First, transfer the video to your PC. Attach your camera's memory card to a docking station or card reader (the PC's built-in reader or an external USB model). Or connect the PC and camera with a FireWire cable, turn the camera on and download footage via Windows' Scanner and Camera Wizard.
Install and launch your video-editing program. In Nero 7.0, choose Nero StartSmart. Click Applications and select Nero Vision. Choose Make Movie to access the Untitled Project screen. Note that if you have a supported camcorder model or PCI video capture card, you can also use Nero Vision to import footage.
The window on the right of your screen stores the Assets (still photos and video clips). Click the magnifying glass icon and choose Browse. Locate your file and add it to the Asset window. It's easiest to first assemble the clips and stills you want for your movie here before you begin editing and arranging them.
Add these clips to the project in the order you want them to play. Drag-and-drop files from the Assets window on to the Storyboard, or click them and hit +. To delete a clip, right-click it and choose Delete. Re-order clips by dragging them into position, and group items using the Create New Group drop-down menu.
To edit a clip, click on it in Timeline mode. Hit the Cut button (the scissors) below the preview window. Now, using the blue and red sliders, you can select the footage you want to cut. Once you've done this, click the Cut button again to remove the material from your project. You'll be left with the surrounding footage.
Toggle between Storyboard and Timeline mode using the tabs below the preview window. Storyboard (on the left) previews clips and transitions, while video and text effects and audio items can be added only in Timeline. If you add effects to a clip in Timeline mode, it will be shown in Storyboard as a symbol.
It's easy to add special effects. Click the Filters tab (the lightning bolt) in the Assets window, then drag-and-drop your chosen filter on to the Timeline's Effects track. Extend or shorten its duration by dragging your cursor over the position marker. Undo filters by right-clicking the icon and hitting Delete.
Add titles to a project by clicking the text tab - the third one in the Assets box. Drag your chosen title style to the Timeline or hit + to add it. Next, type the text into the pop-up Properties dialog box. You can now choose various Properties, such as duration, font and, in the case of Bouncing Characters, the number of bounces.
Transitions blend the action from one piece of footage to the next. The various options are located under the righthand tab and are grouped by type. Add transitions by dragging-and-dropping them into position. They will appear as small squares over the video on the video track; use drag-and-drop to reposition them.
To preview a transition, place the horizontal position marker just before it and click the green Play button. In this case, where the Crossfade effect has been added, the clip gradually fades in as the project begins. Avoid using too many transitions, effects and filters, or you'll detract from your footage.
Once you've finished editing your movie, you can export the project to a file. Click the Export button at the bottom of Nero Vision's interface and use the controls in the Export Video window to configure the process. You'll have to specify a destination file and folder for the completed movie.
Choose from a selection of predefined export templates and decide on the type of video file you wish to create, such as DVD or AVI. Some formats present audio and video compression options for the file. We're exporting our video as an Mpeg, since this format is widely supported - our file should play on most devices.
Press Configure and change the options to export your video in a DVD-Video-compatible format. Click the button to the right of the Output filename to choose a save location. Select PAL mode - NTSC video will not play on a European DVD player. If you forget to do this, you can resave your video in Nero Vision and export it again.
Name your file, hit Save, then click the Export button at the bottom right. A progress bar will appear at the bottom of the screen. Your file will be saved in the format you specified, allowing you to open and play it with compatible software once you've located it in the save destination you chose earlier.