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DVD X Copy Platinum released

Written by Jari Ketola @ 04 Sep 2003 11:38 User comments (42)

DVD X Copy Platinum released 321 Studios has released a new DVD backup tool called DVD X Copy Platinum. DVD X Copy Platinum features new TDF technology, which allows the user to customize the compression level of each title set individually. The self-made TDF-files can also be shared with other Platinum-users.
DVD X Copy Platinum finally features support for episodic discs, which means that backups of series DVDs, such as The Simpsons or Star Trek can be made without problems.

In addition to DVD X Copy Platinum, the bundle includes DVD X Copy XPRESS for very simple, one click backups, as well as DVD X Rescue, which allows you to test readibility of DVDs, and rescue discs with read errors.

The first impressions of the software are very positive indeed. Even though it offers a lot more flexibility than the previous versions, DVD X Copy Platinum is still easy and straight forward to use. We'll be taking a more in-depth look at the software soon.

Visit the DVD X Copy home page to learn more about the software, and purchase it. It's currently available for $119.99 after a $30 mail-in rebate.

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42 user comments

14.9.2003 11:50

sounds like they are copying dvd shrink's options.





V9 PS2, flip top, SMD, DVDLoader
Pioneer 107, ritek g05
DVD Shrink, DVD Decrypter, Nero

24.9.2003 13:13
sundragon
Inactive

yeah, and finding people ignorant enough to dish out 120 when dvd shrink is free. I have absolultly no respect for 321 studios because of such a blatant capatalization of people.

34.9.2003 15:23

I totally agree! I never understood why you would spend money on DVD Express when DVD shrink is not only free, I find that it works better. If anyone is reading this and has not heard of DVD Shrink, you owe it to yourself to research it.

44.9.2003 15:47

agreed. dvdshrink is THE tool. one thing 321 missed is the flipper-dvd backup option, which will be featured in the next dvdshrink version. i simply can't wait.

54.9.2003 16:10

you can't fault everyone for not using dvd shrink. it's like people that use AOL, that's probably all they know......

64.9.2003 18:29
morpheusx
Inactive

I use dvd2one and i find it,if not the best,one of the best dvd compression programs out right now,even though,i have no room to compare it to dvd shrink b/c i have never used dvd shrink,could somone tell me the differences and advantages that dvdshrink may have over dvd2one? I have from day one,since i got my pioneer dvd burner,have used dvd2one and never had any reason to try another program to process and make a dvd movie fit on a 4.7 gb dvd-r.

74.9.2003 23:13

What some of you guts fail to realise is that dvdxcopy was released nearly a year ago. DVDshrink/One2One were nowhere to be seen a year ago. I purchased xcopy in Nov02 which means I'm entitled to a free upgrade to plat. Depending on how youn want to backup your DVD shrink or one2one may have had the edge, platinum promises to do it all. For those of us who are getting it free anyway I say "bring it on".

85.9.2003 3:32
ricrac
Inactive

I don't understand why you people have to knock a product that someone is trying to make money on. If it were your product, you wouldn't give it away either. They probably need better support and better response times, however they are still only trying to make money to possibly improve their product or come up with newer products, and to line their pockets.

95.9.2003 10:34
sundragon
Inactive

firewire- originally dvdxcopy would only copy discs on 2 dvd-r's, no compression. It's good you get a free upgrade, but for those of us that don't already own dvdxcopy its bad. ricrac- They capatalize on ignorant ppl! dvdshrink is a better program with better upgrade support and it's free - about dvdxcopy, POSSIBLY improve thier products is right, busineses are in the market to make money...no one can say what the coompany will do in the future or how they will or won't improve thier product - you mention lining thier pockets, I guess your ok with paying for some ceo or investor you've never heard of and giving them the life of luxury everyone dreams about, rather than saving the money and spend on something that you don't have as much control over (because you would be deciding to line someone elses pockets when you don't have to). -just a thought

105.9.2003 11:17

The point i was trying to make is that everytime dvdxcopy makes an upgrade, they add something dvd shrink has had since it was created.





V9 PS2, flip top, SMD, DVDLoader
Pioneer 107, ritek g05
DVD Shrink, DVD Decrypter, Nero

115.9.2003 11:50

if i had a lot of money i wouldn't even think of compressing or even watching a dvd on a computer. standalone+plasma screen. if i had some xtra money i would give it to the dvdshrink team cause thank them i can enjoy movies at home. but since i merely survive i only thank them and everyone who's NOT supporting ultra-richness!

126.9.2003 6:20

You know what, dvdxcopy is fighting in civil court for fair use rights for dvd owners. They need the money. It is going to a worthy cause, like fighting for our rights. I still use shrink though, but if people want to pay that much for it, let them be happy.


The Doorbell Rings....
Ahh The Postman.....
Nothin Beats The Smell Of A Freshly Cracked Spindle.....
I Close My Eyes And Smile......

136.9.2003 13:17
ricrac
Inactive

Not everyone is supporting the "ultra rich", just because they buy the software from 321. Some people actually don't have the experience on a pc, to know how to do the recording the way you guys do.I applaud you for having that knowledge, however, some of us also don't have the time to devote to it like you apparently do. Some of us have kids in sports, summertime activities with the family, and last but certainly not least, we have to work. So although some people think that it is for the lazy person, maybe it is for people who want to back up dvd's but don't have enough time to go through the long drawn out method that you incorporate.

147.9.2003 5:54

Damn, wheres my credit card....im running out to buy it now.........Yeah Right!


158.9.2003 7:42
spacedout
Inactive

I agree with firewire. I purchased DXC & Express more than 1 year ago when other than the use of 3 or 4 different programs to rip a movie, which took me more than 8 hours to completely burn a backup, 321's product was the only simple program around. Recently, I started using DVDShrink too. To date, I like Shrink the best and not only because it's free but because it allows a lot more control of the final movie. Anyway, the problem I have is with AfterDawns posted review of Platinum. Specifically, "The first impressions of the software are very positive indeed." Hasn't from anyone at AfterDawn read all the very negative posts on the AfterDawn XCopy forum? How can you say "very positive" is beyond me.

168.9.2003 8:07

Because afterdawn is affiliated with xcopy.


The Doorbell Rings....
Ahh The Postman.....
Nothin Beats The Smell Of A Freshly Cracked Spindle.....
I Close My Eyes And Smile......

178.9.2003 14:09
ricrac
Inactive

oriphus, unless it is in agreeance with your opinion then you think you have to be an ass@*@*. Quite frankly some of us have real jobs and don't have the time to dedicate to recording dvds. We also have lives outside your computer lived world, so if you don't like it, simply say so, but don't go out of your way to bash a product simply because you can't afford it, or have to actually pay for it.

188.9.2003 14:50

you paid for it?


The Doorbell Rings....
Ahh The Postman.....
Nothin Beats The Smell Of A Freshly Cracked Spindle.....
I Close My Eyes And Smile......

199.9.2003 6:06

While both sides of this debate raise good reasons for their personal preference, it seems like the bulk of this arguement revolves around FREE vs. FEE. I happen to be one of those not-so-rich users that can't afford to buy every new version that comes on the market. I purchased DVD X Copy Gold just 4 weeks ago. 7 days ago, I learned that it was already going to be obsoleate with the release of Platinum. But I was very pleased with the fact that 321 didn't see the need to charge me all over again. Instead, they had qualified me for a FREE upgrade to Platinum. You and I both know that they didn't have to. But a company that treats their customers like this deserve my patronage. So maybe I had to pay something. But I'm getting exactly what I paid for...High quality software and quality customer support. -Bob

209.9.2003 11:53

There is also the FBI warnings and not being able to backup your backups.





V9 PS2, flip top, SMD, DVDLoader
Pioneer 107, ritek g05
DVD Shrink, DVD Decrypter, Nero

219.9.2003 11:54

Oh yeah, forgot to mention the FBI tracking code.





V9 PS2, flip top, SMD, DVDLoader
Pioneer 107, ritek g05
DVD Shrink, DVD Decrypter, Nero

229.9.2003 16:58
ricrac
Inactive

I am not against anyone having an opinion, it is their right. It is how it is presented. There is no need or reason to bash a product or company. If you don't like there product for whatever reason, then simply state your reasons and go on with your life. You don't have to get upset with other people for choosing to buy or use their product. I don't get upset because you choose to get it for free. However as I have stated before, some of us don't have the time to devote to learning this procedure that you use. It seems like an awful lot to go through just to make up a backup copy. I personally don't have enough time in my day to try and learn all that "may" be needed to learn, so I chose the fastest and easiest way to backup my dvds. I am not out to hurt anyone, just offering an opinion.

239.9.2003 17:06

Before, yes it was a lot of work to copy dvds. Now you just use dvdshrink to pick what you want in your dvd and to compress it. Then you just use your dvd burning software to burn.





V9 PS2, flip top, SMD, DVDLoader
Pioneer 107, ritek g05
DVD Shrink, DVD Decrypter, Nero

249.9.2003 17:06

Dvd shrink is so easy to learn you will laugh when you see it. It is free. It is easy. It's not one click but it is easy. Don't be lazy. It takes less than 5 minutes to learn and you have so much more control over the options. See this link: http://www.chrismccann.co.uk/DVD_Shrink_v3_beta5.htm

2511.9.2003 10:24

No one is suing DVD Shrink are they? You want to know why? Because DVD Shrink had not even been imagined when X COPY came out. I'm glad there are free options out there, it actually helps increase the awareness. But you might actually want to research your ludicrous claims that 321 is doing nothing but ripping people off. Last time I looked, 321 was the ONLY company standing up for your rights in the United States and now in Great Britain. And if 321 fails to withstand the mighty onslaught of Hollywood, you can bet that freeware programs like DVD Shrink will not be far behind, and in the end you all lose. That includes you freeware users as well. We are the only company in the world standing up for consumer fair use rights and have publicly stated many times over that ALL our profits are poured back into our legal fight and making our technology better. That translates into better products and protection of your freedoms. We've never asked one person for one thin dime for our legal defense and that is also public record. So before you go making such ridiculous claims that 321 is all about profit and money, you might want to consider what Hollywood is all about and how 321 has put its money where its mouth is. 321 is doing everything possible to ensure that your future is not stolen from you by the true pirates in this world, the corporate monopolies and monolithic congolomerates known collectively as the Entertainment Industry. Cheers!


2623.9.2003 0:01

i want to have the menues and special features... can dvdshrink do that?


cru-

2723.9.2003 12:38

yes it can





V9 PS2, flip top, SMD, DVDLoader
Pioneer 107, ritek g05
DVD Shrink, DVD Decrypter, Nero

2824.9.2003 2:24
QUAKEDS
Inactive

THE DVDSHRINK IS THE BEST out there, but we have to give 321 studios a reward to stand up for consumers (like US) fair use rights (US)the people.They are (alone) poured back into (legal fight) and making our technology better for the People agains a big MOnster .Is there other company doing the same??? 100% agreed with (rhmoore)

2925.9.2003 7:57

yay, 321.....


The Doorbell Rings....
Ahh The Postman.....
Nothin Beats The Smell Of A Freshly Cracked Spindle.....
I Close My Eyes And Smile......

3029.9.2003 15:44
csmith
Inactive

For RHMOORE. I understand sir that you are the president and heard that you do circulate amongst the forum. I have written at least 4 messages that were probably not flattering to 321 on this site but I get to the point and sometimes it is not pretty. I like your software. Period! I am looking at others but I use yours. When someone promotes something for me to buy, I listen very seriously to what is being said and make my purchase decision based on that. I also want to say before I go on that the people who answer phones for you should get a raise for all the crap they must have to put up with. Your tech support is fine but 2hours on hold! I seriously did spend that long on hold and over an hour a few other times. I made the suggestion several times as to why you don't put information on what is listened to while customers are on hold. It would probably cut out half of your phone calls. It would have for me with the one simple question that I had but you insist on the same stupid trivia question over and over. I know it would probably take some doing to do that but I am sure it would be worth it to the customer if not you at 321. You have a lot of new people and even though I have talked with tier level 1, 2 and 3 techs and Amber at 2:00 A:M(hello Amber)I get 10 different opinions or suggestions from 10 different people. I apologize to everyone of your employees that I might have been rude to but I look at people in your position as being guilty of this happening. I am keeping the product and after you get the bugs worked out, I hopefully will not have to spend any more money on high phone bills (when you say tech support is free, it is very misleading with the incredible hold time). The last thing I will say is that you do not really have competition so to speak, so why do you advertise Platinum as having the TDF file feature working when all know it doesn't at present? Or does it? How are we to know, we have to spend our time going to sites like this that are not even 321's site! Anyway, I blew off my steam at you (rather expressed some very valid concerns) and I am sure you have seen worse. I would be happy to look at new products you may offer one day but you have to realize just how important efficient support is for your product. Thanks for your time....Chuck Smith


Chuck Smith

316.12.2003 15:22
martasian
Inactive

Program: DVD Copy Plat... Questions: 1. Non compression means better quality? 2. Is it possible to remake disk #2, without having to make #1 again? 3. Will this mode allow for writing to DVD-RW? 4. How do I formatt a DVD-RW? What software can I use? Sorry for ALL the questions, but I am getting an accumulation of "coasters" and DVD's are expensive. Maybe if 321 Studios privided BETTER documentation for their software I would be a lot happier. When the programs work they are Great! But when you have problems, that is another issue all together!! Sorry for the venting, but I NEED help! Thanks, Paul Sacramento, California


Phm

326.12.2003 17:00

Please go to http://dvdxcopy.afterdawn.com or http://forum.321studios.com and post your technical questions in there. You'll get some help very quickly. Cheers!


336.12.2003 17:52
martasian
Inactive

Thank you very kindly. Paul


Phm

347.12.2003 17:41

I'm only new to the scene, but have been using dvd copy express and think it's an awesome product, seeing as i don't want all menus and extra crap, this s/ware is beautiful. Am currently checking out DVD Shrink, the added flexibility of platinum, but without the price. I respect what you're doing Robert, keep up the excellent work. Bailey

357.12.2003 18:53
RiPsTeR01
Inactive

dvdxcopy in plain english is the worst program ever and they make u pay for it which is even worse


Win xp sp1
amd 2000+
256MB ddr 333
pioneer dvr-ao6
NERO, DVD-DEcrypter, Shrink 3.0 beta 5

369.12.2003 14:26
csmith
Inactive

To RHMOORE and everyone in this thread. I have been using Platinum after upgrading from X Copy Gold in September. I only had Gold since August 22nd. I went through hell figuring all of this out and do not like the fact that I published my comments for all to see(the one above is easily the nicest). RH, you did not respond to one of my tirades and I think everyone can see why,as I hit the nail on the head. (believe me, where I am going with this is not to bash anyone just a history lesson). It ALL boiled down to LACK OF COMMUNICATION. You have very intelligent people on the phone but I had a simple question and it boiled down to my home player is -R and my burner is +R. I got all of that resolved, as I ended up figuring it out myself. But then came the TDF issue which I have never used yet and the "Force DVD Rom" checkbox mystery. I could not get an answer regarding either for quite some time and all of this rolled into one, (read my previous post) made for a very angry customer. I got a call from my computer friend and said that his friends had purchased Platinum 3.2.1 from Fry's in Renton WA for well over $100.00 and were very angry with not being able to get the product to work and what they went through with 321 support. By the time I talked to them, they could have easily written anything that I have put to word at AfterDawn. They purchased it in late November and I couldn't believe the same problems were occurring. I went through some things with them and they actually got it to work (no I am not expecting a reward). This is a good and easy product if you are lucky enough to get the bugs worked out the first time through. However, the consumer should not be a beta site when they pay this much and consumers are or have been in the past. I also applaud you for the right to record using your product but I did not purchase a place in the 321 army, I just bought a product for what I was told it would do. I have talked to good people at 321 since but I am still skeptical about purchasing X Maker as I got 3 different opinions from 3 different tech reps. I do not want to go through troubleshooting that and have adequate programs for video capture as it is. I want to see comments come in positive from now on but it will take time. It is up to you, RH MOORE to turn consumer opinion around.


Chuck Smith

379.12.2003 14:32
csmith
Inactive

By the way, why is the margin on the left of my comments pink instead of gray like everyone elses? Am I being singled out? You can probably tell I do not use sites like this much.


Chuck Smith

389.12.2003 15:19
RiPsTeR01
Inactive

i just signifies what comments u wrote no one else sees it as pink


Win xp sp1
amd 2000+
256MB ddr 333
pioneer dvr-ao6
NERO, DVD-DEcrypter, Shrink 3.0 beta 5

399.12.2003 18:01

csmith, its not the fault of dvdxcopy or 321 technical support that you bought the wrong burner or burn the wrong format and couldn't figure it out for yourself. "Ummmmm your software doesn't work because I'm a dumbass"

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 09 Dec 2003 @ 18:03

408.1.2004 5:47
ColinJ
Inactive

BEWARE DVD X COPY PLATINUM purchasers! I have just paid the advertised price of near to a few hundred big ones for the program only to find after opening the box that it is Ripper Free.....(and i thought i was getting something for nothing).

418.1.2004 13:28
csmith
Inactive

Hey arbutus, you might try reading the entire comment (yeah I know it is long). What it hits on is Lack Of Communication which it seems like you have a bit of a problem reading things correctly which is a lack of Communication on your part. I wasn't trying to piss anyone off with my post and apologize to everyone involved. You sound like the pencil neck geek that has all the time in the world to sit at your gaming computer. By the way, I have many years computer experience, so again, read before you leap, grasshopper.

4213.1.2008 20:45

Please address, I have the old DVDXCOPY Platinum disc software,I have tryed to activate by following the instruction and can't seem to get the software to work.I was prompt to install a new software called RegCure which scan for problems an correct them, but I still have problems in trying to activate dvdcopy Platinum. My operating system windows vista home basic, can some one help?

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