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So, most of us have Windows Explorer and with that you get the Windows Media Player, a generic piece of kit that allows you to play small movies and audio stuff. It was mostly used to play porn and radio in the old days when the internet was the world wide you now what and pirating wasn't at the levels it is now. You were constantly asked for things called codec's to online a particular film and it became increasingly patchy for usage. The option then was to download the internets major other free video and audio unit called the Real player, which had similar issues but could, and did, play more types of video. But now you get your porn streamed online through online players like Flash Player type kit the Windows Media Player has gone unloved, regardless of how many upgrades it has. You can now library your MP4 music on it and your 'other' films and they also do some free stuff but in general it is seen as old fashioned and you end up downloading stuff like Nero.
The trend to steal film, TV and music online has set the template for the new type of player, that also has H and 3D compatibility and able to handle big and quicker downloads. Speed is off the essence as broadband gets superfast (in theory).
Because I have a Netbook the biggest flaw with them is they don't have CD/DVD players and so you need to buy a cumbersome external disc player to download the software for new hardware like printers and Scanners to use on your Netbook. So, when my normal DVD player packed up above the TV I wanted the ability to play films on my Netbook, so I placed the movies - rentals and homemade - into the external drive and sat down ready to enjoy. Problem is there are immediate compatibility problems and Blockbuster rentals won't play at all. I presume this is due to built in defense mechanisms to stop pirating but either way nothing happened. This means trawling the internet chatrooms and message boards for solutions. No luck. Luckily (well, sort of) my external hard drive unit had some free media software with it so to get the best out of the drive, Nero 7 enclosed. So I bunged it in and downloaded it onto my Netbook and hoped that would help. No luck.
It started well with the Universal Pictures logo coming up and the film rolling, Nero clearly having the right codec's to play movies. Or, at least, that's the way it looked. There was no familiar Universal pictures sound to the iconic planet earth logo. Yep, with this cheaper version of Nero, like Real Player, you have to pay more for the good stuff to make it work proper, in this case for sound! There was no mention of that on the packet! For the small matter of $15 (£ 6.99) I could hear the film on my Netbook. This is the type of fairground ruse that pi**es me right orf! The coconuts were nailed to the wooden shelf on this particular version of Nero 7. If anyone can tell me how to play Blockbuster DVDs online with the top end free Real Player and Windows Media Player I would be very grateful.
The Nero 7 is good kit for everything else though and if you get the full version it works quite well. I ended up having to 'borrow' the $15 codec to get to listen to DVD disc movies online and a good experience in the end. But that code was soon blocked and I ended up uninstalling Nero.
It's basically a fancy version of Real Player with lots of shiny metallic knobs and whistles on it. It plays movies - rental, ripped and burned - and good for radio and home movies from your camera and phone kit. It also plays stuff you can Bluetooth from your smart phone. You can also download photos and chop and shape them, as you can your personal films but Nero 7 is more about moving pictures multimedia than stills. Theoretically you could make a movie on it, if you know what you are doing, with its editing suite. Well known films have been made on this type of desktop technology from off the shelf kit, Gareth Evans 'Monsters' a great example.
The main purpose of these is to rip and burn content from the internet, free or illegal. The reality is people don't care and will steal music and film online, regardless of the damage that does to the industry. I NEVER steal film or music on that principal alone. The more movies stolen online the less money the industry has to make great movies, the big blockbuster movies the ones being stolen, leaving little cash left to make the smaller smart ones. One day it will only be Transformer style action movies you can see at the cinema if this theft keeps up. The huge increase of 3D movies in cinemas is purely down to the fact they are much harder to pirate online.
Nero, for me, was simply downloaded to watch rental movies. The free version didn't workout so it's gone. If you don't buy the Premium version you will have to pay for updates at £6.99 and so best go all in. I presume there is some sort of 'agreement' between the media player companies to make it hard to play movies on free players. We are currently up to Nero 12 and so things have raced on since my download but you will need to pay £70 for that baby. You get the feeling there is a concerted move by the film industry to make pirating harder and more expensive. This kit is effectively replacing the home DVD player on top of your TV and able to play CD through to BlueRay and 3D TV.
Running Windows XP, as one does, doesn't help with new software and hardware as Microsoft are six months away from withdrawing online support for XP so to move us all onto Windows 7 and 8. Although Nero is compatible with XP, I have noticed my computer is running slower now with my multimedia as XP is being slowly drawn down, Facebook a bloody nightmare. I have to open Internet Explorer 8 without add-ons running mode to get it to run now.
Offering digital media solutions for a few years now, this package offers it all. Whether it's a CD or DVD you want to create, or even watch a movie, the chances are this software will do that for you. Several formats can be put onto a disk in many different ways, these of which I have listed below. I have also included all the other options you have to choose from, for doing different jobs. All the utilities are found underneath the menu along the top of the start smart screen which are also listed below.
Make Audio and Data CD
Format/Prepare Rewritable CD
Format/Prepare Rewritable DVD
Convert audio CD's to Nero Digital Audio
Encode Audio Files
Convert Audio CD's to Audio Files
Create Jukebox CD (MP3, MP4, WMA)
Make Audio and Data CD
Photo & Video:
Make Video CD
Make Super Video CD
Make Photo slide show
Make your own DVD-Video
Make or Modify DVD-Video
Make photo slide show (DVD)
Convert DVD-Video movies to Nero Digital
Record TV Show
View your photos
Copy Entire DVD-Video
Copy Multiple DVD-Video Movies to One
Copy DVD-Video Movies to CD
Burn Image to disk
Get system info
Control Drives speed
Share your music, photos, and videos
Open projects, browse media collection
There are also additional utilities in the advanced menu which allows even more choose from (these include creating a bootable CD, edit Audio...). This menu screen makes it very easy to locate around the software for finding how to do different jobs. Nero also runs quite quickly on any computer when burning CD'S or running other utilities, however when burning DVD'S, encoding the files seems to take a very long while (although it can be left overnight, as there is an option to enable Nero to shut down your computer once burning is complete).
I particularly like the music track editor (Nero WaveEditor), as it enables you to make your own remixes of bringing several tracks into one.
A few problems I do have with the software is the bundled extras (which seem to slow down the computer even when Nero isn't running), the price you pay to have it installed, and the amount of HDD storage it uses (around 1gb). It is very much still worth the buy however, as to buy the each of the utilities separately, or to download freeware versions of all the utilities, It could get very expensive, or (if you took the freeware path) could lead to much worse happening to your computer (in the form of malware, spyware or viruses).
Thanks for reading.
this product is flawless been using it for over 3 years there is sooo many features that are not offered in over products like this one, y they ever reloaded it again just passes me they have add MORE STUFF THEN EVER ! ! this is the best DVD/CD , VCD and over formats that u have never herd of burner in some vertions it ever comes with a dvd and cd speed test to show you what speed you should burn at to get the best results with no fails. if yo have quite a slow or a basic computer this will run but the fact is if you are burning a dvd the encoding for the movie fiel and the menus can take up to 3 hours (quite bad machine newr computer only about 30 mins) but most people would do this over night ? well there is a switch of when done feasure and did u are making a playable photo CD/DVD and u need to make more than one (dvd videos 2) there is an option that lets u keep the encoding for a faster stight to work burning cut the time by 30 - 3and half hours over all a really great product
This has to be one of the few packages that seems to have it all. What a great bit of software. Whether your intrestd in making music CDs or DVDs, its all there. I'll Start with probably the most common, audio cd. This probably what nero does best, as you can import music in just about any format (mp3, wma, acc...), whhch cuts out the need for a third party converter first (which you have to do with many other programs). It then allows to to fidle with the track order (if you want), and thats it, your done. The simplicity is where this software shines. But even if you are an expert, it allows you to change to 'advanced mode' giving you many more options if you understand them. Audio-wise you can also create mp3 cds etc. Now, video editing, and DVD authoring. Whilst this is a bit more complex (although there are plenty of guides to get you started), it offers much more power. You are able to create custom menus on DVDs with pictures, music, templates for buttons etc. Not only this but if you have a video in two seperate files, before you would have to use other software (eg microsoft movie maker) to merge them together in the right format which can be fiddly and time consuming. Whereas with nero, add the files (even if there not all in the same format), put them in order, and stick a DVDR in the drive and your done. Of course, if you want to take full advantage of all the features such as editing the menus, it may take a little longer. In my opinion, an excelent software package that saves alot of time and effort.