Many options are available for burning and creating DVD’s on your Mac. Since iMovie and iDVD no longer support burning to a DVD, you still need a way to view your movie projects on this medium. This review should get you back on track to making and viewing your masterpieces on DVD media.
Our overall leader is Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate. This not only is a great iDVD alternative for burning movie projects to DVD but you can also convert any video file to support any Apple gadget as well as other burning projects.
For the most part people look for an alternate to either iDVD or iMovie. This review site compares the ‘alternates’ to these fine apps that are no longer supported by Apple. The software that is the closest to iDVD is Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate and that’s is what we recommend if you are looking for a replacement.
If you are interested in a full suite of DVD and Blu-Ray creation tools then Toast 12 from Roxio. As for all the other reviews we performed here are some things to keep in mind while searching for a reliable DVD burning app.
What to Look for…
The main items we were looking for during our reviews were 1) Backup quality, 2) Speed, 3) Shrink-to-fit, and 4) Company support.
Backup Quality: When you are making a copy of a Blu Ray disc you want to be sure that you retain the same 1080p HD quality found on the original. Our top 3 picks all allow you the ability to choose the output setting ensuring that you are in control of the video quality. You can also choose the Audio stream to use thus retaining true HD sound too.
Speed: Speed is very important when it comes to backing up Blu Ray discs. Since you are dealing with HD video many PC’s have to use all of their system resources just to play the video. So the best software will be optimized to use Quad Core systems and more advanced video accelerators. Of course our top picks enable this feature.
Shrink to Fit: Why is shrinking Blu Ray video important? First of all most Blu Ray movies are over 25GB in size. If you don’t mind paying $20 for a dual layer (50GB) BD-R then you are good to go. But if you would rather stick to a more affordable single layer (25GB) BD-R or BD-RW then you must utilize a shrinking feature. Or in other words the ability to remove unwanted features on the original disc, like trailers, BD-Live features, and certain Audio streams. Our top picks allow you to do this.
Company Support: Support is necessary because as we already pointed out, there are constant changes to copy protection schemes and the software must constantly be updated. In addition to this you may run into a snag. If you do you want to be sure that it can be resolved quickly.
|Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate||Roxio Toast Titanium||DVD-Cloner 4|
|Popularity Rating (People who buy what product)||72%||20.5%||4.4%|
|Video To DVD Converting||Yes||Yes||No|
|Copies DVD Movies||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Converts Video to Other Formats||Yes||Yes||No|
|DVD-R(W) DVD+R(W) DL||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Burns iDVD & iMovie Projects||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Drag and Drop Files||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|CSS Decrypter Included||Yes||No||Yes|
|Remove Region Coding||Yes||No||Yes|
|Extract Audio Portion||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Multi Language Support||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Pause During Conversion||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Output to iPod/iPad/iPhone||Yes||Yes||No|
|Restores Damaged Discs||Yes||Yes||No|
|Operation Systems Supported|