Copy any DVD to in two steps with BDLot DVD ISO Master

If you have a DVD you want to copy or rip to your hard disk, the free BDLot DVD ISO Master just might be the easiest way to go about doing it.

This software will rip your DVD to the hard disk in the form of an ISO file, and will allow you to burn the file back to a physical DVD if you choose to do so.

The overall result: a quick and highly streamlined way to create copies of your DVDs, or to convert your DVD collection to ISO files that you can manage on your hard drive.

Note that this software can remove any copy protections and/or region protection (commonly found on commercial DVD’s), but can also be used on normal, non copy protected DVDs.

Here’s a list of pros and cons:

PROS: what I like about this software

  • Simple interface: about as simple as it gets (see the screenshot above to see what I mean). The two functions (DVD to ISO, ISO to DVD) are nicely laid across two via tabs in the sidebar, making the process very intuitive.
  • Can remove copy protections and restrictions: including some of the latest and most advanced protections out there. Removes DVD region code, CSS, CPRM, CPPM, APS, UOPs, ARccOS, Rip-Guard, and Disney X protections.
  • Produces a 1:1 clone of your DVD: minus copy protections and restrictions, of course.

CONS: or how this software can be even better

  • The option to save to folder: i.e. VIDEO_TS, in addition to .ISO, would have been nice. However, if this is what you want it is easy to achieve via most compression programs (such as Haozip, which I am using currently) which can unpack ISO to a folder structure.
  • Does NOT utilize a PC’s GPU: which differentiates it from the more powerful paid versions on offer. Utilizing the GPU (i.e. graphics card) would have resulted in faster performance.

The verdict: an excellent, modern DVD ripper that should serve anyone who needs to remove copy protections very well, and might be a more attractive alternative to the free version of DVDFab HD Decrypter.

But this software’s strength may lie in it’s intuitive simplicity, and the fact that it makes the process of copying a DVD highly streamlined into two simple steps, both of which it can perform well.

If you need to convert your ripped DVD to a video file/files instead of burning back to a DVD, I recommend the freeware Handbrake.

Version tested: 2.0.0 build on 20110802

Compatibility: Windows XP/2000/Vista/Windows 7 (32 bit or 64 bit). Requires a graphics card with 256MB RAM or more.

Go to the program home page to download the latest version (approx. 2.52 megs).


 
 
 
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Aug 19, 2011
Samer Kurdi
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  • Raiden

    How does it compare to ImgBurn?

    • Samer

      @ Raiden: Imgburn burns ISOs; it does not rip DVDs or remove any protections

      @ D: most DVD’s are DVD5, so they would fit. Some are DVD8′s that you either have to burn to dual density blank DVD’s (available at your local store), or compress with a program like the free DVD Shrink (http://www.freewaregenius.com/dvd-shrink/)

  • D

    Guessing by the 1:1 comment that it doesn’t fit to DVD5?

  • D

    “most DVD’s are DVD5, so they would fit”

    Haven’t come across many in the last decade. This might be a regional difference if American DVDs typically only come with one language, minus extras, etc.

  • Cloned_Cat

    Thanks
    I will try this one , but when I used BDlot DVD Clone Ultimate recently it failed badly on some protections… most importantly it was completely useless when copying dual-layer DVDs
    The slider shows up 50- 58…whatever… % ; the destination dual-layer DVD is ejected and that’s it – you media is wasted ;)
    At the same time either old DVD Decrypter and/or DVDShrink still doing the job perfectly withe the same source media
    Having doubts , but let’s see how this one will perform with the same dual-layer DVDs
    Regards

  • Rocky Essing

    One more Con. It’s not freeware. Unless I’m missing something.

  • Samer

    @ Rocky: you must be missing something.

    Once you are on the download page (this one) scroll down beyond the “DVD Clone $29″ banner and use the orange “download” button that does not have a blue “Buy Now” button beside it.