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Nero 11 Platinum is a one-stop tool shop that lets you rip, burn, back up, convert, edit, and organize all of your digital media. We think it's a solid multimedia work flow solution for casual media enthusiasts and prosumers alike. But be warned--the installation file is massive, tipping the scale at pretty close to 1GB. And installation takes quite a long time as it takes up about 2.5GB of memory. But, with 11 programs making up the powerful multimedia suite, we can see why, and we aren't complaining.
One of our biggest issues with Nero 11 is its footprint on our system, with its 11 applications and corresponding shortcuts. Not only does it take up quite a bit of memory, it's slightly overwhelming to navigate at times. Luckily, the user experience is now anchored by Nero's media management hub, Nero Kwik Media and the new MediaBrowser window, which gives you quick access to your libraries from all of the applications. Nero has obviously heard users' comments and attempted to streamline the experience. While the suite is somewhat overwhelming in size, we do appreciate that the fixes help us zip around without any issue.
As for what Nero 11 Platinum can do, the short answer is just about everything you'd expect from a multimedia suite. It's an audio, video, photo, data, and home entertainment workhorse that lets you edit MP3s, capture and edit HD video, record and playback TV, create slideshows, back up data, recover data from damaged disks, convert audio files, check your hardware specs, and design disc covers with ease. Further, it performs with impressive speed and has a relatively simple user interface that shouldn't be alienating to novice media enthusiasts.
So what's new? Well, for one thing, Nero Video now includes an Express Editing mode that gets users out of the multitrack timeline and into a comparatively simple storyboard, making it easy to quickly throw together basic projects. And with this simplicity, Nero has brought some more advanced features like picture-in-picture overlays, support for AVC Camera files, and 3D effects. While they may not be professional-level features, many of the new additions do spill over into prosumer territory, which means quite a bit more bang for your buck.
There's also LIVEBackup, which provides automatic and continuous back up security with a single click. And now, with Kwik Media joining the suite, users can even create and order nifty photobooks right through the application. While Kwik Media does provide a convenient hub to manage all your media, one thing we're not so sure about is the integrated Market. While in-app purchases of new features might make sense in theory, we aren't confident it's going to catch on.
Nero has also gone to great lengths to improve file-conversion and sharing capabilities. With the much-improved Nero Recode, it's easier than ever to convert media between virtually any file formats and to output to virtually any device. There are also built-in tools for sharing to YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, and for burning high-quality Blu-ray and DVD discs. What's more, you can even sync your media between your PC and Android via Wi-Fi or USB. Considering the increasing importance of mobility these days, these improvements are arriving just in time.
From what we've seen so far, Nero 11 Platinum appears to be a winner. Sure, it's huge, and takes quite a bit of time to install, but with its 11 applications, it packs some huge features on top of the bread-and-butter functionality that made Nero 10 such a popular download. Plus, it comes completely reconstructed for improved performance and a more streamlined user interface.
Nero 10 Multimedia Suite powers your projects with a collection of three products bundled into one easy-to-use suite. With advanced video editing features, media organizer and player, superior burning software, reliable backup technology, and special multimedia tools to enhance your music, photos and videos. The first product, Nero Vision Xtra is a combination of two robust, fully integrated applications: Nero MediaHub and Nero Vision. Nero MediaHub organizes, search and play back music, photo and video files, and create and edit slideshows all from one of the easiest to use interfaces on the market. Seamlessly transfer creations to Nero Vision for advanced Standard and High Definition video editing and authoring, where you can transform home video projects into cinema-quality High Definition movies. Also included are cutting-edge editing features such as multi-track editing, special effects with keyframe controls. It's the perfect product those who want to make an impact with their projects.
The second product, Nero BacKItUp & Burn provides for reliable and easy-to-use backup and recovery software, Nero BackItUp & Burn is the ultimate solution. Easily back up photos, music, videos, and documents with state-of-the-art technology that can secure files and protect entire systems from the effects of hard drive crashes, system failures and virus attacks.
Note: License limitations prevent the following features from being included in the free trial version of Nero Multimedia Suite 10: Blu-ray Disc Authoring, PiP Effects Generator, MPEG-4, Gracenote.
What's new in this version:
Version 10.5.10 includes new iTunes and WMP library import feature within MediaHub, new real-time slideshow playback feature, new Quick Viewer for picture and video, and other additions, enhancements, and bug fixes.