Review: Ashampoo Burning Studio 12 is a powerful burning and multimedia suite

At a Glance
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    PCWorld Rating

    CD/DVD/BD burning and authoring tools don't get any easier, or much better, than Ashampoo's Burning Studio 12.

If you're looking for a cheap way to author movies, including Blu-ray movies, then Ashampoo Burning Studio 12 ($50, 14-day free trial) deserves your full attention. An all-purpose optical burning and multimedia utility, Burning Studio's big improvement for version 12 is a better organized, more logical interface. There's also a new compact mode with the look of a separate applet that resides on your desktop for you to drag and drop files to.

Improved and more logical, Burning Studio 12's interface is nice looking and easy to navigate.

Other than the interface, Burning Studio 12 is a relatively mild upgrade. The program already covered most of the basics: data disc burning (all types), burning movie discs (all types), authoring movie discs including Blu-ray, creating slideshows, and backup. It also covers a host of smaller disc-oriented chores, such as creating and burning images, copy discs, finalizing, and allows you to print labels.

The compact interface of Burning Studio 12 is primarily for drag and drop of files for burning.

New to the Burning Studio feature party are normalization of audio tracks during authoring, Ken-Burns effects and some editing improvements for slideshows, ripping audio tracks to FLAC and OGG as well as the MP3 and wave formats that were already supported, and new slideshow themes.

Movie authoring with Burning Studio 12 is easy, and there's even basic video editing (trim, cut, etc.).

Using Ashampoo Burning Studio 12 is about as easy as it gets, and for the most part the beta behaved well in my hands-on. I did receive two error messages when loading video files across the network, but the files loaded without crashing and all tasks completed successfully.

I would like to be able to trim by frames with Ashampoo Burning Studio 12, but milliseconds will work for most purposes. There's no commercial Blu-ray playback as you get with Nero and others, but Burning Studio 12 costs considerably less and few users will need more than it provides. All in all, a must-see if you're looking for disc authoring and burning software.

Note: The "Try it for free" button on the Product Information page takes you to the vendor's site, where you can download the latest version of the software.

 

 

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At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    CD/DVD/BD burning and authoring tools don't get any easier, or much better, than Ashampoo's Burning Studio 12.

    Pros

    • Burns and authors any kind of disc including larger capacity BD and BD movies
    • Easy to use

    Cons

    • No commercial Blu-ray movie playback
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