123 Copy DVD Gold earned the TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award for CD burning software for several reasons. Chief among them is how easy it makes creating audio and data compact discs. However, as its name suggests, that is not it’s primary function. This application is an optical disc toolbox that enables you to copy, create and share video, audio and data on a variety of optical disc formats. And it does so in a way that is intuitive and accessible to users who have little experience in authoring optical media.
The newest incarnation of 123 Copy DVD Gold makes a quantum leap in its user interface over previous versions. The most popular and useful tools are arranged on a quick launch menu on the home screen. This is great because it enables you to access the features you're looking for without having to drill down into sub-menus. The result is a straightforward, easily navigable application that performs quickly.
While none of the audio CD copying, ripping and authoring features are found in the quick launch menu, they are conveniently organized in the Audio tab. 123 Copy DVD Gold has a wide array of audio CD tools. Features include Copy an Audio CD, Create an Audio CD, Create an MP3 CD and Rip an Audio CD. This CD burning software also gives you the ability to convert audio files and edit meta-data for any track on your computer.
Copying an audio CD with this software requires only the disc you want to copy and a blank disc. This is a fairly simple operation. Select Copy a Disc from the Audio tab, insert the disc to be copied into your computer, and then click Copy Disc. If your computer only has one optical drive, you’ll have to switch out the original disc with the blank disc when the scan is complete. If you have more than one optical drive, you can utilize both simultaneously for this task. When this CD burner program is done duplicating the disc, it will automatically eject the new disc. In our test, this process took less than 15 minutes.
Creating an audio or MP3 CD from scratch is similarly simple. And the process is identical for both tasks. This feature allows you to create brand new discs with any audio tracks you want. This feature is great for musicians that want to burn a homemade album or someone who wants to make a mix CD of their favorite songs.
Ripping an audio CD to your hard drive with 123 Copy DVD Gold is quite easy. All you need to do is select the Audio tab, insert the CD you want to rip. The application will then scan your CD and display all the tracks on the disc. Then you can select what tracks you want to rip, and then click Rip CD. It doesn’t get much simpler than that. In our tests, ripping a full-length music album takes less than two minutes. The quality of the audio files is indistinguishable from the original disc.
The features for creating and copying data discs with this CD burner application are found under the Data tab. They operate in the same fashion as the audio features. These features are great for making backup copies of your most important files. While backing up to an optical disc may seem like an absurd anachronism, consider what would happen if your computer went down and you didn’t have access to an internet connection. Even if your files were backed up in the cloud, you wouldn’t be able to access them. Having a backup plan to your backup plan is essential for your most important documentation. And having a physical copy that’s easily accessible is always a good thing.
One other video tool worth mentioning is the “Download an Internet Video.” This feature is simple to use. All you need is to copy the URL of the video you want download and paste it into 123 Copy DVD Gold and the application will download it and make a file that you can watch offline and sync to any device you want. Supported video sharing sites include YouTube, Facebook, Blip, Dailymotion, Vimeo and more.
The final tool in the feature set is the ability to erase a re-writeable disc. This is great for situations where you have run out of blank discs to write to, or have made a mistake when burning a disc. This greatly increases the life of a writeable disc and saves you money.
Another reason 123 Copy DVD Gold took the top spot in our review of the best CD burning software is its near universal compatibility for both audio and video formats. This means that you don’t have to worry about the alphabet soup of letters and numbers that follow a media file. With rare exceptions, this software can import and export any file type you wish.
The application's primary functionality deals with copying and burning CDs and DVDs. It’s a natural and correct assumption to conclude that this application is compatible with all writeable DVDs and CDs. This application can handle data Blu-rays, but if you want to copy Blu-ray movies with this application, you need to need to upgrade to the Platinum version of the software.
Because the software is so simple, you likely won't need technical assistance. However, in the case where you need help, Bling Software offers some resources online. There is a robust knowledgebase on the company website, along with video guides that show you how to use the software effectively and a product manual that can answer almost any question you have.
There is a lot to like about 123 Copy DVD Gold. This CD burner application not only handles all your compact disc needs, but also copies DVD movies and enables you to craft your own original discs with your original work. It’s quite simple to use and has convenient extras such as the internet video downloader and the ability to reuse a writeable discs.
Creating, copying and ripping CDs and DVDs with this application is easy, even if you have never performed such a task.
If you want full Blu-ray functionality, you must upgrade to the Platinum version of the software.
From duplicating discs to authoring new creations and downloading online videos, 123 Copy DVD Gold is an invaluable toolbox for nearly all your optical disc needs.