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interVideo DVD Copy 4 Platinum

Compression for Consumers By Brad Luber
Who among us doesn't feel peace of mind knowing that our data is backed up.  DVDcopy 4 from interVideo is touted as a fast and easy DVD duplicating and encoding tool that even outputs file formats to video and audio onto ipods and PSP's.  DVDcopy4 arrived in  bright Red packaging, it's well packed contents included the install disk, with serial number on the protective sleeve.  Also in the box was a 100 page rare printed manual.

Setting the manual down (intentions of looking at it later) I put the install disk in a free drive bay and began the install process.  After reading the EULA, entering my serial number, and choosing my install directory, the software install process took less than 4 minutes. 

An icon was placed on my desktop,  clicking this started DVDcopy 4 on my machine.  Your asked if you want to register the program, and install the Google tool bar, followed by the simple start screen of DVDCopy4.  The program has 3 modes, copy DVD, Merge DVD, and File to DVD. My first test of the software will be to copy a DVD I made for my daughter's Lacrosse Team.

I started by placing the Lacrosse DVD into my DVD player, then adding a blank DVD to my burner.  DVDcopy4 automatically detected both my source and burn drives. 

I left the mode as default, set to duplicate the entire disk.  You have the option to view the files on you DVD using the preview window, at the bottom left of the interface. After verifying I had the right DVD I wanted to copy,  I found the burn button in the bottom right corner of the interface. 

Upon clicking, DVDcopy4 went to work.  Immediately files were being read from the source disk, and  seconds later the activity light on my DVD burner drive started blinking, the magic had begun.  This DVD contains 1hr 8 minutes of footage weighting in at just over 3 gigs.  Burning the new DVD took 42minutes of time, using a P4 3.0 G PC with WinXP using an old trustworthy 2.4x DVD burner.

In all the entire process of installing the software, choosing not to use the manual, and burning a copy of a DVD took just 46 minutes.  I was spared the duty of copying the files to disk, and coming back to the computer to start the Burning  process to disk.  This was a painless and time saving process, no glitches in sight.

Copying the  DVD was an easy process, but this is just the beginning of what DVDcopy4 can do. The DVD duplicated was not copy protected.  I put in a DVD of a movie that I have bought, and DVDcopy 4 alerted me to the fact and would not let me proceed.

Next up, picking and choosing files from a DVD, and encoding the files to be viewed on the trendy PSP's and iPod's. 

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Brad Luber has been editing digital video and images for the past 5 years. Starting as a hobby with an underwater DVcam, then lead to digital stills, 3D creation, matchmoving, and compositing as a freelance Artist. Brad is always on the lookout for new technology to help save time while behind the editing station.
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