Latest Nero Recode 2016 Review.
Nero Recode 2016, German-based software giant Nero’s answer to media conversion, features the ability to convert nearly any type of video or audio file to whatever format that you desire. Coupled with an intuitive user interface where just about anyone can get down to the task of converting media, and multiple conversion profiles for various devices built-in to the application, Nero Recode 2016 makes file conversion a breeze. Whether it’s simply converting a file to another format, removing or adding multiple media tracks, or recoding content to increase quality, Nero Recode 2016 lets you do it.
Without bothering you with unnecessary technicalities, Nero Recode 2016 lets you instantly get down to the task of converting media files by simply dragging content onto the Home screen. Alternately, you can use the many options listed under the Recode Discs and Convert Media Files sections to find different ways to import in files for conversion. To prevent you from wasting time, Nero Recode 2016 doesn’t go into the encoding phase upon the completion of a project, but instead queues it on the Home screen — this allows you to stack multiple projects and encode all of them simultaneously. The application also features the ability to auto-shutdown your computer after completing lengthy encoding sessions.
Under Recode Discs, you can find multiple options that allow you to import your DVD, Blu-ray, and AVCHD videos, either with file structures intact for a complete media conversion procedure, or without structures when looking to simply convert videos to alternate formats. Convert Media Files, on the other hand, lists other import options where you can select video and audio files from local storage devices or via Nero’s proprietary MediaBrowser application. An additional option allows you to import videos from online streaming services — you’ll first have to play the video that you want to import on your preferred Web browser, however.
Nero Recode 2016 supports nearly any file format that you throw at it — MP4, MKV, MOV, WMV, 3GP, FLV, AVI, etc., just to name a few. After importing, you are taken to the conversion panel where you can perform a variety of functions before converting the file to your preferred format. The application lists all imported files complete with relevant information — duration, size, format, encoder, resolution, etc. — while also featuring a comparison table that shows projected information regarding the target output format. If the file contains additional media tracks — audio, video, or subtitles — you can choose to remove those that you deem as unnecessary, especially if you are recoding content to tone down on file size.
Further, the application also features several options that let you perform basic editing tasks on your videos, where you can either crop unwanted frames, trim out sequences, or rotate segments at various angles — it doesn’t, unfortunately, feature an option where you can splice together videos. If you have Nero Video installed, however, you can choose to transfer your imported files for advanced video editing, where you can add special effects, add media tracks, splice videos, etc., and send the videos back to Nero Recode 2016 so that you can proceed with completing your project.
While you can manually select your output codec, file format, bit-rate, frame-rate, and resolution, Nero Recode 2016 makes it even easier to convert files to alternate formats. With built-in conversion profiles for numerous devices, you can instantly select the profile that best suits your requirements, which makes it a convenient feature to have especially if you don’t know the exact codec or format that your device requires. In addition to popular Android, Windows, and iOS devices, the application even features support for obscure gizmos such as the Tesco Hudl and the ZTE Grand Memo.
All conversion profiles can be further customized for frame-rate, resolution, and bit-rate to best fit your output quality specifications. If you don’t like tinkering with the various settings present, you can simply select an available conversion profile, and then use a special quality slider to determine your preferred quality setting or a maximum size setting to fit files to pre-set sizes. After making your necessary modifications, you can choose to select a storage location for the files that you are about to convert — selecting an optical storage device will cause the application to automatically start burning data onto it during the encoding phase.
Converting audio files take on roughly the same kind of approach. By letting you import a range of supported file formats — MP3, OGG, WAV, AIF, M4A, FLAC, etc. — the application allows you to select an available conversion profile, choose an appropriate quality setting, and output the file to an alternate file format. In addition to altering the bit-rate, sampling rate, audio codec, etc., you can also modify the volume on all available tracks to normalize sounds and increase audio quality.
Should I Buy It?
Converting files to alternate formats doesn’t get any easier, thanks to Nero Recode 2016’s support for nearly any file format. With multiple options to determine exactly how you want your output file to function, numerous conversion profiles to easily convert files, and basic editing tools to make those quick video edits, Nero Recode 2016 simply blows away the competition. When purchasing it, Nero further sweetens the deal by giving you access to the MediaHome multimedia management utility, where you can carefully categorize all media content and playback nearly any video or audio file format.