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StarBurn v.11 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — StarBurn v.11

CD/DVD/Blu-Ray/HD-DVD Recording, Burning and Mastering Application
User rating: 869 148 comments

StarBurn v.11 was available as a giveaway on January 11, 2009!

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StarBurn is a powerful tool for grabbing, burning and mastering CD, DVD, Blu-Ray and HD-DVD media. StarBurn supports all types of optical storage media (including CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, Dual layer DVD-R & DVD+R, BD-R/RE, HD-DVD-R/RW and DVD-RAM) as well as a wide variety of burning hardware.

StarBurn is easy to learn and to use. In addition to advanced DVD authoring and mastering features StarBurn offers a number of step-by-step wizards for novice users.

New features of StarBurn v.11

  • Data Burning Wizard is completely re-written. Now the form has big drag-n-drop capable two panel window instead of the simple file list as it was before.
  • All of the wizards are now simplified. Application can run in two modes: Advanced (all wizard pages are accessable, all options are selecable) and Simple. Most of the wizard pages are not shown. Basic default options selected. Number of steps required to perform any action had decreased in ~2 times.
  • UDF mastering can now perform multi-session (append already created UDF discs)
  • Minor issues has been fixed.

Complete list of features

System Requirements:

Windows 32-bit and 64-bit


StarBurn Software Ltd



File Size:

11.5 MB



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I use have grown to really like this program a lot. I downloaded the upgrade and all was well until several days ago. It started pumping out coasters like nobodies business. should I complain when the price is "Free" ?. maybe not but that doesnt mean I have to be happy about it either.

Reply   |   Comment by soxrocker  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I have grown to really like Starburn quite well...until 2 days ago. I had been running the program with no problems at all. I downloaded this upgrade and it ran like charm...until two days ago. It started pumping out coasters like no ones business. Yes ...I know it's hard to complain when the price is "Free" but that doesn't mean I have to be happy about it. Back ti ImgBurn.

Reply   |   Comment by soxrocker  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

has anyone even got the blu-ray ripping to work? the one thing i was really looking for and it's def not workin out.

Reply   |   Comment by bo  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

starburn will not install in windows7 properly....tried compatibily changes ....nothing works eventhough it activated!

Reply   |   Comment by HARMONATOR  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)


I has been looking for DVD burn tool, specially BR/HD-DVD.
But I missed this one.

I wish I had this software to try .... :-(


Reply   |   Comment by happy  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)


I have DVDFab V-5.x and it works fine, even after installing StarBurn. I recommend that you completely uninstall DVDFab, clear out the leftover folders it leaves behind, and reinstall their decrypter (on their free stuff page.) This should get you back in operation again. It won't shrink a movie, but it will decrypt it for you and save it on your computer. From there DVD shrink and almost any burning program will finish the job for you. I prefer Imgburn, but everyone has their own preferences. Best of luck!

Reply   |   Comment by Frique  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I downloaded this program when it came around last time and i use it everyday. It is superior to all the other burning programs ive used, including nero which came with my new lightscribe burner. Its a very useful program.

Reply   |   Comment by gary  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)


The problem isn't so much that the program requires an admin account to run, but rather that it needs an admin account to install, and that since the GAOTD setup file automatically registers during install, only the installing account gets registered. This wouldn't be a problem if you purchased the software, as you'd get a registration key and could use it to register other user accounts, including limited ones.

Again, ideally the software would regsiter under HKLM in the Windows registry so that it was registered for the entire machine, regardless of what account is used.

If you intend to use a GOTD with this issue in only one account, and don't want to run it as an admin account, you can look into using the MakeMeAdmin script Aaron Margosis made for XP. It temporary elevates a limited account to an admin account to run something, then drops it back to limited, all without logging out of the account. That way you can install and activate the software with admin privileges, but then run it with limited privileges.

Reply   |   Comment by Jay G.  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I downloaded this yesterday since my trial of DVDFab (which i Love) expired. I hoped this would be even half as good and it wasn't. I have been unable to get even ONE Dvd made Plus now I can't even use DVDFab's Decrypter anymore. Coincidence? Doubt it. I am Uninstalling this software and now I have to look for Something else to copy my movies so my kids won't destroy the originals. Any Good suggestions?

Reply   |   Comment by Gypsy  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I'm looking at my 1st dual-layer coaster here. I've never had a bad disc from this LG burner in the year I've been using it. Mostly with Roxio 10 and the free vers of Ashampoo's Burning Studio 6 .. but, I have one now. I already had my dvd files on my hard drive and ready to go so I figured this to be a no-brainer. I've uninstalled it now and will just stick with what's tried.n.true for me.

I'm not disputing anything about the software other than it's a bit odd that it was free directly from the website. I wish that it hadn't been the flavor of the day here though.

Reply   |   Comment by Myrddin  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I would like to thank GOTD for bringing this program back so quickly. I lost V 10.x when I had to reformat my system. StarBurn was a part of my suite of CD/DVD burning programs. If I could not do something with one program, I had three others to chose from. Each program has its merits, and while StarBurn was not the most widely used of my programs it did come in handy. Take it for what you will, it is still a useful (free for today) program.

Reply   |   Comment by Frique  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Does this convert avi's to dvd?

I tried to add an avi to the dvd wizard, but it asked for files to be in vob format.

If it won't convert avi's, it will be less useful for many people.

Reply   |   Comment by Mozza  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I wish developers would realize that some ppl have their toolbars at the top of their desktops and its extremely annoying when programs open up at top and hide the toolbar! and cannot be changed to open so they don't hide the toolbar!

Reply   |   Comment by Spiritwolf  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Maybe it is just me, but I have come to a conclusion. I have downloaded 3 different programs from this site. The programs work well, but within 3 days of activating them, I have had to reformat my hard drive...........the problem is always with a system file being corrupted. This has happened every time with Windows XP regardless of which SP is applicable. I keep a clean pc, with active antivirus and anti spyware. Like I said, maybe it's just me, but three strikes and the site is out!

Reply   |   Comment by laffingravy  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Great prog but I wish it could be installed on more than one hard drive because this is one I wanted to install on my external HD as well as my C drive so that if my C drive dies, I would still have the prog on the external hdd.

Reply   |   Comment by Spiritwolf  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Once again I have to protest about programmers who build and test their software only as administrators!

Like earlier users I find that when running Starburn11 as a limited user (what should be the natural order of things) I get Starburn telling me that I have only 30 days left on the trial.

Running as an administrator of course recognises the package as registered - but this is totally unacceptable!


If developers write software that runs properly only as administrators (I expect a purchased installation would expire as a Limited User) then the Russian Mafia will be celebrating as though every day is Christmas. Utterly Absurd!!

Reply   |   Comment by Phaedron  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)


Reply   |   Comment by yyuosuff  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Is it possible to burn youtube videos to dvd using starburn? Thanks in advance.

Reply   |   Comment by sena sam  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

the last version of this program was great, it works well for blind computer users, the interface is simple, straight forward and poses no troubles and except for haveing to use special cursors to direct things to the right area at the begining, it works fine

if the developers wish to make sure there product is and stays accessible, i can be contacted at:

thank you rocket, and GOTD
BCU, AKA the elf

Reply   |   Comment by Blind Computer User  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks GOTD!! Installed no problem on Vista Home Premium 32bit. I missed the last version of this that was offered a few months ago, but I was very pleased to see it being offered again! I know a lot of people complain about repeats, but for those of us who have updated our PC's, were away or other reasons - having a repeat is a real bonus! I think this is about the 10th giveaway that I have downloaded in the last 6 weeks!! I am a happy camper!!!

Reply   |   Comment by dns  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

win xp pro. pack3
afer setting, was told to update to windows media player 11.
compter hung.. could not reboot.. said disk error.

took out hard drive connected with usb to laptop, used todays to remove.. put back in pc.. ok..

point to ponder

Reply   |   Comment by sethben  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

So how does this shrink the image after running dvddecrypter, I tried to burn and the image is too big

Reply   |   Comment by GONER  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Starburn installer attempted to change my Explorer homepage to Starburn software web site. NOT A GOOD THING!! Also attempted to change my default search engine from Google. NOT A GOOD THING! Installer should only install the software as chosen by the user and not to do anything else. Especially nefarious things like homepages and search engine defaults.

Reply   |   Comment by netszhunkee  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This crap is going to be uninstalled! Not only has it hijacked the home page on Firefox, but it has also managed to disable my AVG Antivirus! There's something mighty wrong with this installation.

Way to go, GOTD! I guess you get what you pay for - and it's worth what you pay for it.

Shame on you for foisting this crap on your unsuspecting readers!

Reply   |   Comment by K2  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Does this one come with a portable installation option as the previous one (v.10) did ? It would be nice if I dont lose it after a Windows reformat.

Reply   |   Comment by JK  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Won't bun mp3 CD's

Reply   |   Comment by JJ  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@109 suzystars9: No, Starburn is not a video format converter. Although you could record your AVI files as data onto a DVD, and possibly play them on *some* players, that disk would not have the filenames/format expected by the DVD standard.

@110 Heather H.: Starburn doesn't have the ability to author subtitle files for a DVD, but has no problem in burning those files once created.

#111 Jon651: What you describe is unfortunately still a common problem when uninstalling programs that share files with other programs: during the uninstall, all files supplied in the installation are blindly removed, breaking anything requiring files that were being shared between programs. (usually .dll files)

Reply   |   Comment by Jim  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

If you want to keep your previous version of Starburn until you've satisfied yourself that the later version is better; (I'm always wary of later versions; especially when you get several 'varieties' of the same program - so you may be getting one of the versions with reduced functionality) when installing v11, change the default installation path to somewhere other than where your previous version is located and it will not then ask to remove your previous version when you start installing the later version. It only does this if you are installing them to the same folder.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit aka Stephen  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I am using a licensed version of Windows 7 Beta. And here's the deal...
It installed fine, but when I try to use it I received the message..."SPTD driver is not installed! Please reboot your PC after StarBurn installation"
I did reboot, several times. Still not working. Any suggestions?

Reply   |   Comment by claudia  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Starburn is a very good program. I just downloaded the free version to a new machine two nights ago, so I was very happy to see the newest version (11) here today. It has a user friendly interface for those who are unfamiliar with copying/burning/ripping media. It WILL burn ISO images, it says so in the agreement that we all check when we install the program. Grab this while you can! If you miss the giveaway today and you would like to take a closer look at this companys software, try downloading the free version found on their site. It's well worth it.
Thumbs UP!

Reply   |   Comment by Thorn  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Won't burn mp3 CDs/DVD's

Reply   |   Comment by RJ  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Installed fine.

But it does not recognise my .vob files for burning, so I can't make DVDs. On the other hand, DVD Flick & CDBurnerXP/Imgburn have no problem at all.


Reply   |   Comment by zhuk  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#4 In next version of StarBurn the Audio Compressor will be updated.

#6 StarBurn can burn ISO to DVD. Please use "Image Burn" wizard.

#16 We’ll check this, thank you for your post.

#20 We’ll check this, thank you for your post.

#37 Drag&Drop will be added in all wizards in future versions, language support and Unicode support will be add too!

1.Please download SPTD driver by this link:
2.Install it.
3.Reboot PC.
4.Try run StarBurn again.
#50 We’ll try to taking into account the wishes about uninstall description in next version.

#71 It's SCSI and ATA-over-Ethernet Initiator. In StarBurn used for creating virtual DVD from ISO image and connection to remote optical drive.

#81 We’ll try to taking into account some of your wishes. Thank for your post.

Reply   |   Comment by Andrew(RDS)  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)


Ashampoo is junk. Blu-Ray burning process never ends on my Panasonic SW-5582 burner. Both Nero and StarBurn work just fine.

Are you affiliated in some way with Ashampoo?


Reply   |   Comment by LostBatallion  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

To #92 Daisy, #107 Butterfly 42, and all the others looking for simplified explanations. You can often get them here, because many of the posters are both knowledgeable and generous with their time, but you can't always count on that. Some times the folks here are responding to complex questions and need to give complex answers, some of which take up quite a little space. For them to add all the explanations might make the post a mini-novel. Also, to answer a lot of questions that don't have to do with that days software isn't really what the comments section is for. Although we sometimes get into peripheral debates here, that's usually because we're concerned that a post may have unintentionally led people astray.

Might I suggest you consider joining the GOTD forums, if you haven't already. The good folks over there pretty much have free reign to deal with your questions in as much time and space as is necessary. And there are a lot of other great forums out there. A lot of posters here recommend videohelp.com when video questions come up and I can vouch for the site. There are a lot of tutorial guides, plus a forum, and much useful freeware. No offense, but your chances of getting off topic questions here answered just the way you need them are only 50-50 at best.

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Installed and ran OK. I have been using Ashampoo burning studio 7 for quite some time, and just upgraded to version 8. It is much better than StarBurn, but that is to be expected. Thanks any way GAOTD. Keep up the good work

Reply   |   Comment by Fred  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#92 and #107

Along with my above comment, I added a step by step guide with screenshots on how to rip DVDs and watch them directly from your computer in my full review just for you guys =P. Look towards the bottom of the page above free alternatives. Enjoy =)

Reply   |   Comment by Ashraf  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I would like to make a quick change to the comment above.

I said that you could use "DVD Decrypt" or "Grab Image" to rip DVDs. I made a mistake. In reality you only need to use DVD Decrypt to rip a video DVD regardless of if it is content protected or not - no need to bother with "Grab Image".

The process I described above still applies however.

Reply   |   Comment by Ashraf  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#107 and #92
There are two ways to do this. If the DVD is content protected, you can try to use the "DVD Decrypt" tool. Or if the DVD is not content protected, you can use the "Grab Image" tool.

Both tools will rip the contents off your DVD and place the in an ISO file on your computer. An ISO file is, more or less, a disc image. Now in order for you to be able to view your movies, you will have to mount this ISO file. There is a feature called "Create DVD" under "StarPort" in the left hand menu that enables you to mount ISO files. Run it and browse to where you saved the ISO file that you ripped from the DVD. Mount it and the ISO file should show up in My Computer as if you put in a disc. From here its the same as if you had the file on a disc and inserted it into your disc drive.

Hope that helps!


Reply   |   Comment by Ashraf  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I've had one peculiar problem with the previous version of Starburn - it seems that when I uninstalled it (for lack of need), all of my other programs that I got from GAOTD that either ripped, converted or copied DVD movies stopped working. Occasionally when one of these programs failed (like Plato DVD copy, for example) I would get an error message that a Starburn file was missing. It even crashed my DVD-Xcopy that I didn't get from GAOTD so now I am unable to use any of my DVD movie ripping, copying or converting programs at all. This makes me leary of installing version 11 of StarBurn at all.

I am hoping that by installing this current version somehow my other programs will begin to work again. I will be doing this tonight and post an update if possible.

Cheers - Jon651

Reply   |   Comment by Jon651  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thank you so much! I was needing a good program to burn dvds. I was wondering does it also allow subtitle files?

Reply   |   Comment by Heather H.  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Does this software convert other files (example: .avi) to dvd?
Sorry I am not very proficient in computer talk.

Reply   |   Comment by suzystars9  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

When burning a CD it does handle CD-Text, sort of. It'll copy the song title but fails to copy the Disk title, instead replacing the disk title with "CD-Text" and then instead of copying the disk artist's name it replaces it with "StarburnAudioCD".


Reply   |   Comment by alhall  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I'm with #92.

I just want to be able to transfer a DVD movie to my hard drive and then be able to burn a viewable copy from there, as I only have one DVD burner and one CD burner on my computer. I've checked the HELP info provided and nowhere do I find the info that I'm looking for. I have XP sp3.
Yes, I am a novice senior at this, but at least at my age, I'm still trying to learn new things. Some of you, in your postings need to realize that not all of us have reached your stage in understanding this new technology. Thank you GAOTD for all that you provide. Many of your games stimulate the mind and are great for hand and eye coordination. It is appreciated.

Reply   |   Comment by Butterfly 42  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

So many comments or questions could be saved by reading (highly recommended when installing software on your pc's)

The following screen comes up just after the license agreement but it is helpful, possibly pertinent, information, not the license aggreement:

Please read the following important information before continuing.

When you are ready to continue with Setup, click Next.

StarBurn (Give Away of The Day)
Copyright (c) Rocket Division Software 2001-2008. All rights reserved.


Burn discs of any kind, from Audio CD to High-Definition Video.

Did you download a high-def burning utility only to find that it does not support your minty Blu-Ray burner? Got a message saying “Your disc burner is not supported, please update the driver”? StarBurn works with all CD, DVD and HD burning hardware with no issues, and supports all optical disc formats from legacy Audio CD to brand-new Blu-Ray and HD-DVD discs. Of course, you can burn a data CD, a single or double-layer DVD video or data disc just as easily!

Ever had a bunch of MP3s, but couldn't figure how to make a proper CD to play back in your car? Make an Audio CD from WAV, MP3, WMA, OGG, ASF or WMV files from within a single application. Make a Video CD, Super VCD or even a DVD video from a movie in almost any video format from the very same application. Burning data CDs and DVDs is equally easy no matter what you store. Erase or rewrite CD-RW discs, create double-layer DVDs and perform just about any burning task with StarBurn.

Burning a disc is now extremely simple thanks to the StarBurn new wizard-style interface. Feel a little more advanced? Try the Power GUI that allows you to fine-tune your discs and adjust burning properties. Want to fit more on a CD or DVD than the standard allows? Increase your storage capacity safely and easily with StarBurn's Power GUI by adjusting the Overburn!

Did you ever wonder what's inside that ISO file? ISO files are disc images that contain information about the entire CD or DVD disc. Until now, your only choice to see what's there would be burning the image onto a blank media. StarBurn conveniently mounts the ISO image and creates a separate drive letter, allowing you to work with the image as if it was a real disc inserted into your CD/DVD drive - yet without actually burning anything! No need to waste blank media, and no more waiting till the burning finishes - just mount an image with StarBurn, and you're ready to roll.

System Requirements

* Windows XP SP2 (Windows Vista recommended)

* 800 MHz Intel Pentium III class processor (2+ GHz Intel Core2 Duo recommended)

* 512 MB of RAM (2+ GB of RAM recommended)

* 30 MB of free hard disk space for StarBurn application data

* CD/DVD drive (Blu-Ray or HD-DVD burner recommended)

* Fast Ethernet connection for network burning (GbE or 10 GbE connection recommended)

Installation and Setup

To install the program please download and run the installation package and follow the instructions of the wizard.

Version History
November 30, 2007 (Version 9.0)
December 28, 2007 (Version 9.5)
January 21, 2008 (Version 9.8)
March 20, 2008 (Version 10.0)
October 20, 2008 (Version 10.5)
December 30, 2008 (Version 11)

...................... OK so it is obvious that many just go CLICK CLICK CLICK without ever reading, then ask useless questions or complain about a FREE program because of their lack of understanding of the capabilities because they can't take a minute before inserting something in their OS.

You did your best GAOTD but it seems futile - people just don't take it as their responsibility to manage their PCs anymore.
...................... and Thank you, GAOTD................

Reply   |   Comment by Tom  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks Jay fir your comment #85 on Win 98.(#75) ! I did look at their site but my old eyes missed that information.

This is a great site abd the comments are very good !!


Reply   |   Comment by George Hale  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Just a thought for the one who is having issues with Windows 7 Betta & drivers. I'll be installing Windows 7 Betta on my spare hard drive tomorrow, on my Vista desktop. It's a Dell so I have what they call a resource CD. It has all my drivers for XP & Vista. I've been reading about 7 since I first heard of the public release. The best I can determine is that its built on Vistas code. I'm going to install the system & try all my Vistas drivers. Then double check in the device manager. I'm thinking you might not have the ROM drivers installed correctly.
I downloaded my Windows 7 ISO file & burned it on a DVD with todays give away & the PC will boot to it for an install. I did it using Vista Ultimate with no problems.
I apologize to GOTD for this post not entirely relating to todays offer. I'll update the driver thing later this week, maybe Tuesday when I know for sure if I can burn with Windows 7. However, I'm going to try a few other burning programs to, Nero, Ahaampoo v8 & Roxio Premier if necessary.

Reply   |   Comment by Charles K  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#14 There is another difference between the three versions other than the support plans.

Only the Enterprise edition can record to remote CD/DVD/Blu-Ray/HD-DVD burner over TCP/IP.

Another note...The website shows version 10.5 not version 11.

Reply   |   Comment by macaque  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#59: "I don’t see how this will burn videos to DVD. "
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#60: "Will this software convert DVD To iPod? Anyone know of a program that does?"
Check many (most?) previous video converters offered on GOTD, or check out the software/reviews/links at videohelp.com
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#82: "But again I ask, will this actually author DVDs? I want to make DVDs that I can use to watch my (currently .mpg)recordings in my DVD player."

As far as software goes, there are 2 types of DVDs -- decide what you want to create, & that pretty much decides your software. If you want menus, then spend the cash for something like one of the Sony programs, or learn how to use one of the open source DVD Author GUIs -- DVD author is quite a bit harder to use than most commercial products, requiring some knowledge of DVDs on top of knowing how to use the software. If you're willing to forgo the menus, there's a fair selection of free video converters & tools at videohelp.com. If you want to put more than 2 hours of video on a DVD (pretty much the absolute max for watchable quality), you'll need to burn dual layer blanks, & the standard for burning DL discs is ImgBurn. As far as *any* burning program authoring DVDs, the closest you're going to get to something *workable* there is Roxio's suite, which includes a Pinnacle program. It's actually not a function for any burner program, though most authoring programs also burn discs so it can get confusing.
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#84: "I have a Media Center PC with a TV card. It records as “.dvr-ms” files.Is anyone aware of any freeware that will convert this video format to a more common one?"

Simplified, they are mpg2 in a different wrapper. Info & tools at the green button site. I use the Videowave version that came with Roxio EMC9 -- it converts without a re-encode... the only software I'm aware of that does that.
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#88: No offense intended or implied, but the software (Shrink & AnyDVD) you mentioned is only good for ripping retail DVD movies.
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#90: "what can this do that ImgBurn, DVDshrink, DVD Decrypter can’t do? "

Ummmm... a LOT actually. ;-) Shrink (which is cool - don't get me wrong) has 1 purpose: reducing the size of movie DVDs to hopefully fit on 1, single layer DVD blank. Decrypter removes copy protection. ImgBurn is great, but it's far from the friendliest program to use, & doesn't have a large set of features -- it was never intended to compete with Roxio, Nero, or Rocket Division.

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#84, MetSci, DVR-MS files are just MPEG-2 containers with additional information, and encrypted if DRM'd. There are lots of freeware and commercial programs which can do the conversion. Some are complex and use pilfered commercial codecs. There was a nice integrated one I used to use on MCE 2005. When I started using Vista MC, I didn't want to risk messing up my installation with software designed for MCE 2005, so I'm using DVRMStoMPEG, which doesn't install, and is just a VB GUI for FFmpeg. Vista MC is bad about screwing up the beginning of analog and digital recordings. DVRMStoMPEG will do the extraction when many converters will fail to find the MPEG-2 data if there are leading errors. You can Google for other alternatives, or check the various MC forums. Note that you can only extract content from non-DRM'd DVR-MS files. Since many of my recordings are now digital, I no longer bother with MPEG-2 and DVDs. Many HDTV recordings won't even fit onto a dual-layer DVD, and Blu-Ray media is too expensive. I just dump the DVR-MS files to external hard drives. If I need to convert HDTV to DVD, I have VideoReDo TVSuite (it can also do the MPEG-2 extraction, but chokes on leading errors). Also, note that if you intend to burn DVDs, recorded video can have all sorts of errors and generally doesn't meet DVD encoding standards. While most DVD players will accept some slop, they're generally not as forgiving as PC codecs. That's why I use VideoReDo. There are freeware alternatives which I haven't used, I don't know if they're as good.

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