Nero 8 • Introduction
The Ultimate Solution for your Digital Life
Welcome to your digital life
Nero 8, the newest version of the world’s best-selling multimedia suite, brings the digital world to your PC. Now it’s easy to organize and manage all your multimedia files, as well as create and edit new digital content. Nero’s sleek design and user-friendly tools make completing projects fun and enjoyable.
Nero 8 Startsmart
* Direct access to all features from
the project launcher
* High Definition format support
* Xbox 360™ and PlayStation® 3
* Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD burning support
* SecurDisc data protection support
* Copy a disc with just one click
* Graphics optimized for Windows Vista®
* Continual free updates
Nero StartSmart makes creating projects fun and simple
Nero StartSmart 8 – One-Click Project LauncherNero StartSmart, the project launcher for Nero 8, lets you directly access features and perform one-click functions. The intuitive interface makes creating and managing digital projects easy and enjoyable. Optimized for use with Windows Vista®, Nero StartSmart even has an integrated newsfeed system.
Nero 8 is the solution for your multimedia projects
Nero Vision 5 – Video Editing and AuthoringNero 8 has the tools to help you handle all your multimedia projects. Whether you plan to create a music mix with MP3 files, edit vacation videos, touch up digital photos, make a slide show, or convert content to play on a mobile device, your results will be professional and dynamic.
Nero 8 takes home entertainment around the house
Nero Home 3 – Media Management SystemOrganize and manage all your multimedia files with Nero’s home media center. Nero 8 lets you use your Xbox 360™ or PlayStation® 3 to stream High Definition video content and surround sound audio files to enjoy in the comfort of any room in your house.
Nero 8 offers increased data security
SecurDisc Viewer – View SecurDisc protected filesNo more worries over losing data! Nero 8 has back up features that let you rest easy knowing your data is safe in case of a complete system crash or a damaged disc. Recover your data quickly and easily and create discs that are password protected. SecurDisc technology gives you peace of mind.
Nero 8 Features
* Create & Edit
* Convert & Share
* Home Entertainment
* Rip & Burn
* Back Up
Create and Edit
Your last vacation, your brother’s wedding, your daughter’s graduation – do you record every memorable moment on video? Now get more from your camcorder recordings. With Nero 8 you can easily edit High Definition content in AVCHD format with professional results. Insert chapters and menus, and even enhance videos and slide shows with background music. Enjoy your favorite TV shows without interruption simply by editing out the commercial breaks.
Are you a music lover and want to keep your favorite songs close at hand? Convert your music collection to MP3 format and experience listening pleasure at home and on the go. Impress your friends at your next party by mixing and editing your favorite songs with professional effects and tools. With Nero 8, you get crystal-clear audio for your video files and up to 7.1 surround sound.
Do you have hundreds or even thousands of digital photos saved on your hard drive? Give your pictures a touch-up with tools that let you make improvements, add visual effects, and much more. Surprise your kids by presenting a family slide show on your television set! No more searching through tons of files for the images you want. With Nero 8, it’s easy to organize your photos!
Latest Features for Nero 8
Nero 8 has been updated to include great new features for living the digital life. With improvements geared towards better performance, as well as enhanced features for authoring, editing and enjoying digital content, see for yourself how Nero 8 continues to bring simplicity and excitement to your digital world.
NEW!! Get interactive BD ROM support with Nero 8
Nero 8 users can now enjoy more interactive features and games on BD ROM discs through enhanced compatibility features available in the suite’s latest update.
SmartEncoding for AVCHD
AVCHD SmartEncoding detects if your incoming AVC or AVCHD source content is compliant with the destination format. This lets you save time by skipping the recoding step for AVCHD content when the destination file is also AVCHD, thereby maintaining the highest quality.
Home entertainment enhancements
Nero MediaHome Do you use Nero 8 to stream content around your home on game consoles? Now you can play content beginning from a selected time in the video. This means you can answer the phone, get another cup of coffee, or let the dog out for a walk without having to restart your movie!
Increased encoding options
Nero Recode With Nero 8, now you can encode content with video pre-processing options for color correction and noise removal. The video pre-processing enables you to enhance and modify the content prior to encoding. Advanced features include adaptive de-interlacing and adaptive frame rate conversion.
Mini HD DVD-Video authoring and playback
Mini HD DVD-Video Get all the advantages of working with Mini HD DVD-Video with Nero 8. Now you can author, write, and play back HD DVD-Video format content on regular DVD-R/RW media. The Mini HD DVD-Video format supports resolutions up to 1080p. MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 content as well as Dolby® Digital 5.1 audio tracks can also be added. The Blu-ray/HD DVD Plug-in is required for this feature.
Blu-ray Disc format authoring and playback
Blu-ray With Nero 8 and the Blu-ray/HD DVD Video Plug-in, you can now author and play back High Definition content in Blu-ray Disc format. Brilliant 3D menu templates and advanced authoring features up to 1080i, combined with playback support for commercial Blu-ray Discs and those created with Nero 8, combine for the ultimate home entertainment experience
General System Requirements
* DVD-ROM drive for the installation
* Windows® 2000 (SP4 or later), Windows® XP (SP1 or later), Windows® Server™ 2003 (SP1 or later), Windows® XP Media Center Edition Windows Vista®
Gadgets are not available for Windows Vista® x64
Nero ImageDrive currently supports Windows® 2000 and Windows® XP (32 Bit only)
* Windows® XP Professional x64, Windows® Vista® x64 (all applications except InCD, and Nero Scout work in the x86 emulator, which allows 32-bit applications to run)
* DirectX 9.0c or better
* Windows® Internet Explorer® 6.0 or higher
* 1 GHz Intel® Pentium® III processor, AMD Sempron™ 2200+ or equivalent
* Minimum 256 MB RAM (for Windows Vista® minimum 512 MB RAM)
* 1.2 GB hard drive space for standard installation of all components
* Up to 9 GB available drive space for DVD images and temporary DVD files
* Graphics card with at least 32 MB video memory and a minimum resolution of 800 x 600 pixels and 16-bit color settings. However, we recommend 24-bit or 32-bit for true color.
* CD and/or DVD/DVD-RAM recorder
* Installation of the latest WHQL (Microsoft® Windows® Hardware Quality Labs) certified device driver strongly recommended
* Internet connection with DSL 1000 speed or higher for the registration and the update of the Nero 8 help files and other functions. It is also required for the activation of the complete functional range (DVD, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and AVC), which will be required 30 days after installation. This activation is free of charge. The costs for the Internet connection are carried by the user.
* To install Nero 8 you must have administrative rights for all operating systems higher than Windows® 2000.
* For capturing and burning in real time: at least 1.6 GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 processor or AMD Sempron™ 2600+
* At least 1.4 GHz Intel® Pentium® processor with 256 RAM for TV recording and DVD video editing
* Drive with SecurDisc support
* 16-bit Windows® compatible sound devices and speakers
Specific Requirements for Each Application
* DVD-Video Multichannel Plug-in, DVD-Video Plug-in, and/or Multichannel Plug-in* for DVD playback
* Graphics card with hardware overlay support
* TV tuner or video capture card for analog or digital (DVB-T, DVB-S, DVB-C, and ATSC) recording, compatible with the BDA (Broadcast Driver Architecture) driver standard. Nero Home does not support video recording via FireWire® (OHCI 1394).
* List of compatible devices: http://www.nero.com/link.php?topic_id=91
* DVD-Video Multichannel Plug-in or DVD-Video Plug-in and/or Multichannel Plug-in* for DVD functions and encoding in Dolby® Digital 2-channel
* For EPG support an XML file is needed from a third party
* Analog or digital TV card (analog, DVB-T, DVB-S, DVB-C, and ATSC) to the BDA driver standard
* Certified UPnP™ devices for streaming with the Nero MediaHome server (you will find a list of the certified UPnP™ devices at http://www.upnp-ic.org/certification/default.asp#devices)
* FireWire® (IEEE 1394) Controller for DV capturing
* USB recording device (web cam)
* Analog or digital TV card (analog, DVB-T, DVB-S, DVB-C, and ATSC) according to the BDA driver standard
* DirectShow compatible video capture card (optional)
* Graphics card with 3D accelerator and at least 64 MB video memory for Smart3D templates
* Blu-ray/HD DVD Video-Plug-in for playing Blu-ray and/or HD DVD media
Nero Mobile (Free 30-Day Trial)
* Cellular phone or PDA with Windows® Mobile 2003 for PocketPC, Microsoft® PocketPC Phone Edition, Microsoft® Smartphone Second Edition (SE) Windows Mobile 5.0
* Intel® XScale™, minimum clock speed required: 200 MHz (Audio + Video Soft), 24 MHz (LC AAC Audio), 78 MHz (HE-AAC Audio)
Freescale i.MX21/31, mimimum clock speed required: 200 MHz (Audio + Video Soft), 24 MHz (LC AAC Audio), 78 MHz (HE-AAC Audio)
ARM®4 compatible, minimum clock speed required: 200 MHz (Audio + Video Soft), 24 MHz (LC AAC Audio), 78 MHz (HE-AAC Audio)
TI OMAP 17xx/24xx
* 4 MB hard drive space required for a full installation
* Microsoft® ActiveSync, USB cable, and/or Bluetooth® connection for the communication between smartphone/PDA and computer
* To continue the use of Nero Mobile, an upgrade to Nero Mobile Pro is available at www.nero.com.
Nero Burning ROM, Nero Express, Nero BackItUp
* LightScribe® capable recorder (LightScribe® host software must be installed) and LightScribe® capable disc
* LabelFlash™ capable recorder and LabelFlash™ capable disc
* Blu-ray recorder and disc
* HD DVD recorder and HD DVD
* SecurDisc capable drive (only Nero Express)
* DVD-Video Multichannel Plug-in, or DVD-Video Plug-in, and/or Multichannel Plug-in* for DVD video recording and the "DVD-9-to-5" function.
* Multi-core processor
* LightScribe® recorder (LightScribe® host software must be installed) and LightScribe® disc
* LabelFlash™ recorder and LabelFlash™ disc
InCD, InCD Reader
* SecurDisc capable drive to remove duplication protection from SecurDisc discs
* SecurDisc capable drive with SecurDisc protected disc
MCE Plug-ins (Nero Burn™ and Nero Burn Settings, Nero MediaStreaming™)
* Windows Vista® Home Premium or Windows Vista® Ultimate with Media Center or Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 Rollup 2
* At least 1.6 GHz or equivalent processor, 256 MB RAM
* Graphics card with overlay support, at least 8 MB video memory and a minimum resolution of 800 x 600 pixels and 16-bit color settings. However, 24-bit or 32-bit true color is recommended
* Nero MediaHome 2.0 must be installed on the server (when using the Nero Media-Streaming MCE Plug-in)
Mini Application Nero DiscCopy
* Windows Vista®
Additional System Requirements for Blu-ray disc and HD DVD
* Blu-ray Disc or HD DVD capable drive with recorder function for data, audio and video
* Windows® XP (SP2 or later), Windows® Server™ 2003 (SP1 or later), Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 or later, Windows Vista®
* 2 GHz Intel® Pentium® IV processor, AMD Sempron™ 3000+ or faster
* Minimum 512 MB RAM
* Windows® Internet Explorer® 6.0 or higher
* DirectX 9.0c (October 10, 2006) or higher
Additional Requirements for Playing Protected High-ResolutionContent
* One of the following processors with at least the specified clock speed: AMD Athlon 64 FX 2.6 GHz, AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.2 GHz, AMD Turion 64 X2 2 GHz, Intel® CoreDuo 2 GHz, Intel® Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz, Intel® Pentium® Extreme Edition 3.2 GHz, Intel® Pentium® D 3.4 GHz
* Minimum 1 GB RAM
* Up to 50 GB free hard drive space for Blu-ray Disc BD-R/RE dual layer disc images
* Up to 30 GB free drive space for HD DVD-R/RW dual layer disc images
* Minimum Vista® for 64-bit systems
* AACS support by means of the installed Blu-ray Disc or HD DVD drive
* Graphics card with at least 256 MB video RAM based on: nVidia GeForce 6600GT, 7600GT, 7800GTX512, 7900GS, 7900GT, 7900GX, 7900GTX, 7950GT, 7950GTX, 8500, 8600, 8800, 8400M, 8600M or newer. ATI series X1600, X1650, X1800, X1900, X1950, Radeon HD or newer in one of the following board and screen combinations: PCI-Express/Onboard video board with built-in display (e.g. notebook or integrated PC). PCI-Express video board with support for DVI/HDMI and HDCP, screen/television with HDMI input or HDCP supported DVI input. PCI-Express video board with VGA output and VGA monitor. PCI-Express video board with component video output and video output, CGMS-A and Macrovision support, television or projector. On analog monitors some discs display only at low resolution or not at all.
* The newest graphics drivers with COPP support. Recommended: ATI Catalyst 7.5, nVidia ForceWare 94.24 (Windows XP), ForceWare 158.22 (Windows XP / GeForce 8 Series), ForceWare 158.24 (Windows Vista) or higher
* Microsoft® .Net Framework 2.0 must be installed prior to Nero Suite in order to play interactive HDi content on HD DVD-Video
* For optimal resolution, the graphics card and the screen should support HDCP - some combinations of graphics card and screen produce poor resolution
* Internet connection for updating AACS keys. These are needed in order to play AACS protected Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD videos. See the respective device manual to determine whether a screen or TV device supports HDCP.
Optional System Requirements for Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD
* HD capable video board and DVB(-T) adapter
* TV tuner or video capture board for analog recording. You will find a list of compatible devices here
* FireWire® controller conforming to OHCI (IEEE 1394) for HDV recording