Nero Multimedia Suite 10 delivers smokin’ results without burning down the budget. It combines a plethora of software applications designed to handle just about any audio, video or data project likely to be encountered by the home user.
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Nero’s Multimedia Suite 10 consists of three distinct products, which in turn contain multiple applications. Editing tasks are handled by Nero Vision Xtra which contains Nero MediaHub, a video, photo and music organizing and management utility; slideshow creation tool and media player; Nero Vision for video editing with DVD and Blu-ray disc authoring; and Nero Control Center for updating Nero products and serial numbers.
Burning chores fall to the time tested and very popular Nero Burning ROM application while Nero Burn Rights simplifies the deployment of burning rights to users who do not have administrator privileges on their systems.
Data backup and recovery responsibilities go to Nero BackItUp & Burn. Nero BackItUp provides easy backup, recovery and synchronization of data files. Nero Express is a wizard based disc burning and copying utility and Nero RescueAgent allows for advanced file recovery.
Additional tools include StartSmart, Nero’s launch pad for backup, burning and editing applications. The DiscCopy Gadget resides on the Windows desktop for quick and easy disc copying. Sadly this feature is not available on 64-bit systems. Nero WaveEditor is useful for manipulating music files while Nero SoundTrax enables you to take that priceless music library you’ve accumulated over many years and preserve it in a digital format directly from the old vinyl records and cassette tapes.
Use Nero CoverDesigner to create labels and covers for your discs and disc cases, and Nero Recode for DVD video compression and conversion and Nero Toolkit to increase your PCs performance.
Of particular interest are the video editing capabilities of Nero Vision. We were pleased to see a healthy dose of editing tools such as keyframing, picture-in-picture, transitions and special effects. The interface includes three collapsible panels for media, effects and properties. To keep your assets organized the media panel has tabs for videos, pictures, audio, clip art and music – displayable in either thumbnail view or list view.
The effects panel, or palette, contains three tabs for effects, text and transitions. There are a good number of effects handling all sorts of tasks including color correction, sharpening, blurring and chroma key. When effects are applied, they show up in the properties panel where fine-tuning adjustments may be made. Not surprisingly, the ability to make such adjustments is nowhere near as extensive as one would find with more sophisticated, and therefore more costly, applications.
For example, the Chroma Key effect only allows you to select the Key Color using an eyedropper tool, adjust the Similarity, select Invert, Mask Only or Use Key Frames. There are no suppression or choker options so the key certainly isn’t going to be at a professional level but may be acceptable for the home user.
The ability to key frame most properties is definitely a plus however and provides latitude for a great deal of creativity. Typical properties include audio level, anchor point, position, scale, rotation and opacity. Once you’ve selected Use Key Frames, you are given the option to set the key frame interpolation method as Bezier or Linear. You can even create Hold key frames.
The timeline is very nice in that it allows you to add as many audio and video tracks as you need. It also provides additional tracks for narration and music as well as a master effects track. Included are a rectangular marquee tool, track selection tools, cut, slip and roll tools, and the ability to turn snapping on or off.
Once your project is locked and ready for distribution you can export to a variety of formats including AVI, WMV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MP4, AVC, DVD, AVCHD and Blu-ray disc. If you have the proper video card Nvidia’s CUDA GPU processing may be used to speed up the encoding process by sharing the load with the video card.
A good value, Nero Multimedia Suite 10 offers a ton of applications to address virtually all the audio, video and data needs of the average user.
OS: Windows XP SP3 (32bit), Windows Vista SP1 (32 and 64bit), Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate (32 and 64bit)
Processor: 2 GHz AMD or Intel
Memory: 512 MB RAM (1 GB RAM for Windows Vista or Windows 7)
Drive Space Needed: 5 GB for a typical installation of all components
Graphic Card Needs: DirectX 9.0 compliant graphics card with 3D acceleration, 16-bit color, and a minimum of 128 MB video memory is required
Media Recording: CD, DVD, or Blu-ray Disc recordable or rewritable drive for burning and video authoring
Minimum requirements for video editing and authoring
Capturing Hardware: OHCI compliant FireWire controller (IEEE 1394) for DV or HDV capturing
Capturing Hardware: TV tuner or video capture card for analog and digital video recording
Storage: Up to 50 GB hard drive space for disk images and temporary files
Minimum requirements for working with high-definition video content
Memory: 2 GB of RAM
Graphic Card Needs: For support of AVC NVIDIA CUDA technology an NVIDIA CUDA capable graphics card must be installed.
- Strong burning and backup utilities.
- Good variety of applications to handle wide array of project needs.
- Great value for the price.
- Would like to see a consistent interface across all applications.
- Would benefit from a more intuitive workflow.
- Had to search manuals and online to complete some tasks that should have been fairly straightforward.
An acceptable video editor for the beginner. Much more than just a video editor, however, the average home user will find that Nero’s Multimedia Suite 10 provides the ability to perform a great many tasks at a very reasonable price.
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Mark Holder is a video producer and trainer.