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How to create a simple slideshow using Nero 11.

Updated on August 30, 2017

Using Nero 11.

It is possible this guide may apply to earlier versions of Nero, perhaps 8,9&10. However I have no way of confirming this fact!

Nero 11 is a comprehensive video editing package suitable for the home user and is ideal for creating slide shows or short videos for publication on Hub pages. With just a little practice and patience the software can be made very user friendly using it's Express interface. In this short slideshow I created, I took 22 screen snippets from my PC to show step by step details of how to create your own masterpiece. You most probably will make mistakes along the way, the majority of which can be undone using the undo feature. Most of all I don't want the user to be bogged down with technical jargon or unnecessary methods or capability's of Nero 11.

It is assumed this guide is being followed by a 'beginner' to Nero 11 who has a basic level of understanding of computer software and computers. Nero 11 should be installed and running normally on the PC.

The Nero 11 web page offers tutorials but assumes the user has a degree of expertise in use of the software.

For quick handy reference this guide should be open in a window when running Nero 11.

PLAIN & SIMPLE is the key to the success!

(1) Nero Video 11 on your desktop.

Nero Video 11 on your desktop. If you have the Nero Video 11 start up short cut installed on your desktop double left clicking the icon is the most usual way to initialise the program! I find installing my most commonly used icons on the desktop is m
Nero Video 11 on your desktop. If you have the Nero Video 11 start up short cut installed on your desktop double left clicking the icon is the most usual way to initialise the program! I find installing my most commonly used icons on the desktop is m | Source

(1) Nero Video 11 on your desktop.

If you have the Nero Video 11 start up short cut installed on your desktop double left clicking the icon is the most usual way to initialise the program! I find installing my most commonly used icons on the desktop is most convenient and saves having to search through other folders. You've probably noticed my desktop home-screen is littered with shortcuts.

Once clicked Nero 11 requires a few moments to start up.

(2) Opening options page.

Opening dialogue. Once clicked and the program is running this list of options will be displayed. Looking to the Edit & Import section in the middle top of the picture we need to hover over and Left click 'Make Movie or Slideshow'
Opening dialogue. Once clicked and the program is running this list of options will be displayed. Looking to the Edit & Import section in the middle top of the picture we need to hover over and Left click 'Make Movie or Slideshow' | Source

(2) Opening options page.

Once clicked and the program is running this list of options will be displayed.

Looking to the Edit & Import section in the middle top of the picture we need to hover over and Left click 'Make Movie or Slideshow'

As can be seen from the list of options Nero 11 can be a very powerful video editing tool when used with 'experience' of which can only be attained by practice and trial and error or good tuition.Simple stage by stage 'how to's' go are a good starting point.

(3) Movie output options.

A square 'Movie Options' dialogue box will pop up giving a range of video output options. The default settings as in this case are usually the most appropriate for a simple slideshow or video.
A square 'Movie Options' dialogue box will pop up giving a range of video output options. The default settings as in this case are usually the most appropriate for a simple slideshow or video. | Source

(3) Movie output Options.

A square 'Movie Options' dialogue box will pop up giving a range of video output options. The default settings as in this case are usually the most appropriate for a simple slideshow or video.

Left click 'OK' to start the main program!

(4) Express editing.

By default Nero 11 opens the Express editing page for simple editing. We will be using this editing option throughout the slideshow's creation.
By default Nero 11 opens the Express editing page for simple editing. We will be using this editing option throughout the slideshow's creation. | Source

(4) Express editing.

By default Nero 11 opens the Express editing page for simple editing. We will be using this editing option throughout the slideshow's creation.

There is an advanced editing mode but that is beyond the scope of this guide.

(5) Importing to Nero 11.

Left click the import icon situated at the top right corner (highlighted in red). In the drop down box that appears left click import file, this option allows you to choose images stored on your PC.
Left click the import icon situated at the top right corner (highlighted in red). In the drop down box that appears left click import file, this option allows you to choose images stored on your PC. | Source

(5) Importing to Nero 11.

Left click the import icon situated at the top right corner (highlighted in red). In the drop down box that appears left click import file, this option allows you to choose images stored on your PC. The other options allow the importing of files from camera's and other media storage devices.

(6) Importing to Nero 11.. continued.

Choose from your folders which files to add, Nero recognises most image and sound file types. Either left click and hold then drag to highlight many files or a single click to highlight one file. The click 'Open' to import to Nero.
Choose from your folders which files to add, Nero recognises most image and sound file types. Either left click and hold then drag to highlight many files or a single click to highlight one file. The click 'Open' to import to Nero. | Source

(6) Importing to Nero 11.. continued.

Once images are imported to Nero do not move them to another location or different folder, the software will not be able to recognise the new location and the cache thumbnails will not be updated. Put very simply Nero wont have your images and you will have to import them from the new location again.

Choose from your folders which files to add, Nero recognises most image and sound file types. Either left click and hold then drag to highlight many files or a single click to highlight one file. Then click 'Open' to import to Nero.

Square images may lead to black borders where the frame has not filled the screen. Wide screen images work best, however there is a fit to screen feature which will be described later.

(7) Images are cached into Nero.

The images are now ready for use and the default Nero images have been deleted.
The images are now ready for use and the default Nero images have been deleted. | Source

(7) Images are cached into Nero.

The images are now ready for use and the default Nero images have been deleted. Deleting them simply aids clarity and prevents your images from being inadvertently placed into the movie timeline. To delete the default images simply highlight them and then press delete on your keyboard.

(8) Save your new project.

It is now prudent to save your project! left click the 'Save' icon highlighted in red and on the drop down box click 'Save'
It is now prudent to save your project! left click the 'Save' icon highlighted in red and on the drop down box click 'Save' | Source

(8) Save your new project.

It is now prudent to save your project! left click the 'Save' icon (highlighted in red) and on the drop down box click 'Save'

(9) Save your new project.. continued.

A box will drop down sourced from the Nero Video Folder, choose a name for your project which Nero will save as a nvc file. When satisfied, left click the 'Save' icon highlighted in red.
A box will drop down sourced from the Nero Video Folder, choose a name for your project which Nero will save as a nvc file. When satisfied, left click the 'Save' icon highlighted in red. | Source

(9) Save your new project.. continued.

A box will drop down sourced from the Nero Video Folder, choose a name for your project which Nero will save as a nvc file. When satisfied, left click the 'Save' icon (highlighted in red).

(10) Drag and drop files into Timeline.

Left click and hold then drag the chosen image or images in the desired order to the timeline viewer. Once the images are in place they can be re-arranged as desired using left click hold and drag to new position.
Left click and hold then drag the chosen image or images in the desired order to the timeline viewer. Once the images are in place they can be re-arranged as desired using left click hold and drag to new position. | Source

(10) Drag and drop files into Timeline.

Left click and hold then drag the chosen image or images in the desired order to the timeline viewer. Once the images are in place they can be re-arranged as desired using left click hold and drag to new position. The highlighted image will be shown in the preview window.

By default Nero sets the preview pane to widescreen due to the vast majority of monitors and TV's being 'widescreen'

If the preview pane has black infill around any of it's edges then the image may be fitted to the screen. This action is done by left clicking the small 'fx' icon in the upper right corner of the image in the timeline. Red pointer number 1 shows the 'fx' icon. If found that fitting the image to screen obscures important detail then the image will perhaps be best left with edge infill.

By default Nero 11 sets the display time of each image to 4 seconds which is shown in the bottom left hand corner of each image placed in the timeline. This display time can be changed by clicking the time box of the image in the timeline, a pop up dialogue box will show in the middle of the screen. Simply click the up or down arrow to increase or decrease the display time. By clicking and holding, the time numbers begin to change rapidly. When the required display time in seconds is reached Clicking 'Ok' will set the display time for that image in the timeline. Options within this feature can be used to change individual frames or to change all of the images within the timeline to the same viewing time!

(11) Frame transitions and Undo.

Close 'My Media' (it is highlighted in red at the top middle of this screenshot) by clicking on the small triangle at the end of it's dialogue box. By similar means open up the 'effects palette' and click the 'transition' icon, scroll down and drag a
Close 'My Media' (it is highlighted in red at the top middle of this screenshot) by clicking on the small triangle at the end of it's dialogue box. By similar means open up the 'effects palette' and click the 'transition' icon, scroll down and drag a | Source

(11) Frame transitions and Undo.

Close 'My Media' (it is highlighted in red at the top middle of this screenshot) by clicking on the small triangle at the end of it's dialogue box. By similar means open up the 'effects palette' and click the 'transition' icon, scroll down and drag and drop 'crossfade' to the first empty transition block. I've used this one simply because I like it. There are many different types and styles to choose from in the effects palette. Random transitions can be set in the empty boxes or all of one type. For this project I've decided to use the same video transitions.

If at any time an error is made then the undo feature will delete the last action carried out.The feature will show it's availability when it is highlighted in blue. The icons for these two actions are two curling arrows set in small boxes at the bottom of the screen, one curling arrow points to the left which is the 'undo' feature and the one next to it is the re-do feature. Click it once and the last action will be deleted, click twice the the last two actions will be deleted and so on. Conversely Re-do (the arrow pointing to the right) will undo the last deletion.

Deletion of any part of the project can usually be carried out by left clicking that particular element and in the opening drop down dialogue box 'Delete' is often offered amongst the options.

(12) Fill all empty video transition boxes.

Right click on the transition box and choose 'Apply selected transition to all transition fields'. All empty transition blocks will now be the same. You can see in the picture (highlighted in red pen) all the filled transition boxes.
Right click on the transition box and choose 'Apply selected transition to all transition fields'. All empty transition blocks will now be the same. You can see in the picture (highlighted in red pen) all the filled transition boxes. | Source

(12) Fill all empty video transition boxes.

Right click on the transition box and choose 'Apply selected transition to all transition fields'. All empty transition blocks will now be the same. You can see in the picture (highlighted in red pen) all the filled transition boxes. Now with all the transition boxes filled the very first transition should be deleted. Simply left click to bring up the drop down box and click delete. This action will prevent the video from having a black screen lead in as shown in the section 12 picture.

As a matter of good practice save the project at regular intervals. The first 'Save' was explained in step 9. Consequent saves will not bring up the save box as in the first save, Nero will update the project in the background and a small dialogue box will be shown centre screen as it is doing so. It is not necessary to use the 'Save As' feature for this project.

Now is a good time to save your blossoming creation!

(13) Preview the slideshow.

Left click the video preview 'stop' icon (highlighted in red and numbered 1). This action will then position the 'timeline' indicator (highlighted in red and numbered 3) to it's home location which by default is at the beginning of the first frame in
Left click the video preview 'stop' icon (highlighted in red and numbered 1). This action will then position the 'timeline' indicator (highlighted in red and numbered 3) to it's home location which by default is at the beginning of the first frame in | Source

(13) Preview the slideshow.

Left click the video preview 'stop' icon (highlighted in red and numbered 1). This action will then position the 'timeline' indicator (highlighted in red and numbered 3) to it's home location which by default is at the beginning of the first frame in the timeline. It does not matter where in the videos timeline you are viewing in the preview window, clicking stop will always stop the video and set the timeline indicator to home.

Click the 'play' icon (highlighted in red and numbered 2) to preview the video and the time line indicator synchronises it's position with that of the video frame in the preview box. Click the 'play' icon again and the video will pause

The Timeline indicator can be moved left or right in the time frame simply by left clicking hold and drag. This action is synchronised to the preview window.

There are other video control buttons but at this moment in time it is not necessary for them to be mentioned.

(14) Add sound.

Close the effects pallet in the manner described in section 11 then click the 'Audio' icon and in a similar manner to when positioning images drag and drop the sound file to the beginning of the 'Music timeline'. The sound file cannot be positioned i
Close the effects pallet in the manner described in section 11 then click the 'Audio' icon and in a similar manner to when positioning images drag and drop the sound file to the beginning of the 'Music timeline'. The sound file cannot be positioned i | Source

(14) Add sound.

Nero 11 recognises most sound file types such as MP3 and these can be incorporated into any video or slide show creation. They are imported to Nero 11 the same way as image files as described in section 6. For this project we are not using an imported sound file we are using a sample file that is shipped with Nero 11.

Close the effects palette in the manner described in section 11 then click the 'Audio' icon (highlighted in red)and in a similar manner to when positioning images drag and drop the sound file to the beginning of the 'Music timeline' (highlighted in red). The sound file cannot be positioned in any other section of the timeline other than the 'music' section. The action of drag, dropping and positioning has been highlighted in red.

Previewing the video with sound brings your creation to life. the sound file may need to be trimmed to fit the timeline of the slideshow.

(15) Trim sound to fit slideshow.

The time is is displayed as 00.(hours)02.(minutes)02.(seconds)20(tenths of seconds). The mark out pointer has been dragged towards the centre (to the left) to shorten the soundtrack. The length of the sound track is displayed in the 'mark out' dialog
The time is is displayed as 00.(hours)02.(minutes)02.(seconds)20(tenths of seconds). The mark out pointer has been dragged towards the centre (to the left) to shorten the soundtrack. The length of the sound track is displayed in the 'mark out' dialog | Source

(15) Trim sound to fit slideshow.

This guide does not en-scope the whole functionality of 'Trim' editing, it explains only how to shorten the end of the music to fit the slideshow timeline.

The slide show length is displayed in a dialogue box along the top of the timeline, just above the images. In the case of this project at this moment in time it plays for 1 minutes and 1 second.

Scroll to the end of the music timeline and click the icon highlighted in red to enable the 'Trim' dialogue. A box pops up in the middle of the screen with the sound displayed as a wave pattern. The sound wave now has it's own timeline that can be edited, two scale pointers are placed at the beginning and end of the sound wave, both of which can be moved. The scale pointer (mark in)to the left trims into the start of the sound wave and the scale pointer to the right (highlighted in red) (mark out)trims into the end of the sound wave. In this project only the 'mark out' scale pointer will be used.

The time in this image is displayed as 00.(hours)02.(minutes)02.(seconds)20(tenths of seconds). The mark out pointer has been dragged towards the centre (to the left) to shorten the sound wave but needs to be dragged further to the approximate length of the slideshow timeline.The length of the sound wave is displayed in the 'mark out' dialogue box, this can be fine tuned by clicking the arrows to increase or decrease the sound wave time as necessary. Clicking and holding the arrows rapidly adjusts the figures. The time should be set to 1minute and 1 second. Click 'Ok'

(16) Apply sound transitions and final preview.

Right click the icon (highlighted in red and numbered 1) and after the dialogue box opens select 'Apply random transitions to all empty transition fields' This action will create a subtle and softer lead into and out of the sound track.
Right click the icon (highlighted in red and numbered 1) and after the dialogue box opens select 'Apply random transitions to all empty transition fields' This action will create a subtle and softer lead into and out of the sound track. | Source

(16) Apply sound transitions and final preview.

The sound and image timeline are now matched!

Right click the icon (highlighted in red and numbered 1) and after the dialogue box opens select 'Apply random transitions to all empty transition fields' This action will create a subtle and softer lead into and out of the sound track.

The project is now complete apart from Nero converting it to a recognisable format! Preview it one last time to check for any errors and modify accordingly. It is wise to perform another save action at this stage.

Click 'Next' (highlighted in red and numbered 2)

(17) Export.

In the opening options screen in the 'Create & Export' section click 'Export' (highlighted in red)
In the opening options screen in the 'Create & Export' section click 'Export' (highlighted in red) | Source

(17) Export.

In the opening options screen in the 'Create & Export' section click 'Export' (highlighted in red)

(18) Choose Video Format.

In the Format dialogue box (highlighted in red and numbered 1) left click the triangle and in the drop down box select MP4.
In the Format dialogue box (highlighted in red and numbered 1) left click the triangle and in the drop down box select MP4. | Source

(18) Choose Video Format.

This guide does not en-scope the whole functionality of 'Format' options. It explains only how to select and create a video in the MP4 format.

Ensure the 'Export video to file' dialogue box is highlighted at the top right of the page, by default it should be!

In the Format dialogue box (highlighted in red and numbered 1) left click the triangle and in the drop down box select MP4.

MP4 in it's standard configuration is adequate for display on websites if reasonable quality images have been used in creating the project.

By default the video will be saved in the 'Nero Exported Video' folder.Click 'Export' (highlighted in red and numbered 2)

(19) Rendering Video.

Nero 11 is now rendering the video, the time elapsed and the remaining time is shown!
Nero 11 is now rendering the video, the time elapsed and the remaining time is shown! | Source

(19) Rendering Video.

Nero 11 is now rendering the video, the time elapsed and the remaining time is shown!

(20) File successfully exported.

Once the rendering has completed a dialogue box will pop up and inform you the video has successfully been exported. Left click the 'OK' icon on the pop up box.
Once the rendering has completed a dialogue box will pop up and inform you the video has successfully been exported. Left click the 'OK' icon on the pop up box. | Source

(20) File successfully exported.

Once the rendering has completed a dialogue box will pop up and inform you the video has successfully been exported. Left click the 'OK' icon on the pop up box.

(21) Nero 11 further options.

Once Nero 11 has completed rendering the project into a Video format and the video file has been successfully exported and you have acknowledged this action then the screen flips to a further options screen.
Once Nero 11 has completed rendering the project into a Video format and the video file has been successfully exported and you have acknowledged this action then the screen flips to a further options screen. | Source

(21) Nero 11 further options.

Once Nero 11 has completed rendering the project into a Video format and the video file has been successfully exported and you have acknowledged this action then the screen flips to a further options screen.

This dialogue offers the choice of further copies or start a new project etcetera! In this project we have no further use for Nero 11 so the program can be closed down.

(22) Finished project location

The finished project will be saved to the Nero 11 exported video folder. It can be uploaded to Hubpages amongst other things or burned to a DVD using Nero.
The finished project will be saved to the Nero 11 exported video folder. It can be uploaded to Hubpages amongst other things or burned to a DVD using Nero. | Source

(22) Finished project location

The finished project will be saved to the Nero 11 exported video folder. It can be uploaded to Hubpages amongst other things or burned to a DVD using Nero.

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      Albrecht 3 years ago

      Thanks a lot, was looking for the crossfade , your tutorial showed me where it is. Thousand kisses

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      BernieBob 5 years ago

      Great information on using Nero 11 to create slideshow. I've managed to do all the above but now I'm stuck on how to create a DVD which I will be able to play back in my DVD player. I've also made movies from old home videos and cannot figure out how to configure them to be able to player in my DVD player. I've tried MPEG 4 but still no luck and very frustrated. Can anyone help me? Simple is better and thanks!

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      Vidhya L 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Useful information. Will give it a try when possible and will let you know.

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      thanks for sharing....i might have to give this a try. I am learning new things everyday. Congrats on hubnugget nomination.

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I don't have Nero but I know my friend uses it. Okay I am bookmarking this so I could go over it again slowly.... :)

      Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination! Click this link to read and vote https://hubpages.com/community/August-2012-Olympic... Have a merry Hubnuggety day!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Very useful Martyn! Will keep this for when I start using the software!

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