Ashampoo Burning Studio 15 Review
Writing data to a CD, DVD or Blu-Ray is not a big problem these days because computer users are not restricted in their choices. Depending on what you need a lot of decent programs can satisfy your needs. You can choose a free program or buy a well-equipped paid one.
There are many worthy paid programs but in my mind there is no doubt that one of the best is ASHAMPOO BURNING STUDIO 15!
Fortunately the long wait is over and Ashampoo has just released a new version of the program! Ashampoo Burning Studio is one of the giants in the field of recording data and multimedia to discs.
The latest version is even more functional, beautiful, and has some great improvements. Ashampoo Burning Studio 15 is a new version of the multifunctional program for burning data to CD, DVD and Blu-Ray discs. It is a good alternative to huge solutions like Nero. Ashampoo is considerably less resource intensive than the latest versions of Nero and it is very easy on the computer system.
The installation file is about 210MB. The trial version is fully functional for thirty days. The installation process is very easy. It takes just two minutes and a few clicks then the program is ready to use. During the installation you can select the preferred language, read the EULA, create a desktop icon and check for program updates. After installation the program takes about 400MB.
The interface of the program is very nice but if you do not like the default theme you can download additional themes or load them from your computer. You can even create your own by clicking on the button “Create” and choosing a name for the skin then import the desired graphic file.
With the help of Ashampoo Burning Studio you can perform a lot of different burning operations. Anything from simply burning data, to creating a Backup and Restore disc. Create and rip Audio CDs, movies or slideshows, design DVD cases and of course burn these images to discs.
Let me briefly describe the main features of the program here.
The main menu buttons are situated on the left side of the program. There are nine items: Burn Data, Backup + Restore, Music, Movie + Slideshow, Covers, Copy Disc, Disc Image, Advanced functions and Service.
The first section, Burn Data, creates and burns new discs. It has several options such as simply burning data on a new disc or you can select more advanced options, namely, Disc spanning, Auto-start, Encrypted disc or Update disc.
In order to burn a new disc, just add data into the program window. You can customize burning options before creating the disc- choose writing speed, number of copies, finalize the CD, etc. If you have a large amount of data which exceeds the storage capacity of the disc, you can take advantage of Ashampoo Burning Studios amazing feature called Disc spanning. The program automatically spreads a large amount of data across many data discs. It is often very convenient because you do not need to split files manually.
If you have a lot of programs and want to create an auto-play disc, the New disc + Auto-start function of the program is just for you. Ashampoo has a lot of advanced tools for creating such a disc. You can build discs with multi-page menus, select a splash screen from built-in images or choose your own from the computer, set up duration of the splash screen (maximum 60 seconds) and name the project. With the help of themes, layouts and buttons you can easily edit the auto-run menu.
If you want to burn any sensitive or confidential data you can set a password for your disc with ‘New Encrypted Disc’. Nobody can open it but you. Be careful though! Do not forget the password or you won’t be able to recover the data in the future. The program allows you to add new data to the existing disc, too. Simply choose the Update Disc option and ashampoo does the rest itself. The program supports all types of discs- CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R,DVD-RW, Double layer DVD and Blu-ray!
The program allows you to backup important files and folders. You can record them onto CD, DVD, Blu-Ray discs, on external/internal hard drives and even USB flash drives. Additionally you can protect the backup with a password, use compression options or split files. The created backup can be easily restored at any time, just choose the backup from the list or insert the relevant CD or DVD disc.
The Music section contains all necessary features for recording and ripping an Audio CD which can be played on any CD player, burn MP3s or WAV tracks onto a CD, DVD, Blu-ray Disc, or vice versa and keep them on your computer. Ripping a CD or saving tracks from Audio CDs are very easy tasks. The application automatically checks the names of tracks, albums and artists. Formats in which you can save tracks include MP3, WAV and WMA. In addition, you can choose the bitrate of audio files and even normalize the volume of tracks.
In the Movie + Slideshow section you can create Movies or Slideshows for DVD, Blu-Ray, VCD and SVCD. Here you will find the option of writing DVD and Blu-Ray discs from a pre-prepared folder or set of files. In addition you have the ability to create photo slideshows and videos.
You only need to choose the media format – DVD video, 720p Blu-Ray or 1080p Blu-Ray, TV system- PAL or NTSC, and screen size- wide or normal. Video clips in your slideshow can be cropped in order to show only the relevant sections. You can also add subtitles, voice, pictures or text. Selecting actions for images is almost the same. The only difference is that you can choose one of many spectacular transitions between pictures. You can also choose the duration, effects, and add a soundtrack!
In addition to CD/DVD/Blu-ray burning capabilities Ashampoo Burning Studio 15 allows you to create covers, labels or booklets. There are several sizes and types of covers: DVD box, DVD booklet, etc at your disposal. A choice between many templates will make your job easier and much more convenient.
The section labeled Disc image allows you to create bootable image files, burn or save them for use in the future. You can burn from a disc image, create disc image from CD or DVD and create it from your own project. The program currently supports ISO, CUE, BIN and ASHDISC file types.
Another functional section of the program is Advanced Functions. It has options for creating a modified copy of an existing disc or a data disc using advanced settings. In other words you can copy the content of the disc, add new data and write to a new disc with it.
The program automatically caches the data. The process of recording a new disc is much easier. No need to first copy the data from the disc then supply it with a new one. Additionally you can erase a rewritable disc or finalize it.
The program supports all Windows version from XP to 8.1. The system requirements are as follows:
1. Windows Media Player 10 or higher
2. Net Framework 4.0
3. Double-core processor with 1.8 GHz or better
3. Memory 2GB or more
4. 230MB for installation of the program.
Ashampoo Burning Studio 15 is a software product which covers a lot of users for its versatility.
This version has many great improvements and innovations and now it is a perfect instrument for burning discs.
Despite having a huge set of functionality that is built into the program, its simplicity and intuitiveness are great.
1. File and Folder Burning
a. User-friendly and intuitive interface for convenient and easy burning
b. Support for all discs- CD, DVD, Blu-Ray
c. Creation of modified CD, DVD and Blu-Ray discs
a. Burning CD, DVD or Bu-ray discs with MP3 and WMA
b. Conversion of Audio CD and saving it to the hard drive
c. Sound normalization of all the tracks in the playlist
d. Playlist record in m3u, xspf, wpl, VLC media player, Windows Media Player formats
a. Recording DVD and Blu-Ray discs directly from prepared video folders
b. Creation of VCD and SVCD
c. Burning video files to CD, DVD and Blu-ray discs
The only problem is that the program offers another piece of software during installation, but you can simply click “No, Thanks”.