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NTI Dragon FliXCost effective DVD video back up and compression for MacOS X
You spend a lot of money on your DVD collection so you will probably want to backup your favorite flicks from those nasty scratches. The problem is that sometimes you dont want to backup all of the DVD extras or you dont want to pay for pricey dual-layer DVD discs to keep all of your DVDs data. You could increase the compression to fit your seven gigabytes of data onto a single-layer DVD but that would compromise the quality.
I have a number of personal DVDs that I would prefer to have them on single-layer DVDs instead of dual-layer discs because duplicating dual layers can be very costly. I was curious what the quality would look like after compression. Heres what I learned about NewTech Infosystems Dragon FliX.
Choose Your Size
Upon launching Dragon FliX, you will see the interface prompting you to locate the video source. After selecting the source, the contents of the VIDEO_TS directory will be shown in the main window. From the COPY pull down menu, you can select either all contents or just the main movie. By selecting just the main movie, you can save some disc space for the final burn.
As you move down to the Output size setting, here is where you can either select the default 4.7 gigabyte DVD or you can specify a certain size. You will notice that under Output, it tells you what the video quality will be at the specified size. In the picture, it says that compressing this seven-gigabyte movie only will provide only a 70% quality from the original picture using the default 4.7GB (4472MB) setting. As you decrease the file size, the video quality will degrade as well. Keep this in mind as the video may not be enjoyable to watch if you compress the video too much.
You can change the location of your temp directory and the selection of languages, audio codings and audio channels in the preferences panel.
Once you have chosen your output, you now have to choose the Action, which you want to perform with the data. You can select Copy to VIDEO_TS folder, Copy to ISO Image file or Burn to DVD disc from the pulldown menu. After you make your selection, then press the big red button to the right and the transcoding process will begin. The transcoding process will differ based on the size of the content, drive speed and other factors. Once the transcoding is completed, you are now ready to burn your disc.
The Final Word
I found Dragon FliX to be a pretty useful program as it does a good job compressing video content onto a single-layer DVD. The process in preparing the content is very simple and intuitive. With just a few clicks, you will be ready to shrink your dual-layer video content down to a single-layer DVD.
Whether you are a professional or a novice user, Dragon FliX presents a clean, easy to understand interface that should have you backing up those important DVD flicks in a matter of clicks.
The program worked flawlessly and offers a number of options for you to choose from. Although I feel that Dragon FliXs price tag is a little too much, the program does perform wonderfully and compresses video down to single-layer DVD size. The program can also burn multiple copies at the same time even using different burners in saving production time.
NewTech Infosystems offers a free trial that you can use for up to 10 uses. Remember that Dragon FliX will not circumvent any copyright protection placed on DVDs.
You can click HERE to learn more about Dragon FliX.
About NewTech Infosystems
The Mission for NTI is to bring feature-rich and easy-to-use software to the digital media and storage management market to enhance the consumer's computing experience. NTI is driven to be the category leader in digital media and storage management software. We are also committed to satisfying our OEM customers, strategic partners and end-users by our sustained focus on innovation, quality, integrity, and customer service. You can find NewTech Infosystems at their official website http://www.ntius.com.
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