DVDFab

DVDFab 11.1

Back up, copy, rip, clone, convert, and create DVDs and Blu-ray discs

If in need of a comprehensive video-related utility that allows you to rip, copy, convert, create, and author video discs, DVDFab is an excellent choice to consider. This “25-in-1” suite of tools, as described by their developers, comes with all the functionality you need to copy, convert, and play back your movies, including 4K and 8K video, with or without DRM and other protection systems, such as Cinavia.

The program’s interface tries to combine its amazing wealth of tools and utilities with the simplest way possible to go about each of them. The interface design, however, does not always provides the type of guidance that first-time users may need to complete the various tasks in the most straightforward way. It relies too much on icons (instead of standard menus or a combination of both), and these are not always that easy to find or know what they do without clicking on them. At the end of the day, mastering its main functions is mainly a matter of practice, patience, and some trial-and-error. For simpler disc copy and rip tasks, DVDFab will install DVDFab Mini for you, where you can perform this common tasks with a minimum of hassle.

DVDFab is mainly devoted to handling video discs, both DVD and Blu-ray discs. You can rip their content (either the full disc or selected video and audio streams) and save them into more portable formats or simply make one-to-one copies for backup and preservation purposes. You can also collect downloaded video files or your best home videos in pro-looking video discs that may include a menu for easier navigation. The possibilities are manifold, but there’s always a video disc at least at one end of the process – it may start on a DVD or BD and end up in a file, it can happen the other way round, or it may start and end on a video disc of some sort. Either way, this tool is not a professional video creation tool as some users might expect – you won’t find multitrack timelines here or a fantastic video editing console full of filters, transitions, and effects, but a wide variety of disc-based video tools instead.

DVDFab works seamlessly with nearly all existing flavors of HD video, from UHD 8K and 4K to standard DVD and BD video codecs. It also offers a wide support for the most common portable video files, formats, and codecs, and includes means to avoid DRM solutions from making your backup copies or Cinavia from enjoying your movies in the player of your choice.

When it comes to cost, this extensive suite of video-related tools is not for everyone. Its high price tag is still significantly lower than the cost of buying all of these software utilities separately, which DVDFab also provides for those who can do with less functionality.

Francisco Martínez
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Review summary

Pros

  • Includes a wealth of video-related tools
  • Supports 4K and 8K video
  • Burns video to all kinds of blank discs
  • Offers a comprehensive conversion utility
  • Removes DRM and Cinavia protections
  • Has authoring tools to add menus to your discs
  • Offers DVDFab Mini to perform simple rip and copy tasks
  • Plays back 4K UHD Blu-rays

Cons

  • Has a high price tag
  • Offers a sometimes confusing interface design
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