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Clonedvd Wins Over Ic7 (imho)
Clonedvd Wins Over Ic7 (imho) –
Up until now, I've been using InstantCopy7 from Pinnacle. While this is a good product, and I haven't had any major complaints with it--it is SSLLOOOOOOWWWW. IC7 took 3 Hrs. and 11 minutes to crunch the Animatrix DVD down to 4.27GB on a DVD-RW. This was after removing the 5.1 Japanese audio and all but the english subtitles and bumping up the quality of the main video so the estimated size was 4.50 GB--and it still didn't fill the DVD. The quality was acceptable considering it was over 8GB to start with, and I kept all extras and preserved the menus--but it could be better. Guess what--CloneDVD did it better right off the bat.
In addition to having the same flexibility of removing unwanted titles, audio, or subtitle streams like IC7--ConeDVD goes one step further. It allows you to select either 2CH Stereo, 6CH Stereo, or both when it comes to the AC3 Audio streams--IC7 only lets you select the full 6CH stream. By selecting just the 2CH stream, you free over 200Kbps to dedicate to your video processing. This was the only change I made from my IC7 run, and it filled the RW almost perfectly at 4.36GB, everything is intact, and there was a marked reduction in pixelation during fast and slow motion sections of the anime, CGI, and filmed extra sections. And here's the kicker--it did it in 1 Hr. 29Minutes flat! That's including the burn time to the DVD-RW at 1X! Now that kicks IC7 square in the nads if you ask me!
I knew I should've waited for Elby to come through--they put out top notch products. The real pisser is it costs 2/3's the price of IC7. 39.00 Euro for the download key is about $45 USD. I paid $79 USD for IC7--granted I got a $25 rebate, but there is no comparing the better bang for the buck with CloneDVD! Did I mention NO ATAPI layer required? No ATAPI or ASAPI issues to resolve, so it whould have a broad range of compatability with DVD burners.
It isn't desgned with PS2 Duping in mind, yet--but they haven't completely ruled it out as an option for future enhancements. They made CloneCD come a long way from just an Audio CD duper, so I wouldn't count CloneDVD out just yet for PS2. If you haven't gotten an "all-in-one" application for backing up your video DVD's yet and are still doing this manually--I would HIGHLY recommend you at least download the 3MB 30-day trial version. All you have to do is rip the original to your hard drive with DVD-Decrypter or SmartRipper and CloneDVD will do the rest. Whether you want just a movie only (ie DVD XCopy) or menus with extras--this ones got you covered for much less than the competition.
where can i pick this up
i have had my burner for a while...i havent even started worying bout how to do movies
V7- Messiah2 modded, my baby
V1.0 Xecuter 2.0 Pro '
oops...sorry. Forgot to post the link. It's available from the guys at elby.ch:
If you haven't gotten it yet, you might want to check out CloneCD as well for a "no-brainer" CD duping program also. It runs my audio, PC and PS/PS2 CD's perfect everytime--no patching or anything.