Latest Nero 2016 Classic Review.
Bringing to the table some of Nero’s most popular applications, Nero 2016 Classic provides an unprecedented level of support for all your multimedia management requirements. Whether it’s burning files onto CDs, DVDs, or Blu-ray discs, editing videos using professional-grade visual effects, converting files to various other formats, or backing stuff up to the cloud, Nero 2016 Classic lets you do it all. When compared to Nero’s alternate multimedia suite — Nero 2016 Platinum — you do lose out on certain features, but you still have access to the best stuff that Nero has on offer.
Managing & Playing Media
Nero 2016 Classic kicks off by including the extremely versatile Nero MediaHome multimedia management utility as part of its arsenal. With the ability to intelligently index multimedia content, Nero MediaHome categorizes all of your videos, photos, and music for faster access. Not just that, but it also features the ability to play your videos and music, regardless of file format, by doubling up as a media player.
With an additional complimentary mobile app called Nero Streaming Player, you can further stream content to the big screen — smart TVs and UHD TVs — where the application automatically transcodes content to device-compatible formats. If you are looking for 4K video support, however, Nero MediaHome lacks that functionality — a limitation when compared to Nero 2016 Platinum, which features full support for 4K video playback.
When it comes down to managing your photos, you can create slideshows out of your favorite images and save them in various formats for compatibility across devices. In addition, the application features numerous image-editing tools that can help you in enhancing the quality of your photos. Further, a separate application called Nero MediaBrowser lets you browse your entire media library, where you can drag and drop content onto other applications for fast file transfers.
Video Editing & Media Conversion
With the inclusion of Nero Video, Nero 2016 Classic gives you access to one of its best applications for all your video editing requirements. With the ability to import in any type of file for editing, you can use a variety of tools to cut, crop, and splice videos, add various special effects, video transitions, and backgrounds, overlay your videos with audio effects and text, and do a whole host of other video-editing tasks.
The application feature two separate modes — Express and Advanced — where both novice and advanced users can feel right at home while editing videos. Unlike the version of Nero Video included with the Platinum multimedia suite, however, the Classic version doesn’t support editing 4K videos, and you also lose access to a whole bunch of professional-grade special effects, though those that are included by default are more than enough.
When it comes down to converting your videos and music to remove compatibility issues between devices, you have Nero Recode ready and waiting. With the ability to import any file and output them to any other format, Nero Recode lets you play your favorite videos and music tracks on any device that you want — you have total control over the bit-rate, resolution, and quality settings that make up the output format. In addition to the manual file format and codec selection options at your disposal, the applications also feature hundreds of built-in conversion profiles for a multitude of devices — Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, LG, Lenovo, Sony, etc.
By featuring Nero Burning ROM — the application that made Nero so popular in the first place — Nero 2016 Classic provides an unparalleled number of features when it comes to disc-burning. With the ability to burn CDs, DVDs, and BDs in a variety of formats, the application features numerous other compilation options that you can use to determine exactly how you want your discs to function — spread files over multiple discs, auto-run certain files on insertion, add multisession support, etc.
In addition to creating your audio CDs, videos DVDs, and high definitions BDs, you can also create data discs to back up data, boot discs to resolve startup issues, UDF/ISO discs for cross-platform compatibility, etc. Its SecurDisc functionality itself is worth the price of admission, where you can use various password-protection and error-checking functions to secure discs both digitally and physically. The application also features an application in the form of Nero Express, where you can use it to burn discs instantly without any of the complexities involved in Nero Burning ROM.
Nero 2016 Classic takes the security of files and media content seriously. With its own cloud storage solution in the form of Nero BackItUp, you can now securely back up any important files to the cloud by giving you access to five gigabytes of free cloud storage space. Its integration into Nero MediaHome further brings in the added convenience of instantly backing up any multimedia content. The inclusion of an additional complimentary application called Nero RescueAgent further lets you recover deleted or corrupted items from various storage devices.
Should I Buy It?
Nero 2016 Classic gives you access to a whole lot of applications that allow you to perform nearly any multimedia management task that you could possible think of. With its disc-burning, video editing, file conversion, and media playback capabilities, Nero 2016 Classic retains its stature as one of the best multimedia management suites in business. While it does lack the 4K functionality and professional-grade special effects present in Nero 2016 Platinum, the lower price tag does make sense if you don’t want that added functionality.