Nero Video Premium HD is an all-in-one program to help you organise, enhance, play back and share your digital media files, with an emphasis on high definition content.
The suite is essentially an updated version of Nero Vision Xtra, with enhanced versions of its two main components.
Nero MediaHub is a capable media manager, that can organise, play back and share your video, music and photo files. The version included here can play DVD and Blu-ray discs, is able to import music and videos from iTunes and Windows Media Player libraries, and includes the Gracenote plug-in for easy identification of audio files. Nero further say that MediaHub has been optimised to improve the playback performance of HD files. And the program now makes it easy to email photos, even providing an option to scale down supersized images before they're sent.
MediaHub can build professional slideshows from your files in just a click, too, then upload them directly to Facebook, YouTube, Flickr and MySpace.
The other Video Premium HD component is Nero Vision, a professional video editor with true multi-track editing and Blu-ray publishing abilities.
If you're new to video editing then the interface can seem a little complicated, but learn the basics and it's generally straightforward. Essentially you'll import the clips you need, drag and drop them into order, apply various effects, titles and so on, then save the finished movie to file, or burn it to disc.
Nero Video Premium HD extends Vision with the PiP EffectPack 1, though, which provides 66 picture-in-picture (PiP) effects which allow you to add up to four unique PiP overlays.
And if that's not enough, the PiP Effect Generator makes it easier to create your own custom overlays, with the ability to easily modify moving path effects giving you full keyframe control for the highest quality results.
But if that sounds too much like hard work, then you can simply browse and try out the other extras on offer here: the 30 high quality backgrounds, the 50 professional transition effects, or the extra movie themes and menu templates that make it simple to author quality Blu-ray or DVD discs.
Please note, there isn't yet a dedicated trial version for Nero Video Premium HD. Instead the download link will get you a copy of Nero Vision Xtra. This includes the same basic feature set - a media manager, video editor, DVD authoring - but excludes new features like Blu-ray support, the Picture-in-Picture Effect Generator, and the extra effects and movie themes.
It can feel a little complicated sometimes, but otherwise Nero Video Premium HD is a very capable consumer video editor, with a versatile media manager and excellent DVD and Blu-ray authoring tools