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htismaqe
09-14-2007, 01:18 PM
With my new PC I got a Lite-On 20X DVD burner.

It came with a Nero 7 Essentials DVD, and I'm wondering what all the software can do.

Today, I use at least 8 different pieces of freeware to perform various tasks (burn DVD-R's, burn movies, encode AVI files into DVD format, etc.)

Can this one piece of software take the place of all of the freeware I'm using?

http://www.supermediastore.com/nero-7-essentials-suite-1-the-all-in-one-bundle-solution.html

HC_Chief
09-14-2007, 01:21 PM
Nero is pretty good... especially Recode.

For PC I've been using Slysoft, as it does the best job of converting to various formats (IMO). On the Mac I use Roxio Toast and Popcorn.

htismaqe
09-14-2007, 01:24 PM
I have an older Slysoft program (CDCopy) but I don't hardly use it anymore because I have freeware to do the same thing.

If it ain't free, I don't want to do it.

But if I can eliminate 8 apps with just this 1, I'm into that...

Count Zarth
09-14-2007, 01:42 PM
Nero's great....I use it encode my highlight films to DVD, make the DVD menus and stuff and then burn to DVD.

Baby Lee
09-14-2007, 01:46 PM
I have an older Slysoft program (CDCopy) but I don't hardly use it anymore because I have freeware to do the same thing.

If it ain't free, I don't want to do it.

But if I can eliminate 8 apps with just this 1, I'm into that...
AnyDVD is a must. It removes all copy protection at the drive. That way you can write with any program, because it looks like nonprotected content.
CloneDVD is the rough equivalent of Recode, which 'right sizes' a movie to a SL/DL blank.
Recode takes longer and looks like it does more thorough analysis of the content before resizing. Haven't done a head to head comparision of the two though.

here's a site that compares the versions of Nero and what they feature.

Doesn't like any of the 'essentials' have recoding or authoring capabilities.

http://my.nero.com/index.php?__path=Blog%3A%2F%2FDisplayBlog%2Fnerodude%2F7200258&NCSS=a101ZorfApcSUfSt4plOF7jZ0ilmlmcEuOgt#0

htismaqe
09-14-2007, 01:49 PM
Nero's great....I use it encode my highlight films to DVD, make the DVD menus and stuff and then burn to DVD.

So it WILL take the place of the programs (AVI2DVD and ImgBurn) I'm using to burn AVI and DVIX to DVD...

Thanks! I knew you'd show up.

htismaqe
09-14-2007, 01:50 PM
AnyDVD is a must. It removes all copy protection at the drive. That way you can write with any program, because it looks like nonprotected content.

I don't copy DVD's, so I haven't needed this yet.

Thanks for the site!

htismaqe
09-14-2007, 01:53 PM
Hmm...maybe I spoke too soon..

All OEM Suites:

Nero Express instead of Nero Burning ROM

No Nero Wave Editor
No Nero SoundTrax
No Nero Image Drive
Trial version of Nero Digital Encoding Plugins

I'm not gonna use this if I have to pay for it.

Count Zarth
09-14-2007, 01:53 PM
So it WILL take the place of the programs (AVI2DVD and ImgBurn) I'm using to burn AVI and DVIX to DVD...

Thanks! I knew you'd show up.

NeroVision Express is the program that does all that...it's part of the big Nero package.

Just download it dude...easy to get off any torrent site.

htismaqe
09-14-2007, 01:56 PM
NeroVision Express is the program that does all that...it's part of the big Nero package.

Just download it dude...easy to get off any torrent site.

So just scrap this CD?

Baby Lee
09-14-2007, 01:56 PM
I'm not gonna use this if I have to pay for it.
If you HAVE to, or if they want you to?

htismaqe
09-14-2007, 02:01 PM
If you HAVE to, or if they want you to?

Well, if it's trial version on the CD, I assume I would HAVE to in order to use the CD. "Trial" almost always means "use it for XX days and if you like it, pay the man".

Or I could do what GOATSE suggested.

Count Zarth
09-14-2007, 02:07 PM
Nero 8 Ultra edition is out...I think I'm gonna check it out. Have 7 right now.

htismaqe
09-14-2007, 02:14 PM
Nero 8 Ultra edition is out...I think I'm gonna check it out. Have 7 right now.

How much bloatware is it?

I got Pinnacle Studio with my ATI card a few years ago and I ended up uninstalling it because it was just so much crap that I never used...

Count Zarth
09-14-2007, 02:20 PM
How much bloatware is it?

I got Pinnacle Studio with my ATI card a few years ago and I ended up uninstalling it because it was just so much crap that I never used...

Nero 8 is the entire package...here's what 7 gives me:

http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/6912/untitled2pa9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

If you want, you could just grab the old version of NeroVision Standalone... (just the DVD authoring/burning software).

http://www.demonoid.com/files/details/305516/6293250/

chasedude
09-14-2007, 02:42 PM
Nero 8 Ultra edition is out...I think I'm gonna check it out. Have 7 right now.

I enjoy using Nero, it's real easy to piece together the menus for training videos we create here. I didn't know there was an 8 version. I hope they made this Vista compatible because 7 isn't.

htismaqe
09-14-2007, 02:58 PM
Nero 8 is the entire package...here's what 7 gives me:

http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/6912/untitled2pa9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

If you want, you could just grab the old version of NeroVision Standalone... (just the DVD authoring/burning software).

http://www.demonoid.com/files/details/305516/6293250/

So it looks to me like the entire Nero 7 (or 8) package will:

View media files --> eliminates need for additional codecs (what about H.264 and DIVX/XVID?)
Change media files to DVD format --> eliminates need for AVI2DVD
Burn DVD ISO's to DVD --> eliminates need for ImgBurn
Burn files to DVD-RW --> WinXP can burn CD-RW in Explorer but not DVD-RW

Those are the major things I do right now.

Braincase
09-14-2007, 03:19 PM
Please buy your software, folks. The software designers, their families, and the stockholders and are depending on your honesty.

And no, I'm not kidding. Yes, Virginia, I buy all my software.

htismaqe
09-14-2007, 03:21 PM
Please buy your software, folks. The software designers, their families, and the stockholders and are depending on your honesty.

And no, I'm not kidding. Yes, Virginia, I buy all my software.

Well, if it can replace the 8 or 9 pieces of software I'm currently using, I'll buy it.