Having a good burning software is very much essential for those who frequently work on editing various videos or movies and burning them to a DVD or CD. While there are many burning software available in the internet nowadays, choosing the best one is always a tedious task. It is always a best practice to look after the features that the software offers and the reviews available on it before buying one.
After going through various reviews, I decided to try Ashampoo Burning Studio which comes with a lot of useful features besides the main burning function. The software also offers a variety of tools for editing your videos and creating slideshows before burning it to a DVD disc. The software also enables you to create a large collection of Blu-ray movies in a simplified manner.
How to install the software in your PC?
The installation of Ashampoo Burning Studio is a very simple process which does not involve any tedious task to perform. It is a custom installation process that you would usually perform for most of the software. The installation starts once you choose the language and agree to their terms and conditions. But before you start using the software, you need to choose a theme for it from the list available.
Ashampoo Burning Studio Features
Unlike other burning software, Ashampoo Burning Studio comes with a lot of additional features apart from the main burning and ripping function. While some of the features can be used by an average user, some needs you to be a professional.
New Disc + Autostart feature allows you to add an autostart option to the DVD or CD in which you are about to burn your data or music files.
New Encrypted Disc feature allows you to burn the data files to a DVD disc with a password so that the files are safe and secure. You need to provide the password in order to open the file later.
Create audio media for car hifi feature allows you to create audio CD for your car. It creates audio files in the format that your car radio supports.
Create MP3 stick enables you to add your selected playlist to a USB device or a CD disc and you can select the order in which the songs has to be played in the device.
Using the Covers + Inlays feature, you can design and create covers for your audio CD and can search for online covers for your audio files.
Create Image feature allows you to create an image file of the DVD or CD disc inserted into the disk drive and then store it in your hard drive.
Backup files feature allows you to take a secure back up of any data or files that you wish and the restore feature helps in restoring the backup taken by you at any point of time.
Erase rewritable disc feature allows you to safely erase the data present in the rewritable disc.
How easy it is to use Ashampoo Burning Studio for creating your DVD or Blu-Ray disc?
The Ashampoo burning studio comes with a simple user interface that displays all the features of the software in the side of the main screen itself. While you need not be an expert to use the core function of the software which is burning data or movies to a DVD disc, you need to be a professional to use some of its advanced functions.
The left side of the main window contains all the features of the software which you can use for burning your files to a DVD disc, create Blu-Ray movies and taking backups of the DVD. Let’s discuss in detail about each of these features.
This feature allows you to burn your data files to a DVD. Clicking on this you can see options for creating various data DVD.
New Disc option allows you to burn files to an empty DVD/CD inserted in your disk drive. Click on the ‘Add’ button to add files that you wish to burn to a disk and then click next.
Now insert a disc into your drive and then click on the ‘Write’ button to start the burning process.
New Disc + disc spanning option allows you to burn large amount of data across multiple disc. Once a disc is written completely it will automatically notifies you to insert a new disc to continue the burning of remaining data that you have added. This option is similar to New Disc option except that there is no limit in the amount of data you select in the burning process.
New Disc + Autostart option can help in creating a Menu for the files that you burn to a DVD. Once the files are selected, you need to choose the menu option that you like to use in the DVD. You can either choose the Interactive Menu to create a menu of your choice or you can select the Autoplay option if you are not interested in any menu and want a particular file to appear first as soon as the DVD is played.
Now create all the menu details and then click next.
Now browse the splash screen from the list available and then click next to proceed.
Now design your menu page by using the various layout and buttons available and then click next. Then you can start the burning process by clicking the write button present in the next page.
New Encrypted Disc allows you to burn data files to DVD by providing a password which you need to access the files in the disc later. After adding the files, choose a password and then click next to start the burning process.
Update Disc option allows you to add more files to a rewritable disc that already contains data in it. Choose the files that you wish to add after inserting the rewritable disk into your disk drive and then click next to start the burning process.
Audio + Music
These Ashampoo burning studio feature contains various options that allow you to burn music and audio files to a DVD.
By using the Create Audio CD option, you can create an audio CD by adding audio and music files. Select the music files by clicking the ‘Add’ button. Once the music files are added, you can check at the bottom to see the duration for which the disc is going to play. Once the files are added you can start the burning process by clicking the write button that comes in the next screen.
Create MP3 or WMA disc allows you to convert various audio files types to a single format and then burn them to DVD disc. First you need to choose the output format of the audio files and then click next. And now you can just follow the same steps that you did for burning a normal audio CD.
Copy Music files to Disc option is similar to Create Audio CD option which allows you to burn the music files to a DVD / CD. The only difference between the two is that the former can be played in any DVD / CD recorder while the later cannot be played as they will be available only as a music files.
Create Audio media for car hifi and Create Mp3 stick option both allows you to create an audio CD for the music system or radio available in your car.
First you need to choose the details of the radio or music system available in your car.
Now choose the device in which you want the music files to be created. The device can be a CD, DVD, USB stick or SD card.
Now add the music files by clicking the add button. You can also choose the order in which the music files has to be played by rearranging them before you click next to start the creation of the audio medium.
Rip audio CD helps you in copying the music files present in the audio CD to your hard drive. For this first insert the audio CD and then select the output format and the location where you want the music files to be saved and then click next to start the ripping process.
Movie + Slideshow
This feature allows you to burn your movies or videos to a DVD disc. You can also burn your high quality videos to a Blu-Ray disc in a simplified manner.
Create Movie/Slideshow DVD allows you to burn your movies or videos to a DVD disc. First give the title for the project and then click next.
Now choose the type of TV set and screen size.
Now click add button to add a movie or a video that you wish to burn. You can also create a movie or a slideshow by clicking the respective buttons.
Below screenshot shows how create a movie window looks. You can add your videos, edit them, add subtitles and create a movie by yourself.
After opening create a slideshow window, you can select a theme, add photos and transitions and create an effective slideshow and add it to the burning project.
Once you have added the created movies, slideshows and other videos that you wish to burn, you can click on the next button.
Now select a menu for the DVD video disc. If you wish to proceed without a menu option, then don’t forget to click the ‘Use no menu’ checkbox present at the top.
Now design your menu page by adding new buttons and pages and then click next.
Now choose the medium that you like to use for your menu. This option allows you to save the menu and movie project to your hard drive as DVD files and folders instead of burning it to a DVD.
Now click on the next button to start the menu and movie authoring process. Once the process is completed you can click on the write button to start the burning process.
Create Movie/Slideshow Blu-Ray option is exactly similar to the previous Create movie DVD option. The only difference being the type of disc and the video quality you burn. While the former is used to create very high quality videos in a Blu-Ray disc, the latter is used to create a normal quality video in a DVD disc.
Please note that the creation of Blu-Ray disc usually takes a long time than a DVD disc. For me it nearly took more than 9 hour to create a 125 minutes Blu-Ray movie disc.
Video DVD from folder and Video Blu-Ray disc from folder allows you to burn the respective disc by choosing the folder where the DVD files are saved. We earlier saw how to save a created DVD movie as a DVD files and folder instead of burning. So you can use those saved DVD files and then burn it in a DVD/Blu-Ray disc.
Video CD and Super Video CD option allows you to burn your videos to a CD disc. Note that you can add only MP4 videos here and the maximum size of the video that can be added is only 700 to 800 MB.
Covers + Inlays
This ashampoo burning studio’s feature allows you to design and create covers for your DVD, Blue-Ray or CD disc. For this you need to choose the size of the DVD cover, and then choose a theme and other design details. You can finally print the cover and stick it in your DVD cover.
These ashampoo burning studio’s feature allows you to copy the inserted DVD / CD disc to your hard drive as a disc image. After inserting the disc, you need to choose the output folder for saving the disc image and then click next to start the copy process.
This feature allows you to create or burn a disc image either to or from a hard drive.
Burn image option helps in burning the disc image to a DVD / CD disc. For this, you need to choose the disc image first by clicking the browse button and then click next to start the burning process.
Create image options allows you to create an image of the inserted DVD / CD disc and save it in your hard drive. For this first you need to insert a disc into your disk drive and then choose a location in your PC to save the disc image. This option is similar to the Copy disc feature that was discussed earlier.
This feature allows you to take backup of particular folder or files in your PC.
This feature allows you to use some advanced functions of ashampoo burning studio to create or modify a disc. This feature is more suited for professionals.
Create a Modified copy of an existing Disc allows you to update files to an existing disc using some advanced options.
Erase rewritable disc enables you to erase all the contents of a rewritable disc so that you can use it freshly.
Finalize disc allows you to finalize the DVD / CD disc so that it cannot be edited any further.
What is the opinion of the users about the Ashampoo Burning Studio?
The reviews and opinion of the users about a product is very important that we must look at before buying one. In that way, you can find a number of positive reviews for Ashampoo Burning Studio regarding the features and functions it offers.
Also there are no major complaints from the user who have used the software earlier. One common concern about the software is that the creation of Blu-Ray movies takes a long time than usual. Also some users had complained about the advertisement and offers they get continuously while using the software. Besides these there are no major negatives about the software.
What are the limitations of the software?
The only limitation that the trial version of Ashampoo Burning Studio comes with is the duration for which you can use the trial version. You can make complete use of ashampoo burning studio for a period of 30 days beyond which you need to buy their licensed version to continue using the software.
Please note that initially the trial version is only for 10 days and in order to increase it to 30 days, you need to extend the trial period by clicking the Extend trial period button. Then you need to provide our email address to activate the extension of trial period to 30 days.
What is the price of Ashampoo Burning Studio?
The price of Ashampoo Burning Studio is $59.99 which seems to be more or less the same compared to some of its competitors like Blue-Cloner and CloneBD burning software. While this price is only for one year, you can extend the subscription for $17.99 after the first year.
While there are no special offers available in their official site, you can get a discount of 60% in the software price by making use of the discount coupon available below. Please note that this offer is limited only for a short period of time and can expire anytime soon, so don’t miss to grab this opportunity.
The software also offers a 30 day money back guarantee for the user which promises to refund the entire amount within 30 days if you face issues using the software.
Verdict and Conclusion:
Ashampoo Burning Studio apart from providing tools for burning your files, audios and videos to a disc, offers a lot of other features that can be used for creating movies, DVD covers, audio CD for your car, taking backups of files and folders and create disc images. You can also create high quality Blu-Ray movies seemingly without any difficulties.
The only concern is the time it takes to create Blu-Ray movies, but considering the features and performance it offers to the users, it is not a big thing to worry about.