FilePop Ultimate is an interesting and versatile video suite that allows you to extract the movies in your DVDs and to author and create DVDs out of your video collection. These two main functions are complemented by a series of minor - though also interesting - features, such as the ability of downloading videos from YouTube and of producing a perfect clone of any of your DVDs. Therefore, you can use FilePop Ultimate to back up your DVD movie collection, to create portable versions of them for you to enjoy in your favorite players, or to convert your own video files and those you have just downloaded from YouTube into high-quality DVD videos. It supports most popular video formats, including some of the newest HD codecs.
Though clearly designed to be as user-friendly as possible, it comes in a somehow dull yet elegant and well-structured interface. Though grouped under well-known device names (such as PS3, Apple TV or XBox), most of the many output profiles provided for each of them may not be too easy to fathom for the novice user. Profiles are made up of codec names and sample and bit rates, making it difficult sometimes to find out which will give you a better level of quality or a smaller size. Those who know about video codecs and how they work, are given the opportunity to customize any of the profiles, of choosing the right bit rate for the desired file size, the best frame rate, or the best-sounding audio codec. If you are not familiar with any of these terms, you are advised to stick to the profiles provided.
Though it comes with authoring capabilities, do not expect to be able to create fancy menu-driven DVDs using FilePop - it will merely allow you to build your DVD structure, and burn it to a recordable DVD or save it as a VIDEO_TS folder. The video downloader provided will not make you jump from your chair either - it will simply take the URLs of your YouTube videos and will grab them for you, without allowing you to select an output format or your preferred video quality.
Finally, it is worth mentioning that FilePop Ultimate gives you the possibility of changing the region code of your DVD drives, so that you can play back and rip DVDs bought in different parts of the world without any restriction. Use this feature wisely, though, as the number of changes is usually limited, and you might get stuck on a DVD region different from the one you normally use.