Clouds hover over all the time these days (pun intended) and have emerged as one of the most viable storage solutions. Next in the line are the portable storage devices such as USB flash drives and external hard disk drives. When it comes to discs, we hear more of Blu-ray than DVD. But, the fact is that DVDs are still one of the most reliable backup and storage sources.
Blu-ray has become more fashionable but there are more devices in use that can play DVD videos than Blu-ray videos. That is why we don’t get surprised when people are still looking for the DVD burning software programs. Thankfully, all such applications still let you burn to DVDs (even CDs). Here are some of the best free and paid DVD authoring tools you can use.
AnyBurn is a versatile burning tool, which can easily burn variety of media including DVD, CD and Blu-Ray. Not only is AnyBurn an esxcellent ripper, it also doubles as a disc imaging utility. One of the best things about AnyBurn is that it supports a wide range of formats (nearly 30). It acts like a converter capable of working on the popular formats including BIN, CUE, ISO, VMDK, WIM, DMG, VCD and a lot more. The interface looks pretty simple. AnyBurn is easy to use and completely hassle-free DVD burning software. It is also very fast and burns the DVDs quickly in high quality. The burning engine is reliable and offers top performance.
Platform: Windows only
Download Link: http://www.anyburn.com/
DVDStyler is one of the most popular open-source tools for creating DVD videos. The best thing about DVDStyler is that it supports almost all the video formats you can think of. The developers have kept the interface exceptionally simple and easy to use. All you need to do is pick the template of your choice and drag the source video files on the interface. It doesn’t take more than a few clicks to get your DVD ready. This tool has a good collection of the menus and they are highly customizable. You can change the button layout, background image, and tweak the template in many other ways. This till can create an ISO image if you like or burn the videos directly to the DVD. It makes good use of the components like mkisofs, FFmpeg, and more. It is a fast, reliable and easy to operate DVD burning tool.
Platform: It is compatible with Windows, Linux, and OS X.
Price: Open-source, free
Download Link: https://sourceforge.net/projects/dvdstyler/
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3. Ashampoo Burning Studio
Ashampoo is a free authoring tool. You can consider it as the stripped-down version of the high-end, commercial tools. Although it does not include as many features as other expensive burning tools, it can still do the basic job very well. Not only does it burn the data and videos to DVD but also to Blu-Ray and CDs. It can also rip the disk and delete the content from them if you want. In spite of being a basic tool, Ashampoo does pack some advanced features. For instance, it also encrypts and backups up your file. You can also use it as a disc spanning program (a feature usually found in advanced authoring tools). It also lets you burn the images in a wide variety of formats including CUE, IMG, ISO, and ASHDISC. Ashampoo isn’t very well known for being customizable. The lack of tweaks may deter many users. But, you may still want to use it for its ease of use and simple application.
CDBurnerXP is one of the best DVD burning tools you will find these days. The name could be a bit confusing as it might make you think that it is just a basic tool. While it is called CDBurnerXP, you can use it to burn high quality DVDs as well (and not just the CDs). In fact, this tool can do a lot of things. It can create ISO files, video folders, and burn audio and data to CD and DVDs too. Also, CDBurnerXP is not just for Windows XP OS. It is available on all the Windows versions from starting Window 2000 to the latest Windows 10.
CDBurnerXP is a free DVD burning tool. But, it impressed us with some really cool advanced features. For instance, you can print the thumbnail indexes of the images with the help of its built-in modules. You can also create disc covers. It is true that this tool does not offer as many tweaks as some other such tools on this list. But, what we like is that it is relatively easier to use than most others. It is best suited for basic to moderately experienced users.
Platform: Windows only (2000 to 10)
Download Link: https://cdburnerxp.se
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5. WinX DVD Author
WinX is another decent authoring tool to use. It is free to download and use. WinX is capable of burning high quality DVD videos from almost all types of video formats. It also comes with a unique YouTube downloader feature to let you videos from this portal, which you can later burn to DVDs. But, this feature may not work all the time. We tried to use it and many times it downloaded YouTube videos without any audio.
What you would really like about this tool its authoring mechanism. Burning video DVDs perhaps could not get more straightforward than this. It has a nice looking interface, which is also very functional. WinX lets you change the menu background picture and also add the background music. The subtitle support isn’t huge but it would not be fair to expect so much from a free app. If you are looking for a DVD burning tool that can carry out the basic tasks well, WinX DVD would be a good pick.
Download Link: https://www.winxdvd.com/dvd-author
When you will first launch the ImgBurn tool you will be compelled to believe that it is a simple and basic program. The launcher screen features six simple icons offering six simple tasks. Make no mistake as ImgBurn is one of the most advanced DVD burning software you will find among the free ones. ImgBurn packs plenty of advanced features you will not find in any other free application. This software lets you set up the bootable discs, tweak the file systems, adjust many other disk details. It can also set your burn speed automatically based on the media ID and drive you are using. What we don’t like about ImgBurn is its interface. We had expected it to be more user-friendly. It will take some doing to get used to the application. If you are a beginner or if you need to burn a DVD quickly, you may like to download some other application. But, it can be a great tool for those who are ready to exercise patience.
Platform: Windows XP and later
Download Link: http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download
7. BurnAware Free
BurnAware Free, as the name suggests is a free DVD burning program. There is BurnAware premium version too and as you might have figured, the free one is rather the cut-down version of the paid one. The good thing is BurnAware Free has not been completely reduced to just the essentials. In fact, it packs a number of features barely found in the other free options. The very first thing you will like about this program is its interface. The interface is well designed and extremely easy to use. Even if you are a beginner you will get accustomed to it quickly.
BurnAware Free version will burn the videos to DVD. It can also author audio and data files. It comes packed with the basic image burning and backup options as well. You can also create all types of ISO files with it. With disc spanning feature, you can write large data or files across multiple disks.
Platform: Windows XP and later
Price: Free for personal use; $19.95 for BurnAware Premium; $39.95 for BurnAware Professional
Download Link: http://www.burnaware.com/download.html
8. Nero Burning ROM 2017
Nero has been the pioneers in the disk burning and ripping domain for the longest time known. Over the last couple of decades, it has offered some exceptional DVD burning tools to us and Nero Burning ROM 2017 is no exception. Not only does ROM 2017 burn DVD but all kinds of disks. It is one of the most feature rich burning programs you will find. It supports a wide range of formats and offers hosts of advanced features. Nero products are pricey but they are worth every penny. It will burn the data to DVD and encrypt it at the same time. It can rip data even from the scratch-damaged disks. It packs everything you can expect from an advanced DVD burning tool.
Nero also has a built-in video editor. This means you can edit and preview your videos before burning them to DVD. You can also enhance the videos with filters, do the colour correction, or clip and resize the videos too. It is available in 23 languages. It also has a built-in media player to play or stream the content.
Platform: Windows XP and later
Price: $129.95 for full version; $47.95 for upgrades
Download Link: http://www.nero.com/enu/index.php?NeroSID=3e460b3e11dc099ab086fe935822ec08&vlang=us#
Power2Go comes in three versions, Essential, Deluxe, and Platinum. Power2Go Essential is a free version with limited capabilities. However, it can do all the basic burning and ripping jobs quite effectively. Essential is a free tool for unlimited use. It does not expire. Deluxe is a paid version with more features than Essential. If you want a full-featured program, you can buy Power2 Platinum. You can try the Platinum version free of cost for 15 days.
It writes high quality data onto the DVD. The data is protected through advanced encryption. It can burn just about all types of files and media to the DVD including video, audio, ISO and more. It lets you author the DVD from a variety of storage sources such as computer, Cloud, smartphones and more.
We really like the Power2Go interface. It is neat and well organized. Even if you are a beginner you will not experience any difficulty getting used to it.
Platform: Windows Vista and later
Price: Free; Deluxe version at $39.95; Platinum at $54.95
DeepBurner is also a pretty good DVD burning tool. But, the reason why it makes to the bottom of the list is that it does not offer as many features as the others in the list in spite of being a paid application. Of course the free version is also available but do not expect much from it except the basic burning features. What you may like about this tool is that it is extremely light. Even the paid version is less than just 10MB. This means that you can save it on your USB flash drive and use it on the go. It is a portable app so it does not even require any installation.
Deep burner supports a range of formats. But, it works well only with the popular formats. Try to use it with a lesser known format and it may take forever to burn the DVD.
Platform: Windows XP and higher
Price: Free; DeepBurner Pro Personal for $24.95; DeepBurner Pro Business for $29.95
Download Link: http://www.deepburner.com/index.php?r=download