BurnAware Free

You don't have all the options or file format support provided with some of the competition (the program only works with ISO and CUE/BIN images, for instance), and it's only free for personal use. But if simplicity is a top priority then BurnAware Free still needs to be on your shortlist.

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6. DVDStyler

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If you're tired with the lack of DVD video support in regular burning tools, then DVDStyler can help - it's a surprisingly powerful authoring tool.

The program imports all the main video formats, for instance. It's smart enough not to re-encode MPEG and VOB files.

DVDStyler

Drag and drop support and pre-built menu templates mean you'll be producing quality DVDs very quickly, but DVDStyler also has more menu customisation options then some commercial tools.

All this power can make the program a little complex in place, and there are reliability issues (we've known it to crash occasionally), but the lengthy feature list means you should still give it a try.

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7. CDBurnerXP

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CDBurnerXP opens with a clear and simple menu, making it easy to find the function you need.

The program can burn data discs (CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray), audio CDs and disc images, as well as creating video DVDs from folders, and there are some small but welcome extras.

CDBurnerXP

When burning an audio CD, for instance, you can import a CD from a playlist, use the built-in audio player to check any track, and print the playlist when you're finished.

The program doesn't excel everywhere - it only works with ISO images, for example - and it can become trickier to use when you get into more complex tasks, but overall CDBurnerXP is a solid and reliable burning application.

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8. Free Video to DVD Converter

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Free Video to DVD Converter is all about creating video DVDs, and its simple wizard-based interface makes this generally very easy.

Import your videos (most formats are supported), set up your menu (tweak chapter names, fonts, colours and more), and the program will burn the disc, create an ISO image or DVD folders with a click.

Free Video to DVD Converter

There aren't the same menu design possibilities that you'll see with DVDStyler (you only get one template, for instance).

The program is missing a preview option, and it's not been updated for a while. But Free Video to DVD Converter is also simple to use and one of the more reliable free DVD authoring tools.