InfraRecorder, free open source CD/DVD burning solution for Windows

Today I will introduce a new category and new series to my blog – foss4win, free open source software for Windows.

The first application I will write about is InfraRecorder (GPLv2), a CD/DVD burning solution for Windows, I’m actually using myself for quite a while now. I don’t have money to waste to get one of those totally bloated burning suits like Nero or Roxio. I prefer free software where ever I can and was looking for an application to burn CDs.

After some searching on SourceForge I found, and immediately fell in love with this sweet little application. Little because the installer only takes up about 3MB of hard disk space, the portable is fully operational with only 3.5MB, a joy for every USB Flash Drive

The application is split into two party which might remind you of Nero: InfraRecorder and InfraExpress.

InfraExpress is a small window displaying different possible task in 5 tabs:

  • data
  • audio
  • video
  • copy
  • other

You will find data CD/DVD, audio CD and video DVD options, the option to copy discs or to erase rewritable discs. Every options features a unique Icon as well as a short text describing the task but in my opinion the titles are already pretty much self explanatory.

If you chose to create a data disc InfraRecorder will switch to the classical view, you’ll probably already know from all other burning applications – slightly resembling a ftp-client. Nothing special to see here, it does what it promises, and it does it well.

To do what it promises it utilises cdrecord the well-known command line tool used by many burning suits for different operating systems like K3B for Linux and BSD.

To summarise, here’s the feature list as found on the official website of InfraRecorder

  • Create custom data, audio and mixed-mode projects and record them to physical discs as well as disc images.
  • Supports recording to dual-layer DVDs.
  • Blank (erase) rewritable discs using four different methods.
  • Record disc images (ISO and BIN/CUE).
  • Fixate discs (write lead-out information to prevent further data from being added to the disc).
  • Scan the SCSI/IDE bus for devices and collect information about their capabilities.
  • Create disc copies, on the fly and using a temporary disc image.
  • Import session data from multi-session discs and add more sessions to them.
  • Display disc information.
  • Save audio and data tracks to files (.wav, .wma, .ogg, .mp3 and .iso).

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