Though it shows some potential, DVD Xtreme is no competition for mature CD/DVD software suites from Nero and Roxio.
The good: Easy to use; compresses larger movie files to fit on a single disc.
The bad: Cannot copy commercial movies; expensive; less capable than other comparably priced CD/DVD suites.
When a judge forced 321 Studios
to remove DVD X Copy's ability to break commercial DVDs' CSS copy protection, the company responded with a line of ripper-free versions. The new versions, no longer able to copy commercial movies, were vastly overpriced and relatively useless. Since then, 321 Studios has decided to fold the less-expensive DVD X Copy Xpress RF into a broader suite of DVD and media utilities--DVD Xtreme--and sell it for $79. Though DVD Xtreme offers a number of useful features--it can copy nonprotected DVDs and rip and play CDs--it can't really compete with mature suites such as Ahead Software's Nero 6.0 Ultra
, Roxio's Easy Media Creator 7.0
, and Pinnacle System's Instant CD/DVD 8.0
. Some of DVD Xtreme's components, such as the DVD X Maker movie-authoring program, show potential, but despite the hype on 321's Web site
, even newcomers such as Newsoft's PowerDVD Suite and Ulead's DVD MovieFactory
offer a better value overall. And to reiterate: DVD Xtreme cannot copy commercial DVDs.