Nero 9 debuts

Nero unveils the latest iteration of its disc burning and media authoring suite.

Nero 9 StartSmart screenshot
Nero

German software publisher Nero has taken the wraps off of Nero 9, the latest iteration of its eponymous software suite. In addition to CD and DVD burning, version 9 includes a wide range of functions, including video editing and transcoding, DVD authoring, media streaming, and file backup.

Among the major improvements that Nero is highlighting:

  • Improved Nero StartSmart: Once a glorified program launcher, the latest version of StartSmart is more of a central control for the entire Nero suite that's designed to be easier for newbie users.
  • Enhanced format/codec support: FLAC (lossless audio), Matoska video (.mkv), and AVCHD is now supported.
  • Ad Spotter: The software can automatically identify and remove commercials from recorded TV programs.
  • Music Grabber: Rip the sound track from any video clip.
  • Movie Wizard: Theme-based editor for home videos includes preconfigured transitions and music for events such as weddings, birthdays, and vacations.
  • Nero Live: TV viewing application for use with PCs with built-in TV tuners.
  • Auto Backup: Nero will allow transparent backup of selected files and folders to add-on hard drives or (for an additional fee) the company's own online storage service.
Nero 9 will be available soon for $100 (shrink-wrapped retail box) or $80 (direct download). Owners of the most recent Nero version will be eligible for a 20 to 35 percent discount from those prices.
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