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DVD-Video vs. Videos on Data DVD

Felix Huening27.01.2015

We are often asked about the difference of a DVD-Video and burning video files to data DVD. Please let us explain the difference here.

A DVD-Video is what you get when you go to a store and buy a commercial DVD with a Hollywood blockbuster. It features a nice menu where you can select different titles with a remote control form the comfort of the couch. To create such a DVD-Video yourself a process called "Authoring" needs to be applied. Nero Video makes this very simple for you. See this video tutorial:

Such a disc will play in any standalone DVD or Blu-Ray player as the authoring process guarantees for maximum compatibility.

So why would someone want to burn a data DVD with video files and play it on his standalone DVD or Blu-Ray player?

We believe the two main reasons are: Video resolution and conversion time. A DVD-Video is limited to the so called SD (standard definition) video resolution. Compared to the HD resolution you have on Blu-Rays and modern digital TVs that feature HD (High definition), the picture on DVD-Videos consist of much less detail (only one fourth of the pixels). So if you have a video file that has more than standard definition,  picture information will be lost and the picture will be less crisp when you put it on a DVD-Video. The second drawback of authoring is that most of the time the video files will need to be converted to a special DVD-Video compatible format (MPEG-2). This process can take from several minutes to an hour and keep your PC pretty busy.

So if you want to enjoy the original resolution and spend less time the simplest way is to burn your video files on a data DVD with Nero Express, Nero Burning ROM or Nero BurnExpress. Just select the Data DVD/DVD ROM (UDF) project type in your favorite Nero application, add your video files and burn them.

But stop...why would anyone do DVD-Video authoring if a data DVD with video files is faster and has potentially a better picture quality? The answer is compatibility with standalone DVD and Blu-Ray players. While many of today's players can handle a wide variety of video files on data DVDs one will never know if it works or not until he/she tries it out with the actual disc on the actual device. If it works, all fine. But still it might not play on your second DVD-Player you have for the kids in your car or on aunt Annie's DVD player that is a couple of years old already.

Beside this: Be assured that aunt Annie would really appreciate a DVD-Video with such nice menus:

 
 
 
 

Burn videos as Audio CD

Oliver Schneider20.11.2014

Every day people utilize four million CD recordable to burn their stuff on. In many cases they just burn standard Audio CDs. This format is available for more than two decades now already and it is still very popular. Millions of Nero Burning ROM and Nero Express users trust the most reliable recording technology made in Germany for this task. Those applications are famous also for the wide variety of audio file formats supported. It doesn't matter if your music files or audio books are in MP3, MP4, Dolby Digital, Flac, Ogg, Wave, Windows Media Audio...Nero Burning ROM and Nero Express will produce Audio CDs with crystal clear sound.

But are you aware that you can also use video files as source to burn Audio CDs?

This is especially handy if you have downloaded music videos from online portals or if you utilized Nero Video to record a concert from live TV. Regardless whether your files are in MP4, AVI, VOB, M2TS, WMV, MOV format you can just drag and drop them in an Audio CD compilation. The video tracks will be automatically removed and only the audio track will be recorded. If you like, you can even trim the single tracks and add chapter marks so you can navigate easily through the disc for example on your car stereo.
For a maximum of formats to be supported we recommend Nero 2015 Platinum for the task. We hope you have enjoyed this tip and we are looking forward to your feedback under:

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Every so often customers ask us why remnants of Nero applications remain in their system registry even after they uninstall it.  Here’s why that happens.

The most frequent calls our Customer Support team gets are from customers who mistakenly uninstalled their Nero software or who are unable to retrieve their serial number and need it again for some reason. In order to help people in these situations, our software leaves little bits of key information on your machine that make it easier to reinstall the applications at a later time. 

So what doesn’t get uninstalled?  For starters, we leave license related registry entries on the system, such as the actual serial number. Our installer can fetch this information from your system registry and automatically fill in that information should you ever need to re-install an application.

Other registry entries are related to file associations for playback or other user settings, such as if you change the path of a saved video project.

Finally, there are some Nero folders in common files and appdata, such as face tag data for photos which we do not remove. It would be incredibly time-consuming for you to have to re-create it all later, so we intend to save you time later by keeping that information intact.

In conclusion, the reason that some Nero applications remain on the system registry is to make it easier to reinstall.


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For our Nero 12 box design, we needed something fresh and awesome. Our design partner Glyphix more than delivered and we wanted to share with you how these boxes came to be. The design followed some core brand principles:

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We asked Brad Wilder, the Creative Director at Glyphix what the best part of creating the new boxes was, and this is what he had to say:

Designing an entirely new look for a project as large and far-reaching as a Nero Suite launch was both exciting and daunting. It's pretty much impossible to narrow it down to one "best" part, a few highlights definitely stand out:

Be familiar
First would be the use of color-coding that builds to the N12 Suite Box. While the multi-colored stripes stand out extremely well on the shelf and in contrast to competitors, they also convey meaning as to the nature of the suite: a collection of color-coded, focused applications that when taken as a whole is far greater than the sum of its parts.

Be bold
While we were finalizing the design elements for the Suite box, we realized that the Platinum box had to shine equally well but in a completely different way. We accomplished that by pulling color back to an absolute minimum and relying on the boldness of the stripes and the chrome  reflectivity of the box base to show that it was (in features) a step above the dynamism of the Suite.

Be contemporary
Also along the lines of box material, the Nero12 packaging was designed from day one to leverage unusual printing processes as core design elements. In addition to the metallic chrome base of the Platinum box, we all spent a great deal of time planning exactly how the layering of the design in print would overlay that chrome base so that each stripe would dull the chrome to create depth and richness. For the Suite box, we added a gloss coating to random stripes to give that same sense of depth and richness of the Platinum box but in a new and unexpected way. Topping that off with the Nero logo and Suite version being printed in a large and very bold flat white, and the contrast creates what we believe is the strongest Nero package design yet.

Be clear
This departure from previous Suite versions was one that required tremendous exploration, discussion and iterative steps by the Glyphix/Nero team to make sure that not only was the finished product visually exciting, but that it also conveyed the breadth and depth of the Nero Suite of applications itself. To that end, we made sure that the prospective buyer could quickly understand both the scope of the software and also the benefits and differences from both competition and the previous Nero Suite. This included taking easily recognized benefit logos and moving them from their usual partially hidden location of software box backs to the front and center of Nero 12 packaging as well as stating clear use benefits along with those feature logos.

Be simple
Combining all of the above and the result is a family of packaging that ties together seamlessly, yet allows each individual box (whether virtual or real) to shine on its own.

Be differentiated
The angled stripes of varying density, saturation, color and size convey speed and synergy while looking very different from any other box on the shelf.


 

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Have you ever wondered how the development of our Nero Blu-ray Player works?

Today, you can get an exclusive peek into the Nero development world and learn about the work of our colleagues from the Blu-ray team and the challenges they face during the development of the Nero Blu-ray Player.

Just take a look at this picture, showing the real life incarnation of some specifications they need to fulfill.

Blu ray specification documents

Picture: Blu-ray Disc system description - Part 3 (confidential) + various requirements

  • More than 2,500 pages  
  • Weighs about 8.8 lbs 
  • 3.5 inch in height  

If you want to be surprised, just take a look into one of the many public PDFs describing just the requirements, for example, the UDF 2.6 specification: http://osta.org/specs/pdf/udf260.pdf published by www.usta.org, the Optical Storage Technology Association.

To develop a Blu-ray player, you not only have to plan the project, write the code, design the user interface, but also have to pass a very wide range of requirements from the Blu-ray Disc Association. This is a consortium of firms like Sony, Panasonic, Pioneer and others who develop the Blu-ray standard. The requirements also mean that you have to pass a lot of tests. The testing of the player is an immense expenditure as the team needs to fulfill about 6849 test cases on 32 test discs. 

As Blu-ray Discs support Java software, you must also support Java™ software, and you need to develop and include interactive features on the Blu-ray Disc like menus or games, features which allow updates and streamed playback via the Internet, and much more. Not to forget that MPEG2, VC-1, H.264, JAVA, DOLBY, DTS standards are also involved. 

The next big hurdle in developing a Blu-ray player is digital rights management and content protection. As you all know, it is forbidden to copy copyrighted content, and to ensure that copying is not possible, the Blu-ray Disc Association has strict requirements on this, so they have to be taken into account as well.

Finally, when all requirements are fulfilled, you can receive the certification from the Blu-ray Disc Association. If you fail in fulfilling any of the requirements, you are not allowed to offer the Blu-ray player or to print the Blu-ray logo on your package. 

Having all these various tasks and requirements in mind, you can imagine that a lot of effort, time and, consequently, manpower is needed to get a  seemingly simple player done. While there are Nero products which can be offered for free, Nero Blu-ray Player cannot be a free product because of all this work.

However, it is one of the most reasonably priced Blu-ray player applications available. In addition, Nero Blu-ray Player supports 3D playback and works with Microsoft Windows 8. This makes it perfect for enjoying Blu-ray Discs on a Windows 8 computer, as Windows 8 has no Blu-ray player included.

Now, it's time to meet the members of the Nero Blu-ray team who master all the challenges like heroes. They love what they do and they are always motivated to do their best, that means, to create the best product for you.

So a big "Thank you" to our dedicated Blu-ray team here at Nero

Blu-ray Team @ Nero

Picture: Tamara Dempe, Thomas Paasch, Peter Barth, Romané Schaefer, Kai Scherrer, Frank Schmid,
Zöhre Kara Kayikci, Arne Gerner, Bernd Wissmeier, Daniel Bister (not on the picture: Thomas Beller, Timo Steuerwald)
 


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Today marks the release of Nero 12.5.  The basic premise of Nero 12 remains the same – we provide you with the tools you need to burn, edit, backup, rip convert, and play your media at the highest possible quality. With this update, we’ve added a few new features to make Nero 12 even better.

With Nero 12.5, you will have:

  • The latest and greatest device profiles for encoding to mobile devices
  • Grouping of jobs for one device destination
  • One-click matching of music to your video project
  • One-click matching of slideshows to music in your video project
  • Improved performance for video editing and exporting 

If you go Platinum (and you really should), you get the added capability to:

  • Create your personal nostalgic film templates with powerful Nero Film Effect
  • Create your personal stabilization templates  with Nero Video Stabilizer 

Latest Device Profiles - Nero Recode
Supporting the latest devices may sound simple, but more and more devices are coming to market at an incredible rate.  With Nero 12.5, we have added latest device profile support to ensure best encoding results with just one click:

  • iPad with Retina Display
  • iPad Mini
  • iPhone 5
  • iPod Touch 5G
  • Windows 8 Tablet & Pro Tablet
  • Windows 8 Phone
  • Kindle Fire HD
  • Nexus 7, Nexus 10, & Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
  • Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC Droid, Nexus 4

Intelligent Job Handling - Nero Recode
Speaking of devices, with our new Job to Device feature, Nero Recode handles multiple videos within one job and jobs are automatically grouped based on device profiles.  For example, Kindle Fire HD jobs will be listed as a group; iPhone 5 jobs will be listed as a group, and so on.  Then, with the job options menu, you can edit, play, delete, and encode easily by assigning one of these options to the group.

Improved Performance - Nero Recode
Nero 12.5 takes even better advantage of GPGPU hardware encoding in Nero Recode.  The auto driver detection is set to default to the GPGPU device, making the encoding process much faster.  You will see the difference in speed and quality when you use Nero Recode.

Match Music in your project - Nero Video
Nero 12.5 also provides you with very beneficial features to speed up creation of projects with music in Nero Video. With Fit Music to Project you can automatically match the duration of your music to the duration of your project, including photos and video clips.  When appropriate, this feature will use intelligent looping and auto fades to fill gaps in the music track and make the project and music match perfectly. With the Fit Slideshow to Music feature, you can automatically match the duration of your photo slideshow to whatever music you’ve selected.  These features simplify the process of producing slideshows and videos, saving you lots of valuable time while producing good results.

Improved Performance - Nero Video
Nero 12.5 also includes performance updates for editing and exporting in Nero Video. With better memory usage you’ll have more tracks and will be able to create longer videos – plus, you’ll notice better performance in complex HD projects.

New Nero 12 Platinum Features
Nero 12 Platinum users are likely familiar with drag & drop nostalgic film effect templates for getting that vintage film look.  They also like the fully customizable film effect in advanced mode that allows personalization of nostalgic film moods.

Customizable film effects in Nero 12 Platinum

With Nero 12.5, now you will be able to save your specific settings to use as reproducible personal templates in Express Editing and Advanced Editing.  Likewise, when you use the Nero Video Stabilizer to correct shaky footage in Advanced Editing, you can save and reuse your settings to apply to other footage.  Having these templates close at hand will speed up your production process and result in professional looking videos.

Correct shaky footage with the Nero 12 Platinum video stabilzer

The Nero Suite team is happy to provide these enhancements for free to Nero 12 Standard and Platinum users.  Make sure you check out the Nero.com website for more details on this as well as update information for users of earlier versions of the Nero Suite.

Have fun with your media!


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We wanted to make the best Nero Suite ever. At first, we were like...
 
Nero 12, Nero launch, New Nero, Nero software
 
 
We knew that our fans wanted the next Nero Multimedia Suite to be

...less bloated

Nero 12, Nero, Nero Software 

...and install faster.

 Nero, Nero 12, Nero software

 

So, we were like...

Nero 12, Nero software, Nero burning

So we decided to make everything sleeker and simpler.

We knew many of our customers still used this:

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And we wanted to offer you something more like this:


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 So, as our CPO put it, we created an "easy way to convert, customize and connect your content for all your different devices."

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And then we were like...

Nero Solutions, Nero 12, Nero software
 

Finally, after months of coffee binging and very little sleep, our newest product was on it’s way!
 
   Nero, Nero 12, Nero Solutions
 
They packed our work up in a pretty box!

Nero, Nero 12, Nero software

And BOOM!

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Here's what our desks looked like after a great launch week.

Nero, Nero Solutions, Nero software, Nero 12
 

And then the press was like...
 
 
Nero, Nero software, Nero 12
   

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The Making of Nero 12: Our Engineers Reminisce What’s so much better about Nero 12? That’s a good question with a bunch of good answers. And who better to explain it than the people who made Nero 12? We asked our engineers what they thought were the most significant developments in Nero 12.     

Senior Product Manager Axel Braun, who spearheaded the creation of Nero 12, shared his thoughts: “The Nero Suite was often called bloated software. With Nero 12 we have made a big step into getting rid of this stigma.  We streamlined the key applications, while still providing access to free tools that fully integrate into the suite. We added a special content installer which has improved the installation process.“

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Oliver Schneider, Director-PC Business Line, likes the new features in Nero Video. He explained “We had real fun developing the video stabilizer and the slow and fast motion functionality in Nero Video. We have thrown in endless hours of private real footage and were amazed how much better and how much more exiting the stuff looks afterwards. Just put your camera somewhere and let it record a busy place like a street or a harbor for an hour and afterwards speed it up. It’s so interesting to see how things change quickly…”

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Product Manager Patrick Kirchgäßner had a straight-forward answer to what he likes best about Nero 12: The streaming feature in Nero Kwik Media.  When asked what aspects he had the most fun developing, he animatedly replied, “The Nero 12 version of Nero Kwik Media contains several improvements in the face recognition workflows. Testing and validating the new and changed features with all of our photos was really fun. The interaction with people rather than files and images makes for a much more valuable experience. The integration of Blu-ray 3D playback capability obviously required us watching lots of movies with all those different 3D technologies – not the worst thing to spend your office time with. :D”

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Finally, our Chief Product Officer, Martin Stein, summed up what he loves about the new suite, “What’s been missing is an easy way to convert, customize and connect your content for all your different devices. Nero 12 fills that void.”  

What do you like best about Nero 12?   Tweet us @nerosolutions with your comments.


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The Best New Features in Windows 8: 

  • Metro:  The new Metro UI and its apps are now optimized for touch screens! Boom!
  • Printing:  Many space-saving and simplifying changes were made in Windows printing, most notably; there is no longer a need to install inbox drivers to use most printers. 
  • File History:  A better backup tool for Windows. You can now access backups through at the source location in Windows Explorer and using a second drive to back up files is now not only possible, but mandatory. 
  • Graphics Hardware Acceleration:  The frame rate has increased significantly through graphics acceleration, including lines, ellipses and rectangles. Through this and other optimization, battery life is longer and everything is more efficient. 
  • Windows Explorer:  Windows Explorer has new file management features which identify duplicate files more quickly and support multiple channels in SMB protocol. ISO and VHD files can now be mounted into Windows Explorer. 
  • Microsoft Account Integration:  Your cloud storage Windows Live account is now just a Microsoft account. To log in, use you Windows 8 account login.
  • Where Nero Fits In:  Everyone knows that Windows 8 doesn’t have Blu-Ray Disc playback, but Nero 12 makes it so that you still have this feature, plus all the great new features of Window 8!

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Get some super spooky video with your smartphone this Halloween!

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5 tips for shooting video on Halloween night:

  1. Do everything you can to avoid low light. Move to a brighter location if you can or at least brighter spot of the room. 
  2. Use your flash. 
  3. Make sure the settings of your phone are turned up as high as they can be to pick up light. 
  4. Don’t put light source directly behind subject try to make sure light source is directed towards the subject. 
  5. Try to find a way to stabilize phone as much as possible to avoid motion blur. Perhaps prop it or you arm on something so camera won’t shake at all.

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Codecs

  • AVC (Advanced Video Coding = H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10) : The most common codec for recording and watching high-definition video. It is used in smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, and Blu-ray Discs. This lossy codec has a higher compression rate than MPEG-2, but still delivers good picture quality while requiring about half the storage space.
  • MPEG-2 (a coding standard of the M otion P icture E xperts G roup): This lossy codec is mainly used for DVDs and standard-definition digital broadcast. It has scalable picture quality and can also work for high definition.  Besides AVC and VC -1, MPEG 2- is one of the specified formats for Blu-ray Disc but compared to AVC it needs about two times the data rate and disc space to deliver equivalent picture quality. 
  • VC-1 is a derivation of the WMV 9 codec that is used for high-definition video. It is also one of the three qualified codecs for Blu-ray Discs. Similar to AVC, WMV 9 and VC-1 have higher compression algorithms while providing good to very good picture quality.
  • WMV 9 ( Windows Media Video format): This is a lossy proprietary codec from Microsoft that is delivered with every Windows Operating System and also comes with many Microsoft or 3 rd -party branded mobile devices. 

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Containers

  • Container formats can contain different types of video, audio and image codecs and are used in different multimedia scenarios.
  • AVI (Audio Video Interleave): AVI is a Microsoft - proprietary container format that traces back to standard definition ‘ Video for Windows ’ technology introduced in 1992. The DV-AVI container format, a diversification of AVI, was introduced with the new digital video camcorder SD format (DV) in 1995. AVI containers can also include other codecs like DiVX. Though AVI formats are a bit outdated they are still used on many computers and devices.   
  • FLV (Flash Video format): This is used to deliver video online with Adobe Flash player. FLV files use VP6 video compression formats , and lately also support H.264 video and HE-AAC audio.   Apple does not support Adobe Flash Player on iOS devices. 
  • MKV (Matroska Multimedia Container): This is an open-source container format. MKV is most commonly used for storing movies to file or streaming video online. Due to the fact that MKV can store different video, audio, subtitles, and graphics per file it is a very rich format. However, mobile devices must either use special playback software apps or transcode MKV to MP4. Apple iOS devices, such as iPhone or iPad, do not support MKV so source files must be converted to MP4 in order to play them. 
  • MPEG-2: This format is also used as a container format for MPEG transport stream s (TS), and MPEG program stream s (PS).
  • MP4 (MPEG-4 container): This is the most popular container format for all kinds of standard-definition and high-definition audio-visual content. Supported codecs include video ( MPEG-4 Part 2, MPEG-4 Part 10 (AVC/ H.264 ), MPEG-2 Video , MPEG-1 Video), audio ( AAC , MP3 , AC-3) and images ( JPEG , PNG ). Based on AVC/H.264 many state of the art mobile devices make use of the MP4 format.
  • 3GP (3GPP file format): This format is used with 3G phones and also works on some 4G and 2G phones. It contains video streams as well as audio streams in different codec flavors.