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Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software

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Introduction

When looking for the best free software program for either CD (Compact Disc) or DVD (Digitally Versatile Disc) I think it is worth the effort to consider your exact requirements.

Keep in mind that CD & DVD burning programs are designed for you to author CDs and DVDs for: music, photos, movies, games, data, or other digital files that will hopefully stimulate your creativity. As well as CD and DVD burning software, this category also includes Lightscribe software which enables you to produce laser-etched labels with text or graphics, as opposed to stick-on labels and printable discs.

With new software (particularly new free software) don't be afraid to experiment and try a few different options before you decide on the right one for you.

 
Discussion

ImgBurnImgBurn is the product I decided is the most powerful free burning tool, as no other software comes close to its advanced features and options.

ImgBurn includes support for:

  • every modern optical disc from CD to Blu-Ray
  • more than 10 image formats
  • authoring rewritable discs
  • producing images from file compilations or discs
  • building audio CDs from a variety of file types
  • creating video discs on DVD, Blu-Ray, and HD-DVD
  • enabling access to drives for restricted users
  • endless tweaking of all aspects of the burn process.

ImgBurn has several 'Modes', each one for performing a different task:

Read - Read a disc to an image file.
Build - Create an image file from files on your computer or network or you can write the files directly to a disc
Write - Write an image file to a disc
Verify - Check a disc is 100% readable. Optionally, you can also have ImgBurn compare it against a given image file to ensure the actual data is correct
Discovery - Put your drive/media to the test! Used in combination with DVDInfoPro, you can check the quality of the burns your drive is producing.

ImgBurn's advanced features may confuse you if you just want to do a basic burn. The welcome menu provides quick access to some common tasks, but other basic features such as erasing a re-writable disc are not immediately visible. Try playing around with ImgBurn for a while. Exploring the menus will certainly reveal most of what you need. However, if you simply aren’t interested in advanced functionality  you may wish to check out my other recommendations. Although ImgBurn is primarily aimed at advanced users, I still feel that it deserves top spot in this category. Caution: ImgBurn is now bundled with the OpenCandy wrapped installer.

 

BurnAware FreeBurnAware Free is probably the prettiest in the interface department for this collection and offers a step-by-step procedure for your burning projects. It is now probably one of the most popular free CD, DVD, Blu-ray Disc burning software available for Windows. Using BurnAware Free Edition you can easily create and burn Audio and MP3 CD, Data and DVD-Video disc, ISO and Cue Image, erase or format rewritable disc, copy your CD or DVD to ISO image. This software is for personal home use only.

A launch window lets you choose the type of project you want and leads you through the process to completion. Navigating your directories is easy with BurnAware's file management system and adding files is as simple as highlighting them and hitting a button. BurnAware offers enough features for most burning projects including burn data, bootable and multi-session discs, burn audio, video and MP3 discs, create and burn ISO/CUE/BIN images, copy discs to ISO images and erase rewritable discs. Sometimes you just need a simple program for your burning needs and don't need all the extra features of a paid application. Caution: BurnAware Free is now bundled with the OpenCandy installer. See this information page for details.

Supports:

  • All media types (CD/DVD/Blu-ray Disc) including Double Layer
  • All current hardware interfaces (IDE/SCSI/USB/1394/SATA) including AHCI
  • UDF/ISO9660/Joliet file systems (any combination)
  • On-the-fly writing (no staging to hard drive first)
  • Verification of written files
  • Multi-session DVD-RW/DVD+RW
  • Unicode CD-Text (tracks and disc)
  • Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/7 (32 and 64 Bit), .Net framework is NOT required.

 

CDBurnerXPCDBurnerXP is a another wonderful free tool. It is especially brilliant if you are accustomed to using Nero.

Big picture - 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 multi-session discs; burns on-the-fly and verifies burns; erases rewritable media; creates audio discs and 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 user interface. The four-paned interface makes it easy to find what you are looking for. You can then drop-and-drag files to your chosen media. Also, the audio player, which is included, helps you ensure you have captured the tracks you want. You may find the dropbox window handy as it allows you to browse your files using Windows Explorer and then quickly drop-and-drag files to your burn list as you go. Judging from other user reviews, some people had trouble with CDBurnerXP when burning data DVDs although I did find I was able to use this function without too many hassles.

Once again, CDBurnerXP supports common types of optical discs like CD, DVD, and Blue-Ray including double layer mediums. You will find creating Audio CDs, Video Discs, DVD or Blue-Ray, very easy. I found dealing with re-writable media is also very comfortable with this program. ISO files can be created and burned as well with support of converting BIN/NRG file formats into ISO.

CDBurnerXP is multilingual and natively supports 32 and 64 bits version of Windows 7.

Editor's Advisory Note: CDBurnerXP is now bundled with OpenCandy. See this article for more information.

 

InfraRecorder I consider a review of free burning software must include InfraRecorder so I am listing it as my fourth choice. InfraRecorder is a stable project that has been popular for quite a long time. It supports all of the common features that a good burning application should have, and it works with all types of CDs and DVDs including dual layer discs. It even includes full command line support like CDBurnerXP. With InfraRecorder, you can burn and create images with support for bootable discs, author rewritable discs, and create audio CDs and video DVDs. The interface is clean and simple without a lot of extras to make things confused.

InfraRecorder is a respectable burning program, but it has a few disadvantages as well. It does not support Blu-Ray discs or HD-DVDs. It also does not include many advanced options for tweaking the burn process to perfection like ImgBurn. Its interface isn’t as nice as that of BurnAware Free, and it doesn’t have any extra features like CDBurnerXP. Aside from these possible downsides, it feels like a solid program that definitely deserves a chance at becoming a part of your favored software collection.

 

 

 
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Quick Selection Guide

ImgBurn
5
 
Gizmo's Freeware award as the best product in its class!

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
A free tool that enables you to burn CD/DVD/HD-DVD/Blu-Ray images with ease. Very flexible application with several advanced features not available in other tools.
Bundled with OpenCandy - see information link in review text. Probably more suited to advanced users who will appreciate the extent of its configurability.
http://www.imgburn.com/
2.5.8.0
3.39 MB
32 bit only
Unrestricted freeware
A portable version of this product is available but not from the developer.
Win 9x/ME/NT/2K/XP/2K3/Vista/7. If you use Wine, it should also run on Linux and other x86-based Unixes.

Although no official portable version exists, Googling "ImgBurn portable" returns several results showing how to run it from a flash drive.

BurnAware Free
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
BurnAware Free is a free CD, DVD, Blu-ray Disc burning software
Doesn't have the option of a floating window that features in programs such as CDBurnerXP. Installer bundled with OpenCandy (see information link in review text).
6.8
11.0 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Free for private use only
A portable version of this product is available but not from the developer.
Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/7
InfraRecorder
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
supports CD-R/CD-RW/DVD+R/DVD-R/DVD+RW/DVD-RW/DVD-RAM (double layer mediums included); burns discs from images or files, creates bootable discs, creates images from files or discs, copies discs to discs (does not seem to bypass copyright protection), adds sessions to multisession discs, fixates discs, burns on-the-fly, verifies burns, erases rewritable media; creates audio discs, creates video DVDs; command line version; multilingual; simple, easily accessible interface
does not support HD-DVD, Blu-Ray; lacks advanced features
http://infrarecorder.org/
0.53
3.96 MB
32 and 64 bit versions available
Open source freeware
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7
CDBurnerXP
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Clean user friendly interface. Multi-session functionality.
Requires Microsoft .NET Framework.
http://cdburnerxp.se/
4.5.2.4291
5.04 MB
Unrestricted freeware
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003/Vista/7

Caution: Now bundled with OpenCandy - see note above. An OpenCandy free version is available by clicking the "More download options" link on the downloads page.
Microsoft .NET Framework and Microsoft Windows Media Format 9.0 Update are required

 
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Comments

by Anonymous on 1. December 2009 - 10:29  (37597)

Realplayer plus is free and will burn 60 minutes of video on a typical 700mb cd, with music you would get 80 minutes.after you install check for updates and download them.
Torque21..........

by Anupam on 1. December 2009 - 17:57  (37625)

Thanks for the suggestion. I checked it out. With the free version of Real Player, it only allows you to burn VCD. For SVCD, and DVd, it requires you to buy the software. Not enough, I am afraid. Just burning VCD is of no use. And also, I would not want to install Real Player for just that. My purpose is solved without it, with Real Player Alternative.

A dedicated free CD/DVD burner would be good, which can burn VCDs.

by Anonymous on 4. December 2009 - 2:30  (37798)

I must say, I don't really like your ordering of software. While I love ImgBrn, It is missing some very simple processes. Like simply coping one cd onto another. Why does that need to be a two step process, and burning a music cd from audio files seems a bit overcomplicated as well. Cdburnerxp seems like a better choice, and it seems to do everything I need. I haven't tried burnaware yet, but I will.

by Anupam on 4. December 2009 - 5:58  (37807)

Try BurnAware, I found it better than CDBurnerXP.

by Anonymous on 7. December 2009 - 2:34  (37987)

I'd like to burn a movie DVD.
But I do not konw which format of movie files can I use? *.Avi can?
And which software can? Imgburn can?
Waiting for reply and help.

by Jojo Yee on 7. December 2009 - 4:27  (37991)

You might want to check out Best Free DVD Authoring Software.

by Anonymous on 7. December 2009 - 13:22  (38020)

DVD Flick

by Anonymous on 12. December 2009 - 8:58  (38380)

InfraRecorder is now at version 0.50

by Anonymous on 13. December 2009 - 15:53  (38541)

Question about IMGBURN and DVD Flick? I have AVI's and when using DVD Flick to convert the AVI to burn and watch on TV via DVD player I started the conversion with DVD Flick then ( this is where it confused me, because I thought dvd flick would burn the dvd also ) it wrote the DVD by starting IMGBURN. Like I said I thought DVD Flick was a stand alone DVD Authoring software and Burn?????

Thanks

p.s. I get really good info here from reading all your post. TY for that also

by Anupam on 13. December 2009 - 16:21  (38544)

DVD Flick is a standalone DVD authoring software... but to write images, it makes use of ImgBurn.

by Anonymous on 14. December 2009 - 4:31  (38612)

Ok, Thanks

by Anonymous on 14. December 2009 - 21:11  (38666)

Is there any software that allows me to backup my dvds?

by Anupam on 15. December 2009 - 5:27  (38705)

You will need a DVD ripper for that. Look here :

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-dvd-ripper.htm

by BrollyLSSJ on 20. December 2009 - 11:38  (39061)

If someone needs the free Ashampoo Burning Studio 2010, there is now an English site offering it => http://store.v3.co.uk/?act=details&id=1476

by Anupam on 20. December 2009 - 13:20  (39066)

I had downloaded Ashampoo Burning Studio 2010 from another source. I tried to write a VCD on a re-writable disc. The process was successful, but the VCD does not work. Worse, it killed the VCD, and now I can't even erase it using any software. The computer just crawls when I load the VCD, and ultimately I have to just eject it to make the system work again. I have tested the VCD on different computers.

I had tried to write a VCD using Ashampoo 6.76 free version. It too was unsuccessful in writing two files to VCD. Only one video worked, and the VCD did not run on a VCD player. I had to ultimately turn to Nero that came with my optical drive, to do the work, and it did so without a glitch. Bloated, yes, but Nero DOES the work.

Because of these experiences, I have doubts about Ashampoo CD/DVD burner, if its good. Anyways, I have kept it with me in my collection.

by Jojo Yee on 22. December 2009 - 17:03  (39166)

Another alternative: Using ffmpeg to create VCD and K3B to burn VCD, running on Linux. See HOWTO Make a video (S)VCD.

by Anonymous on 27. December 2009 - 9:14  (39586)

BurnAware even has command line options!
For example I use it to backup data (burn) DVD weekly, by command in Windows Schedule tasks (It has multisession support, so it's better then imgBurn).

by Anonymous on 27. December 2009 - 16:35  (39602)
by Anonymous on 3. January 2010 - 23:45  (40173)

Thank you for the info. I haven't burned VCDs yet, but I will try it as soon as possible. If I have the same problems it could be a general problem.

by Anonymous on 18. January 2010 - 4:53  (41375)

I totally agree with you. I found ImgBrn to be too complicated for simple tasks, and since Burnaware can't copy, that one won't even make it to my pc.

by dazeydog on 25. January 2010 - 1:33  (41983)

If there is a rule that we cannot publish links to non English language web pages, why oh why would a web page in Spanish be authorized. If it must be in English, it should be in English. What logic dictates anything other than that? Like John Wayne said: "What the (beep) do you mean push #1 for English?" If there are not enough resources to check the validity of ..... multiple languages then keep it simple and only accept English. That should ease the burden on TSA resources. Use the KISS approach i.e. keep it simple stupid and eliminate some of the existing burden on TSA resources. I wonder how long this comment will be available at TSA (If it gets approval at all). Besides the above, I read the Brolly... entry which states that the installation was in German and English which, IMHO, does not qualify as non English. Enjoy the day.
dazeydog

by MidnightCowboy on 25. January 2010 - 10:41  (42012)

We accept Spanish because we have a Spanish section and therefore volunteers to work with this language. The true logic of anything else is that if you make one exception you invite requests for 100 others overnight. This being our site we set rules which we believe to be in the best interests of our visitors. This includes our ability to monitor and manage what we put in place. With over a million visitors a month now we cannot possibly please everyone and I'm sorry if this includes you because of our inability to employ a multi-lingual moderating team.

by Anonymous on 27. January 2010 - 17:32  (42219)

No problem with the language, Ashampoo web site is in English language, the mail you receive too.

by panamadany on 30. January 2010 - 4:08  (42400)

Freeware to Put/Transfer/Burn YouTube videos onto a DVD for Windows and Mac:DVD Flick and iDVD

DVD Flick is a powerful DVD Authoring tool, which can convert a number of video formats and turn them into a DVD that you will be able to play it on stand alone DVD players , Media Centers or Home Cinema sets. DVD Flick supports the following formats: AVI, MPG, MOV, WMV, ASF, FLV(Flash video), Matroska and MP4 and the following codecs: MPEG-1\2\4 (XVid, DivX, etc.), Windows Media Audio\Video. MP3, OGG Vorbis, H264, and On2 VP5\6.. Video downloaded from Youtube.com is in FLV video format which is supported by DVD Flick.With DVD Flick, You can add additional custom audio tracks, subtitles as well as a menu for easier navigation.

iDVD is a DVD creation software application made by Apple Inc. for Mac OS X. iDVD allows the user to add QuickTime Movies, MP3 music, and digital photos to a DVD that can then be played on a commercial DVD player. (From Wikipedia)

by Anupam on 30. January 2010 - 7:16  (42410)

The comment should have been posted on Best Free Dvd Authoring article.

by Anonymous on 3. February 2010 - 17:43  (42712)
by Anupam on 3. February 2010 - 22:26  (42723)

If its about the real Amok then its a false positive, most probably.

I uploaded Amok exe to VirusTotal, and the result was 3/40... all three of them showing it as suspicious. Here is the analysis page :

http://www.virustotal.com/analisis/a1eddd6a74f49f0f48ff0a53e0d961634eb2c...

by BrollyLSSJ on 8. February 2010 - 14:04  (43111)

Could you also Review StarBurn from http://www.rocketdivision.com/starburn.html ? CDBurnerXP is based on the StarBurn SDK.

by Anupam on 8. February 2010 - 14:12  (43112)

How do you know CDBurnerXP is based on StarBurn?

by SW. Jimmy on 12. February 2010 - 7:56  (43423)

Sure I will. Let's do it tomorrow.

The World's Best Software Is Free (:
SW. Jimmy