Originally Posted by ConanRulesNBC
I just got a new computer for Christmas and it comes with Power2Go DVD maker and Windows 7 DVD Maker. I was wondering if any of you know or have opinions on which one is better to use to burn better quality DVDs?
My recommendation is ImgBurn. It can build it's own image files from a DVD folder.
Also I would recommend AnyDVD for ripping DVDs from the DVD (it cracks the most up-to-date copyright protections) and also DVD Shrink 3.2 which lets you delete and keep stuff you want on the DVD. For instance retail DVDs are dual layer (8.54GB) and you'll probably be using a DVD-/+R (4.5GB) to burn it on. So that means usually if you try to keep all the main menus and stuff and other language it has to reduce the quality of the move by compressing it from 100% all the way down to 50%. Usually this depends on the length of the DVD. An example is Avatar. The movie is over 2.5 hours long and DVD Shrink will compress it down to 50%-ish for it to fit the movie as well as all the main menus and everything on the DVD-/+R. Another thing DVD Shrink lets you do is get rid of all the extra audio, subtitles and menus selections. This leaves more room for video quality to be higher or even 100%. So when you pop your DVD into your DVD player there will be no menus, copyright warnings or anything, it'll just start playing the movie automatically and you can skip through chapters.
- free - Will let you build and burn DVD images onto a disc, also can burn CDs with this software too.
- trial - Will rip the extract DVD onto your hard-drive into a folder. You can only get this has a trial version for 21 days, but if you look up NovaKiller 1.8 you can keep resetting the 21 day trial over and over with NovaKiller.
- free - Will take the DVD folder you made on you hard-drive with AnyDVD and let you compress it into a image file (.iso).
...personally these are the only three programs I use to rip DVDs or burn them. I rip Netflix DVDs like clockwork. I get my DVD in the mail, rip it in 30 minutes onto my hard-drive, put it back in the mail, then rip the DVD from my hard-drive to a blank DVD.