VSO's CopyToCD/DVD Ver.2

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Product: Copy To DVD
Provided By: VSO Software

Introduction:  

Back in October, I had the chance to take a look at VSO's BlindWrite 5. BlindWrite 5 was designed with a single purpose in mind; to make perfect backup copies of CD's and DVD's. Although a tremendous program, it only serves the single purpose of backing up your media. VSO Software has another program available that completes your CD/DVD Burning needs - Copy To DVD. Although the name of the software suggests that it is simply a DVD burning program, it does in fact work on both CD's as well as DVD's.

The computer industry is already quite crowded with the "Big Guns" of CD burning software, such as Ahead and Roxio, so what does VSO and Copy To DVD bring to the table? Keep on reading and you'll find out.

What It Is:

Here is what VSO has to say about their product:

"CopyToDVD is a new generation tool to backup all your music and data files. CopyToDVD contains several methods to build your CDs or DVDs, such as integration to shell, user friendly frontend or FileDepot technology. With a few clicks you can burn files, folders, pictures, and music (MP3/Ogg Vorbis/WMA) to CD/DVD. CopyToDVD uses a smart data analyser which suggest the best output format (audio CD, DVD Video...). CopyToDVD is easy to use, don't lose your time with complex interfaces. If you are a developer, you can use CopyToDVD to add a burning feature to your application. CopyToDVD supports CD-R(W), DVD-R(W), and DVD+R(W) and DVD-RAM writers. It works under Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/.NET."

Key Features:

  • Audio: You can create Audio CDs from MP3, WMA, Ogg and APE file formats.
  • Data: You can create CD or DVD using ISO/Joliet/UDF, and support of multissession.
  • Video: Create highly compatible DVD Video backups to be played in your home player.
  • Settings: A large number of settings allows you to customize the general behaviour of the product to suit your needs.
  • Compatibility: Supports any hardware CD and DVD writer and all popular formats available.
  • Developers: Add a CD/DVD burning feature to your application using the batch/command line mode of CopyToDVD.

Settings:  

One of the above "Key Features" is the settings. VSO claims to have a large number of settings to allow total customization of the burning software. Here are some shots of what's available.

 

There are many, many more settings available as you can see from the available tabs, but in an effort to keep this simple software review short, I've just highlighted a few of them. As you can see, the settings interface is easy to navigate and allows control of almost every aspect of your burn process.

It is actually quite surpising to see that Copy To DVD supports Sanyo's HD-BURN technology. Good for VSO.

Now that you've seen what Copy To DVD's settings look like and what it claims to do for you, let's head on over and take a look at the program itself. Good stuff on the next page!


Testing:  

For these tests I used Windows 2000 patched with all the latest patches including Service Pack 4. I used Copy To DVD to write CD's on the Plextor Premium, and Data DVD's on the Plextor PX-708A.  

Copy To DVD works as a basic CD burning program by allowing you to create Data CD's, Audio CD's, Data DVD's, as well as Video DVD's. However, if you plan to make Video DVD's, you will need the DVD to already be authored (using a program like TMPGEnc DVD Author) and the select the VIDEO_TS.IFO to create the disk.

The most basic way to burn normal Data CD or DVD compilations is by simply firing up Copy To DVD and using the Drag-and-Drop method. Simple.

You can either open a new window on your computer and drag files across to add to your compilation, or you can select the Icon with the green + mark to open a folder with Copy To DVD and select files that way. As far as this method goes, Copy 2 DVD doesn't really offer a lot to the the burning industry on this level. However, there is a whole other level.  

If you're a Windows XP user, you may or may not use the built-in burning software that comes with Windows XP. To utilize it, you simply select files, Right click them, then send them to CD. They are stored in a temp folder until you are ready to write them to CD. Some people have great luck with this, others do not.

 

Copy To DVD allows the flexibiliy and easy of use to be available in any version of Windows including 98/ME, 2000, XP, and even .NET. They allow the user to choose whether or not the files are to written immediately, or cached for later using the CopyToDVD Depot.

Simply select the files you wish to choose, then right click. If you select the "CopyToDVD" option, the files will be written immediately to the drive of your choice. Obviously, using this method is the fastest, and if you've set up the disk to automatically multisession, you'll be able to add to the disk later. If you choose the "CopyToDVD Depot" option, the files will be cached, and when you run CopyToDVD, the files will be loaded and ready to be burned. This later feature is helpful if you want to review and possibly add to the compilation.

The burn engine is fast, and has successfully written every disk, whether DVD or CD I've thrown at it. It really is a nice way to incorporate the ease of WindowsXP CD creation into Windows 98/Me/2000. So here it is, the summary.

Conclusion:

Copy To DVD is a great program that adds functionality, ease of use, and dependability to CD and DVD creation under any Windows OS. It has a clean user interface, great features, and enough control over settings to make any geek happy while at the same time keeping it simple enough for the n00bs. I've been a big Nero fan since I started with my first 12x LiteOn burner, and I really hate change. However, after a few issues I've had with Nero lately, I've actually uninstalled it, and am using CopyToDVD for all my burning needs. It's really that good.  

Pro's:

  • Clean, simple interface.
  • Lot's of settings to tweak to your heart's delight.
  • Works great out of the box.
  • Adds "Right-Click, send to CD" functionality to all versions of Windows.

Con's:

  • Doesn't encode video to DVD. It must be done prior to burning.

My only complaint at all is the lack of DVD encoding. I personally use other tools to do my encoding, but other people may want a package that does that for them - albeit at lower quality that third-party tools. As I mentioned earlier though, CopyToDVD has recently replaced Nero as my burning software of choice. Not an easy feat.  

CopyToDVD may not be for everyone, as it doesn't allow any media to be dropped onto a DVD, and poof! DVD Video, but it is BCC Approved.

Many thanks to VSO-Software for firing over a copy for evaluation. You guys really make great software. Keep it up.

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