It’s normally very rare for me to burn any media these days.
However, and without going into details. My four year old niece is quite ill at the moment, and can’t really go outside to play. She has been spending a lot of time looking at videos I shot of her and other things and watches them in her bedroom via an Firestick streaming from their NAS.
At 4 years old she kind of struggles a bit in operating and locating the videos via the Firestick. She is very independent and gets annoyed if she requires help. She also has a DVD player which she can operate very well.
My brother asked if I could burn a selection of the videos on to DVD for her.
I thought no problem I have loads of recordable optical media I can use left over from when burning was popular. I also have Nero Burning ROM platinum (2015).
I went to install Nero, but can’t install it on Windows 11 as it’s not compatible without disabling loads of Win11 security features.
No problem I thought. I’ll download a trial version of the latest version of Nero, and if its suitable I’ll buy it.
First problem. It’s so bloated with software I will never use, and during installation you don’t get an option to only install the stuff you want. It will install everything. It’s also quite expensive at £119.
So after trying it for a few hours I decided that Nero wasn’t for me. So set about uninstalling it. You can uninstall most of it, but not all of it, which IMO is unacceptable. So a Macrium Reflect system restore was called for. Thankfully I had made a differential backup before installing Nero.
Now I could use several tools to transcode, author, and burn a video DVD. But I thought there must be an all-in-one solution similar to what Nero can do.
After a bit of research. Many people were saying how good Ashampoo Burning Studio was.
I haven’t used Ashampoo for many years. But thought it was worth a go.
They have 2 versions. Burning Studio 2022 which is free, and Burning Studio 23 which you have to purchase.
Both are very much the same except Burning Studio 23 has DVD & BD video authoring which is lacking in the 2022 free version.
However I thought trying Burning Studio 2022 would give me a good idea of what the application was like feature wise, and what it was like to use.
The download size was only 78MB compared to Nero’s 900MB+.
To use Ashampoo Burning Studio you have to supply an email address where they can send you the free licence. I do so and promptly received my free licence.
It’s very impressive, easy to use, and very reliable. But I thought I would think it over for 24 hours, and use it a bit more before deciding if I would buy Burning Studio 23 or not which does have DVD and BD video authoring. Price was good at £44.99. But let me think about it.
The following morning there was an email from Ashampoo with the following offer. Needless to say at that price it was worth the risk, so I purchased it
Today I have successfully authored and burned 4 DVD’s with little effort. Performance is excellent, but dependant on how powerful your CPU is, and if you have NVidia H.265–HEVC hardware acceleration on your GPU. Which I Do.
Most certainly worth checking out.