Joboshare DVD Copy Review: Easy DVD Movie Backup

Joboshare DVD Copy Review: Easy DVD Movie Backup

If you would like to back up your precious collection of DVD movies to preserve and prevent damage to your original discs, Joboshare DVD Copy is a program worth considering. It’s a 2.4MB download available in English and Chinese. 
Joboshare DVD Copy works with Windows 2000/XP/Vista and Windows 7.  There’s also a Mac version available. The program even works on an old computer with a processor speed of 1GHz and a monitor with a screen resolution of 800 x 600. 
You can download the Windows trial version or purchase the full version  for $32.
 
Most DVD movies come in the form of dual layer discs, but with Joboshare DVD Copy around, you’ll not need to have a blank dual layer disc to back up your DVD movie. With a single layer DVD disc (4.7GB) you can back up the full movie disc. Joboshare DVD copy will compress your DVD movie into a 4.7GB disc without any noticeable quality loss.

Interface


Joboshare DVD Copy comes with a simple Blu-ray interface. If the colour is not to your liking, you can switch the skin to gray by clicking on the view menu. Under the file menu, you have simple functions like full disc copy, main movie copy, start copy and eject DVD.
In most cases, you would not need the file menu because important functions come in the form of icon buttons to the lower right of the program interface.
Process

Insert you movie disc and a blank DVD in their respective drives and choose the source and destination folders accordingly. You can also insert a DVD+/-RW disc and if the disc is not empty, Joboshare can do a quick erase for you.
Source and destination disc information would be displayed in the gray panel above the icon buttons.
Your source can be a DVD movie disc, DVD folder or an DVD image file (.iso). The same applies to your output preference. You can create a DVD movie disc, create a DVD folder or copy a whole disc as an image file (.iso).

Settings


The default setting is Full Disc Mode. However, if you’ only want to copy the main movie, without the other features in the movie included, you could choose the Main Movie option. This will only copy the main movie.
Under setting you have the option of whether to include all the audio and subtitle tracks in your source disc or choose the ones that you prefer.
You also have the option of whether to include video menus in your backup copy or not.
You also get to set the location of the temporary output folder where the compressed files are stored before they are burned to DVD. 

You must ensure the drive the temporary folder is in has a free disk space of more than 4.3 GB. Otherwise a warning window pops up when you’re about to start copying. Make sure you have the necessary space ready so that you would not delay your copying process.
Full Disc vs Main Movie
What’s the difference between copying in Full Disc Mode and Main Movie Mode? If you copy only the Main Movie Mode, the output quality will be higher compared to if you’re copying in Full Disc mode. However, if you’re going to play back your backup copy in your PC, you would notice very little difference in quality between the two modes.
The other thing that is worthy of note is copying in Main Disc Mode takes slightly longer than in Full Disc Mode.
Copying


Once you’re satisfied with your settings, you can hit the start button (fire icon).
The gray panel which earlier displayed disc information now displays a preview of the movie being copied and the progress of the movie being copied. You can leave your computer for a cup of coffee or for a short walk while waiting for the copying to be finished.
Testing
I tested the Rashomon DVD with a capacity of 5.76GB on a Pentium 4 computer at 2.0GHZ (1 GB RAM) with a DVD-RW disc with a write speed of 2 x. I made a copy of it in the Main Movie mode, selecting Japanese audio and English subtitles.


To encode and copy this 5.3GB disc, took about 45 minutes, a reasonable amount of time, considering the fact that AVG anti-virus program was scanning my computer in the background. I’m sure the time would be significantly reduced if I was using a disc with a higher write speed.


I then tried copying the Rashomon DVD in Full Disc Mode and it took only 34 minutes.
The Full Disc Mode only produced 74 % of the original quality of the original disc whereas the Main Movie mode produced 81 % of the original quality.
Once copying is complete, you’re given the option of whether to you would like to copy another disc. This feature is especially useful if you need to burn more than one backup copy of your movie.
Stability
I tried multi-tasking while disc copy is in progress expecting Joboshare DVD Copy to crash. However, nothing of that sort happened. I was able to type a document in Word, and surf the Internet without a hitch. This is an indication that Joboshare DVD Copy takes up only a little oi your system resources.
Performance of Copied Disc
The backup copy of Rashomon played without a snag with perfect sound and subtitles.
Shortfalls
Joboshare DVD copy doesn’t allow you to set the output quality of your back up copy. Lower quality settings could allow for a shorter copying time. But if you want the maximum quality out of of your DVD disc, you would not have any complaints on a slightly longer copying time.
If you’re thinking of putting Joboshare to work for you overnight and automatically shutting down your computer when copying is done, you’ll be disappointed. Joboshare doesn’t come with a `shut down computer when done’ feature. But since a DVD movie copy process takes between only 30 to 45 minutes, the lack of this option is not really a drawback.
Conclusion
If you’re looking forward to backing up your DVD movies without much fuss, Joboshare DVD Copy is a program worth considering.
You can download the Windows trial version of the program for free which allows you to make up to 5 DVD copies. If you’re convinced that it’s the program that could take care of your DVD copying needs, you can purchase the Windows full version for US$32 to make hundreds of backup copies of your DVD movies.
Joboshare DVD Copy Mac version is also available for US$32.
All downloads are certified to be virus and spyware free.