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Nero launches Nero Digital Pro

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 19 Jul 2005 8:08 User comments (24)

Nero launches Nero Digital Pro Nero, leader in digital media technologies and developer of award-winning Nero applications, announces the release of Nero Digital Pro, audio and video Compression solution bundled with Nero’s top five applications. The package includes full versions of five different applications: Nero Recode 2, Nero ShowTime 2, Nero PhotoSnap, Nero MediaHome and NeroVision Express 3. Nero Digital Pro is an upgrade from the Nero Digital 30-Day Trial version recently offered to provide the user with an opportunity to create, play and share Nero Digital content for a Limited time.
With Nero Digital Pro, the user fully utilizes the potential of the tried and tested video and audio compression technology, along with select Nero applications offering support for Nero Digital technology. With Nero Recode 2, non-copy-protected DVD films can easily be compressed into Nero Digital™ format yet still offer top quality video. Then playback Nero Digital™ format with Nero ShowTime 2. With Nero MediaHome, users can then share Nero Digital™ content through any UPnP™ or DLNA compliant multimedia device, PC or laptop in a home network. With NeroVision Express 3, videos can be captured, edited and exported to Nero Digital™ file format. In addition, Nero Digital Pro also contains the full version of Nero PhotoSnap editor and PhotoSnap Viewer. Nero PhotoSnap offers a variety of powerful functions for digitally processing your favorite photos; Nero PhotoSnap Viewer lets you view and print pictures in different file formats.

Nero Digital™ is a complete audio/video Codec solution based on the MPEG-4 standard, but also supports the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec, already adapted as mandatory codec for future standards, such as HD-DVD and Blu-ray. Its powerful compression technology allows for previously unheard of volumes of data to be saved. Video material is compressed to about 20% of its original volume, delivering top quality results that can be easily and quickly shared and used on mobile devices. Nero Digital™ videos can be played back on PCs running the Nero Digital codec and on the growing number of certified Nero Digital™ consumer electronic devices.

Co-developed by Nero and Ateme, Nero Digital™ is fully based on industry standards MPEG-4 Video (MPEG-4 SP/ASP and AVC/H.264) and MPEG-4 Audio (LC AAC und HE AAC) compression technologies, allowing the flexibility to play MPEG-4 compliant content, yet offering advanced interactive features in unprecedented audio and video quality. With Nero Digital™, users can fit more high quality audio and video content to any given screen size, ranging from cell phones to HDTV on CDs, DVDs, flash memory and hard drives.

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24 user comments

119.7.2005 13:03

I'm surprised that there wasn't more of a buzz about this sooner; I have the Nero Ultra Suite with Nero digital,HE AAC (High Efficientcy Audio Compression) and Nero MediaHome. I love this entire suite the quality of the media is superb although the Nero Digital must be played in Nero ShowTime. The HEAAC compresses to 50% of MP3 file size and is excellent quality. I only wish that there were a DVD player that could support the codec as it is really advanced enough to set a new standard for compression and quality. Five stars baby!

219.7.2005 13:09

This just makes the Nero products that much more desirable.

419.7.2005 16:43

Thanks GrayArea, I will watch this site as of now only one of the links actually leads to a purchasable player and I have no idea what the price is in their currency. I will look for or await for something available in the states. Just to give an idea of the video compression I just burned a backup of Van Helsing, nearly 7.8 GB of original file, and got the entire movie on 1 700 MB CD minus the menu and extras. The quality is very good and there are other options that may allow for even better compression with a custom menu. I just haven't experimented with all of the options due to the fact that I can only view the disks on my computer (for now).

519.7.2005 21:05

I'm still experimenting with the 30-day free trial of Nero Digital, and I agree - the quality of the encodes I've been getting is simply outstanding. Any future combination of HE-AAC audio + mpeg-4 AVC/H.264 + Blu-Ray, is going to be mind-boggling!

619.7.2005 22:34

Siemssen DVD Player: SCO 5000 ND 79,00 € https://www.siemssen-resale.de/shop/index.php?sid=91e3d6aefb2739f01d01406a36ae2f77&cl=details&cnid=&anid=37741b487c4503de1.79712865 79€~=95.33$ Low price for latest codec player... Makes one wonder what it lacks.

720.7.2005 4:24

I saw there was something for a recode 2? I know recode is similar to shrink. Has anyone played with the new recode?

820.7.2005 10:38

Solitude- I purchased a Philips DVP642 for $64 US, shipping included for watching DivX files (and many other common video formats). Within it's limits (bitrate mainly) it works pretty well. Don't be afraid of the price. DVD players are oversized almost empty boxes. Not much to them, even the expensive ones. P.S. My only real complaint with the Philips player is it does not like to fast forward thru long segments of DivX files.

920.7.2005 10:49

dvp642 is the best 70 us i ever spent it plays everything!

1020.7.2005 15:31

nohelpme, Nero Recode 2 is virtually the only program that I use; it is super fast has excellent quality and very easy GUI. There have been only 2 disks that I have had to remove the special features from due to size constraints; other then those two I have backedup over 100 movies that Recode 2 was able to backup the disk in it's entirety. I will say that the two disks that would not fit the special features onto the backup were easily handled by DVD Shrink with AnyDVD running in the backround (no need for seperate ripping step). I still stick with Recode 2 simply for the speed and quality it takes less then an hour from start to finish! Hope this helps, ...later




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1121.7.2005 4:10

Hey, Thanks Dissone. I bought it last night and it looks good. Does it have any quality features like DVD Shrink? If you have compression shrink will analyze it in a second sweep of the movie and make the picture a little better.


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1221.7.2005 4:41

Is there any dvd players that can play this type of file?

1321.7.2005 7:39

nohelpme, Yes it does in fact have the same advanced or deep analysis; in fact I recall having heard that the guy who developed "shrink" is now on the ahead Nero payroll and lead the recode 2 developement you can see that it is very similar. Other then that the GUI is very simple not many choices but extremely user friendly with excellent results. I am fairly new to this so I'm sure that there are folks out there who are ...weeell over zealous when it comes to quality I am not one of them. Many consider a combination of DVD Rebuilder and CCE to be the only way to go; personally I can't tell the difference as recode 2 looks great on my TV. Anyway GreyArea quoted a site on the Nero web page that links to Nero Digital players if that is the type of file your refering to in your last post; apparently they are fairly cheap. I must reiterate that the Nero Digital Video is quite impressive I fit the "movie only" portion of Van Helsing to a single CD and the disk is roughly VCD quality. Not bad for only 631MB file size. The HEACC is absolutely superb as the file sizes are 50% of MP3 and 66% of MP3PRO. Good luck




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1421.7.2005 12:54
chazbmwUS
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Bought AnyDVD will this proggie still work with Recode 2,like it does with Shrink? I know the guy who did Shrink,does Recode 2. Does anyone use the AnyDVD and recode 2 combo?... with DVDD as the writer?

1521.7.2005 16:26

chazbmwUS, My apologies I should have stated that I use AnyDVD with Recode 2 and that they play very well together. Although, with that said, I do run AnyDVD in Safe Mode due to an apparent conflict that I never could root cause. To the best of my observations running AnyDVD in Safe Mode causes no loss of functionality. I've not tried writing an image file with Recode 2 so that DVDD could burn it; there is an option to burn with the image recorder to the hard drive so I don't see why it wouldn't work but again I haven't actually done it.




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1622.7.2005 3:57
lajr1980
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I gotta try this out then - Full DVD on 1 CD with all the menus - I gotta test this out myself...

1722.7.2005 4:44

You can't keep menus, or other interactive features.

1822.7.2005 4:45

but you can keep wonderful quality, very hard to pick the difference.

1922.7.2005 10:54

lajr1980, As rav0 stated you in fact can not keep the menu; here is my first post.

Quote:
Just to give an idea of the video compression I just burned a backup of Van Helsing, nearly 7.8 GB of original file, and got the entire movie on 1 700 MB CD minus the menu and extras. The quality is very good and there are other options that may allow for even better compression with a custom menu.
I may have been a bit over zealous when saying this, as I have yet to find a way to insert a custom menu. Here is what I posted most recently:
Quote:
I must reiterate that the Nero Digital Video is quite impressive I fit the "movie only" portion of Van Helsing to a single CD and the disk is roughly VCD quality. Not bad for only 631MB file size.
I apologize for any mis statement or confusion.


Dissones4u ;)

2023.7.2005 3:50
lajr1980
Inactive

LOL! It had my hopes up! I'm guessing is the same as Nero Recode whci does a fine job of putting a DVD movie on 1 CD

2123.7.2005 3:50
lajr1980
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LOL! It had my hopes up! I'm guessing it's the same as Nero Recode which does a fine job of putting a DVD movie on 1 CD

2223.7.2005 6:25

I don't think that I would say that Nero Digital is the same as Nero's Recode 2; to make a Nero Digital DVD is a seperate function within the menu as opposed to say shrinking a dvd with Recode 2. Nero Digital does in fact open in Recode 2 and therefore must have some connection but the encoder is MPG4 not MPEG2 as normal DVD video is. The disks are not playable in a stand alone player. Besides Recode 2 could never get the "movie only" portion of a disk down to 631 MB. If you keep any DivX or XviD for viewing from your PC then you really should use the free trial and see first hand. Later




Dissones4u ;)

2323.7.2005 14:41
rick5446
Inactive

Can't find where this player Siemssen DVD Player: SCO 5000 ND..is available in USA

2423.7.2005 14:55
rick5446
Inactive

lajr1980..1Click DVD Copy..is the fastest I've found to do whople Disc's...Quality is good too It does the best job on Episode Discs..that I've seen...although Nero give U error reports & asks if u really want to burn disc..they burn & play fine when done..I just did the Sopranos..& all was fine..1Click DVD Copy & burned W/NERO ..total process =33mins DVD Shrink took over 1 1/2 hrs to just ripp

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