A little over a year ago I reviewed Nero 9, and well it’s got over 100 comments on it and not all that good honestly. To this date I’ve had no issues with the program but apparently many others have, why I’m not sure.

Today for review I’ve got Nero 10 Multimedia Suite Platinum HD which has got everything in it, and I mean everything you could ever want for your multimedia needs. This suite of software is the latest and greatest Nero has to offer with everything you could ever want for watching, listening and creating.  Of course it does come with the basics that you’ve come to expect.


Two boxes for Nero 10:

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Specifications:

Nero 10 Multimedia Suite Platinum HD

Do more with your digital media with new and exciting features

Features:

Add Picture-in-Picture Effects Like a Pro
Take your home videos to another level by applying up to four unique PiP effects for a truly cinematic finish.
   
Share Your Media with EaseShare Your Media with Ease
Transfer and convert photos, music and videos between mobile devices (iPod, iPhone, Android phones and more).

Arrange Photos and Videos for High Quality Slideshows and MoviesArrange Photos and Videos for High Quality Slide-
shows and Movies
Easily arrange and edit photos and videos in the storyboard, and personalize with Movie Themes.

Edit and Enhance Photos with Just One ClickEdit and Enhance Photos with Just One Click
Easily modify photos to achieve superb picture quality for your personal slideshow or movie projects.

Quick and Reliable Disc BurningQuick, Easy, and Secure Disc Burning
Drag and drop to burn to CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs, hard drives, networks, and USB devices, and burn oversized files onto multiple discs. SecurDisc technology ensures data readability and offers password protection, encryptions and more.
   
Multi-track Video Editing with Complete Keyframe Handling Option
Use multiple video graphics and audio tracks for true multi-track editing. Apply Picture-in-Picture effects, animate video, audio and overlay effects, and correct values dynamically by setting Keyframe properties.

Burn to Disc or Share to Social Communities, Slide-shows and Movies with Unique Premium Menus
Add menus to your slideshow projects and burn to DVD, AVCHD or Blu-ray Disc. Or choose the Advanced Authoring option to send your project straight to Nero Vision for advanced editing and authoring.   

Controllable, Effective Backup in a Few Easy Steps
Fully customize your backup method, whether it’s easy one-click Autobackup, incremental, differential, full or update backup, then back up select files, entire systems or to multiple devices at once.

Applications Included:

Nero Vision Xtra
* Nero MediaHub – Music, photo and video organizer, media player, and slideshow creator
* Nero Vision – Advanced video editing and authoring
* Nero ControlCenter – Manage and update your Nero products and serial numbers

Nero Burning ROM
* Nero Burning ROM – Disc burning
* Nero BurnRights – Easily deployable user burning rights
* Nero ControlCenter – Manage and update your Nero products and serial numbers

Nero BackItUp & Burn
* Nero BackItUp – Convenient data backup, recover and synchronization
* Nero Express – Easy wizard guided optical disc burning and copying
* Nero RescueAgent – Advanced file recovery
* Nero BurnRights – Easily deployable user burning rights
* Nero ControlCenter – Manage and update your Nero products and serial numbers

Nero Multimedia Tools
* Nero StartSmart – Quick launch pad for burning, video editing or backup
* Nero DiscCopy Gadget – Copy discs from the Windows desktop
* Nero WaveEditor – Edit music files
* Nero SoundTrax – Digitize music from vinyl records and cassette tapes
* Nero CoverDesigner – Create custom covers and labels
* Nero Recode – Convert and compress DVD video or video files
* Nero ToolKit – Increase PC performance


Installation took me 17 minutes total on my computer which has a Corei5 750 CPU in it running Windows 7 Pro 64bit.

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Once installation was complete I ended up with five new icons on my desktop:

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Once installation was complete I ran the updater and got a few updates, added a few more minutes to the total time. I recently checked for updates again and found more to be had. It looks as though Nero is very much supporting this version with constant updates, which is a good thing of course.

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On the start menu you’ll find links to all of the programs that come installed and a link to the instruction manuals.

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You’ll most likely want to start with StartSmart which is an interface that has links to everything in it and actually has programs built right in for copying and ripping. StartSmart has quite a bit to see, across the top you’ll find five choices for Music, Video+Photo, Data, Tools and Knowledge Center. On the left side you’ll see the shortcuts for Data Burning, Audio Burning, Audio Ripping and Copy Disc.

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Here’s the left side shortcuts, Audio Burning has three choices actually for Creating an audio cd, MP3 Jukebox Disc and Nero AAC Audio.

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Here’s the top choices, these are essentially lists of shortcuts to everything for those categories with descriptions of them.

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At the top is a very small arrow that opens up a drop down menu for Options, Updates and some other basic stuff.

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At the bottom is a another little arrow that opens up a pop up menu with links to all of the programs.

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If you’ve got a Blu-ray drive in your computer you can burn and play blu-rays right though the Nero player. There’s Nero MediaHub which will search for media on your computer and have it right there for quick access.

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Nero BackItUp is a great back up program so you can make sure all of your stuff is protected. It takes a bit to figure it out, but the manuals explain everything for you. The program allows you to backup or restore files with just a single click.

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Nero Vision Xtra is your center for creating movies or even capturing video right to your hard drive. You can make DVDs, Blu-Rays, CDs and even record right to a disc. There’s plenty of choices here for your creation needs.

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The actual movie creation program is rather complex and not exactly something for the beginner, there is tons of things you can do when creating a movie. With the creation program it’s highly advised to read the manual first.

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There are some tool included that can be helpful like DiscSpeed, InfoTool, ControlCenter, EraseDisc and Analyze Disc. All of thee can be useful at times I’m sure.

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Included also is Nero SoundTrax that let’s you mix and basically create your own music.  It’s a fairly easy to use program for the budding DJs out there.

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Then there’s Nero ReCode which basically ReCodes Movies and DVDs for you. One of the things you could do with this is to rip a movie from a DVD and only rip the movie without the previews etc.

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The Heart of Nero is of course the Burning Rom, here you can burn anything you want basically. If you’ve ever used Nero then I’m sure you’re familiar with this.

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A bit has changed since Nero 9, at least aesthetically anyway. The interface has changed for the better I think, but it’s still similar to the last version.

Some people feel Nero is bloated, well you don’t have to buy the whole suite, you can just get the basic version if that’s all you need.

The software loads fast and it’s fairly easy to use, if you’re used any of the earlier version then you should be able to jump right in and start with Nero 10.


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Conclusion:

Nero 10 is your one stop source truly for everything related to your media. No matter what you want to do with your media Nero can do it surely.

As for being bloated, well yes there’s a lot of stuff here, but I wouldn’t call it bloated at all. I like having access to all these programs and tools in one program. Sure it’s not for everybody, but that’s why there’s other choices out there.

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Pros:
+Full suite of tools in one place
+Simple to use interface
+Your all in one source for creation and entertainment

Cons:
-A lot of stuff to explore and discover
-Some things do require learning

Grades:  
Overall score 9 10 thumb1 Review of Nero 10 Multimedia Suite Platinum HD
Design score 9 10 thumb1 Review of Nero 10 Multimedia Suite Platinum HD
Performance score 9 10 thumb1 Review of Nero 10 Multimedia Suite Platinum HD

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