High-end video junkies will appreciate the geeky tweaks you can
make with TMPGEnc to fine tune your video files, but folks who want
to do a casual video conversion might find the user interface
somewhat intimidating. The program lets you convert AVI video files
into the correct MPEG format used by either PAL or NTSC Video CDs
or DVDs. You can then burn the file to a disc, and watch it on a
regular DVD or VCD player. For 30 days after installation, you can
also use the program to edit down MPEG2 files with an editing
interface that's built into the product.
The program serves as a tease to the parent company's $99 TMPGEnc
Pro product, sold on the Web site. The paid product lets you
perform more elaborate editing and conversions, but may not be
right for someone who isn't a video professional. But if you're
looking for something to chop down a file quickly, then convert it
to make a disc, TMPGEnc might be just the ticket.