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Nero Multimedia Suite 10

Apr 21, 2010 12:00 PM, By Dan Ochiva

All-in-one software suite to edit, burn, and play your content.

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Nero Multimedia Suite 10

No added plug-in needed to produce Blu-ray content. Price: $100 (download or disc); $54 (upgrade)

All-in-one software suites create an ecosystem of apps that the developer feels work together to offer greater value. Adobe's Creative Suite is a top version of that, where almost every program can input or output to another, saving time and making for an easier working environment.

Germany-based Nero is another proponent of that approach. The company's Nero Multimedia Suite, now in version 10, might not be as heavy-duty a production suite as Adobe's latest CS5, but it still makes certain tasks easier.

Multimedia Suite excels at organizing, editing, burning, and playing content, including audio and video files, still images, and music. One complaint of the older versions was that the interface made it difficult to move around among the different apps. Now, the new MediaHub—a combo media organizer, media player, photo editor, and slideshow creator—addresses that issue. It's easy to figure out how to access the different modules instead of the mysterious pathways that stymied users of earlier suites.

Of particular interest to anyone who works with lots of various types of media is the extensive file support. Sure, it handles the common media and file types (audio CD, DVD, JPEG, MPEG, BMP, MP3, and WAV), but it also can deal with more arcane types (compressed TIFF, FLAC, APE, nonstandard WAV file resolutions such as 24-bit/88kHz, as well as Microsoft DirectShow codecs such as QuickTime, MP4, HD WMV, FLV (Flash), and MKV).

MediaHub's inline photo editor isn't fancy, but you can do quick fixes and quickly add special effects to photos.

While Nero's Vision Xtra video editor and authoring software won't cause you to drop Apple Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere, it does offer an improved timeline-style interface with more tracks, better art and templates, and an easier-to-use toolset. There's even support for Nvidia's Cuda graphics hardware so you can accelerate work with the AVC/H.264 codec.

One major attraction from past suites, Nero Burning ROM, not only can burn virtually any type of disc, but the new DiscSpan lets you save over many discs (or span) when saving data. You can use any mix of disc types (CD, DVD, BD-R) in a single job. One neat trick: Nero will record an app on the last disc so you or a client won't need to install Nero in order to restore the archive.

The suite isn't all that expensive, but Nero also makes it easy to just get the modules you want if you like to keep things simple. Vision and MediaHub are sold separately as Nero Vision Xtra for $60; Nero Burning ROM is available for $50; and BackItUp & Burn handles imaging/file backup/synching for $40.

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