Nero Burning ROM, sometimes referred to as Nero, is Nero's optical disc authoring software for Windows. It can be used to burn and copy discs such as CDs and DVDs. The software has many features, including DVD copying and DVD burning. It also supports a wide variety of disc image formats. It is part of either the DVD group or CD group in Nero's multitool. The software can create images for virtually any optical disc media, including Blu-Ray media that are readable in any typical DVD player or DVD recorder. Both the Studio and Home versions of the program include the DVD Animation codec, which controls playback of DVD animation discs. Horizontal scrolling of animation images can be controlled via the software with mouse controls, keyboard commands, or menus. Nero has released several updates for this version, e.g. Nero 5.4 was released on August 14, 2012.
Nero Burning ROM is not free; the core software is, however, available free of charge and can be downloaded from the company website. However, the program is bundled with Nero Media Suite, which includes more than 30 components from Nero AG and recommendations, such as a game, an ebook reader, a AVI converter, and Acura video converter; additional components are included on subsequent retail purchases. For some time, the software was available bundled with Kaspersky Anti-Virus & Anti-Spyware Premium, but this was removed early in 2008 and the product now requires a separate purchase. The total cost of the 14-DVD set of components of Nero Burning ROM plus components of Nero Media Suite is priced from $149 to $399 U.S. Nero's free desktop recorder Smoke is not included in evaluations of Nero Labs software. Nero Labs is a free version of the core software that does not include Nero's proprietary codecs. Unix distributions such as Red Hat Linux, including the latest versions such as the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 series, are not supported because the software requires the use of Microsoft Windows and Windows APIs. The program can be run in WINE, however, which is a compatibility layer that implements Windows API calls. 7211a4ac4a