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The official release of version 5.0 of Ahead Software's, Nero Burning Rom will
be April 30th. There have been extensive enhancements to what is already being
called the 'Emperor of CD Recording software'.
These include Multiple Burning options, or simply the ability
to write to more than one CDRW at the same time (retail version or upgrade purchase).
The new engine has improved multi-tasking capability, allowing both greater
stability and improved speed.
Super Video CD support has now been added, allowing the capability
to record MPEG2 files directly onto CD. At its maximum rate, a SVCD can store
around 35 minutes of video in DVD quality. Along with Super Video CD, you can
add still images and create a slideshow on a Video CD disc for playback on your
pC or stand alone players.
Nero 5.0 now has significantly enhanced audio filters. You can
now test the filters in real time and apply multiple filters simultaneously.
New filters include a Karaoke filter, which cancels the voice track of music
and a Cross Fading filter, which allows the blending of songs into each other.
Also new is a Split function, which allows for the easy (multiple) splitting
of a sound file. This is ideal for large wave files containing whole LP sides.
The user interface has been improved to make playing with sounds extremely easy
During 1999, Nero became the first CD mastering software to incorporate
MP3 encoding and decoding. This is further extended in 5.0 with the support
of M3U playlists. These files contain lists of audio files in ASCII text format,
meaning they can be edited using the Windows program Notepad, for example. They
are read by most MP3 playback programs and can now also be read and generated
by Nero. If such an M3U playlist file is dragged into a Nero audio compilation
window, then Nero will add all audio files of the M3U playlist to its audio
Nero again looks to the future by supporting Twin VQ, the audio
compression system developed by NTT. It is now possible to encode and decode
Twin VQ files, which typically are much smaller than MP3 files, at a better
Nero 5.0 supports a CD and title database allowing you to find
title and artist information on a given audio CD. The title and artist information
will be stored within the audio file, if the file format supports this kind
of information [VQF (Sound VQ), MP3 or WMA (MS Audio)]. The powerful database
allows to store an almost unlimited amount of CD titles and songs, and access
them very fast. As an example, the FreeDB-Database with more than 1.000.000
song titles can be imported to Nero and then each entry can be accessed in less
than 0.1 sec.
Support for the copying of CD-Extra discs is now possible, and
for the retail version a CD label kit will now be included. Nero users can check
the upgrade policy.