The GH22LP20's software bundle is very similar to what LG has included with their previous DVD writers. The CD that comes with the drive contains a number of different applications from Nero including Nero Express 7, Nero BackItUp 2 and InCD 5 as well as PowerProducer 3.7 and PowerDVD 7 from CyberLink.
Nero Express 7 - With Nero Express, Nero has taken the features and performance people have come to expect from Nero Burning Rom and combined them with a user friendly interface. Redesigned to maximize ease-of-use, Nero Express gives users the ability to quickly and easily burn audio, data and video to CD or DVD.
The version of Nero Express that LG included with their new "Super Multi" drive is 188.8.131.52. You can download the latest version of the software from Nero's website.
Nero BackItUp 2 - If you're looking for a way to quickly and easily backup your data, Nero BackItUp is the answer. This program from Nero lets you backup your data to CD/DVD, hard drive, image recorderor another computer on your LAN.
InCD 5 - InCD is Nero's packet writing software. Like Roxio's Drag-to-Disc or Sonic's DLA, it allows a person to use their CD-RW or DVD±RW drive as a big floppy disk. The person can then drag and drop files onto a CD-RW or DVD±RW disc. Many people consider InCD to be one of the best packet writing tools because of its simplicity and performance.
CyberLink PowerProducer 3.7 - If you're looking for a quick and easy way to capture and edit your video, look no further than PowerProducer from CyberLink. Right from the start, this wizard-based software gives you a number of options to select from. From here you can choose to create a new movie disc, edit an existing one or transfer video directly to DVD.
While you can capture your own video, PowerProducer gives you the ability to import video files in a number of different formats. Once added to your production, you can use the built-in editor to trim, merge or split your video clips. PowerProducer also allows you to set chapters within the video content and add your own custom menus, backgrounds, fonts and titles.
CyberLink PowerDVD 7 - CyberLink's PowerDVD is one of the more popular software DVD players on the market right now. PowerDVD offers a complete set of navigation commands, including features like multi-angle viewing, dual subtitle display, digital zoom and parental controls.
PowerDVD can also be used to play back your VCD's, SVCD's or whatever video files you might have on your hard drive. Unfortunately, the version of PowerDVD bundled with the GH22LP20 only supports 2 speaker output. If you want to play DVD's with surround sound, you'll need to buy an upgrade first.
With the GH22LP20, LG has delivered one of their most feature packed DVD writers to date. Their new "Super Multi" drive not only supports all major DVD formats, it sports some of the fastest DVD reading and writing speeds available. The GH22LP20 is capable of 22x DVD±R, 16x DVD±R DL, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW and 12x DVD-RAM writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. LG's new drive also supports technologies like LightScribe and SecurDisc and includes a great software bundle from Nero and CyberLink. With all this, it's easy to see why the LG GH22LP20 gets the full 10 points for its features.