PROS / This program completes the DVD-copying process faster than any other application we evaluated.
CONS / If you have a newer Mac, you'll have to spend extra on an external DVD burner in order to use this program.
VERDICT / A strong feature set, fantastic user interface and flawless copy quality make this the best DVD copy software for Mac users.
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.
There are a number of reasons why DVD Cloner for Mac earns the Top Ten Reviews Gold Award for Mac DVD copy software. Chief among them is the striking simplicity and power the application offers. Mac users can make exact 1:1 copies of their favorite DVD movies with little to no difficulty.
In addition to its simplicity, DVD Cloner for Mac offers a wealth of options for DVD copying. Naturally, you can make exact copies of everything on a disc with this Mac DVD copy application. It also allows you to select what content from the original disc makes it onto the recordable DVD. So if you want to only copy the movie on a DVD and leave off the bonus features, subtitles and other non-movie content, DVD Cloner for Mac lets you do just that.
Additionally, the application removes copy protections found on most commercial DVDs, which allows you to back up movies you own without having to install a third-party decrypter. This software also has the ability to read damaged discs and restore the content onto a new DVD.
This version of DVD Cloner for Mac has a brand new interface. After launching the application, you're presented with three options: copy a DVD movie, combine two or more DVDs to one Blu-ray disc, or copy an archived DVD from the hard disk to a new blank disc. These are all great copying tools, and DVD Cloner for Mac is the only product we reviewed that has all of them.
Once you have DVD Cloner installed on your Mac, all you have to do is insert the disc you want to copy into the optical drive, select what you want duplicated and click Start. It literally takes less than 10 seconds to start the copying process.
After that, it's just a waiting game until you insert your recordable DVD. In our tests, it took DVD Cloner about 40 minutes to make a 1:1 copy. If you choose to compress a copy, it only takes five minutes more. These are the fastest recording times we noted out of the 10 applications we tested.
Before the copying process begins, this Mac DVD copier must first bypass the anti-piracy encryptions found on almost all commercially produced discs. DVD Cloner has this ability, but the About window in the interface explicitly warns that this feature is for making copies for personal use only.
This program allows you to save a DVD’s ISO file or raw file folders to your computer's hard drive. These are essentially the blueprints for creating a new DVD. If you save them to your computer, you can then create new copies without the original disc. You can even use DVD Cloner to perform this task, but most Macs burn these types of files.
There are two types of blank DVDs you can use to make copies: DVD-5 and DVD-9. The former has 5GB of storage space while the latter has 9GB. All commercial DVD movies are contained on DVD-9s. So if you want an exact 1:1 copy, you'll need to use those discs. DVD-5s simply don't have the storage capacity to copy an entire commercial disc.
DVD Cloner can also compress the contents of a DVD-9 to fit onto a DVD-5. If you choose this option, though, you may notice slight quality degradation when compared to the original. This is true of all DVD copiers that compress video. However, compared to the rest of the applications in our review, DVD Cloner had the least quality loss. Our video experts were hard pressed to find any pixelation, compression artifact or any other imperfections on the newly copied discs.
One of the software's most useful features is its ability to restore damaged DVDs to their original quality. We've all been in the situation where one of our favorite movies is unwatchable because scratches. With DVD Cloner for Mac, as long as your DVD isn't broken in half, you can copy the content off the damaged disc and burn a new copy that's better than the original.
There is one hiccup coming for DVD Cloner for Mac: Apple is moving away from optical drives in favor of their cloud-based services. Most new Macs do not come with an optical drive at all, so there's no way to copy or burn DVDs. If you have a newer Mac, you’ll need to invest in an external optical drive in order to use DVD Cloner for Mac.
This Mac DVD Copier comes with more customization options than any other program in our review. And they're very simple to use and understand. Here are just a few of the options available to you:
Movie Complete Copy: This option lets you copy a full movie found on a DVD-9 onto a DVD-5. This option includes all the special features, menus and other content found on the original disc. However, this option does not create an exact 1:1 copy. In order to fit all the data from a DVD-9 to a DVD-5, DVD Cloner must compress the video. However, the quality of the copy is still excellent; it's just not an exact copy of the original disc.
Full 1:1 Disc Copy: This is the Cadillac option provided by DVD Cloner for Mac. It's a perfect copy of the entire disc with no compression or loss in quality. When you use this option, you'll need a DVD-9, because a DVD-5 doesn't have the storage capacity to fit all of that content.
Movie Only Copy: This option is the younger sibling to Movie Complete Copy. There are two main differences: Only the movie is copied, so you won't have any of the special features or menus found on the original disc. Additionally, this option does not compress the movie, so you will have a 1:1 copy. This is a great option for making simple backups for your DVD library without having to spend the extra cash on a bunch of DVD-9s.
Split One DVD-9 Movie to Two DVD-5 Discs: This option is self-explanatory. It's a combination of the first two options. You retain all the menus and bonus features found on the original disc, but fitted onto two separate DVD-5s. This is an exact 1:1 copy.
Movie Customized Copy: This is where the real customization options live in DVD Cloner for Mac. It allows you to pick and choose the content you want on the newly burned disc.
Help & Support
Frequently, a software company's support features serve as a good barometer of the quality of the software. If you are paying for a software package, you want to know there are people and resources ready to help should you need it. Judging by the ease of use with this program, it's unlikely you'll run into problems. But if you do, there are many venues available to contact the developers and support team.
The help menu provides a simple step-by-step tutorial when you're ready to make your first copy. It also walks through the various options available and other places where hiccups can occur. The website provides similar information and a few contact emails, along with an online form or live chat for direct contact.
When you compare DVD copy software, it's all about simplicity. And DVD Cloner for Mac wins hands down. But that's not the only reason why it's our Gold Award winner for the Best Mac DVD Copy Software. It also has powerful duplication tools and fast burn times; it even allows you to recover DVDs that you thought were unusable. If you're going to purchase DVD copy software for any Apple computer, DVD Cloner for Mac is the best way to spend those dollars.