Roxio Creator NXT is more than just CD burning software. It is a full-bodied creative suite that allows you to create and edit video, sound and image files with amazing precision. It also has the ability to convert the content on old cassette tapes and vinyl records to digital files. Additionally, the software allows you to capture streaming content directly from the internet. Creator NXT can burn all of the content you use it to create, edit and enhance directly to a CD or DVD from within the application. For these reasons and more, we awarded Roxio Creator the TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award for CD burner software.
This burner software goes beyond simply copying files to an optical disc. With Roxio Creator NXT, you get tools that let you not only capture and organize video, sound and image files, but also edit and enhance those files before you burn them to a compact disc.
The sound editor in Creator allows you to trim excess portions from sound files. For example, if you have a recording of your garage band that goes on a little too long, Roxio Creator allows you to cut out the excess so that you have a nice, tight sound file for your homemade album. Furthermore, the CD burner application offers enhancement tools and can accommodate up to 50 background music tracks. This allows you to master your sound files in ways that simply aren't possible with other burner programs.
Another great feature of Roxio Creator that isn't common among most CD burners is the ability to convert analog formats to a digital framework to preserve older media well into the 21st century. Forgotten formats such as magnetic tapes and old favorites such as vinyl LPs are easy to convert to any digital audio file format you wish. This may seem like a difficult process, but it isn't. Roxio provides tutorials on its website that show you exactly how to accomplish this task.
Roxio Creator NXT has the ability to extract the audio portion of a video file. This is a more useful feature than it might seem. Suppose you want to make an audio CD of a lecture or a presentation that you recorded with a video camera. The video file itself is too large to burn to a CD, and normal CD players won't play video files anyway. You can use Roxio Creator to separate the audio from the video and burn a CD that you can pop into your car's CD player. Then you can listen to that lecture on your commute or other drive. This is just one example of how this feature could be useful.
One more feature of Roxio creator that isn't found in any other CD burner program we reviewed is the ability to identify audio. Roxio Creator can analyze a soundtrack and compare it to the contents of a database of known songs and other audio files. The result is more complete metadata for the files in your audio library. This is great if you have burned CDs that contain anonymous tracks. Creator can automatically fill in the metadata so that your songs have track names, artist info, album art and more.
With two exceptions, Roxio Creator is compatible with every file format we look for in this category. Furthermore, it is extremely easy to use. Most of the features are drag and drop, which means that you just grab the file you want to work on and drop it into the appropriate window. It's hard to get simpler than that. This type of interface makes it painless to manage your music and videos and to compile burn lists.
Disc creation is another area in which Roxio Creator stands head and shoulders above almost all of the competition. Not only does this CD burner software have the ability to write to every flavor of writeable CD, but it can also burn files to any empty DVD. Furthermore, this application has a plug-in that allows you to create Blu-ray Discs on any machine that has the proper hardware to do so. The Blu-ray option will cost you a few extra dollars, but it's worth it.
Roxio Creator is a well-documented application. The Roxio website is filled with tutorials and instructions that guide you through the CD and DVD burning process. The application itself also features a built-in user guide to help you learn the ropes. The application's learning curve is nice and smooth. This is what we've come to expect from all Roxio applications.
Roxio Creator NXT is much more than a simple CD burning application. Creator gives you the ability to edit video, audio and images before you burn them to a variety of optical media, including CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray. This version of Creator showcases everything positive about the Roxio brand in general.
Roxio Creator NXT goes far beyond simple CD burning into advanced audio and video editing.
This CD burner software lacks CSS decryption functionality.
There is almost nothing to complain about with this software. It's easy to use, has a more than full feature set and is worth every dollar you spend on it.