Express Burn Plus is a premium optical disc burning suite that can write, burn, and copy audio, video, and data discs, including Blu-ray video and data discs. It has an easy-to-handle user interface and integrates with other utilities from NCH, including both freeware and shareware.
Quick start wizard: A quick start feature lets you create and burn any kind of disc quickly. If you don't want it to launch with the app, a checkbox dismisses it.
ISO: Express Burn Plus also creates ISO files and burns ISO/Joliet, UDF, and Hybrid data discs.
CD-TEXT: Burning Audio CDs in Session at Once mode enables CD-TEXT. We could enter CD-TEXT details in a dialog.
Command line: A command line option allows Express Burn Plus to integrate with other apps.
Help file: Although Help buttons are found in various places around Express Burn Plus, the Help menu lists Help contents, and the program folder includes a folder labeled Help, no Help file could be found.
Nothing special: Perhaps our biggest concern with Express Burn Plus is that it offers little to distinguish itself from many capable freeware disc burning utilities, other than a price tag of nearly $50.
Express Burn Plus is a capable tool that includes most of the features we expect in a premium disc burning tool. But similar apps are available for considerably less, including freeware. As always, try (and try others) before you buy.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Express Burn Plus 4.77.
From NCH Software:
Express Burn Plus is a DVD burner and CD burner equipped to create video and data DVDs and Blu Ray discs, as well as, CDs. Seamlessly burn video and audio for playback on your computer or dvd and cd player, converting many formats automatically. Express Burn Plus allows you to do multi-session recordings, manage chapters, record video files to PAL or NTSC and choose from a series of format settings and options. Burn ISO compliant data DVDs and Blue-ray discs (DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, BD-R, BD-RE, BD-R DL, BD-RE DL). Integrate command line operation with other programs for quick access. Quickly and easily, Express Burn Plus lets you burn in minutes.
What a POS. Why oh why can't it just write the files from the disk to the DVD AS IS??? It will ALWAYS ignore the subtitles file when you rip a DVD as a movie. And NO WHERE in the documentation is there a solution, despite 3 users BEGGING for an answer on their BS Forum site. Awful.
Probably good for some basic uses, but not for movies!
I thought at first it would not burn my DVD video but it did. Apparently it was pixelized because the source video was pixelized. I was even able to edit the video and amplify the audio. Saved my life as I thought I couldn't find a free version that worked. Still using free unlicensed version but it works well for me.
I installed all the other software that came with it and it just looks messy but I was actually able to use the editing software. It takes a long process but works well for me. Also, I did not verify anymore after burning as it says error though there's really none.
I don't know why most of the users say it didn't work for them. I still use the free unlicensed version but it worked wonders. Thank you Express Burn!!!
Worked once. "Discounted" price is only $38 more than it's worth.
Downloaded some other NCH software, got an (unwanted) link to this put into my Programs menu, turned out to require another download, trial period was short, began to uninstall it, was offered the free version. Didn't tell me that the free version doesn't burn data DVD's. What a waste of time.
There are plenty of free CD and DVD burning programs, for example InfraRecorder. Save yourself the trouble of installing and uninstalling this one.
It kept crashing and cut the end off a movie twice even though it was all there. It's also very slow compares to other programs I used. I wanted it to burn various types of video file. The related converter is fine. If only the results were better.
If they ever get all the bugs out it will be a good program. I tried DVD Flick and burned the same movie but it played. It's also slow but is free and works.
Unlike some of the standard commercial programs, it does not by default keep trying to index all of the zillions of audio files in my computer. I like to burn MP3 files with associated images as data. PERIOD. Good not being faced with other features of little relevance to me. Interface and common functions are very easy to understand.
Not sure just yet if this is a REAL problem or not: Express Burn "verification" always "fails" when burning CD data disks of my XP Desktop. HOWEVER, when burning CD data disks (with similar content) on my 64 bit Windows 7 notebook, the "verification" feature always passes. Ultimately, both "unverified" and "verified" disks SEEM to play the same. The "seem" attribute comes from the fact that every second of every MP3 track (with total run times of several hours) can not be definitely checked. Inquiring minds want to know. With apologies to the National Inquirer. Cheers.