Nero Move it Review

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Pros: Robust device support ; Can convert audio and photos ; Doesn't require a CUDA-enabled GPU

Cons: Interface not as intuitive as competitors ; Relatively slower conversion time

Verdict: This multimedia conversion application supports a wide variety of formats, but it could be faster.

For consumers looking to move their multimedia from a PC to a mobile device (or vice versa), Nero Move it offers a nearly fuss-free conversion process. While Move it is CUDA enabled--speeding up conversion by offloading much of the work from the processor to the graphics chip--the app works on non-CUDA systems, so users don't need the latest Nvidia graphics cards in order to run it. The interface is a little wonky and confusing at first, and it's not as fast as the competition, but this app--at just $29.99 to download--is a good choice for anyone looking to convert more than just video files.

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Interface

The Nero Move it interface takes some getting used to. When you first open the program, you'll see two identical columns on each side of the screen. On each side of the application are the following icons: Device, My Nero, MySpace, (such as BlackBerry, iPhone, MP3 Player, etc.), myPC, User-Defined Device, and YouTube.

By having identical icons on each side of the screen, you can choose a source file (the left side) and a destination folder (the right side). Similar to CyberLink's Espresso, depending on what device you want the file to live on, Move it will automatically format the video, so you don't have to fiddle with aspect ratios, file formats, frame rates, or resolutions.

More advanced users can choose customized settings for each video file. You can click Settings > Profile > User Defined and set your own formats for music, photos, and videos. That means you can easily tweak the audio sampling rates/encoding, bitrate, channels, and resolution on your own.

Features

Unlike Badaboom and Espresso, Move it lets you format not only videos, but also audio and image content for your media player or phone. It even makes syncing to your device easy, since it recognizes your gadgets and lets you push or pull content directly to them via USB cable. For devices such as the iPhone, which requires iTunes in order to sync, you'll have to manually transfer your files over through their respective media sync applications. However, you can use Move it to convert videos to the correct format first.

Nero Move it recognized all of our AVI, MPEG-4, and WMV files, and let us output to 3GP, AVC/H.264, AVI, MPEG-4, WMV, and Xvid formats. Espresso supports a similar gamut of formats, as well as more rare types (such as TiVo and VOB), but only outputs to MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MPEG-4 AVC, and WMV files. Badaboom can take H.264/AVC, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, WMV, and even DivX and Xvid files, but only outputs to H.264. That means Move it has a more robust output selection than competing applications.

In addition to supporting a plethora of devices, Nero also lets you share content on your My Nero page, MySpace, and YouTube accounts. One glaring omission was Facebook support, so you can't upload or pull content from your Facebook account.

Performance

Nero Move it is truly plug and play. The software automatically recognized our BlackBerry, displaying its name and listing it as a device from which--and to which--we could transfer content. When we connected an iPhone 3G, Nero recognized it, but (as we mentioned earlier) we couldn't drag and drop content.

We tested Nero Move it on an ASUS G51Vx (RX05), which has an Nvidia GeForce GTX 260M graphics card with 1GB of dedicated video memory. To create a video for our iPhone, we chose myPC in the left column and User Define from the right. Under myPC we selected our 1.27GB AVI video file, and went into the Settings Menu to change the User-Defined settings to fit with our iPhone 3G.

Unlike Badaboom, and similar to Espresso, Move it doesn't have the correct iPhone 3G resolution available (480 x 320); instead, you have to choose 480 x 270. We set the video bitrate to 1 MBps, and audio to AAC at 128 kbps. Move it encoded the video in 21 minutes and 15 seconds, which is slower than both Badaboom (20:56) and CyberLink Espresso (18:52). Still, it's almost three times as fast as Handbrake, an application that doesn't take advantage of CUDA, which took 61:32 to finish.

Verdict

Nero Move it's greatest advantage over competing products is its ability to convert audio, image, and video files for more than a hundred devices. While it costs $49.99 for a boxed piece of software, customers can download it from Nero's site for $29.99, which makes it no more expensive than Badaboom. Some might find the interface a bit daunting at first, but it gets easier to navigate once you get the hang of it. While it's not as fast at converting as Badaboom or Espresso, Nero Move it's versatility makes it worth considering.

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Software Type Utilities
Platforms Windows
Required Processor XP: 1.0-GHz Intel Pentium III or equivalent AMD/Intel processor; Vista: 2.0-GHz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent AMD/Intel processor
Software Required OS: Windows XP (SP2 or higher)/ Vista
Required RAM 1GB
Disk Space 1GB
Company Website http://www.nero.com