Nero’s updated video editing suite has been designed to make it even easier to create, edit and organise multimedia projects. Its SmartStart project launcher has been given a makeover, enabling users to burn discs directly and make the creation and editing process faster. Both Blu-ray and HD-DVD high-definition formats are supported. There’s also now an integrated RSS feed pushing tips, tricks and update details to the user.

Much of Nero 8 is a matter of dragging and dropping elements into position and the formerly complex task of burning discs has now been semi-automated as well as made faster. Nero has added support for more audio formats and added backup and file recovery functions under the guise of Nero RescueAgent. With Nero RescueAgent if your disc gets scratched or you are interrupted during recording your data will still be available. It can restore deleted files or previous versions of files too.

Once edited to the user’s satisfaction, video can be uploaded with a single click to sites such as YouTube, MySpace and MyNero via an Internet Upload feature. Video content from online communities can also be downloaded directly and played back with Nero ShowTime.

Nero Vision 5, Nero WaveEditor 4, Nero Home 3 and Nero ShowTime 4 have all been enhanced in Nero 8. Most notably, Vision 5, the video capturing, authoring and burning software, has more extensive menu design options and transitions while 3D, standard and high-definition menu templates now have customisable video backgrounds.

A Vista-specific DiscCopy gadget has been added so users can drag content to the onscreen gadget and invoke disc creation while further forward-looking functions include a plug-in for Microsoft’s MCE (Media Centre Extender).

Nero 8 will be available from October for £60 inc VAT

Nero 8 video editing suite

Nero 8 video editing suite