KARLSBAD, GERMANY (March 31st, 2004) -- Ahead Software, leaders in digital media technology, announced today the technology behind the world’s first all-in-one DVD+R Double Layer (DL) software suite, Nero 6. The two essential technologies that will help smoothly usher in Double Layer DVD recording are Nero LayerMagic™, to speed up the DL burning process and Nero SmoothPlay™, to provide seamless DL playback. The Nero applications in this enhanced version of its OEM digital media suite will fully support DVD+R DL drives, allowing 8.5GB DVD writing, authoring, backup and recoding for the first time ever.
The optical recording technology landscape has once again be transformed in 2004 with introduction of Double Layer DVD recording that will double the capacity of existing writable DVD discs, broadening the universe of video and data storage.
Nero’s LayerMagic™ effectively decreases the amount of time required to master a DL DVD by automatically distributing video content equally between the two layers in order to simplify the final layout in the recording process. If the “padding” recording process is used in which filler content, not actual video data, is recorded to even out the data on both layers, there is high risk of creating incompatible discs. Nero Layer Magic™ however avoids padding by distributing the content between the two layers in equal parts, ensuring that the second layer is already in a compatible state at the end of the recording process which greatly reduces recording time.
Nero SmoothPlay™ automatically modifies video content written to the end of the DVD so that delays in playback are reduced to an absolute minimum. The process of switching from one layer to another takes a considerable amount of time as the drive needs to refocus its laser to the second layer as well as perform any seeking operation necessary to find the beginning of the data on layer two. Due to that, many badly mastered DVD-Video media will cause the player to interrupt playback at or shortly before switching layers. Nero SmoothPlay™ avoids these problems by coding detailed instructions into the DVD’s navigation data, making most DVD-Players perform the caching and playback optimization necessary to prevent playback distortion. When applying the unique Nero SmoothPlay™ algorithm, the optimum layer break location for both new and pre-mastered DVD-Video content will be detected by analyzing video signal and navigation structures, ensuring maximum compatibility with standalone DVD players as well as the smallest possible delay in switching from one layer to another when playing back mastered video content.
NeroVision Express 2 takes video capturing, editing, photo slideshows and animated menu creation to the next level with its support of full DVD-Video authoring on DVD+R DL, doubling the capacity to four hours of standard DVD quality video. Equipped with the most powerful MPEG recoding engine available and featuring Nero Digital ™, the world’s fastest MPEG-4 encoder available, Nero Recode 2 enables the user to recode several non-copy protected movies to a single DVD+R DL disc in DVD-Video format, or more than ten movies in Nero Digital’s MPEG-4 format. Nero Digital combines MPEG-4 video with HE-AAC audio and has full subtitle support.
In addition, this complete, comprehensive software suite offers Nero BackItUp, which takes full advantage of the increased capacity of a DVD+R DL disc, allowing users to run scheduled backups, password-protect their data and choose from various backup modes such as full or incremental. Nero Express 6 allows users to burn standard data and digital audio discs with up to 8.5 GB in size. Also included is the essential drive testing utility, Nero Toolkit, the powerful DVD and digital video playback software Nero ShowTime, the standard packet writing application InCD 4 and the label creator Nero Cover Designer. Each application can be accessed with a single click via the one-of-a-kind application launcher Nero StartSmart, providing users with an at-a-glance overview of what DVD drives have to offer.
“With new technology comes new challenges and with new challenges comes new solutions,” says Richard Lesser CEO of Ahead Software AG. “Nero already has the answers to questions that haven’t been asked, with new technology like Nero LayerMagic and Nero SmoothPlay that will ensure a smooth, consistent and successful recording process.”
The Nero OEM digital media suite with unrivalled features for DVD+R Double Layer (DL) technology will be included in worldwide bundles from major drive manufacturers from Q2, 2004, and is available for PC and drive OEMs.
For additional information, please visit www.nero.com.
Ahead Software provides the most reliable CD/DVD software applications available to serve digital media markets worldwide. Since its inception in 1995, Ahead’s leading application, Nero, has built a loyal customer base of more than 120 million users world-wide.
Ahead’s award-winning flagship product Nero 6 provides an all-in-one comprehensive CD/DVD burning suite. Ahead’s product line also includes Nero Digital – audio/video technology, SIPPS™ – VoIP, and across – professional computer aided translation software. Ahead distributes its products globally through world’s leading drive manufacturers and PC makers, as well as leading world-wide retailers, online partners, and also directly to consumers at www.nero.com. Ahead Software AG is headquartered in Karlsbad, Germany, with its subsidiary Ahead Software Inc. located in Glendale, California USA, and a further subsidiary set to open soon in Japan.