PROS / This application is easy to use and offers a wide variety of file conversion formats.
CONS / There can be a few hiccups when it comes to installing this application if your computer doesn’t meet the system requirements.
VERDICT / You can quickly make high-quality DVDs of your favorite movies to watch at home or on the go.
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.
123 DVD Copy is DVD copy software that does much more than duplicate plastic discs. This application also allows you to watch copied movies on devices such as smartphones and tablets. Additionally, this software enables you to download your favorite shows from the internet and burn them onto recordable discs. Finally, this software has a basic video editor that allows users to make their own custom video projects and share them with their friends and family.
This product earns the Top Ten Reviews Silver Award because of the internet video options and decryptor, in addition to the other features. The only downside we saw to this product was the fact that it requires an upgrade to copy Blu-ray Discs.
If a DVD copy application doesn't do what you want, there is no reason to purchase it. 123 Copy DVD Gold has plenty of features, giving you a wide gambit of opportunities to clone, copy and edit your movies as you are making the backup copies. To start, one of the most useful features we found was the applications ability to copy scratched DVDs. Granted, there are some DVDs that are beyond hope, but unless your dog has used your discs as chew toys, this application should restore your movies to their original quality.
Another key feature when looking into a DVD cloner is whether it comes with its own decryptor. Commercial DVDs come with encryptions, so you can't copy them without a decrytor. 123 Copy DVD Gold has a built-in CSS decryptor, which means you can copy your commercial DVDs so that you will have a backup of all your favorite movies. You can also remove the region code from the DVD. The region codes make it so that you can only play a movie on DVD players that have that same code. For example, if you purchase a movie from France, you won't be able to play it on a DVD player from the United States. So if you use 123 Copy DVD Gold to make a copy of your disc, you can remove the code and play the movie on any DVD player.
When you are copying movies, sometimes you want the quality of a straight 1:1 copy and sometimes you want to save space and condense a DVD-9 dual-layer to a DVD-5 single-layer. 123 Copy DVD Gold has several options when it comes to reducing the file size of your video. One of the options we liked was that you can choose exactly what you want to copy. If you don't want all of the special features that come with the movie, you don't have to copy them. This is a quick and easy way to reduce how much space the movie takes up.
Say you don't want to make a new disc, but just want a digital copy of the movie to back it up to your hard drive. We were impressed that even though this application doesn't work with Blu-ray Discs unless you purchase the upgrade, it does offer a lot in the way of mobile files. You can copy your favorite DVDs to DivX, AVI, WMV or MPEG. This application is also set up to transfer DVDs to your iPod or PSP. No matter where you go, you can have a copy of your favorite movie.
The final feature we should note is that you aren't just limited to the videos from your DVD library. It also copies videos from YouTube and other internet videos. It can even create DVDs from the files you have saved on your DVR. If you want to copy a television show, 123 DVD Copy Gold also supports episodic videodiscs. You are covered no matter where your tastes are.
Quality of Copy
123 Copy DVD Gold uses Autofit technology, which yields consistently high quality in roughly 30 minutes, depending on whether you want all of the special features. It was a little difficult at first to get all of the settings exactly how we wanted them, but once all of that was straightened out, we had an easy time making copies. It can be a little difficult to get the application to work with the DVD burner when you are using it the first time, and this can affect the quality of your copied movie. But once all of the settings for the burner are adjusted, you won't have any problems with the quality and you'll get what you want, every time.
Have you ever been in the middle of a big project and had your application crash? The last thing you want is to lose all the work you have done and have to start the process over. With 123 Copy DVD Gold you don't have to worry, so long as your computer meets the specified requirements. This application takes a lot of processing power, so make sure you aren't overloading the system and you shouldn't have any problems when using this DVD copy software. If you are planning on running multiple applications at the same time, you might run into a few hiccups with the application locking up.
Ease of Use
As we mentioned earlier, sometimes it can be a little difficult to get through all of the settings the first time you use 123 DVD Copy Gold. That isn't because the application is poorly designed; quite the contrary. The design of the application is very clean and minimalistic. It steps you through the process, so the difficulty comes in deciding exactly what you want in your new copy. It would have been nice if there were a few more instructions when it came to all of the nitpicky details that really make the DVD copy.
Ease of Installation
123 Copy DVD Gold is only available through a download that you get when you register the product online. When we installed the application the first time, we found that we had to restart the computer to get it to install correctly. Once the computer had been restarted, there wasn't a problem. While the download is a handy way to get the application, we prefer there to be a disc method as well, if only to keep as a backup or if you don't have an internet connection that can handle an application download.
There are plenty of reasons why you should pick 123 Copy DVD Gold. You get an application that not only copies DVDs to DVDs, but can also transform your favorite movies to a mobile format. You don't have to worry about encryption or region codes when using this DVD copy software. You will always get optimal quality in a short amount of time. With this software you are getting a great product with plenty of features.