Nero Burning ROM has one of my favourite product names jokes for the past 10 years (and I always fiddle whilst burning my CD-ROMs). As a college DJ I used Nero to burn mix CDs most of the way through uni, compile photos onto photo CDs and even transfer the occasional movie file to DVD. However times have changed and I no longer burn as much media as I used to. I can DJ off iPods of Laptops (Serato/Native Instruments make some wonderful devices). Things have moved online for photosharing (Flickr, Picasa) or even general files (words can’t express how much I love Dropbox). Even media plays back effortlessly across my network – I have an Apple TV & LG BD390 and Packard Bell, Western Digital and Popcorn Hour all provide similar products.
I still burn media occasionally but it’s no longer the first choice for sharing media. Nero have addressed this with the release of the Nero Multimedia Suite 10, which is a 3-in-1 package of Video Editing, Burning and Backup. Nero now has a foot firmly in both camps – physical and online media. NMS10 allows you to manage all your media, burn it to physical discs or share it online as well as the ability to securely back it up.
My favourite new feature was the in built Video Editing – very powerful yet flexible solution. Working with pretty much any format you can throw at it you can edit and export easily to various sites with relative easy. Out of the box it allows pretty impressive Video editing – not dissimilar to iMovie HD and in some areas edges towards Final Cut Express. You can make quick, simple edits for standard footage or you can really get your hands dirty with advanced video editing and authoring tools for Standard and High Definition movies. It includes features such as true multi-track editing, advanced Picture-in-Picture and overlay effects with full key frame control, Chroma Key, Image Matt, Lens Distortion, Edge Feathering and has 60 Menu Templates.
As the name implies this is a Media hub for playback, management and simple editing of multimedia files and as you would expect allows you to quickly organise, sort, search, play back and share music, photo and video files. It does pretty decent work as a one stop shop – from the same window you can playback the most popular audio, video and photo formats such as AVCHD, MKV, FLV, FLAC, DVD, non-commercial Blu-ray, MPEG-4 AVC, (S)-VCD, AVCREC, audio CDs, as well as music play-lists and slideshows. It is pretty easy to publish music, slideshows and video projects to CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs (including 24 progressive frame high quality cinema formats) or upload to leading social media communities, including YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, Flickr and even the My Nero community.
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If you do need to burn things Nero have you more than covered with a serious burning package. SecurDisc™ 2.0 technology is used to increase the lifespan, reliability, security and integrity and now includes support for Blu-ray Discs, in addition to CDs and DVDs making data readable regardless of scratches, age or deterioration and accommodates password protection and encryption, while ensuring its authenticity with digital signatures. Using the Nero DiscSpan and Nero DiscMerge utilities, you can burn oversized files to multiple discs or different types of media.
Nero BackItUp & BurnEasily back up files, folders, drives and the entire system in a few easy steps and protects entire systems from the effects of hard drive crashes, system failures and virus attacks. The built in one-click Autobackup function, automatically backups files either in the background or via scheduling and can also recover data from digital cameras, thumb drives or damaged media. There is also a syncing feature keeping files or folders organised on hard drives, flash drives or online.
For the price it is hard to find fault with this package, covering as it does the latest and greatest technology for burning physical media, robust online back up and surprisingly advance video editing facilities.
Nero Multimedia Suite 10 available now at www.nero.com for £59.99. Starting April 12th, Nero Multimedia Suite 10 will be available in retail stores worldwide with a suggested retail price of £59.99.