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DVD Burning Software - Free vs Paid?

By Rob Boirun, BurnWorld

When you are evaluating the very best free software for DVD burning on Windows it's important to understand what is offered inside a free version over a paid version. While this article will explain several free burning apps and their benefits, I'll also explain a few paid options as well, as to what they offer over the freeware counterparts.

Keep in mind that DVD burning apps are designed for you to burn DVD discs mainly for video, music, and data backup, or other forms of DVD creating like DVD authoring which is creating a movie disc with menus and chapters. .

When comparing free software applications) you shouldn't be hesitant to research and check out a couple of different choices prior to deciding on the appropriate one for you.

I have been testing DVD burning software, especially on Windows for over 5 years now (not everyday mind you) and have a solid understanding and performance of each, and new apps come to the scene and others are updated, this page too will be updated with the latest info. You can also review the best dvd burning software apps at


Free Burning Software Apps

ImgBurn is definitely the solution I am choosing as being the best free burning software available to date. When it comes to advanced features and options, ImgBurn has all those covered. Additionally they are updated to most frequently and have a large user base which could help you out if you should need it.

ImgBurn major features include:
* Support for all types of media including CD, DVD, Blu Ray
* 10 different img formats are supported including ISO (yay, perfect for those iso torrents, cough cough)
* burning ISO files
* producing ISO files from CD or DVD content
* building audio CDs from many audio formats like MP3, WAV, etc
* burn video discs on DVD, Blu-Ray, from existing video projects

ImgBurn has a few more advanced features for those that are looking for more control over the final burn. If you run into trouble then the welcome menu provides quick access with a common tasks, but other basic features such as erasing a re-writeable disc are not immediately visible. The best way to get familiar with the app is to simply play around with each menu item, see what it does or read what it explains it does. If you don't know what a feature is by the name of it, experimenting is usually fun, but of course don't use existing content that you could damage. However, should you simply aren't interested in advanced functionality you may decide to take a look at a few other recommendations. Although ImgBurn is primarily aimed at advanced users, I still feel that it is deserves a download. Onto the next free app..................

CD Burner XP is a second great choice when it comes to free DVD burning.. It is especially sensible if you're familiar with using Nero Burning ROM..

Explanation of CDBurnerXP is a quick and easy solution for creating audio CDs,Video Discs (DVD and Blu-Ray) and has extra features for ripping your audio CDs and finding track info on the Web. It adds sessions to multisession discs, burns on-the-fly, verifies burns, erases rewritable media; creates audio discs, creates video DVDs; command line version; LightScribe cover printing support with very basic designer supporting custom background images; enables access to drives for restricted users; multilingual; some advanced features and options.

I like CDBurnerXP's clean interface. The four-paned interface makes it simple to locate what you're searching for. You may then drop-and-drag files to your chosen media. Also the audio player, which is included, can help you ensure you have captured the tracks you want. You might find the drop box window handy as it allows you to browse your files using Windows Explorer after which quickly drop-and-drag files to your burn list as you go. Judging using their company user reviews, some people had trouble with CDBurnerXP when burning data DVDs although I did find I had been able to utilize this function without too many hassles.

Once again, CD BurnerXP supports common types of optical discs like CD, DVD, and Blue-Ray discs including double layer mediums. You will find creating Audio CDs, Video Discs, DVD or Blue-Ray, very easy. I found coping with re-writeable media can also be very comfortable with this program. ISO files can be produced and burned too with support of converting BIN/NRG file formats into ISO.
CDBurnerXP is multilingual and natively supports 32 and 64 bits version of Windows 7.

Now onto a few Paid DVD Burning Apps with more innovative functions

Roxio Creator 2011 is a high-def media studio that doubles as powerful & effective video editing application. This application features a great deal of helpful computer program which could stand on its own. Anybody from tech-savvy video publishers to individuals with minimal experience will possibly be able to discover something to match their demands with this particular program. This application incorporates a good assortment of transitions and effects along with the capability to stabilize and refocus video.

This software app is one of the first to introduce 3D media, an area which is still not known to a number of video editing software packages. With this particular app, it is possible to develop 3D DVDs and transform 2D videos and photos into 3D projects. It's also possible to play back three dimensional videos on your computer using the supplied 3D glasses.

Nero 10 - The original and still going strong

The most recent version of Nero wanders from the software's disc-burning origins, placing much more focus on consumer friendly features. Disc burning has morphed into just a thing to do and not a fun one at that, so Nero like all the other big boys of burning have changed their offerings to help people take more control of their digital pics, convert music, and edit video. The brand new collection of software tools is split into three main pieces that Nero's analysis says what today's media users want in a multimedia package:

First is their video and digital photo app called Vision Xtra. Completely overhauled from their initial edition, this particular updated version lets customers to create photograph slideshows from pics or video clips or a arrangement of both. The video authoring collection is yet another excellent feature enabling consumers to generate their own home videos from their camcorder footage. Next is their classic Burning ROM which is precisely what all the previous editions of Nero were based upon which offers you the ability to burn to traditional CD, DVD, and Blu Ray media. Nothing fancy here with that. You have documents to back-up and Nero allow that with ease. Lastly their BackItUp & Burn feature which is a local and online-backup solution to your digital recordsdata. Set up regular backup scheduling either to cd/dvd or to a web-based account. Set it and forget it unless you happen to loose your local files.

The notable enhancements over version 9 are the ability to span burns over several CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs in addition it now displays burn progress in the Windows 7 Taskbar which is a nice little touch.

So Is Free or Paid a better choice for DVD Burning?

It truly comes down to what you really are trying to accomplish with your DVD burning tasks. When you are looking for simple burning features like backing up files to CD/DVD or creating simple music CD's or burning ISO files that you have downloaded then the free apps would be the best option. If however you would like to be a master of your burning domain by creating and editing video, schedule backups, download/convert online video, create DVD chapters with professional looking menus making use of your own video then a more robust collection of tools is the thing that you need to be purchasing.

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Rob Boirun is the lead writer for which covers DVD Blu Ray Burning topics. You can follow BurnWorld on twitter.
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