your software, you can go to the official DVDFab website for help. It offers all the support options we look for, including a knowledgebase and tutorials you can peruse on your own. If you need to interact with a customer service representative, you can use the company’s email form or log on to its live chat service for immediate help.
DVDFab is one of the best DVD copy programs you can buy. It has a lot of tools, so it will take you a while to learn them all, but it’s worth the time investment. Once you know the software, you’ll be able to make backup copies of your movies or create virtual discs that you can archive for later use.