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Roxio Popcorn 4

Popcorn 4 from Roxio

This is the ultimate DVD and Video tool for Mac users. This software has 7 apps under one roof. Now anyone can Burn DVD's, Create DVD's, Copy DVD's, Convert DVD's, Convert Video for Apple gadgets, and more....

  • Copy Unprotected DVD
  • Convert Video
  • Audio Extractor
  • Supports iPod, iPad, iPhone
  • Upload Converted Video to YouTube

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Rob Boirun BurnWorld Reviewer

Product: Roxio Popcorn 4
My Rating:4 Star Rating: Recommended
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Review Date: 2012-01-15

"Easy to use DVD copying for Mac users."

When I set out to test this new round of multimedia software in the Summer of 2011 I was hoping to find a few features that were not currently present in today's offerings and I was looking for improvements in features that were lacking. The first offering I looked at was Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate for Mac.

Tech Specs: Mac OSX 10.4 and higher.
Price: $49
File Size: 35 MB

Roxio Popcorn 4 Main User InterfacePopcorn 4 from Sonic/Roxio is a full fledged DVD copying software for the Mac. In addition to being the very first DVD copying app for OSX, version 4 of Popcorn offers video converting to support your Apple gadgets as well as your portable cell phones, tablets, and other portable video devices. So whether you are looking to make a duplicate disc or to convert your DVD movies into other formats and you are a Mac user then you should really take a look at Popcorn 4 from Roxio.

Popcorn 4 is a Versiatile Disc Copier

Featuring the latest in DVD backup technology, you can be sure that Popcorn 4 will be able to make the highest quality copies and offer the best in video compression technology to offer you the best results. The software features 2 DVD copy modes which include the ability to copy a disc in 1:1 mode, or meaning a full disc copy, or you can opt for the 'movie only' mode which will fit longer movies onto a single layer DVD and strip out the extras, thus resulting in the highest video compression for longer movies.

Integrated Toast Burning Engine

For those of you familar with Roxio's Toast DVD Burning application you will know how solid their burning engine is. For those that don't use Toast you can be sure that Popcorn features this same high quality engine that results in successful burns each and every time. This is what seperated this software from other dvd copy software applications.

Awesome Video Compression Technology

The developers also included one of the best video compression technologies into Popcorn 4. For longer legnth movies that are on dual layer DVD's or DVD9 discs it is usually easier and more economical to copy these onto single layer DVD5 discs. This is done by compressing the video so it will fit on a single layer disc. In addition to this compression encoder for video, it will also handle the audio quality and keep that as sharp as possible.

Easy to Understand and Use

Now that you know what is under the hood and what makes this software work lets determine how it looks and how to use it. Roxio is famous for making user friendly software that is organized in a easy to understand fashion and is user friendly when it comes to creating and managing projects. Popcorn 4's user interface is a very easy menu with clear images and logos that tell you what to do.

One last goody found in Popcorn 4 is the disc labeler. Once you have made your successful DVD copy, the included disc labeler software will complete the disc for you by creating a DVD label that you can place on your disc to give it that finished look. It's much better looking that a sharpie marker.

BurnWorld Final Rating for Popcorn 4: 5 of 5

Description from the Developer

Minimum System Requirements

  • Macintosh® computer with an Intel® processor
  • Mac OS® X 10.5 (Leopard®) or 10.6 (Snow Leopard™)
  • QuickTime® 7
  • Up to 800 MB free disk space to install all components
  • Up to 15 GB of temporary free disk space during usage


  • DVD burner and recordable media
  • TiVo® Series2™, Series3™,TiVo HD DVR or later models
  • AVCHD™ or AVCHD Lite™ camcorder
  • Apple TV®, Video iPod® or iPhone™
  • BlackBerry® device, Palm® Pre™ or any mobile device with MPEG-4 or H.264 video playback
  • Elgato EyeTV tuner, Turbo.264 or Turbo.264 HD video encoding hardware
  • Xbox 360®, PLAYSTATION® 3, Wii®, PSP® or PSP® Go

Input formats:

  • DVD Disc, disc image file or VIDEO_TS Folder
  • All QuickTime video formats
  • AVCHD, AVCHD Lite, DV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, AVI, MKV, VOB, EyeTV recordings, TiVoToGo™ transfers and more

Output formats:

  • DVD-Video disc or image file
    • Single multiple movies and extras
    • Multi-channel Dolby® Digital Audio
    • Multi-language audio
    • NTSC and PAL video
    • 16:9 widescreen and 4:3 full screen aspect ratios
    • MPEG-4, DV, HDV (requires iMovie®), H.264, 3GP, FLV and F4V video for Adobe® Flash®


Videos of Popcorn 4 in use.


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Pros & Cons of Popcorn 4

Overall this multimedia software from Wondershare meets all of my needs when it comes to manipulating my audio and video files. This all in one tool is brilliant for working with copy protected DVD content and DRM music files (something you will not find in boxed software sitting on store shelves).

Compresses Dual Layer DVD onto Single Layer DVD

Convert videos into AVCHD, AVCHD Lite, MKV, and Quicktime.

Supports your TiVo DVR with TiVoToGO transfers.

Publish your video creations directly to YouTube.

Does not support copy protected DVD movies natively.

No Blu Ray support.

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