Nero 9 Helps Manage Digital Media in an Online World

Posted by at 4:09 pm on September 29, 2008

Nero, creators of Liquid Media technology, today announced the release of Nero 9, the next generation of one of their integrated digital media and home entertainment software solutions. Nero 9 gives consumers all in one solution to create, edit, rip, copy, backup, convert and share their music, videos and photos within their connected digital home, on online communities or on portable devices.  

“In developing Nero 9, we polled more than 3,000 of our worldwide customers to determine the functionality that they really wanted from the suite,” noted Jürgen Kurz, senior vice president, Business Line PC and Consumer Electronics, Nero AG. “This type of feedback has been invaluable to us over the last decade and has shown us that our consumers are increasingly living digital lives where the PC is the center of the home. They require cutting-edge multimedia capabilities which allow them to enjoy and share their content online and across devices with unparalleled ease of use.”

Users can now capture video from AVCHD camcorders and create movies with 3D animated menu templates for presentation. A new tape-scan feature allows previews and scene selections from digital (DV) or high-definition videos (HDV) for the  import of video into creative projects. Users can burn high definition projects with high definition menu templates to AVCHD Disc using standard recordable DVD media  and save time and ensure quality with Nero’s SmartEncoding for AVCHD. In addition, Nero now offers blu-ray disc authoring plug-in online enabling high-definition menu authoring and burning of HD video to blu-ray disc, ensuring playback on Playstation 3 and other blu-ray players.

Nero 9’s multimedia player, Nero ShowTime, incorporates  usability with a new look and playback design as well as docking and stand-by modes of both the browser window and playlists. New media and playlist handling will help users simply enjoy playback of their digital content. The new options now include Gracenote music services providing accurate song and artist information as well as album art, shuffle playback for playlist and audio CD tracks plus support for latest digital formats.

Nero 9 also provides enhanced video editing tools to allow for personalization of home videos and slideshows. The new ad spotter detects and removes commercials from a movie and joins the movie content pieces seamlessly together. The new music grabber feature identifies music clips in a movie or music video and automatically extracts the audio, to save as MP3 and add to playlist. The new movie wizard comes with a library of templates including themes for special occasions like birthdays, holidays and weddings, plus soundtracks and special effects.

Nero Live is a new addition to Nero 9 for the viewing of high-quality live TV on the PC. As a stand-alone application or to enhance Windows Media Center, Nero Live makes it easy to watch live TV/HDTV, record TV shows, watch two channels at once with Picture-in-Picture capabilities, time shift for up to 60-minutes, and listen to DVB radio.

The new autobackup feature in Nero 9 allows consumers to backup digital entertainment content from their PCs including files, folders, drives, and even the entire system via a wizard interface that leads consumers through a scheduling process for backing up and saving content -“ offline or online. Also offered with Nero 9 is Nero BackItUp 4 which allows consumers to protect against a system crash or accidental loss of important data by providing   disaster recovery and backup password protection for extra security. With Nero RescueAgent technology integrated into Nero 9, users can recover data from damaged or scratched discs, hard drives, USB and flash sticks, and other memory devices.

Nero 9 is currently available worldwide with a suggested retail price of $99.99 and online at www.nero.com. The Blu-ray Disc Authoring Plug-in will be sold as a downloadable product at www.nero.com for $9.99. Current Nero consumers can upgrade to Nero 9 online at a special discounted price at www.nero.com.

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