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InfraRecorder – Free CD DVD Burner

by James 13 March 2009 8 Comments

Overview
InfraRecorder is an open source CD/DVD burner, able to burn your files to physical discs as well as disc image files. It can also record to dual layer DVDs.

Review
My favorite freeware DVD burning program is StarBurn, although its interface could use a little bit more functionality. And although I’m quite happy with StarBurn I decided to test InfraRecorder, mainly because it’s an open source program and I have a weak spot for open source software, you know that 🙂

InfraRecorder‘s interface is as simple as it could be, you can easily see what the program can do for you. 

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After you select what you want to burn or copy you’ll be taken to the main interface, where you can browse through your computer to find the files that you want to burn. I like the way it integrates the explorer-like navigation, it’s a big plus if you have many DVDs to burn one after the other.

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I have many DVD Video discs to burn, and I wanted to know how InfraRecorder handles this particular type. As far as I can tell it can burn a DVD Video disc only if you give it the VOB files already made and authored. 

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Overall if I compare InfraRecorder‘s features with StarBurn it’s pretty obvious that StarBurn is more complex, but for easy dat to day DVD burning tasks InfraRecorder is a good solution.

Version Tested

0.46.2

Author

Christian Kindahl

Operating System

Windows All

Download link

Summary

 It’s open source.

 Has a portable version.

 Some important commands can’t be added as buttons in the program’s toolbar (like burn to image for instance).

 Doesn’t have any advanced features for burning Audio CDs and DVD Video discs.

Rating

Verdict

Although I’m very pleased with the fact that it’s an open source program, InfraRecorder won’t replace StarBurn as my favorite free DVD burner because I like the extra features that StarBurn offers. However I think that InfraRecorder is a good program, suitable for users that don’t need many features but just a program that can burn their data to DVD quickly and with ease.

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  • nick chapman said:

    i was just about to add a comment about this program. the only thing i don’t care for about both starburn and cdburnerxp is that neither seem to offer a very convenient/obvious disk copy option. infrarecorder makes this easy. thanks for the review and good information as usual.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @Nick
    Thanks for your comment, that’s a good point. But I think that overall StarBurn is a better than InfraRecorder and maybe the future versions will solve this problem too.

  • merso said:

    Want to know how to burn a movie that is stored on your hard drive in AVI format so that you can watch it on a standard DVD player?This is an important question for most of us with digital camcorders. You can simply burn them to CD or DVD to share with friends and family who have computers, but if you want to send a movie to grandma or someone who doesn’t have a computer, you are stuck. With the right DVD Burner software, making a DVD for them is not too difficult.
    http://apple-idvd.blogspot.com/2009/04/how-to-convert-avi-to-dvd-on-mac.html

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @Merso
    Could you stop spamming my blog with comments that recommend paid software? Thanks.

  • seseyo said:

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  • merso said:

    It’s a good dvd burner software for windows users, if you use a mac, I really need to point out a cool mac dvd burner software named dvd creator for mac,know more it from the link below:
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  • Thomas said:

    Dear Johnny,

    Since English is not my native tongue I’ll give it a try anyway. I agree with you that Starburn is a very nice program… but, it isn’t for free… after an extensive trail periode you have to either put in a key or order a copy… soooooo… Starburn isn’t free.

    Greetings,

    Thomas.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    Thomas, you are wrong. Starburn’s free version has no trial period, it’s just free. There is also a paid version but that’s a completely different story. I’ve been using the free version for more than a year now and didn’t need to order anything or insert a license key.

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