Pros / This is an easy-to-use application with a conversion array that will please a wide range of users.
Cons / During our testing, we were unable to remove any copy protections on commercial discs.
Verdict / Without a reliable decryption mechanism, this software doesn’t live up to its own stated standards, let alone those of the best Blu-ray to DVD converter applications.
Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
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.
When we rated and ranked the best Blu-ray to DVD converter software, we found that Iovsoft Blu-ray to DVD Copy has some attractive features, but ultimately failed the most basic test of any software in this category.
The most compelling aspect of this Blu-ray ripper software is how easy it is to use. You’ll spend nearly all your time using the application’s single screen interface that consists of two options: “Add a Blu-ray Disk” and “Start Copying.” If you have operated a computer before, you should be able to make your way around this straightforward application.
One of the most fundamental aspects of any Blu-ray ripper is the ability to remove the copy protections found on commercial Blu-ray discs. Blu-ray to DVD Copy claims to have this ability. However, we have been unable to successfully decrypt a commercial DVD.
Our first attempt to convert a Blu-ray to a DVD using this software was halted with an error message that said the Blu-ray disc we were using was too new and could not be decrypted. We then attempted to make a copy of a Blu-ray disc that was at least 4 years old. We encountered the same error message that we saw on our first attempt.
This leads us to the inescapable conclusion that Blu-ray to DVD’s decryption codes are either wildly outdated or simply ineffective. Whichever is the case, the inability to decode Blu-ray discs in practice severely hampers the application’s usefulness.
We were eventually able to convert a Blu-ray disc that had no copy protection codes. The process was simple, smooth and speedy. We didn’t encounter any problems during the conversion or burning aspects of the test. The results were a DVD that played flawlessly in every player we tested it in.
Iovsoft Blu-ray to DVD is an application that doesn’t quite live up to the promise it makes to consumers. While the program is simple to use and the results are acceptable, the fact that it failed to decrypt protected discs lands this Blu-ray ripper in the bottom tier of our review of the best Blu-ray to DVD converter software.