How to burn .mp4 or .avi movies to DVD so that they play on a DVD Player?

When you want to create a DVD that plays on your DVD player you initially need to understand which kind of format needs to be present on your DVD disc.

There is a fundamental difference between a DVD data disc and a DVD-Video disc.

A DVD data disc can be filled with any kind of date content whereas a DVD-Video disc consists of a defined disc format structure that lets you navigate through DVD disc menus and lets you play your files via these disc menus. Also the video file formats that you use (in your case mp4 and .avi) need to be made compatible as a DVD-Video disc only accepts MPEG-2 video codecs*.

*For more details check the Glossary in Nero KnowHow

 Step 1 – Select the DVD-Video creation option

Nero Video is the application of choice within Nero Suite that provides easy yet powerful high-quality DVD-Video creation.


  • Launch Nero Video
  • On the start screen (“Home”) select “Create Disc > DVD > DVD-Video”

 Step 2 – Import and sort your content

Content screen

  • You will see the content screen for your disc project, now
  • Click on “Import > Import files” to add your video files to your disc project
  • Within the explorer view browse and select the videos you want to add, and press “Open”
  • The videos will be imported and listed
  • Note that the videos will be listed in the given order from top to bottom, and this will also translate into the order of clips being shown in your DVD menu
  • If you want a different order, just drag and drop the clips to the corresponding position within in the window (in the screenshot you can see that clip 00022 and 00019 have been dragged to the top of the list)
  • when all is good click next

TIP: You cannot insert images or image sequences directly into a DVD-Video project. If you plan to do so, make sure that  you have none of your video clips in the actual list selected. Then click ,Edit’. Within the editing mode simply drag the wanted images to the timeline and click ‘Next’. Your image sequence will now be present as an individual video within the clip list of your DVD project and be available as a regular video for playback via your DVD-Video disc navigation menu.

Step 3 – Select a suiting disc menu

menu screen

In this screen you can select between a number of categories and numerous templates inside of the individual categories. As you can see in the screenshot, we have selected a disc menu template from the ‘Smart 3D’ category.

  • Click “Next” to get to the preview function.

TIP: You can also customize DVD-menus and create your very own templates to use over and over gain. For more details on how to customize disc menus in Nero Video check Nero KnowHow 00033

Step 4 – Preview your disc

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In this screen, you can realistically preview your disc with all menus and all pages in exactly the same way your DVD player will show it. Give yourself some time for checking before you click on ”Next”.

Step 5 – Burn your DVD-Video disc


  • Within this screen select your recorder under “Burn to…”
  • Insert a blank DVD disc into the recorder (DVD±R or DVD±RW or DVD±R DL)
  • Click “Burn”

Now, a windows opens showing you the status of the final processing – initially rendering of the disc menus and the video titles, before switching over to the  status of the final burning process. No further action is required here.

  • You will be notified when the burning is finished.

TIP: There is a dependency between the content that fits onto your disc and the quality setting within ‘Recording Format Options’. Find more on that topic under NeroKnowHow 00022         

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What’s new in Music Recorder for Nero Platinum 2018?

With the latest online update of Nero 2018 Launcher you will find that Audials Music Recorder replaces the former Music Recorder.

The former Music Recorder was based on Audials 2016 technology. The new Audials Music Recorder is based on Audials 2018 with below new features.

Audials Music Recorder in Nero Platinum 2018

  • updated speed
  • find more radio stations quicker
  • reworked user interface
  • new Dashboard ‘Audials Home’
  • new central search function
  • better quality music search results
  • create up to three wish lists for artists or songs at a time
  • now edit the wish list and use the drag-and-drop function to add new wishes or delete old ones*
  • save found songs to your PC as a virtual song (e.g. a YouTube link) and play your virtual song like a local file**
  • includes ‘Audials Music Universe’ with new ‘Audials Music Zoom’
  • and more

* if one wish list is done you can delete it and add another
** you need to be online to use this feature 

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Online Update for Nero Suite 2018 Products is available, now!

An Online update for the following Nero Suite 2018 products is available:

  • Nero Platinum 2018
  • Nero Standard 2018
  • Nero Burning ROM 2018
  • Nero Video 2018
  • Nero Recode 2018
  • Nero MediaHome 2018

Please perform the update via ‘Nero ControlCenter’ > ‘Update’ > ‘Check for updates’ > ‘Update now’.

Which Benefits do I get with this Update?


  • Identify 360 degree photos and videos via Nero MediaHome
  • New device profiles in Nero Recode for Samsung Galaxy S8, iPhone 8 and iPhone X
  • Nero Burning ROM and Nero Express now support IEEE FLOAT PCM .wav files
  • QR Codes in Nero Launcher to install mobile Apps easily


  • In Nero DuplicateManger you can now individually select, mark, keep or remove images, groups of images, and folders
  • In Nero DuplicateManager the logic of keeping recommended images was improved in terms of keeping  as many images in one folder as possible


  • Fixed issues with Nero Disc to Device not using hardware acceleration for encoding. The fix now enables a 60% faster encoding rate
  • Fixed issues with hardware acceleration when playing back HEVC files
  • Fixed playback/decoding of  4K HEVC videos captured with Huawei Mate 9
  • Fixed issue that the map would not show in Nero MediaHome when images or videos with places were selected
  • Fixed some crash issues for Nero MediaHome under Windows 10

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Do I need to uninstall an older Nero version before I install a new Nero product version – may I uninstall the old Nero version after I installed the new one?

Nero products work side by side, meaning that you can install a latest version and leave a former version installed on the same system.

Both versions will be working on the same system. We recommend always using the latest product version with the latest feature set.*

You can uninstall the former product version if you like. Check the table below for version references.

If you are using Windows® 10 operating system, please be aware that Nero products must be uninstalled via ‘Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features’. For more details check Nero KnowHow 00008.

In the case of Nero MediaHome, please be aware that with installing the latest product, the media library of your older product version will be transferred to the latest Nero product version. This way the latest version of Nero MediaHome will automatically have all your media, configurations, slideshows, tags, etc. available in the known manner within the framework of the new feature set of the latest Nero product version.

Due to the fact that only one Nero media library can exist on one system, Nero MediaHome will be disabled in your older Nero product version.

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*In case you have purchased an upgrade product version, your rights to install and use the Software will be limited to either the originally purchased version of the Software or the Upgrade, but not both, in accordance with the provisions of the end user license agreement. Please adapt your installation and uninstall behavior accordingly. For more details please check the end user license agreement.

For information on how to move the complete Nero MediaHome media library to a new system please check it out here.

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How to use batch files and installation scripts for silent installations of Nero Volume License Products

1. What the batch files are for

There are customers of Nero which buy volume licenses for Nero 2018* based products. They normally automatically install the products on many systems by certain customer specific server controlled processes. To conveniently support this, Nero provides batch files which allow the customers to install or to remove Nero 2017 installers on remote client systems.

*the procedures explained here also relate to Nero 2017 and Nero 2016 respectively. For a difference in needed prerequisites for the product version in question please check the respective table as listed under 3.5 below.

The basic requirement for a remote installation is that the installation must not ask for any interactive user input, i.e. the installation should run silently without showing the EULA, the license key dialog or the feature selection tree. For this reason, the batch files allow the customers to easily pre-configure and control the installation process.

For installation, there are two batch files. The first one _install_prq.bat is for the installing prerequisites and the second one _install.bat is for installing the product itself. Both have to be executed and a reboot is required in between due to Microsoft restrictions. The batch files themselves will not trigger the reboot; this has to be done by the administrator who performs the installation. The installation result can be seen on the cmd terminal or/and checked from %ERRORLEVEL% environment variable. Please also note, that the installation won’t be continued automatically after reboot so that the administrator has to start installation script again.

2. How to use installation scripts (short summary)

1. Copy bat, _install_prq.bat, GetSystemDefaultLanguage.exe into your installer folder at the same level as setup.exe. The additional executable GetSystemDefaultLanguage.exe may be omitted only if you set the installation language by the numerical code or set it to default (see parameter neroInstallationLanguage of _install.bat)
2. Configure scripts according to your extra needs: license key, installation language, disable features – for the bat; set up alternative prerequisite folder (only if it differs from the default prerequisite folder in the installer!), disable installation of specific prerequisites – for the _install_prq.bat.
3. Start prerequisites installation by executing bat. Be sure that you start the script as administrator. Reboot your system if required. Prerequisites are mostly third party installers from Microsoft which are essentially needed to run the Nero products properly. Nero has no influence on suppressing their required reboots or the way they are installed. This is all done by the original manufacturer of those third party installers.

4. Start the installer script bat to install the Nero Product.

Note 1

The files _install.bat, _install_prq.bat, GetSystemDefaultLanguage.exe may be also copied to the folder not containing installation files. In such a case you have to provide the installer folder in the parameter neroMsiFolder of the _install.bat. You can also use the alternative prerequisite folder (only if it differs from the default prerequisite folder in the installer!). In such a case you provide the alternative prerequisite folder in the parameter neroPrqFolder of the _install_prq.bat.

Note 2

  • Besides the system environment variable TEMP must be set to a folder where the batch scripts may create temporary files
  • Be sure that you start the scripts as administrator
  • Be sure that the scripts has access to the installer folder (especially if you use network drives on the MS Windows Vista and later. For instance, the mapping of the network drives can be different for the programs started under “run as administrator” and usual contexts (different elevations).

3. Configuration parameters of installation scripts

3.1 Configuration parameters of _install.bat

The product installation is performed by the _install.bat batch file. Note that the installation most probably will fail if _install_prq.bat requested to reboot the system and you didn’t restart the system yet.

Before starting this batch file configure it in your favorite text editor (vi, emacs or notepad). There are the following parameters

  • licenseKey = none
    If a license key for the product is available it must be assigned to this variable. If the license key is provided neither here nor in the installer itself, the installation will fail. If you define the key in the batch script, it will override the key encoded into the installer.
  • RemoveSerials = 0
    Remove serial numbers after installation.
    Set value to “0” to leave all serials on the system after installation (default).
    Set value to “1” to remove all serials after installation (may be useful for deploying on OEM-PC’s).
  • RemoveStartSmartDesktopShortcut = 0
    Remove StartSmart desktop shortcut after installation.
    Set value to “0” to leave shortcut on the system after installation (default).
    Set value to “1” to remove shortcut after installation.
  • neroMsiFolder = %~dp0
    Set this variable to the full path of the installer folder. If the bat file is located in the installer folder, it is not necessary to change this variable’s default value. The path has to include trailing backslash and should not contain ending and starting quotes.
  • neroMsiFile = none
    The value none is the default value of this variable. If InstallShield’s configuration file ini is present in the installation folder (which is the usual case of all installations delivered by Nero), then script will try to detect msi file from setup.ini.
    In case the auto-detection fails, set this variable to just the file name of the installer’s MSI file, e.g. Nero.MultimediaSuite.msi.
  • neroDestinationPath = default
    Assign the installation target folder path to this variable. If set to default the applications (except shared components) will be installed to %ProgramFiles%\Nero.
  • silentInstall = 1
    Set this variable either to “1” for a completely silent installation (no UI, corresponds to /qn-parameter for msiexec).
    Set this variable to “2“ if you’d like to have a progress bar shown on the target system at least (basic UI, corresponds to /qb-parameter for msiexec).
    Default is value 1 which should be used for remote installations; value 2 is more useful for local installations.
  • neroInstallationLanguage = system
    This variable defines the installation language. Although the installation is running silent, the installation language is important as shortcuts, tooltips file associations and other system texts which are created by the installer will appear in this language. Note that the applications will use the system language!
    neroInstallationLanguage can be set to one of the following values:
  • default: no language transform is applied to the installer’s MSI file
  • system: the system default UI language is used as installation language. This is the most common behavior (the system default language is also referred to as “install language”) and therefore the default of the variable. If the current system default UI language is not supported, bat silently falls back to English. If you use this value, do not forget also to copy GetSystemDefaultLanguage.exe near your script
  • user: the user default UI language is used as installation language if it is supported, otherwise english. If you use this value, do not forget also to copy exe near your script
  • 3-Letter language code or numeric locale identifier. The following examples will set english or german language corresponding:

The complete list of language codes is listed in the following table

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  • excludeApp = [list of applications to exclude]
    define here the applications which should not be installed. The value of the variable is a comma separated list of applications exactly as they appear in the applications subfolder of your superinstaller. For instance , if you want to exclude the Nero KwikMedia, Nero InfoTool and Nero DiscSpeed applications, then set the variable as follows:
    set excludeApp=kwikmedia,infotool,discspeed
  • excludeHelp = 0
    If this value is set to 1 no help files are installed. By default help files for all applications are installed that have not been excluded by the excludeApplicationName
  • installAutoPlay = 1
    If set to 0 no Windows auto play handlers will be registered by the applications.
  • installFileAssociations = 1
    If set to 0 no file extensions will be associated with the applications of the product. Note that this is valid for any extensions including typical Nero extensions like .nrg and others!
  • installDesktopShortcuts = 1
    If set to 0 no desktop shortcuts will be created for the applications.
  • enableRepair = 1
    Set this variable to value 0 if no repair button for the applications should appear in Windows’ Add- and Remove Programs panel. This is reasonable if the installer does not remain on the system because the installer files are required for repairing installations.
  • disableChange = 0
    Set this variable to value 1 if no change button for the Nero Suite should appear in Windows’ Add- and Remove Programs panel.
  • neroBurnRightsRegFile = none
    Set this variable to the complete file path of an exported Nero BurnRights registry file. That file defines the burn rights which should be applied by Nero BurnRights on the target system.
  • neroBurnRightsUsers = none
    This variable specifies for which users the rights should be set. If it is set to none, Nero BurnRights will not be executed at the end of the installation process. This might be necessary to prevent the EULA from being displayed on remote target systems. Otherwise it can be set to one of the following values:

    1. /admin
    2. /all
    3. /group=[group name]
      g: /group=Customer

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  • neroUpdateCheckInterval = 0
    Set this variable to one of the following values to enable the automatic update check and to set the check interval:

    • 86400000 (check daily)
    • 604800000 (check weekly)
    • 2592000000 (monthly)

3.2 Additional configuration parameters of _installFromArchive.bat

Before starting this batch file it has to be configured in a text editor. There are the following parameters

  • CDID= none
    Set this variable to the CD ID of your self-extracting archive. E.g. you have the archive “backitupandburn-Max_NOAT-20110322131310597-11.0.10400.nsx.exe” then the CD ID is “20110322131310597”.
  • extractPath= %temp%
    Archive will be extracted in temp folder. Change this variable if you want to set another extraction folder.
  • archiveName= none
    Set this variable to file name of your self-extracting archive.

3.3 Installation of Prerequisites: configuration parameters

The installation of prerequisites will be performed by the _install_prq.bat batch file. The script automatically looks up for the prerequisites in the installer folder, checks the OS-conditions, prerequisite-conditions and installs them without user interactions. The prerequisites will be installed in the following order (if available): Direct3D-prerequisites, .NET-prerequisites, Lightscribe, VC Redist-prerequisites, MSI 4.5. Ask Toolbar-prerequisite won’t be installed and is not planned so far. AdobeFlash either won’t be installed due to redistributable / license agreement limitation (user has explicitly to accept EULA)

The installation of the required prerequisites is the must-step before installing Nero-products. If your installer does not include all required prerequisites, you can contact support/OEM-group to get the prerequisites-bundle.

The installation progress can be tracked on your terminal. You will see something like message: Installing prq [SomeName]… done.

At the end of installation, you get the installation result on your terminal and as %ERRORLEVEL% variable with the return code.

Note: The installation order of prerequisites has been selected so that they should not interfere with each other. In case you encounter error 1 or 3, then we recommend to reboot the system and to start the script again. If the error didn’t “disappear”, please check the installation logs in the temp folder or consult the support.

To install your Nero product it is absolutely necessary that all required third party components are installed on the target system.

3.4. Configuration parameters of _install_prq.bat

These are the parameters which you can configure in the _install_prq.bat:

  • neroPrqFolder = %~dp0
    Set this variable to the full path of the installer folder (setup.exe-level) if you want to use non-default prerequisite folder. The path has to include trailing backslash and should not contain ending and starting quotes. If the bat file is located in the installer folder or _install_prq.bat was invoked by _install.bat, it is not necessary to change this variable’s default value.
    If you want to disable installation of some prerequisites use this variable. For instance, you may disable installation of LightScribe by commenting out the following line
    ::set PRQ_CFG_SKIP=%PRQ_CFG_SKIP%;LightScribe System Software
  • There are also predefined values to disable Direct3D-prerequisites, .NET-prerequisites, MS VS PIA, VC Redist-prerequisites, MSI4.5-prerequisite. Check for the details bat.
  • Required prerequisites for Nero Volume License Products 2016, 2017, and 2018 can be found in the tables on page 8 following: Required Windows Prerequisites for Nero Volume License Products

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3.5     Required Windows Prerequisites for Nero Volume License Products

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4. Removal of Product

The _uninstall.bat batch file for the removal of Nero products is rather simple. Before starting this batch file it has to be configured. So open it with a text editor and have a look at the section below the line
:: Make your settings here

In that section several variables are set. By these settings the removal can be configured. Let’s have a look at the particular variables and their meanings; default values are shown after the equality sign:

  • neroMsiFolder = %~dp0
    Set this variable to the full path of the installer folder. If the bat file is located in the installer folder (which is highly recommended), it is not necessary to change this variable’s default value.
  • neroMsiFile = none
    Set this variable to just the file name of the installer’s MSI file, e.g. MultimediaSuite.msi. If none is assigned to it, the batch file will try to find the right MSI file. Note that the automatic detection works only for Nero’s standard products but not for Essential installers with different MSI file names.
  • silentInstall = 1
    Set this variable either to 1 for a completely silent uninstall or to 2 if you’d like to have a progress bar shown on the target system at least. Default is value 1 which should be used for remote uninstallations; value 2 is more useful for local uninstallations.

5. EULA and Nero BurnRights

Installing and using Nero products requires that Nero’s EULA is accepted by either the responsible administrator or the applications’ user. Normally the EULA is displayed and has to be accepted at the beginning of the product installation but this is not possible for a silent installation. In this case at the first application start after silent installation the EULA will displayed to the user. This seems reasonable but in fact there is a problem if the installation batch file remotely runs Nero BurnRights right after installation to set the burn rights. These actions would display the EULA on the remote system.

There are two options to prevent this. One is to switch off the remote setting of burn rights in the batch files. The other is to sign the EULA when buying a volume license key. Nero BurnRights will detect such special keys and not display the EULA then. This behavior has been introduced with Nero 10.

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