Ashampoo Burning Studio 15 is a capable disc burning suite which also finds room for some unexpected and interesting features.
Burning regular data discs, for example, is a very simple and straightforward process. Click Burn Data > New Disc from the front-end menu, drag and drop your files onto the interface, and you can be burning your CD, DVD or Blu-ray disc in a couple of clicks.
But the program also create Autostart discs, which display interactive menus that appear when the disc is inserted. These can launch files or documents, send an email, link to a web page and more, and are a great way to properly present information to the recipient of your disc.
It's a similar story when you need to create video DVDs. Just like the competition, you're able to drag and drop in a few source videos and burn them to a PAL or NTSC video. But Burning Studio 15 can also trim, cut or split your videos; add soundtracks to a movie; create video slideshows from your images, with custom transitions and subtitles, and more.
Elsewhere, there are tools to create or rip audio CDs, burn, create or browse disc images (ASHDISC, CUE/ BIN, ISO, IMG); run simple file backups, copy discs, edit labels and covers, and the list goes on.
What's new? Ashampoo Burning Studio 15 now supports M-Discs, an optical disc technology which in theory could remain readable for 1,000+ years.
New audio features include support for recording from Windows audio devices (useful when adding a narration to a slideshow). There are optional sound effects for videos and slideshows, and the program now supports OPUS audio files.
An Autosave option automatically saves your projects at regular intervals, protecting you from disaster. (It's disabled by default, though - click Settings > General Options > Enable Autosave to turn it on.)
Practical improvements include 10% faster video encoding, and there are plenty of new skins, styles and templates to explore.
Please note, this build will by default install as a 10 day trial only, but you can extend this to 30 days if you register with Ashampoo. Click "Get extended free trial license now" after installation, if you're interested.