How do I make my photos look better with just one or two clicks?

Open ‘Nero MediaHome‘ and attach your smartphone, DSC or USB stick to your PC. ‘Nero MediaHome‘ will detect your device and show files on your device that you can select for importing. If your photos are already availabe on your PC, ‘Nero MediaHome’  will probably already have scanned your system and will show the in images in ‘timeline view’, ‘faces view’, or ‘places view’. You can also add folders manually to ‘Nero MediaHome watched folders or drives ‘ by clicking ‘Options‘ > ‘Library‘.

Now select a photo in browsing view and double click on it. Your photo will open in full screen view. In the bottom panel click ‘Edit Photo‘.


A message box appears telling you that all changes you are to apply in any part of the image editing will be stored in history for an ‘undo‘ at any point later. It is also very convenient that you do not have to save any of the changes applied. Check the box ‘Never show me again‘ and proceed via ‘ok’.


Now the left hand image editing menu opens. Click on ‘Auto Enhance‘ for one click image fixing, or click ‘Auto Exposure‘ and ‘Auto Color‘ to auto enhance these two values individually.  In our example we just clicked
‘Auto Exposure‘ to brighten up the image while color already looked great.


Under ‘Adjust‘ you will find more options for manually fine tuning your images, if wanted.

You can also crop and straighten your images, or remove red eyes. Let us take a look at the crop functions.


As you can see you have handles top, bottom, left, and right to easily crop your image to the wanted dimensions. Click ‘Apply’ for using the selected dimensions. Under ‘Manual‘ you will also find typical useful template sizes to auto-apply (post card sizes, A4, 16:9, 4:3, and more).


Now, let us also take a look at the nice image enhancing effects. You have got a number of vintage photo effect templates here. Just put the mouse over one of the effect templates and you will see a preview immediately. Then just click on the wanted effect template and it will be applied automatically. In our example we used a sepia effect.


That’s how easy it is to enhance your images with ‘Nero MediaHome‘ applying just one or two clicks.

By the way: you can also make use of these easy image enhancing functions when you have a series of images inside of a slideshow project – you don’t even have to leave your project for applying image enhancement.

Just try it out and have fun.

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Why do I get a “Unable to open the database file.” message upon launch of Nero MediaHome?

Please open Nero MediaHome via Nero 2017 launcher screen.

Background Information:

In former versions Nero MediaHome used to be a standalone product that was version independent from Nero Suite product releases. A new version or an update of Nero MediaHome would have just updated any version of Nero MediaHome on the same system and overwritten the former version.

Starting with Nero 2017, Nero MediaHome 2017 like any other application of Nero Suite was changed to be version dependent with Nero Suite releases. There is also no feature reduced free version of Nero MediaHome available any longer. Due to these modifications the new product can be better positioned in the market and you as a paying customers can benefit from an extended feature set. Moreover, there is no disadvantage or risk of data loss against older versions. Any asset of the media library of an existing product will be automatically taken over to the new Nero Media Home 2017.

Same as before, only the latest available Nero MediaHome on an end-user system is allowed to access the media library.  Different than before now an older version can exist side by side with new Nero MediaHome 2017 on the same system. In such a scenario – if you try to open a former version of Nero MediaHome (which by design does not include the media library any longer) it will fail to launch with the message: “Unable to open the database file.” This is the expected behavior and you can safely uninstall the older version.

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Also, if you are using the text search from Windows start menu to launch Nero MediaHome possibly an older version might be executed and you will run into the same issue. In this case you can safely uninstall the older version of Nero MediaHome, too.


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Can I play back Audio CDs and Video Discs with Nero MediaHome?

Sure, you can.

Open ‘Nero MediaHome’. Insert an Audio CD into your PC drive and it will appear in the device view to the left.

‘Nero MediaHome’ shows available Audio-CD information and will check in the background for more CD-information like Album title, artist etc. This information will be added in the library.

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Playback will start right away. Use the playback functions below for selecting other tracks.

You can also easily import CD tracks to your library. Click on import CD to add tracks to Nero MediaHome library. The Import status is shown at the bottom left.

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You can continue browsing your media library while Audio-CD playback continues in the back. Click on the small window bottom left to get back to Music view.

For playing back a DVD-Video disc insert it into the PC drive.

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The menu structure will appear and lets you playback your disc or access individual titles.

Via right click the context menu gives you options to go back to the main menu and more.

Also check out the video tutorial

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How can I browse and play media with Nero MediaHome?

‘Nero MediaHome’ is a complete media management and playback solution for all your files and discs; be it photo, video, music or accessing connected mobile devices.

On the left hand side you find categories for Photos & Videos, Music, and Slide Shows. When inserted or connected you can also directly access discs and USB devices from here.

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Click on ‘Photos & Videos’ for quick browsing. Here you can choose between three different viewing modes.

‘Timeline’ has a daily or monthly view and a year reference so that you can quickly scroll or jump to the wanted clips. Clip information is shown on the right hand side.

You can modify the thumbnail view and filter the view for either video or photos. The field above lets you type in search words to easily find assets.

Via ‘Faces’ view you will easily find photos of people that are already identified via face detection.

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To playback files simply click on the play button below. Photos and videos will be played automatically in the order of clips in the library with optional background music for photo playback.

Also check out the video tutorial

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Can I create and burn Video DVDs in Nero MediaHome?

Sure you can. To do so create a so called ‘Slide Show’. In there you can automatically create a movie consisting of photo only, video only, or a combination of photo and video and then burn that to a DVD Video with menus.

In ‘Nero MediaHome’ select your photos or videos from which you are going to create a themed  slideshow. ‘Nero MediaHome’ has a whole variety of automatic design templates.

Click the button ‘Create new’, select ‘Slide Show’ and type in a name. Your slide show including all elements is shown in the storyboard at the top of the window.


On the left hand side you can select themes like ‘Abstract’. Within the tab ‘Title’ your slide show name appears and will be used for the intro sequence.  You can modify captions for intro and outro sequence by typing in new names.


Clicking the tab  ‘Music and duration’ allows you to set the duration of single images and to select the wanted music track. For example: you can chose between the music that comes with the template or your own music.

Do a preview of your project to get a first  impression. If you prefer other themes just click on the ‘Themes’ button again and select a different one.

In the storyboard you can add more images and videos. Click on the ‘+’ area and ‘Nero MediaBrowser’ will open.

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This is a minature view of ‘Nero MediaHome’ with access to all your media.

Your slide show will be auto saved and is ready for burning, now. In case you want to burn several slide shows (videos) to a single DVD-Video just repeat the described process several times, then go to ‘All Slide Shows’, and select the wanted  slideshows on the main screen.


Now click on the burn icon bottom right and select ‘DVD-Video’. Menus based on your theme will be added automatically.NMH DVD EN 3 00047When finished each of your videos can now be selected for individual playback via the menu buttons on your DVD that will play in any standard DVD player.

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