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Good Software with Some Reservations
on January 26, 2008
DVD Copy is a very capable package. If you are burning DVD's, and converting to and from various video formats (iPod, PSP, Mpeg, Quicktime, TiVO, DVD, WMV), and ripping MP3's from video, this is a very solid package. I have totally stopped using Roxio Easy Media Creator. Roxio has overbloated that package and this simple software just does the job right.
This was an upgrade from Version 5 (I was very familiar with that previous version) whose Vista compatibility is just OK.
Overall the upgrade is an improvement, the user interface is prettier, the software seems a bit more stable, and the preview window works well (the previous version would actually lock my computer up). The preview feature added a full screen preview mode, a double edged sword. On the one hand you can see pixellation, compression artifacts, color, video size, etc. The downside, the screen resizes to the dimensions of your monitor - so if you are previewing a 16:9 screen (almost every DVD is in that format these days) on a 4:3 monitor (almost all monitors are this dimension) you end up with a squeezed skinny view. It's awful to look at. They've simplified the video output formats significantly, easy drop down boxes. The progress meter is outstanding.
They removed the ability to tweak video conversion output settings (present in version 5) - you are now stuck with their predefined settings (there are a lot of them, but you cannot tweak anything). Their DivX support is really poor - videos are well compressed, but look really bad for the given size, and DivX menus are automatically inserted into the output file.
I had one heck of a time installing this program. The package includes a DVD player (InterVideo DVD 6 Silver), a virtual drive utility (allows you to copy or make CD / DVD images of games so you don't have to insert them in your optical drive), and a disc label program. After installing DVD Copy the installer progressed to the Virtual Drive program. There the installer hung at stopping one of it's own services. Sadly, I could not find a way to stop that service or remove it. And Corel's tech support is pitiful, absolutely no help. So the total install failed and for some reason it threw about 12 tiny programs into my installed programs (none of which can be removed). After about 2 hours of messing around, I finally got Virtual Drive and the DVD player removed and am only running the Copy program.
The DVD player is the Silver version. Corel should be strung up for their ridiculous naming of this player. Silver means you got the freebie version (no patches work on it). Gold means you bought it standalone, and you can patch it. Platinum means something altogether different, but no idea what. All three are very different prices.
I'm happy I upgraded this program for Vista compatibilty. It works much better than the previous version, and the interface is more intuitive. It burns DVD's extremely well. Thankfully virtual drive is now a separate program, because it is pretty well useless.