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Ashampoo Movie Shrink & Burn 3 Review

Playing video files that you have on your computer on another device, the living room DVD player for instance or your smartphone, is not really that easy of an operation as it should be. The main issue that you can run into here is compatibility. While your PC may play back all video files fine that you throw at it, your smartphone or DVD player won't as they are expecting files to be in specific formats that they support.

Ashampoo Movie Shrink & Burn is a video converter for PC that you can use to convert videos into different formats, to burn them on disc to play them in hardware DVD players and to prepare them for video hosting sites such as YouTube.

When you start the application you are asked what you would like to do by selecting the device that you want to create movies for: DVD Player, Computer, PDA or Internet. PDA is the closest option to prepare your videos for smartphone playback.

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A wizard walks you after selection through the creation process. It is very detailed and while that is good for users who run the program for the first time, I'd wish there was an option to configure everything on a single page or two instead.

If you want to burn videos to play on your DVD Player for instance, you will be guided through the following pages:

  • First question is whether you want to burn movies or create movie files. The first creates and burns the DVD, the second only creates the files that you need to burn it.
  • Then you are asked about the format that you want the DVD to be in. This includes a standard video DVD that plays on all DVD players and computers, or Video CD, Super Video CD or Divx compatible CD, DVD or Blu-Ray. The compression level and compatibility is displayed on this page as well.
  • Once you have made that decision, you are asked to select whether you want it to be PAL or NTSC compatible, and whether you want the files to be available in 4:3 or 16:9 format.
  • After having inserted a blank disc into the drive you are taken to the file selection screen where you can add video files that are stored on your local system. This puzzled me a bit as the file browser did not display all supported files by default. I had to switch from "all supported files" to "all files" in the browser to see avi files for instance. What I like is that the program will automatically adjust the quality of each video that you add so that your whole selection fits on the disc which means that you can put a lot of videos on a DVD for instance with lower quality, or only some but with closer to their original quality.
  • You are then asked to pick a menu theme or disable the menu. A couple of themes are available which all seem to show moving pictures. They look pretty good all in all.

The process of converting and burning the video files did not tax the computer to much and was sufficiently fast. The video and audio were out of sync after the conversion, which again may have been caused by a missing codec.While that is easy enough to fix by adjusting the audio stream accordingly in the program you are using to watch it, it is something that I'd not expect from the program.

The program, from what I can tell, works with MPEG-4, MPEG-2, MPEG-1, Windows Media Video (wmv) and Apple QuickTime (mov) files out of the box. It seems that you need to have a codec installed for other video formats. This should not be a problem on most systems unless you are using a video player with binary codecs like I do.

What appears to be working however is to convert files first into one of the supported formats before you burn them to DVD. While that means an extra step it worked fine for me on the test system.

One interesting option that the program makes available is the ability to split large video files on to multiple DVDs to avoid quality loss.

The Internet conversion options are quite good as they let you convert videos for maximum compatibility with popular video hosting services such as YouTube, Dailymotion or MetaCafe.

Ashampoo Movie Shrink & Burn should work without issues experienced above on most systems. If you are experiencing the issues, try the workaround which should resolve the audio out of sync problem. A couple of features are missing that I'd like to see supported, like support for subtitles or multiple audio tracks.





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    Comments

    1. Thomas said on December 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      Hi. Currently I am using VirtualDub. It is free but a little bit tricky to handle. Yet after one got used to the slightly complicated handling it provides good results.

    2. Matias said on December 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      Hi Martin! I’ll pass on this one and leave it for who really needs it. I sent you an email to googlemail some days ago. Did you get it?

    3. Mel Jove said on December 2, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      I am currently using Freemake Video Converter, but would like to try the Ashampoo application as I have been a long time user of their Burning Studio.

    4. paulo oliveira said on December 2, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      I also pass this one.

      just to give Martin and the ghacks community a thumbs up

    5. Ghost said on December 2, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      I am using CDBurnerXP and ImgBurn. Program to convert the format using the factory.

      Thanks For campaign.

    6. k19s said on December 2, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      Hi, I currently use ImgBurn and HandBrake for converting videos into different format.

      Thanks

    7. Ashik said on December 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      A big fan of Ashampoo products for quite a long time now so would love yo have the giveaway

    8. Cool said on December 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      I am using the Ashampoo Burning Studio for burning purposes. Count me in too and thank.

    9. Philip said on December 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      I am using Imgburn and Handbrake, have used some Ashampoo products in the past, would love to have a copy of this one.

    10. Vince said on December 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      I’m currently using handbrake to convert some, but also Nero to recode & burn.

    11. Robert Patterson said on December 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      I need a program like this! It will be very useful for makeing backup copies of DVDs for the kids to use (They seem to be able to ruin them frequently). When I’ve tried to copy some DVDs to a standard blank DVD disk, my Ashampoo Burning Studio says it will not fit. This program could solve my problem!

    12. Vince said on December 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      I’m currently using handbrake, DVDfab, SUPER and sometimes one or two others to rip/re encode & mostly NERO to burn.

    13. Roberot Quero Amate said on December 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      Very good program. Is very easy to use.

    14. uRwhatUr said on December 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      Currently using Windows Movie Maker. Yuck!

    15. Paulie said on December 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      I am currently using Total Video Converter. Ity is vary fasts and converts to almost any format you need.

    16. Sudip Kumar Das said on December 2, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      Using Handbrake for conversion and Ashampoo Burning Studio for burning. This program looks a perfect blender.

    17. Paulie said on December 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      I would like to try this one if it is still available.
      One time a trial version of an Ashampoo product ripped CDs at the wrong speed.

    18. Robert Shacklock said on December 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      I currently use Handbrake and DVDRanger to convert/change videos

    19. Evan Evans said on December 2, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Have been battling with Windows Movie Maker (with NOT a great deal of luck!). I’ve used Ashampoo products in the past and always loved them.

    20. Karol said on December 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      Hi. I’m currently using ImgBurn.

    21. john huebler said on December 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      I am using ImgBurn.

    22. dandy said on December 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      I am using xilisoft video converter.

    23. Joseph Potter said on December 2, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      ImgBurn but really could use this :-)

    24. Jeff said on December 2, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Count me in please.

      I use dvd shrink, handbrake, super, tsmuxer and imgburn.

      Thanks, Merry Christmas

    25. Anthony said on December 2, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      I am currently using Ashampoo Burning Studio and ImgBurn.

    26. bob said on December 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      I am using the Ashampoo Burning Studio. Would like to try this.
      Thanks Martin.
      bob

    27. Derek said on December 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      I use Handbrake to convert videos into different formats and then ImgBurn to actually burn the files onto disk. Having a single program to do both would be handy.

    28. Ravi P said on December 2, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      I love Ashampoo products! I currently use DVDFLick. I would love to have this program to burn my home movies and this program would be worth it. Hope to win! Thank You!

    29. jmjsquared said on December 2, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      DVDFab does everything… flawlessly: Copy, reduce size for specific medium, split, Blu-ray copy/rip, Blu-ray to DVD; all iDevices, Zune, XBox 360, PS3 Apple TV, Cell phone, PSP, flv, mkv, avi, 3GP, etc., etc.

    30. randf said on December 2, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      If this does what it says on the tin it sounds like a good bit of kit. I got a bit put off Ashampoo when, having visited their website to ask a question I received regular advertising e-mails for some 18 months thereafter, all ofwhich were diverted to spam so, yes, I would accept this prog if it was offered.

    31. Position said on December 2, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      i currently use nero….. OEM version….
      it came with the dvd writer…
      would love to get this app

    32. apn58 said on December 2, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      I am currently using Ashampoo Burning Studio.
      I love Ashampoo products!

    33. Frosch Polster said on December 2, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      currently using Nero to shrink & burn DVDs. Also use DVDFab to rip DVDs. However, I’m a great fan of AShampoo products and have many installed that perform flawlessly! this looks like a great addition to my library of DVD software! Thnx!

    34. HBOY said on December 2, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      Ashampoo develops some great programs. As of now I use Nero Burning Rom DVDRebuilder.

    35. Kite Pan said on December 2, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks for this giveaway. I actually use CdBurnerXP and Winx Video Converter Deluxe.

    36. Maria Palomar said on December 2, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      Hola, Yo uso Total Video Converter, pero los programas que grabo de Windows Media Center en el PC se graban en formato .wtv y querría transformarlo em .mpg para poder verlo en la TV que tengo en el salón . No sé si el Ashampoo convierte .wtv a .mpg. Si lo convierte sí me gustaría entrar en el sorteo. Si no, pues mucha suerte a todos.
      Gracias por permitirme participar.

    37. Grr said on December 2, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      Thanks Martin for the giveaway, pls count me in.

      I use ImgBurn and Format Factory, for burning & conversion, respectively.

      Thanks,
      Grr

    38. BadLuckLuke said on December 2, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      I ‘m currently using ImgBurn but I would love to win THIS one ! ! !
      Thx Vishal…

    39. noswal said on December 2, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      I’m currently using WinX DVD Ripper Platinum and WinXDVD Ripper. They both get the job done but I think this one would be better.
      Good luck to myself.
      Thanks for the offer.

    40. noswal said on December 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      In my last post I meant to say WinXDVD Author not WinXDVD Ripper

    41. Steve said on December 2, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      I also am a fan of Ashampoo products. This is one I have not used yet but I certainly have a need for it.

    42. ivan said on December 2, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      A big fan of Ashampoo products for quite a long time now so would love yo have the giveaway

    43. nasruddin said on December 2, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      I’ve been looking for an application like this, hopefully I get lucky, I currently use windows media maker

    44. ROBERTSON CHENDA said on December 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      iam currently using NERO

    45. ankur gupta said on December 3, 2012 at 12:11 am

      I currently use nero burning studio.

    46. Mohammed Sarhan said on December 3, 2012 at 12:16 am

      Convert by Format Factory (Free)
      Burn with ordinary windows burn tool
      Please count me in this giveaway

    47. browngeek said on December 3, 2012 at 1:23 am

      I presenetly use Handbrake with Imgburn.

    48. Cecil Britton said on December 3, 2012 at 1:29 am

      I still use Nero Recode and Nero Vision simply because I paid for them. I’ll never make the mistake with that outfit again.

    49. Jim Chance said on December 3, 2012 at 4:52 am

      Great site!! I’m using Roxio and like everything it can do for me. I have heard a lot of good things about Ashampoo products, I would like to give this one a try. Thank you.

    50. BarneyFett said on December 3, 2012 at 5:19 am

      Currently using an old version of CloneDVD and ImgBurn as needed. Looking forward to trying out the new Ashampoo software one of these days soon!

    51. Tariq said on December 3, 2012 at 5:44 am

      I use format factory.The best thing about it is that Its free,very easy to use,can convert audio ,video in a variety of formats.I ask all of you present here to give it a try.

    52. Southtownguy said on December 3, 2012 at 6:09 am

      I am using Imgburn

    53. ankur gupta said on December 3, 2012 at 12:09 am

      I currently use nero

    54. Fahmy Corporation (FREE Software) said on December 3, 2012 at 8:16 am

      I am currently using “BurnAware” to Burn and “Format Factory” to Convert Videos.

    55. Tblogger said on December 3, 2012 at 9:18 am

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    56. Raymond Koppen said on December 3, 2012 at 9:59 am

      Hi, I’m using the default windows software movie maker? for this.

      Ray

    57. Kovsky said on December 3, 2012 at 11:56 am

      This software seems like a really good solution! Currently backing up my DVDs is a tedious and unreliable process using DVD Shrink and then Handbrake or AutoGK.

    58. MerleOne said on December 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      Hi, I am currently using ConvertXtoDVD V4 to convert & burn video DVDs
      Count me in please. Thanks.

    59. braulioaquino said on December 3, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      I am currently using Freemake Video Converter,

    60. Ashok said on December 3, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      Currently using Ashampoo Burning studio but love to have this program.
      Ashok

    61. LG said on December 3, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      I use Ashampoo Burning Studio for burning and Aiseesoft Video Converter.I hope to win

    62. LG said on December 3, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      I use Ashampoo Burning Studio for burning and Aiseesoft Video Converter.I hope to win.

    63. clasof56 said on December 3, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      just was trying out ashampoo as a movie would not play
      video for me. tried to convert with format factory as
      that usually does a good job. but that did not do the
      trick. tried ashampoo and it took an hour but the movie
      played perfect. i am impressed.

    64. LG said on December 3, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      I use Ashampoo Burning Studio and Aissesoft Video Converter. I hope to win.

    65. VSGArch said on December 3, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      Hello. This a great giveaway! Ashampoo has some great software that I use, burning studio, core tuner. Right now I’m using Imgburn and dvd shrink.

    66. Johan Gustavsson said on December 4, 2012 at 3:23 am

      After reading your review, I came to the conclusion: I need this program!