At a Glance
- Easy to use; Breaks copy protection
Back up your Blu-ray movies with this full-featured cloning program.
It’s a gray area–the right to back up your media, and breaking
the copy protection to do so. The latter, which is what DVDFab’s
Blu-ray Copy does to make copies, is technically illegal according
to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. However, break and copy is
what this program does, and does fairly well.
Blu-ray Copy is actually a module in Fengtao Software‘s $199
All-in-One program. All the modules, which include DVD copying
and video conversion, use the same interface, but you can only
launch or use the ones that you’ve paid for. That can add up, as
modules run $40 to $60.
DVDfab Blu-ray Copy worked relatively well for me, copying two
titles fine, but halting halfway through Casino Royale. The program
will make 1:1 copies, as well as compress moves to fit less
capacious types of BD discs. The backups will play on systems
without HDCP monitors or video cards. My only real complaint is
that you need the separate $60 Blu-ray ripper module to save the
movie to your hard drive in playable format.
The system requirements DVDFab quotes are ridiculously low.
Unless you want your copying to take days per disc, a modern CPU
and GPU are required. Also, an Internet connection is stated as a
requirement. Whether this is for the program to gather keys for
decryption or something else, I was unable to discover. DVDFab did
not respond to PCWorld‘s email queries.
If you want to make backups of your Blu-ray movies, DVDfab
Blu-ray Copy will do it for you. However, there are cheaper
programs that do the same thing, and even free ones such as the
AVGo Media Recorder that will rip video, albeit not so
–Jon L. Jacobi