Ashampoo Burning Studio 19 Review
Ashampoo Burning Studio 19 is user-friendly, and you tell this at the first glance because, the interface of the application is really awesome, with a polished design and a cool dark theme. Add a ton of features which can be useful purposes and you have the best disc burning software at your disposal.
The sidebar in the interface has the following options:
- Burn Data
- Audio + Music
- Movie + Slideshow
- Scratch Protection
- Covers + Inlays
- Copy Disc
- Disc Image
- Advanced Functions
- Open Project
You can use the Burn Data option to create a new disc comprising of mixed content including documents, music, videos, or your other multimedia files. You can enable the encrypted disc option for added security, and these will require a password to access the data. If you forget the password, the data cannot be recovered, so you should keep that in mind.
When you choose to create a disc, the interface switches to the Selection window which comprises of two panes. The left pane is where you will see the tree of the disc. The right pane displays the contents of the folder selected in the left pane. You can see the name of each folder or file in the pane, along with their disk size, date modified, type of file, etc too. You can double-click on any file to open it in the default file handling application which you have on your computer.
There is a large bar on the bottom of the Selection window, which indicates how much of the disc space is occupied by your selected files. So, you can use it to either add more data to it if the disc is not full, or delete some of the added files to make the disc ready to burn. If you want to write a lot of data, but it won’t fit onto a single disc, you can use the disc spanning option instead, to burn the files over multiple discs.
Let’s say you are in a rush, and want to continue working on the burning process later, you can save the project, and pick up where you left off later. The program’s history feature stores the last 20 projects in memory for quick access, so even if you forget the project you were working on, you can get to work on it with from the history menu.
The Advanced Functions in Ashampoo Burning Studio 19 allows you to modify an existing disc and create a new one, which also happens to work with bootable discs. Or if you want to change the file system settings (ISO or UDF or Joliet) and boot options, you can also perform the same modifications from this menu.
You can erase rewritable discs, finalize a disc for burning, analyze the medium (optical disc) and view the statistics of the disc from the Advanced Functions menu. The Open Project option is the one you need to use, to resume a previously saved project. You can even create discs which will auto-start (i.e., auto run) when you insert the disc on your computer’s drive. The program has an eraser option, which can be used to delete rewritable CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs and re-use them for your new data disc.
The settings panel in the application, allows you to choose the specific settings for the disc which you are creating and includes an option to save the content as a virtual disk image. The Output panel is where you finalize the disc for burning the content on to. These options are common across all burn disc types listed below, in the program.
The Audio + Music option as the name suggests allows you to create music CDs. This can be a regular Audio CD, or specifically an MP3 or WMA disc. You can also use these options to create audio discs or USB sticks for your car hifi, or media for your portable MP3 player. Ashampoo Burning Studio 19 supports over 1000 car radios with presets ready to use.
Want to extract music from discs? You can use the Rip Audio CD option to do that, and save the music in FLAC and OGG lossless audio formats. The application can also get the cover artwork automatically during the disc rip.
The Audio disc option allows you to normalize the volume of the audio, and also has an option to add a few seconds pause between two tracks. The application intelligently recognizes artists, album titles, and even gets the cover for the albums based on the tags in your music files.
You can create awesome photo story discs using the Movie + Slideshow option in Ashampoo Burning Studio 19. All you need for this are some photos or videos, which you can select from your vacation or party or general photos. You can select some background music for the video, and create an awesome photo story in just a few clicks of the mouse.
This works with CDs, DVDs and even Blu-ray discs, so you can make movie/slideshow discs with ease. Alternatively, you can also use a DVD folder stored on a hard drive to create a video DVD or Blu-ray. If you have an old school CD player, you may want to try the Video CD or Super Video CD options.
You can use the built-in video editor in the application, to trim, merge or convert videos, to different formats which are supported by other devices. The program supports MPEG-4, H.264 and AAC formats for encoding the videos. You can easily create disc menus for your video discs, and also add themes and subtitles.
The application’s Scratch Protection feature allows it to write data across several layers of the disc, so that even the CD or DVD is damaged physically due to scratches, you won’t lose your data. This is a very innovative way to protect your files. You can even restore a disc in a similar way, and write it to another disc.
You can select Covers or Inlays for your DVD Case, Booklet or Jewel case, or even labels for your discs using your own custom image, and use them with your discs. Ashampoo Burning Studio 19 even allows you to select the paper format including the format and the size which you will print the covers on. The Copy Disc option is exactly what it sounds like. It can be used to make a 1:1 copy of one disc and burn it on to another, so you can use it to backup your important discs, which you can use in case the original discs are damaged or lost.
Ashampoo Burning Studio 19 has a nifty little Disc Image option, which you can use in 2 ways. You can save a virtual image of your CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays. And you can use these images, or ones which you already have, to burn the content on to a new disc. Supported file formats include ISO, CUE, BIN and ASHDISC.
So, what does the Backups option do? You can use the program to create backups of your data, and save them on to your optical discs, to prevent loss of your data. You can use the restore files option, to extract content from the backups when you need the data. You can also backup data from external devices including USB flash drives, and mobile phones such as your Android or iPhone or even iPod, and iPad devices.
You don’t necessarily have to save the backup on to a CD or DVD though, you can also save the content to your local storage devices like a USB Flash drive, portable hard drive, or even on to the computer’s internal hard disk. Additional options for the backups include securing the data with a password, and enabling the compression setting to reduce the amount of disk space used by the backup. The split file option is incredibly useful if you want to save the backup across multiple optical discs.
To contact the company’s customer support team, you can use the Service option in the sidebar of Ashampoo Burning Studio 19, or use the menu to check for updates to the program.
The settings menu which can be accessed from the Cog button in the top right corner, allows you to configure the folders where the temporary files and project files should be stored. You can enable the autosave option to save your project after every few minutes, and you can set how often it should be saved too. This will prevent loss of your work, in case of a Windows crash or something. You can set the program to automatically eject the disc after burning the data, or to close the tray before verifying.
Don’t like the look of the application. You can use the paintbrush icon to download other themes for Ashampoo Burning Studio 19, or even create your own themes using the built in appearance modification tool. You change the GUI’s language easily using the bubble icon on the toolbar, or also open the help resources from the question mark icon.
We loved using Ashampoo Burning Studio 19, and we think you will too.