Combine, merge, append projects into one project?

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Can I combine projects into one project?

I have more than one NVC file. Can I squish them into one NVC project?
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    Hi Plugger-

    No. You can only open one .nvc at a time. You need to export each project to a video format and then import all those files back into Nero Video.
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  • You are correct. There is no such tool. This applies to every version of Nero.
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  • I’m frustrated and annoyed
    Given how difficult it becomes to manage projects more than a few minutes long, I have split my project in to several smaller ones. Now that each of those is complete, I want to combine then in to a single project, fill in the gaps and make final tweaks to the project as a whole. That can NOT be done while working on the individual projects and can NOT be done by importing the other projects as videos.
    Is it REALLY asking that much to allow multiple projects to be combined?
    Given all the new (?) features added, I am amazed that many of the fundamental issues NEVER get addressed.
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  • What are you doing that makes projects longer that a few minutes difficult to manage?

    If you export the individual projects to file, when you import them into one of the "Make" options and add them to the timeline or storyboard, there are no gaps and there should be nothing to prevent you from making tweaks.

    If you have a long project and you want to hone in a particular portion, position the red positioning line approximately to the area you want to look at and use the slider at the bottom of the page to zoom the display.
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  • My pictures come form my cameras so have filenames of DSC_xxxx and IMG_xxxx. The My Media section only shows the first 4 or 5 characters so to see the filename of each picture requires you to hold and hover the mouse over each image. As for the TIMELINE!!!, if a project is more than 2 or 3 minutes then the filenames become only 3 or 4 characters making it impossible to quickly identify an image. With a larger project, if I want to move a specific image, I have to zoom in to find the exact image, then zoom out, move to the approximate location, and zoom in. In Windows Live Movie editor, the 'My Media' section actually had the images in the same order as in the timeline. That makes moving pictures around a LOT easier.
    Also, while building the project, I often change my mind on the timeline of pictures and want to move a few images from one area to another. Again, you have to zoom in and out to be able to reliably select a block, zoom out, and so on.
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  • If you want to rearrange pictures after you've added them either to the timeline or storyboard, click on the two upwards pointing arrows below the left side of the preview screen. That will take you to the Arranging Screen. You will probably be able to read the file names easier and all you have to do is drag and drop a photo wherever you want.

    Does that help?
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  • I’m better
    Doh!, Now why haven't I found this before.=!
    That addresses that problem quite nicely.....- thanks
    STILL want to be able to merge multiple projects......
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  • Not all things in Nero Video are obvious. It's like finding the Enable Workspace for exporting part of a project. Right click in the gray area in the time scale of the timeline.

    I can't remember if Nero put that on their list of things to do. It's been requested before. You can post your idea in the Ideas section of the forum and/or contact tech support about it.

    None the less, one has to do the export/import at this time.
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  • I’m ripped off
    For a brief moment there I thought you had answered my prayers....
    But then I got as far as the export page and it is back at the same thing - export as a movie.
    Sorry, but that is completely useless. I need to do further work on the 'merged' project and that is impossible to do when it is all just a combination of movie files.
    Yet another disappointment. Makes me wonder why I pay for things anymore.
    I now have to throw away almost 2 weeks work and start from scratch to rebuild my one hour project. Good job I am not one of those people who go straight to those social media pages and rant out there.
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  • I don't follow you. The issue was how to merge projects and I answered that. What can't you do with the merged projects?
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  • As an example.
    Let's say I have 5 sub-projects. For each of those I have organised the timeline of pictures, videos and text as well as added music and adjusted the pictures to match with the rhythm.
    I now want to take those 5 sub-projects and make them in to one master project.
    With that I would then want to:-
    1) add additional media linking the sections together
    2) add extra content to some of the sub-sections
    3) maybe adjust an image, eg first/last image to overlap the added content
    The MAIN reason for doing the sub-projects is so that I am only having to work with sections that are less than 5 minutes and so manipulating the timeline is relatively (!) easy (ie not spending all my time zooming in, zooming out, scrolling, zooming in etc)
    Why all the zooming you say? In a project that is more than 3 or 4 minutes, the thumbnails in the timeline are so small that it becomes difficult to select a specific image as the cursor tends to want to go to the junction between images. You have to zoom in a little so that you can select it. Also, that clicking inevitably picks the 'start of frame' or 'end of frame' marker so a drag ends up changing the duration of the image rather that letting me drag it. This is a somewhat easier task to do when in the (now newly found) edit mode of the program where you get decent size thumbnails (with filenames). Trouble is, a 1 hour project has hundreds(!) of images making timeline adjustments messy.
    Yes I know that the merged project will have these problems, but as it will be at least 90% complete, the extra effort is something I can live with.
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  • For 1 and 2), you could add the additional media and content prior to saving each of the projects. However, there's no reason why you can't do that after merging the projects. You can always split a video and insert additional things like pictures, text effects, etc. that you want to appear on the timeline.

    For 3), there's more than one way. If you know before hand that you want the overlaps. I would skip adding the first and last photos to any of the projects. Then, after you have the merged projects, you could add the first photo to video track 2 and then move the video on video track 1 such that the point that video starts is overlapped by the photo on video track 2 by the amount you desire. At the end, you would place the final photo on video track 2 with it's left edge overlapping the video on video track 1 by the desired amount. You would then probably cut the video on video track 1 at the point where you don't want it overlapped by the photo and then move it to the right such that it starts at the end of the photo on video track 2.

    This is a complex project and I suspect that you would need to do the same kind of stuff in any other video editing software.
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  • The problem with splitting the 'imported videos' is with the loss of consistency with the audio tracks which have been married (pretty much exactly) to the content of that video. That is why it is preferable to import the project so that I still have access to the 'content'.

    (3) somewhat defeats the purpose of having spent time in the sub-projects and is not a viable work-around.

    Bare in mind that the main reason for the sub-projects is the problems with working on individual elements in a large project and the requisite amount of zooming in/out that is required to perform 'simple tasks' (such as move an image from one end of the project to the other.
    The inability to identify which files in the My Media section have been used and which haven't, and where those files are in the timeline are all contributors to the problem. When you have 100+ (or even less) files named DSC_0xxx and files named IMG_0xxx and (which Nero automatically sorts by name) doesn't help. More than 40 items in a project and the expanded timeline view becomes a small problem.
    So what do you consider to be a normal (sensible) sized project? 40 images with a 4 second view is less than 3 minutes, don't see how you can have a 2 week overseas holiday and do it less than 3 minutes and 40 pictures....

    I honestly believe a few simple tweaks to Nero would make it a really powerful and pleasant tool to work with. Not impressed with spending good money and then be told I should go and spend more on a different package... Nero CAN do the job (I have already done more than 7 30+ minute projects with it) it just needs to make the task easier with some simple functions.....

    I am happy to close this topic now. I obviously can't do exactly what I want to do, so will have to continue down the frustration path for the foreseeable future......
    • You can always add the music later.

      What I said in 3) isn't a workaround. It's just one way of doing it. Beats having to cut the first and last photo after inserting the whole project and moving them to video track 2 and then moving the video. You have to do all those things in some manner in order to get overlap of the photos on the video.

      I have no idea what DSC_0xxx, etc. are.

      A sensible project size is decided by the user. I don't have a problem working with 1 hour projects.
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