- Light on features.
- Outdated, unconventional interface.
- No 360 or 3D support.
- No motion tracking.
- No direct output to social networks.
Interface and Editing Basics
When you first run the video editor, a registration dialog pops up, and then you get to the Launcher for the whole Nero suite, even if you’ve only installed Video. When you launch the Nero Platinum Suite 18.104.22.168 Crack proper from this, the interface looks different from most editors, and it feels a bit outdated. Still, the way to get going is clear enough: You can start capturing media from a device, open the editor or an existing project, or start a disc-burning project.
You can simply drag and drop files onto the program window. One interesting choice is Open Windows Live Movie Maker Project: That product has been replaced by video editing functions in the Photos app in Windows 10. Another is Edit Vertical Video, which smartphone cinematographers will appreciate, but purists will hate. New for the 2019 version is Live Guide, a right-side panel with links to the manual, FAQs, and video tutorials. It’s not searchable, but the similar KnowHow panel is! KnowHow also offers FAQs, manuals, tutorials, a glossary, and links to user forums. I’m not sure why both tools are necessary with all that duplication. You can turn Live Guide on with a toggle at the top of the interface, and it also offers feedback options.
When I tried importing 4K content from an iPhone X, I was prompted to activate support for the format. Ditto for the efficient H.265 HEVC format. Both of those formats aren’t available in the free trial version. The editor also now boasts 4K effects and templates. You can adjust the ratio between preview quality and performance (the former reduces the latter on weaker hardware).
The default timeline view—Express Editing—shows clip thumbnails in a storyboard format. Tapping the big vertical tab on the right labeled Advanced Editing switches you to the more standard timeline track view. You can’t switch back to Express if you make edits in Advanced. When you drag a clip onto the timeline, it nicely snaps next to the last clip. The timeline is easy to expand and contract with the mouse wheel.
One limitation is that right-clicking on a clip doesn’t offer to show you its file information. But if you double click, a trimming window opens, which has a tab with clip details like video format, resolution, and frame rate. There are plenty of undo levels, however, with a big button for that purpose along the bottom.
You can easily start full-screen playback with a button, or even view it on a separate monitor, thanks to the Extended Screen button option. I did this successfully on an external HDTV. Double-clicking a clip in the timeline opens a trimmer window, which lets you precisely set start and end points, down to the single frame. You can set markers, but to mark in and out cuts you need to open the Trimmer window. Cutter, slip, and roll tools accommodate more advanced editing styles.
Express Editing is of course much simpler, and if even that is too much effort, Nero offers 90 1-Click themes that automatically add intros, titles, transitions, and background music based on activities and styles, such as sports, kids, and retro. It’s actually less labor intensive than Adobe Rush, the media software giant’s attempt at accelerated video editing and sharing.
Advanced Video Effects
Under your source media, you tap the Effect Palette to open speed effects, stabilizer, keying, color, audio, text, transitions, clip art—in short, everything you’d use to jazz up your video. You get a healthy selection of transitions, though it’s nowhere near as many as Pinnacle Studio offers; there are some nice creative ones, but there aren’t any true 3D choices among them. It’s the only editor I’ve tested that doesn’t have sample animations for the transitions, so you don’t see exactly what they do until you apply them to your clip. Nero Video also lacks Final Cut Pro X’s (Free Trial at Apple.com) easy way of adding cross-fades by simply pulling down the clip corners on the timeline to add the transitions.
Adding transitions to the timeline is easy, since the program figures out the clip overlap for you. On the other hand, you can only adjust its duration, not the precise clip positioning, which may prove irritating at times. There’s no search for transitions and effects, which is unfortunate, since they’re all in one long list. Once you’ve found transitions you like, you can add them to your Favorites section, however, and this can help you find them again more quickly.
If you’re looking to do green-screen work, look elsewhere: Nero delivered the worst chroma-keying results I’ve seen in a video editor. I used the same actor on an imperfect green screen background, which other programs like Adobe Premiere Elements (Free Trial at Apple.com) were able to convincingly superimpose on background forest and beach scenes almost instantly. With Nero Video, the initial application of the effect was completely unusable, with parts of the model made transparent, even when I used the eyedropper tool to sample the green background shade. Using the Similarity slider to add back the missing parts of the model made things no better, as it also added back green background. Other editors get a better result on first click than Nero does after tweaking. Nero Platinum Suite 22.214.171.124 Crack even lets you choose multiple key colors. On the plus side, Nero lets you create a mask or invert the selection.
For picture-in-picture (PiP) effects, I like that Nero’s video preview window has handles at the corners for resizing PiPs. There’s even a Nero PiP editor with dozens of preset PiP designs. This also includes animated caption templates. Using it can be trying, however, since your clip has to be longer than the template’s clip length. The program also includes stabilization, speedup and slowdown effects (though no specific freeze-frame tool), and tilt shift. There are also decent animated text options, clip art, and backgrounds.
Nero even includes keyframe support, for gradually applying effects between frames you mark. Color correction is there but pretty basic, you can adjust HSL and lighting or apply drastic effects with the Creative Color tool, but there are no color wheels or CLUT support. You also don’t get some tools that you’ll find in several more-current competitors, including motion tracking, multicam editing, clip pre-trimming, 360-degree support, and 3D support, to name a few.
Nero includes a decent selection of background music, and it lets you unlink audio from video clips. One very nice audio editing tool is Fit Music, but it just faded the song, rather than recomposing it as Nero Platinum Suite 126.96.36.199 Crack tool does. Noise reduction, compression, reverb, de-ess, high-pass, and other standard audio effects are included.
Sharing and Output
You get to Nero Video’s output options by tapping the big Next arrow at the bottom of the editor screen. The program lets you output to a good selection of video file formats and can burn DVDs, Blu-rays, and AVCHD discs. Supported file types include AVI, WMV, Flash video, MPEG-1, -2, and -4, and even AVCHD Ultra HD, which is a 4K format. You can also export audio separately or send your movie via email. One surprisingly missing option is to the ability share video directly to online social networks, something found in abundance in the competition.
Nero Video includes a Multi-Export function that can auto-detect scenes in a long video and create shorter clips of a length you’ve specified. So you could be working with a 20-minute video but just want 30-second clips. When I tried this on a three-minute music video, it broke my clip into a dozen separate clips, each starting with a new shot, though it did miss some scene changes. The same detection is use for the Ad-Spotter tool, in case you download broadcast shows and want to clean out the ads. But back to the Multi-Export tool: This simply lets you export all clips within a video in one action, including those clips you create with scene detection.
The Web output option simply saves a file in online-friendly formats. But after I chose Export to Web, rendered the video file, and installed another program update, the option to log into a YouTube account and upload to that site appeared. Facebook and Vimeo were nowhere to be found, though. Nero’s own online storage has been discontinued, and the company doesn’t have an equivalent to CyberLink’s DirectorZone for sharing movies and effects.
Nero Video did not exhibit slowness or wait periods during simple and advanced video editing and importing. It was also reasonably fast at rendering a movie project to a video file in my testing, though trailing the leaders, Nero Platinum Suite 188.8.131.52 Crack (Free Trial at Apple.com) and Pinnacle Studio.
I test rendering time by creating a movie consisting of four clips of mixed types (some 1080p, some SD, some 4K) with a standard set of transitions, and rendering it to 1080p MPEG-4 at 15Mbps, H.264 High Profile. The clip’s audio is MPEG AAC Audio: 192 Kbps. I test on my Asus Zen AiO Pro Z240IC running 64-bit Windows 10 Home and sporting a 4K display, 16GB RAM, a quad-core Intel Core i7-6700T CPU, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M discrete graphics card.
The test movie (whose duration is just under five minutes) took Nero Video 2:46 (minutes:seconds) to render—an impressive time, no doubt because the software can take advantage of Nvidia CUDA acceleration. The speed leader, PowerDirector, took just 1 minute and 39 seconds to render the same project, and Pinnacle Studio came in at 2:34. Nero handily topped two other contenders tested, Corel VideoStudio (Free Trial at Apple.com) , which took 4:20, and Adobe Premiere Elements, which took 6:21.
For less money than the competition, Nero Platinum Suite 184.108.40.206 Crack offers a wide array of enthusiast-level video editing capabilities, but the interface is dated and it trails in support for new formats and techniques.