Free CD DVD burning software usually comes with the CD DVD burner that you purchase for recording information on CDs, DVDs, or Blu-ray discs media.
Unlike saving information on floppy diskettes and hard drives in your computer, you cannot simply drag and drop files from Windows Explorer onto optical disc media such CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVD-Rs, DVD+Rs, DVD-RWs, DVD+RWs, BD-Rs, and BD-REs. In order to write information on these optical disc media Blu-ray, DVD, or CD burning software is required.
Burning software allows you to select which task you want to perform, such as make an audio CD, make a data CD, make a video CD, make a DVD movie disc, make a data DVD, copy a disc, create backups, and so much more, and then use a variety of different disc formats. The software that often comes prepackaged with your computer or with an external drive is usually a simple package with only the basic features. If you upgrade from your free DVD or CD burning software, then you can get additional features such as importing and coding audio or video, video editing features, ability to make labels, etc.
Burning software should be able to burn as many of the different format discs as possible (of course, the burner drive has to be equipped to do so as well), should be easy to use even for the beginner, should allow selection of different burn speeds which is an important factor in burn disc quality, and the installation and set-up should be simple. The burning software plays an important part in creating discs that faithfully store the data that you are writing to the discs. The copy of the data should be identical. The software also plays a role in the error rate of the disc and generally you want problem free discs not only in the short term but also in the long term. Therefore, it is important to use a good quality burning software when saving your digital information on optical media.
Some of the top commercially available DVD CD burning software are Roxio Creater, Nero, Corel DVD Movie Factory, Power2Go, and NTI Media Maker.
In addition to the free CD DVD burning software that comes with your burner, free CD DVD burning software is also available from a variety on sources on the internet. There are many different types, some with only very basic features and some with more upgrades. This free burning software may or may not produce good quality discs and many have not been tested thoroughly and therefore should be used with caution.