Editor's note: A newer version of this product is available. The manufacturer lists the new version as offering an improved interface, faster performance and higher quality output. We will evaluate, rank and review the new version of this product when we next update the best CD burning reviews.
Roxio Creator NXT 2 is a full-bodied, multimedia creative suite that includes excellent CD burning functionality. This application enables you to perform a number of tasks related to optical media, such as creating audio and data CDs. It also provides a number of powerful audio editing tools, and it even allows you to convert legacy media such as vinyl records and cassette tapes into a digital format that you can play in your CD player.
However, audio and data CD burning is only a small part of Roxio Creator's uses. This application also has an attractive video and photo editor, as well as various archiving and sharing features. Additionally, this program allows you to download files from the internet, rip content from CDs and DVDs, capture streaming video from the web and more.
For these reasons, Roxio Creator NXT 2 earned the Top Ten Reviews Silver Award in our reviews of the best CD burning software.
The audio CD portion of Roxio Creator NXT 2 does much more than simply copying music tracks to a CD. The application contains a fully functional audio mixer that enables you to edit, enhance and organize your audio files so that they're exactly the way you want them before you burn them to a CD.
One of this CD burning application's more innovative audio tools is the LP and Tape Assistant. This feature allows you to digitize your collection of old vinyl records and cassette tapes. You will, of course, need a record or cassette player to use this function. Roxio provides a handy tutorial that shows you how to connect these analog devices to your computer, then capture the audio in Creator. Once you've done that, the music on your legacy media is available for use in all of Roxio Creator's features, not just CD burning.
Another tool in this software is its ability to extract audio from video files. For example, if you're a techno DJ and you want to insert a specific clip of dialogue from a movie into a track, you can use the audio extractor tool to separate the audio from the video after you've saved the movie file on your hard drive. Then you can use the audio editor to extract the clip you want and drop it into your song. This is one of many uses for the audio extractor tool.
In case you don't have the audio you need for your project on your hard drive, Roxio Creator has a convenient tool called Easy Audio Capture. All you have to do is play the audio online and click the option to capture audio from the sound card. This option records any audio you're playing online, no matter the source. If you listen to more than one track in a row, the tool will use the silences between songs or other audio files to separate them into tracks.
Capturing songs from the internet or from an analog source is one thing, but filling in all that metadata such as the artist name, album and year recorded can be time-consuming, and you may not have all the information available. Roxio has an answer for this too. This CD burner software can automatically detect what song is playing and fill in the metadata for you.
All the audio features in this program are quite convenient and easy to use. But they're just a portion of this software package. This CD burner also contains equivalent video tools for all the audio features. The video editor in this application is basic but helpful. It also contains DVD authoring functions that allow you to make customized discs with ease.
This application also has some DVD copying functionality. However, this is limited to unprotected DVDs. This means you can't rip or copy commercial DVDs, which are generally copy protected, using this software.
As you'd expect with an application this robust, the list of compatible file formats is impressive. This application also has a wide selection of file formats you can export to. Compatible audio formats include AAC, MP3, WAV and WMA. If you're exporting a video file, you can select from popular and commonly used file types. This application exports video into every file type we looked for when we ranked the best CD burning software.
Not only can you export your creations to a CD or DVD, but the software also has Blu-ray support – although you need to install an additional plugin for that functionality.
Roxio has a robust technical support section on its website. If you have a simple problem, you can consult the knowledgebase or join a discussion group. It also has a nice FAQs section. In case you have an issue that requires more attention, Roxio provides a customer support line, but it isn't toll free, and it deals primarily with sales requests.
Roxio Creator NXT 2 is far more than just CD burning software. It's a creative suite that enables you to work in whatever digital medium you choose. The way it brings all these aspects together makes this application truly useful.
This application's functionality goes beyond creating compact discs. It's a full-fledged creative suite that allows you to create, edit and embellish audio, video and images.
Roxio Creator NXT 2 cannot rip or copy commercial DVDs that are copy protected.
Roxio Creator NXT 2 is a great digital suite if you're looking for software that can handle all of your digital media.