Nero was formerly one of the greatest and most widely used pieces of software for burning CDs and DVDs. However, it is both pricey and large. Furthermore, it is overburdened with features that you do not need. You probably won’t need to buy a CD/DVD burning equipment at all!
Why not try a freeware CD/DVD burning program? It might be all you need. We’ve produced a list of five Nero Burning ROM options for your Windows PC.
This is my Nero substitute. I use it partially because InfraRecorder has a simple interface, but largely because it is free source. Furthermore, it features everything you’d expect from a CD/DVD burning suite – and more.
Some highlights from this Nero alternative include:
- support for Multi-Session
- very light on resources
- Not just ISO pictures, but also BIN and CUE images, are supported.
- Dual Layer DVD burning is supported.
- rewritable disc support
- open source
I used to rely on ImgBurn. It’s a lightweight CD/DVD/HD-DVD/Blu-ray burning tool that works on both Windows and Linux computers. It is the most feature-rich burning application among all rivals. ImgBurn is the ideal option if you want something complex and packed with features.
But be cautious! ImgBurn’s installation contains Potentially Unwanted Programs (how to remove PUPs).You may choose not to install them, but you must do so explicitly.
- Can make ISO files from almost anything.
- The most feature-rich burning client available.
- Beautiful user interface.
- The installation footprint is small.
Despite its name, CDBurnerXP is compatible with all versions of Windows. It is consistently ranked among the most popular burning clients because to its simplicity, feature set, and small footprint.
Here’s a highlight of the features available in CDBurnerXP:
- multi-language interface
- support for Blu-Ray/HD DVD
- Included is a BIN to ISO converter.
- rewritable disc support
No free program does it better than DVD Flick when it comes to creating your own CDs from video files. DVD Flick supports a wide range of disc formats and codecs. Its distinguishing feature, however, is the ability to generate full DVDs from video and audio data.
However, DVD Flick does not allow ripping DVDs, making it just a partial alternative for Nero.
In summary, these are the key features of DVD Flick:
- creates DVD menus
- adds subtitles to videos
- supports the majority of standard (and several uncommon) video codecs
- open source
DeepBurner has been around for quite some time and is still one of the finest Nero alternatives. It is accessible not just as a conventional installable program, but also as a portable software. So, if you want something small enough to fit on a USB flash drive, give this one a look.
The free version of DeepBurner comes with these features:
- Internal and external CD/DVD writers are supported.
- Copy or burn any data or CD.
- Create multiple disk copies.
- Make ISO CDs.
- Print CD labels.
Ashampoo Burning Studio Free Edition is the most powerful, robust, and feature-rich client. Its feature set looks to be comparable to that of many of the other apps on this list. It does, however, boost the ante by including disc ripping capabilities. Unfortunately, Ashampoo (even the Free Edition) needs registration through the Ashampoo website.
Here’s just a few of the burning client’s features:
- Capabilities for ripping discs (appears limited to CDs in the free version)
- a neat, visually appealing user interface
- easy to use
- video CD compatibility
BurnAware’s clean and streamlined UI is not only beautiful, but also practical! It has several features, such as rewriteable disc support. Furthermore, it is low on resources and supports every other format imaginable (including Blu-Ray).Burning is quick because this program writes data directly to the media rather than waiting for “hard drive staging.”
The free edition of BurnAware offers the following benefits:
- The user interface is elegant and straightforward.
- Can create boot discs.
- Rewriteable burners are supported.
What’s the BestNero Alternative?
It all depends on what you need. The finest open source solution is infrarecorder. ImgBurn comes the closest to being a complete alternative for Nero. If you require DVD authoring, however, nothing surpasses the free source DVD Flick.
Please share your thoughts on these Nero software alternatives in the comments. Is there anything I’ve forgotten? Bring your ideas and join the discussion!
Originally written by Aibek Esengulov on 5 February, 2008.
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