I am currently using AnyDVD and CloneDVD as a trial. I own Nero Recode2. I have been able to backup DVD's using the AnyDVD and CloneDVD combination. I have also been able rip the DVD using AnyDVD and then burn using Recode. My problem came when I tried to backup directly to DVD using AnyDVD and Recode. I got an "unable to read file" error part way through the process. My questions are... 1) Are there any known issues with AnyDVD and Recode? 2) Does ripping degrade the video in any way or is it a file copy with the unwanted bits removed? 3) Does anyone have opinions on quality differences between CloneDVD and Recode (or other software)?