You can find plenty of programs to handle your CD- and DVD-burning tasks, but few have as many features and cover as many aspects as Nero. Beyond burning CDs and DVDs, you can back up your computer, create artwork for your CD and DVD cases, make complex mixes with Nero's built-in mixing software, and even check your hardware specs to make sure everything is up to speed. We like the comprehensive coverage of all things that have to do with burning, making it possible to avoid juggling several programs to make a single CD. We're also fans of the Nero PhotoShow Express module, which lets you manage your digital-image collection and create custom slide shows. One of Nero's greatest features is its MPEG-4 encoder for copying noncopyrighted DVD movies to CD-R/RW and several other media formats.
We were skeptical of the fact that Nero might be trying to stuff too much into its software, but the StartSmart GUI opens a clear path for both beginners and advanced users to every aspect of the software suite. We would like a 30-day trial rather than having the demo expire at the end of the month, which gave us only four days from our installation. Overall, this great suite of programs covers all your CD- and DVD-burning needs, and we recommend it to anyone with a writable drive.
Nero 6 Ultra Edition is an all-in-one solution for data, audio, video, photo, and backup. Nero has combined its best applications (over 16 applications included in the Suite) to satisfy all your digital-media needs, making the applications accessible through Nero StartSmart, the command center for all tasks. Now you can capture, edit, author, and burn your photos and home videos without buying different software packages. Nero Recode 2, ultra fast transcoder, allows you to recode DVDs and videos to Nero Digital format providing top-quality audio and video for your home theater.
You can backup non-copyrighted DVDs without any visible loss of quality by converting DVDs to Nero Digital files, and fit an entire movie on one CD, including 5.1 Dolby surround sound. You can then playback your media files with Nero ShowTime or share with Nero MediaHome server with H.264/AVC support, the new standard in high definition support.