Editor's note: A newer version of this product is available. The manufacturer lists the new version as offering the following features: copy any DVD, Blu-ray or CD, convert files to any format, transfer your media to any of your devices. We will evaluate, rank and review the new version of this product when we next update the CD Burning Software site.
Burning CDs has been a well-known practice and well-tuned feature for many years. Therefore, there are many CD burner applications available in the marketplace. However, the best burning software money can buy is 123 Copy DVD. This software wins the TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award because it includes built-in CSS decryption features, video-capture functionality and much more.
This CD burning software also has the ability to make exact clones of CDs and DVDs. The application is compatible with a wide variety of file formats to which you can convert your movies and music. We would have liked to see a few more options for copying music and Blu-ray Discs, but overall, this product will do its job well, quickly and efficiently.
Even if you are careful with your CD collection, it is normal for discs to accumulate scratches over time. When these imperfections interrupt playback, you don't have to throw them out and buy a new ones. Instead, make a copy of your most-used, best-loved CDs. 123 Copy can't read Grand Canyon-sized scratches, but as long as the original disc isn't excessively damaged, this CD burning application will be able to copy it.
CDs and home videos are easy to copy because they are not encrypted. Backing up your commercial DVDs is not quite as simple – you have to decrypt the disc before you can burn a copy. Fortunately, 123 Copy DVD offers a built-in CSS decryptor. It can also remove region codes, which restrict DVD players from playing foreign DVDs. If you have an international DVD collection, 123 can copy the discs without region code restrictions. The copied discs will play on any DVD player.
CDs are easy to copy and customize. Creating custom DVDs is usually more difficult because they have more complex file structures (including video, audio, subtitles, bonus features, menus and more). Direct clones are the easiest way to go because you do not have to alter files and folders – 1:1 copies always match the originals. If you want to custom-tailor your discs, 123 Copy DVD lets you choose exactly what you want to copy, file by file. Imagine the space you could save by excluding the audio commentary.
In addition to burning physical discs, this CD and DVD burning software can generate digital copies of the files on disc that you can save directly on your hard drive. You can also convert files to prepare them for playback on iPods, PSPs and other handheld electronic devices.
We are especially impressed with 123 Copy DVD's extra features. The ability to capture and burn YouTube movies to CDs and DVDs is particularly creative and useful. You can also copy movies from your DVR, so when you save your favorite shows or movies from the television, you can create backup disc copies. This fantastic option isn't available from most competitors' software.
Copying an entire DVD takes about 30 minutes. CDs take significantly less time, and if you don't copy all of the special features on a DVD, you can save time there as well. The quality of the copy is roughly the same as that of the original disc.
Another reason 123 Copy DVD took our top spot is because it is compatible with every file format we looked for when we selected the best burner software. The versatility this brings is difficult to overstate; it means you can copy or burn any type of CD you want. From audio albums to backing up DVD movies or creating archive discs, 123 Copy DVD does it all.
We love this application because it is easy to use. Copying discs can be frustrating, especially if you are trying to create one from scratch. If anything goes wrong, you usually have to throw the spoiled CD in the trash and try again. A smooth, thoughtful user interface is essential, and 123 Copy really pulls through on that front. The first time you open the application, you may have difficulty finding all the fancy features. If you are after a simple copy, however, the most important and basic features are easy to locate. The design is uncluttered, which makes the software interface look really sharp and professional. It also means that some of the best features are tucked away out of sight. If you want them, you'll probably have to hunt them down. With time, you will be able to locate the specialized features more easily. There is definitely a learning curve, but it is gentle enough that it won't stop you from getting started right away.
Not only will you be able to burn any type of file format with 123 Copy DVD, but you can also burn files to any type of writable disc. This burner software will write content to CDs and DVDs, and the Platinum version of the software will even burn Blu-ray Discs. This software also allows you to transfer the contents of disc media to your hard drive for archiving.
In a perfect world, burning software would be self-explanatory and would not require help and support. However, since the unexpected can happen, we like to make sure that there is service support if you need it. Help and support from the manufacturer of 123 Copy DVD is available through email, which is pretty standard for software of this type. We would have liked to see a few more options, but since the application is easy to use, we don't think the company needs to provide a whole lot more than it currently does.
Although 123 Copy DVD is designed to copy your favorite movies, it is also one of the best CD burning software packages for making backup copies of your favorite audio CDs. It has plenty of features, including options to change the file format so that you can play media files on other devices. The ability to select the contents of each copy makes the software flexible and powerful. It can also reduce disc burn time, and for small businesses, faster burn time means more money. Overall, this application is well worth your consideration.
123 Copy DVD comes with a built-in CSS decryptor. The software can copy entire DVDs in roughly 30 minutes, and CDs burn even faster.
Audio file formats are somewhat limited, which restricts the software's functionality as a CD burning application.
It is easy to install 123 Copy DVD, and doesn't take much time to learn how to use the software. It gives you the freedom to copy whole movies and CDs or just the parts you want.