There are many legitimate reasons you might want to make a copy of a DVD, and thankfully with a Windows PC, you're in good stead for some great software to make it as painless as possible.
Here's what you should get.
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One of the big positives about DVD Cloner is speed. It only takes around half an hour to copy a full disc.
From Top Ten Reviews:
Besides speed and ease of use, DVD Cloner can make perfect copies of scratched DVDs. Bringing what you thought was damaged forever back to life like new.
This little piece of software has been around for a long time, and it's still highly regarded as one of the best ways to copy from a DVD disc.
MakeMKV is still in beta, which means all features, including Blu-Ray ripping, are free. Premium features will apparently be charged for at some point, but who knows when that'll be. Until then it's free, and it's a very handy tool to take everything off a DVD for you. The only downside is that if you're putting it onto another DVD, you'll need something else to do the burning.
A classic piece of software that can be used in conjunction with something like MakeMKV to perform a full DVD copy.
Again, from Lifehacker:
Like MakeMKV, Handbrake is best used as part of a 1-2 punch in copying your DVDs. When it comes to encoding video files though, few would argue that Handbrake is still one of the best around. It's powerful and makes use of multi-core CPUs to speed up the process.
It's also free and open source. Can't say fairer than that.
Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate
Wondershare's Video Converter is a one-stop shop for converting and recording DVDs. It's free to try, but the full paid version is jam-packed.
From PC World:
You can't use it to rip commercial DVDs anymore, but you can still burn your own discs from digital video files. Despite being packed with features, it's easy to get to grips with. And with a free trial, there's no reason not to give it a look.
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