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Appeared on: Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Rocket Division Software Grab&Burn


1. Introduction

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Introduction

Grab&Burn is a lightweight application that allows prospective user to create own data, audio and video CD/DVD compilations. Also it allows to backup and duplicate CD/DVD media, extract data and audio tracks to individual files on your hard disk, split DVD-Video movies (convert DVD9 movie to set of the two DVD-R(+R) movie titles) , record existing ISO9660/Joliet and UDF images to CD/DVD media.

Key Grab&Burn features:

This brief review describes the functionality of the application and gives a quick overview of its main features and GUI. Since application is wizard based the main part of the overview is Grab&Burn wizards screenshots and descriptions.

More information about the product is available at the following URL:
http://www.rocketdivision.com/grab_burn.html


2. Copying - Splitting - Grabbing - Erasing

Rocket Division Software Grab&Burn

Copying - Splitting - Grabbing - Erasing

After launching the product installation wizard comes up:

The installation process is quick and requires minimum of user interaction. Grab&Burn takes about 11M of space on hard drive, so it is pretty light weight.

When launched Grab&Burn displays the Quick Start Wizard that provides quick access to most common functions of the application:

Disc Copying

The first button opens up the Disc Copying Wizard. This option allows copying any media (DVD or CD) to CD or DVD (of course you can not copy DVD to CD due to space restrictions that CD has). This is the easiest way to backup your original CD or DVD and copy will not have any differences from the original. And don’t forget CSS supported Grab&Burn builds allow protected disc copying! Of course Grab&Burn should only be used to make legal CD or DVD copies.

The copying procedure is fast and simple. Only four steps have to be completed to begin copying

  1. source media should be selected
  2. select copying options
  3. select destination CD/DVD burner
  4. confirm copying procedure

The duration of the copying process depends on the burner speed.

Disc splitting

Disc Splitting Wizard allows splitting dual layer DVD Video to one or two DVD-R discs. The wizard will remaster DVD without any quality loss. This option is the best if you have dual layer DVD Video and want to make a backup copy of it. The wizard prompts to select ‘VIDEO_TS’ directory on DVD-Video disc or local directory with ‘.VOB’ files. Again the procedure is very simple and seamless.

Disc Grabbing

Last wizard that appears on the Quick Start Wizard page is the Disc Grabbing Wizard. It allows grabbing any DVD or CD to an image stored on a hard drive.

After selecting the desired device the wizard guides through the steps similar to those of Disc Copying Wizard (the difference is that you select location on the hard drive instead of destination device).

There are two more wizards available in Grab&Burn. They can be accessed by clicking the fourth button in the Quick Start Wizard. This button invokes advanced mode window with all the program functions accessible in one click of the mouse button.

Disc Erasing Wizard

This simple wizard allows erasing any CD or DVD. Erasing options include fast erasing (only table of contents erased) and full disc erase.


3. Burning - Authoring

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Burning - Authoring

Disc Burning Wizard

Disc Burning Wizard allows

Moreover you can create mds or iso image from existing files on your hard drive.

Burning options include:

-Track-at-once mode
-Session-at-once mode

Also you El Torito bootable extension can be provided in order to create a bootable disc.

After all options have been selected the burning process begins

DVD authoring and mastering

In addition to all described wizards Grab&Burn offers two more subprograms called “experts”.

These include DVD Authoring Expert and DVD Mastering Expert.

DVD Authoring Expert allows creating of Video DVDs from ‘VIDEO_TS’ directory. This might be useful in case you want to burn all your vacation videos to one DVD.

DVD Mastering Expert allows creating DVD disc image from a valid DVD authorized content. Created image can later be burned onto DVD using Burning Wizard.

Impressions and conclusions

Grab&Burn is a lightweight application that is full of features. Almost any function that you can imagine doing with your DVD is implemented in Grab&Burn. It is also worth mentioning that Grab&Burn is free. It comes with adware license and full registration costs as low as $19 (this gets all the ads removed completely).



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