Your computer probably came with some kind of DVD copying software. Standard copying software is useful but limited. DVD copying software can do so much more than you may think. In fact, carefully thinking about copying software is the only way to buy a program that will fulfill all of your copying needs.
Do You Need the Best?
Sometimes you should purchase the best software available. Other times, inexpensive and solid software will do. The DVD world is a rapidly changing one. Thus, the expensive software that you purchase today may pale in comparison to the highly advanced software that you will find tomorrow.
Unless you are a professional of some sort, there’s no need to buy the best DVD copying software. What you want to look for is software that offers you more features than your built-in copying software. Inexpensive and feature-packed software that is also customizable is highly prized.
Give Trials a Try
Think of trial software as a test drive. You can download this software for a limited time (usually 30 days), find out how a program works, and judge for yourself whether or not you want to invest money into a particular program. Trail software can be found by looking at a manufacturer’s website or by visiting a download site.
Some trial software is packed with advertisements – this is something that you’ll have to live with for the duration of a trial period. Other trial software comes with annoying toolbars and other installations. Instead of blindly clicking through a program setup, make sure to opt out of these installations (unless, of course, you want a new toolbar).
Throughout a trial period, take details notes of features that you enjoy. Be sure to jot down those features that are lacking as well. When you want to give another program a try or search for a program that you can purchase, you can refer to these notes.
Even though all programs are different, you’ll find that some of the same features are prevalent throughout most top programs. This comparison method is the best way to determine which programs are worth the expense, and which ones make copying a DVD more difficult.
Learn Your Skill Level
Professional-grade software was designed for use by professionals. This might be a no-brainer, but far too many people purchase expensive professional-grade software only to be let down by a steep learning curve. While going through a trial period, make sure that you can use any program with ease.
You might find that features such as help bubbles, help guides, and installation wizards make using copying software simpler. Drag and drop features are also highly prized. Any program that requires constant user input and complex set-ups is likely too advanced for the average user.
Don’t Bend Your Budget
As previously mentioned, there’s no sense in buying copying software that will break the bank. This type of software is constantly evolving, and some developer will likely come out with a more advanced version of your current software shortly. DVD formats also change frequently, so save your money to buy the latest and greatest DVD types.