Ashampoo Burning Studio is a CD/DVD burning program that has been popular for many years. In CD/DVD burning industry, Ashampoo Burning Studio has its place and reputation due to its stable burning function and relatively easy operation design. Ashampoo Burning Studio has many versions, and the one I like the most is Ashampoo Burning Studio 16. Although not being the latest version of the software, Ashampoo Burning Studio 16 has all the basic burning functions and can provide a quite stable performance. However, some people who are new to Ashampoo Burning Studio 16 might have no idea how this software works, or don’t know how to burn data or movie or music to a DVD with Ashampoo Burning Studio 16. So today, I am going to show you the detailed instruction on how to use Ashampoo Burning Studio 16, so that you don’t have to miss this wonderful DVD burning software and can burn your own DVD with it.

Part 1: Enter the software and get ready

Being easy to use is one of the advantages for Ashampoo Burning Studio 16. With a little guide, anyone can burn their ideal CD or DVD disc of their own. Now let’s take a look on how to use Ashampoo Burning Studio 16, starting with entering the program and get your project set.

Step 1: Get Ashampoo Burning Studio 16 license key

Although you can get a lot of results when you google “Ashampoo Burning Studio 16 free license key” or “Ashampoo Burning Studio 16 License key Crack”, it’s not suggested that you get a cracked version of Ashampoo Burning Studio 16 or use a free license key. Because it’s not safe for your computer, you might encounter some problems that you wouldn’t see in an official version of the software, and most of the time, they just won’t work. Buy the software from the official website, it’s the easiest way.

Step 2: Enter the program

Download and install Ashampoo Burning Studio 16. You can download the software from the official website of Ashampoo, or you can also download it from other software download sites. It’s suggested that you download the program from an official publisher, because that way, you will have lower chance to get a lot of malware with the program you want.

Once you have entered the main interface of the program, you will see all of the functions of the program has been listed on the left column. Ashampoo Burning Studio 16 provides multiple powerful functions, you can burn data discs or back up your data, you can music or movie + slideshow, you can also design and create a disc cover for your disc. Coping disc and creating disc image are also supported. When you use Ashampoo Burning Studio 16, just choose the function you want to use, and more options will unfold. This time I will show you how to burn a regular movie with Ashampoo Burning Studio 16, so I will click “Movie + Slideshow”, and then choose “Create Movie/Slideshow DVD”, as you can see from the picture.

Step 3: Title the project

When you have entered the “Create Movie/Slideshow DVD” function, you will be brought to a window where you have to title your project. You should name your project so that you will know what you are looking for when you need to locate this project later in the future. This step is simple, just type the name you want to give to the project you are working on in the box and click “Next”. You can also go back to the start page if you find yourself in a wrong function page, just click the “start page” texture at the top-left corner or click on the “Back” button beside the “Next” button.

Step 4: Choose TV stream format

Before you start the burning process, there is another setting you have to do, and that is set your TV stream format. You need to do this because you have to make sure the DVD you burn can be properly played on your TV, without play failure or picture twist or any other glitch.

You can check the box named “Use Default (Choose if you don’t know if your TV Set supports PAL or NTSC)”, when, as it’s said, you don’t know which format to choose. But it’s suggested that you choose your format manually because so that you can guarantee the final DVD will be played on your TV successfully.

If your TV set is a European TV set, choose PAL, if your TV set is an American or Japan TV set, choose NTSC format. You also have to make sure if your TV set has a 16:9 aspect ratio or a 4:3 one. Once you have set all that, click “Next” to proceed.

Part 2: Import and customize movie

Now you have got your project properly set, it’s time to start importing and customizing your movie for burning.

Step 1: Add movie

After the last step, you can officially start burning your DVD. The first thing you need to do is importing your source video file. In the new window, click “Add Movie” to add the movie you want to burn to your DVD.

Step 2: Edit movie

After importing your movie, you can edit it before burning it to a DVD. Find the “Edit” button below the “Create Slideshow” button, click on it and then you will call out an edit panel.

The edit window consists of 4 windows, item window, theme window, timeline window and preview window. Here you can add items to your movie, set a theme, trim the length of your movie and preview the changes. When you are done setting, click the “Save” button at the bottom right corner

Step 3 Movie settings

Back to the movie file list window. There is a “Movie Settings” button under the “Edit” button, by clicking which you can call out a movie settings panel. In this small panel, you can set the name of your movie, and apply other features like menu entry, 16:9 and normalize audio track. You can also place a chapter in the specific minute so that you can divide the movie into multiple chapters. If you have a subtitle file, you can also apply it here.

Step 4: Menu settings

When you finish the movie settings, click “Next”, as always. Then you can set a menu for your DVD. There are a lot of menus you can apply, and you can see the preview on the right. You can also use no menu by check the box “Use no menu” at the top-left corner. After setting your menu, click “Next”.

Part 3: Finish the work

If you can make it this far, it means your project is about to be finished. Just some final settings and the program will start to burn your video to DVD.

Step 1: Set “Save to”

Before burning your movie to a DVD, you need to tell the program where to save it. In this “Save to” window, you can choose to burn your movie to a DVD disc or save it to a DVD folder. You will have to insert a blank DVD disc before burning if you choose to burn it to a DVD, and you have to set a directory if you want to save it to a folder.

Step 2: Start burning

Finally, you have done all the work, and it’s time to let the software do its job, click “Next” when you finish the last step, and Ashampoo Burning Studio will start burning your movie to a DVD. You can monitor the progress while the burning process. If you want to abort the burning, you can click the “Abort” button in the bottom.

Step 3: Finished

The burning process is usually going to take a long time. When it’s done, there will be a window telling you that your task has been finished.

Part 4: A better choice

Now we know how to use Ashampoo Burning Studio 16. Although the software is relatively easy to use, it could still take you some time to figure out all of its features. Also. Ashampoo Burning Studio 16 has basic burning features but is still lack of some other useful burning functions. Thus, here is another DVD burning program that I want to recommend you today, which has all the features Ashampoo Burning Studio has, but also includes some more advanced features, with simpler user experience. That Program is called Leawo DVD Creator.

About Leawo DVD Creator

Leawo DVD Creator is a professional DVD burning program with all the basic and advanced burning functions. The software can burn all kinds of videos include MP4, AVI, MKV, WMV, VOB, BDVM and so many more to optical DVD disc or DVD ISO file or a DVD folder. It has built-in video editor which allow you to do trimming, cropping, adding watermarks, adding 3D effects and many other advanced settings to your movie. You can also use the built-in menu templates to design and create customized DVD menu.


DVD Creator 

☉ Convert videos like MP4, AVI, MKV to DVD format fast.

☉ Create DVD-5, DVD-9 disc, folder or ISO image without quality loss.

☉ 1-click operation to create photo slideshows and burn to DVD.

☉ Easily editable effects, 2D to 3D conversion support.

☉ Built-in menu templates and edit disc menu with personal preferences.

Comparison between Ashampoo Burning Studio 16 and Leawo DVD Creator

There are a lot of similarities between the two DVD burning programs, but there are still some differences in some advanced functions. Here are some of the differences between the two DVD burning programs.

  Ashampoo Burning Studio 16 Leawo DVD Creator
Price $49.99 with free trail $39.95 with free trial
Video Edit Function Add item, trim, choose theme Trim, Corp, Watermark. Effects, 2D to 3D conversion, Remove noise
Menu Support Basic menu support Built-in and online template library, edit texture, change background music, change background picture
Mnium steps required to burn a DVD 9 5

Video guide on Leawo DVD Creator