Nero Multimedia Suite 10

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    "Very poor improvement over Nero 9"

    April 29, 2010  |   By markmi300

    Pros

    More than one video track in Nero Vision Xtra
    Chroma Key (Green screen) effects in Nero Vision Xtra

    Cons

    Nero Vision Xtra no longer has a user-friendly interface (Nero Vison Xtra Work!!!)
    Nero Showtime - NO LONGER AVAILABLE
    Nero Smart shortcuts in main gui - NO LONGER AVAILABLE
    Media Center function for TV-Tuner playback/record - NO LONGER AVAILABLE

    Summary

    *** BE WARNED! ONCE YOU PURCHASE THIS PRODUCT FROM NERO, YOU OWN IT UNLESS YOU CAN PROVE A SOFTWARE DEFECT INSTEAD OF A POORLY PRODUCED PRODUCT ***

    I?ve been using the Nero product since version 6 and had been pleased with the updates and improvements they have made. That is until version 10. I do a lot of video editing so the Nero Vision feature gets hit the most by me. The last couple of months I have been evaluating the trial versions of Pinnacle Studio 14, Adobe Premiere Elements 8, Corel VideoStudio Pro X3 and CyberLink PowerDirector 8 Deluxe. When I got info that Nero 10 was being released on April 12th, I pre-ordered it. Something I usually do not do with software. Because of Nero?s track record with improvements to the product and that Nero 10 supposedly had all the new capabilities I had found in the afore mentioned trial, I thought I would be pretty safe getting Nero 10. Less of a learning curve. I can edit projects done in previous releases, etc. BAD CALL ON MY PART. This is the worst version of the product they have released. If you frequently use any of the features I mentioned in the CONS section, don?t bother to buy 10. Stick with Nero 9 (If you use Windows 7) or Nero 8 (Windows Vista / XP). As I said I use Nero Vision frequently to edit videos that I shoot. The interface has been redesigned so that what use to be a couple of key strokes or mouse clicks, now takes double, sometimes triple the amount of time. One of the best editing features in the earlier versions of Vision was the editing Start ?[? and End ?]? markers. And the ability to manually set your edit points with the Time Display (hours:minutes:seconds.hundredths of a second). Well, that?s gone! It?s been replaced by a very clumsy Jog Wheel and Start & End markers that are very hard to get on the frame you want. Using the Chroma Key (Green Screen) effects is pretty simple, but you have to figure it out yourself. It?s not that easy to find the first time through the Gui and there is NO REFERENCE to it in the Nero Vision Xtra documentation. Fortunately, the Power Directory and Pinnacle products both had Chroma Key features so I was able to draw on what I did in those trials and their documentation. Saving your project in Nero Vision Xra, went from one simple click to two clicks. Click the save button, which now always brings up Save and Save As for choices. If this is the first time saving since opening the project, you will be told that ?A project by that name already exists. Do you want to overwrite it?? Even though this IS the same project you just opened!!
    I also had one issue that I could not figure out. In my project, I have three separate videos. The Main feature, a secondary (special feature section) and a slide show. For what ever reason, the music track for the Slide show would not get processed during rendering. It plays fine during the edit process and during the review process from the menu generation. But when the DVD is produced (even from an ISO), there is no soundtrack for the slide show. I was already pretty angry about the whole stupid philosophy of ?make it look pretty and forget functionality? that I admit, I did not spend a great deal of time trying to figure it out. It was easier to produce the slideshow in Nero 9, export it as a video file and import the video file into Nero 10.

    There are other issues that I?ve found with Nero 10, but I?m going to stop now because I see that this has already turned into a rant for me. Not quite what I intended, but you see my frustration. Especially since I wasted money on the Nero upgrade that I could have spent on a better product. Needless to say I will not be upgrading to any Nero products in the future. Nor will I be recommending it to friends.

    As I mentioned earlier, I was evaluating other products before I heard about the Nero 10 release and will be purchasing CYBERLINK POWERDIRECTOR 8 DELUXE to do my video editing.
    CyberLink PowerDirector 8 Deluxe has all the features of Nero Vision Xtra except the ability to produce a blu-ray feature. You can buy the next version up of that product for that capability. Or edit and produce your feature in CPD8 Deluxe and Import the feature into Nero 9 to produce a blu-ray disk. Pinnacle Studio 14 was my second chose followed by Corel VideoStudio Pro X3. Adobe Premiere Elements 8 was a big disappointment. Adobe has too many things going on behind the scenes. To import a video into a project (depending on size) took 20 minutes. Apparently the software will do scene detection, indexing and who knows what else during the import process. I never got to actually produce my feature in Adobe because of all the extra ?foo-foo? that it has to do before hand. There may be a way to turn off some of that, but it is not easy to find.

    BOTTOM LINE - Nero 10 is a poor replacement for previous Nero versions. Stick with Nero 8 or 9 or go with CyberLink PowerDirector 8 Deluxe for video editing.

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