Summary: Nero Video, BackItUp, and Recode compare favourably with the best stand-alone applications in their respective fields, so Nero 11 provides a lot of bang for the buck. However, as with rival Roxio, Nero is competing with the software that came with your burner, with new competing features in operating systems, and with a host of freebies that handle many CD/DVD chores.
Conclusion: Nero Burning ROM 11 is certainly a capable piece of software for creating optical disc media, and its SecurDisc support makes it very worthy of consideration if you’re security-minded. The program also did a decent job of ripping music CDs. However, there are free alternatives out there just for pure burning and free CD ripping (Windows Media Player and iTunes for starters, when it comes to the latter).
Pros: Plenty of control over burning options, Blu-ray burning possible, SecureDisc protection is pretty smart
Cons: No DVD or Blu-ray menu creation, Antiquated, frustrating user interface, No video transcoding