Nero 9

Nero 9

The German software manufacturer has unveiled its new flagship software package, Nero 9, a one-stop portal that integrates pretty much every area of multimedia creation for the home consumer. In the past, the Nero brand has been associated with CD and DVD burning — and not much else. The Nero 9 suite has a number of new features that add to its core premise of media creation.

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The Nero StartSmart centre has been totally overhauled, including a new, easier to use interface. Essentially, StartSmart is a central launch pad for all the other applications, including burning, video, photo, conversion and backup functions.

For budding Spielbergs, the Movie Wizard function now has extra templates based around common events such as weddings, birthdays and holidays, plus there's the special AdSpotter functionality that lets you skip ads in pre-recorded TV shows and movies. There is also now support for AVHCD, as well as a conversion filter that takes standard-definition video and enhances the picture quality to make it look like high-definition video.

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