View Full Version : Worthy buying Fast Dvd Copy 2.1?
Sep 17, 2004, 11:20 AM
Has anyone used Velan's Fast DVD Copy 2.1 ($99)? Just read about it from MacWorld that it's pretty good to make backup copies of commercial DVDs.
Is this program easy to use? Troublesome? Or is there another program better? Or should I just buy a DVD to DVD recorder?
I would like to get one for my 15" PB.
Sep 17, 2004, 11:54 AM
This is a decent program, however you can do better in just 3 steps.
1. Use MactheRipper to rip the DVD.
2. Use DVD2OneX to convert it to a single side 4.7gb movie/image
3. Use Toast to burn the DVD.
The all in one program is easy, however the compression isn't always the best,, and you can really customize it this way a lot better.... i.e opening up more space by deleting foreign language audio tracks.
If I were you I'd spend my money on something more worthwhile.
Sep 17, 2004, 11:59 AM
I downloaded that program and tried the one-time trial they allow and I was VERY impressed with its ease of use. It is literally a one click solution to copying :ahem: i mean backing up your DVD collection. I want to buy it but $80 is a little rich for this kind of thing.
Sep 17, 2004, 12:52 PM
Do not waste that much money on this program.
- Put DVD in drive, let DVD open up DVD Player and start playing, close
DVD Player, Run DVDbackup, Select folder to backup to, start
-Run DVD2OneX, select VideoTS file (what you've backed up in
DVDbackup, choose your settings, select folder to send to, start
3. Toast 5 or 6
-Run Toast, select Other then DVD (in 5) or Data then DVD-Rom (in 6),
drag VideoTS folder you've created in DVD2OneX to Toast, Burn
After you've done this once you will be able to do this very quickly. It's a 3 step process. I've tried Fast DVD Copy and it errored quite a bit, and plus you pay $99 which is ridiculous for such a program......and for that price you can only install it on one machine (if you have 2 Macs like my wife and I do it means you can only use a certain machine for backing up DVD's, which is very inconvenient). DVDbackup is free, DVD2OneX is cheap, and Toast is relatively cheap. Plus with Toast you get all of the other burning features it provides. Also, DVD2OneX gives you the option for menus, no menus, size variations, and allows for you to combine multiple movies onto one DVD. You can also watch the VideoTS folders in DVD Player to see if the backup is working prior to burning to DVD, which you cannot do on Fast DVD Copy.
Sep 17, 2004, 01:34 PM
I tried both DVD2oneX and Fast DVD Copy, and I liked Fast DVD Copy much much more than DVD2oneX, simply because it is easier, and less time consuming. You put in the DVD, hit copy and let it run. It is well worth the $99. The only drawback I have had is that on the backup copies, the dark scenes aren't as good quality, but not so bad that you can't see what is happening. I recommend this to anyone.
Sep 17, 2004, 02:16 PM
I also do the MactheRipper/DVD2Onex/Toast route...it's not that much hassle once you get down to it but it is fairly time consuming. DVD2OneX isn't cheap but it works well. Looking at the reviews on Macupdate and Versiontracker Fast DVD still needs a lot of work and is very expensive for what sounds like patchy software.
I would go down the cheaper, more reliable route of MactheRipper/DVD2OneX/Toast.
Sep 17, 2004, 02:17 PM
The best way to go is what mulletman said. Toast now supports dual density DVDs, so you can copy with no loss at all (using DVD2oneX). The dual discs are expensive right now, but will drop.
Sep 17, 2004, 03:45 PM
Thanks everyone for the info!
I think I will go with what mulletman said and go with the combo deal. Also, I would like to use the program on my PB and iMac, so Fast DVD would not work (thanks Jovian9!). Plus $99 is not something worth buying if it is a "patchy software." However, doesn't the combine cost of MactheRipper, DVD2OneX, Toast greater than $99?
I agree that Fast DVD is probably easy to use to make backup copies of my DVDs (really, I mean it!). But it is probably best to use the combo.
Again, thanks everyone for your help!
Sep 18, 2004, 02:15 PM
It looks like the recent versions (2.5, 2.6) of Fast DVD Copy have been dissappointing for some users. Check out www.versiontracker.com for reviews.
I use Mac the ripper, DVD2ONE X, & toast. I would use Fast DVD Copy but it is not worth $100. DVDshrink for windows does the same thing for free.