The 12X drive offers a high level of media compatibility, since it also supports 8X DVD-R and 4X DVD+/-RW burning, as well as 40X CD-R and 24X CD-RW recording speeds. For integration into a desktop computer or server, the DRU-540A drive comes equipped with an ATAPI interface.
Sony's DRU-540A comes bundled with DVD video authoring software, as well as with DVD/CD burning software for creating data, music, and video DVDs and CDs. All tasks and applications are accessible via the unique Nero StartSmart launcher, which serves as the drive's ultimate command center, giving the user one-click access to all programs in the package. The software suite includes:
- Ahead Nero Burning ROM 6 SE/ Nero Express 6 CD/DVD mastering software for data, audio and CD/DVD writing and copying;
- Ahead Nero VisionExpress 2 VCD/SVCD and DVD authoring software for advanced video capturing, authoring, full video editing and photo slideshow creation; users can crop, clean up, add special effects to photos and then add transitions and a soundtrack, as well as cut, edit, dub, and turn videos into Hollywood-style masterpieces;
- Ahead InCD 4 packet writing software for formatting rewritable discs so they can be used like large floppy disks with drag-and-drop capability;
- Ahead Nero ShowTime DVD-Video playing software for viewing DVDmovies and personal video projects, along with MPEG-4 compatibility;
- Ahead Nero BackItUp backup software for complete PC backup, with an easy-to-use wizard interface for multiple backup modes, automatically scheduled backups, and backups spanning several CDs or DVDs;
- Ahead Nero MediaPlayer/Wave Editor management/jukebox software and audio editing software for audio file creation with various filters and effects;
- Ahead Nero Cover Designer disc label creation software for creating individual CD/DVD covers and labels; and - Ahead Nero Toolkit tool software for critical media and drive analysis used by drive manufacturers worldwide.