Best Free CD, DVD, BluRay Tools

Here are a couple of programs that I’ve found to be useful when working with optical discs like CDs, DVDs, and BluRay Disc. As with all of the software I feature on this website, they are completely free to download and use.

Handbrake

HandBrake

Handbrake is a  free DVD and Blu-Ray disc ripping and video trans-coding program. It is open source software and runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Here are some things you can do using Handbrake:

  • Back up your DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs for viewing on your computer
  • Re-size videos for playback on your smartphone or tablet pc
  • Change a video file from one format to another

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InfraRecorder

infrarecorder

InfraRecorder is a CD and DVD burning software. It is open source software and runs on Windows only. Here are some things you can do with InfraRecorder:

  • Burn DVDs and Video Discs
  • Burn Audio CDs
  • Write ISO images to CDs and DVDs

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WinCDEmu

winCDemu

WinCDEmu is a CD, DVD, and BluRay Disc emulator. It allows you to mount disc images on your computer, even if you don’t have an optical disc drive. WinCDEmu is open source software and runs on Windows only. Here are some things you can do with WinCDemu:

  • Run downloaded CDs/DVDs without having to burn them to a disc
  • Play computer games without the disc being in the computer
  • Create mutiple virtual disc drives at the same time

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Mediacoder

MediaCoder

Mediacoder is a free audio and video trans-coder. It is freeware and runs on Windows and Linux. Here are some things you can do with Mediacoder:

  • Convert audio and video from one format to another (like .avi to mp4)
  • Reduce the file size of a video, making it easier to share on the web
  • Re-size videos for playback on your smartphone or tablet pc
  • Fix corrupted of partially downloaded video files

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See also…

*for another CD/DVD/BluRay Disc ripping and capture tool, see VLC Media Player.
*for another audio CD ripping tool, see MediaMonkey.

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