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TMPGEnc DVD Author 3 with DivX Authoring offers many new features and some terrific advancements over its predecessors. It is the ultimate all-in-one DVD authoring solution for any video enthusiast, whether you're a beginner or experienced videographer. Enjoy new features such as DivX authoring, HDV capture, more import formats, up to two subtitle streams, and more! Builtin DVD editing, import DVD-Video, VOB Files, DVD-VR, DVD-RAM. Add 2 audio tracks and 2 subtitle streams. This product has been discontinued and replaced by TMPGEnc Authoring Works 4.

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Version:3.1.2.176 History
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More information and other downloads:
Get the old Tmpgenc DVD Author 2.0 if you don't need DivX or an all-in-one converter.


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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
TMPGEnc DVD Author 3 with DivX Authoring Version 3.1.2.176 - June 10th, 2008
Improved Validation system updated to support content-regulated network environment.

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Guides and How to's:
Advanced DVD menu creation in TMPGEnc DVD Author - Read
Audio Compilations on DVD Guide - Read
CDDA on DVD, aka creating "Audio DVD-Video" - Read
doom9 TMPGEnc DVD Author guide - Read
How to author and burn a dvd with Tmpgenc DVD Author - Read
How to convert AVI/DivX/XviD with AC3 to DVD with AC3 - Read
How to convert interlaced PAL DVD to NTSC DVD - Read
How to Convert OGM to DVD - Read
How to edit DVD,DVD-VR, DVD+VR / How to convert DVDs back to MPG for reauthor or editing - Read
How to make a mixed DVD - Read
How to quickly convert VCD to DVD - Read
TMPGEnc DVD Author 3 (DivX Author): DivX Authoring Guide - Read
TMPGEnc DVD Author 3: DVD Authoring Guide - Read
View all guides with guide description here


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Tool features, DVD Author(BETA!):

Acronyms / Also Known As:
TDA, TMPGEnc Author, tmpg dvd author, tsunami mpeg dvd author, tmpgenc dvd author 2

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Do not use this product if you intend to burn DL DVDs. I had issues with DL burning of DVD but it failed always after burning first layer and not to mention pathetic technical support.


Posted July 12, 2010 by . Tool version 4.0.11.39 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 6 of 10 Value for money 4 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10


I purchased this product 2 versions ago and have never been disappointed. The codecs used are first-rate and produce quality images consistently, much better than similarly-priced offerings and hugely better than the "free" products.

Most of the time I take my old mini VCR camera tapes or old VCR-based movies, feed them into my Toshiba D-VR6KC VCR and DVD player/recorder and cut a DVD-RW copy. Then feed that (and other) DVD into TMPGEnc's product and produce a dual-layer DVD suitable for viewing on European DVD players and TVs (original in North American standard).

Horsepower helps but, no matter the time taken, the output quality is excellent! The interface takes a bit to get used to it, but if you aren't (like me) a video nerd and just want a one-click product ... this is it.

The only thing I don't like is that firing up the program involves it making a quick internet connection to the vendor's site to verify you are licensed for the product. I understand the need to prevent piracy, and as it only takes a second or two it's hardly an inconvenience, but what happens if the vendor goes tits up? Is our investment lost?



Posted December 13, 2007 by . Tool version 3.1.1.174 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


to add srt files select edit menue import subtitles select srt you will find this works fine TMPGEnc DVD Author 3 is an ok prog


Posted September 07, 2007 by . Tool version 309 166 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


Unable to import known good .srt subtitle files, no
information to be found on just what the program is
looking for. Poor documentation in this respect.

Program is improving, but still has long way to go.



Posted August 29, 2007 by . Tool version 3.0.8.158 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10


Please fix crashing problem that occurs while editing menu


Posted August 10, 2007 by . Tool version 308185 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 6 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10


Positive points:
1. Easy editing clips by "cut selected area"
or easy "set start point" and "set end point" accurate by frame.
2. Easy import clips from DVD VIDEO disks without using other rip tools.
3. Can join several clips in one title.
4. Fastest and stylish menu creation from templates.
5. If project over size 4.7GB DVD by 10-50MB, its fast reencode on fly to correct size.

Negative points:
1. Useless DivX authoring, its require long time to encode
and not compatible with all DVD players.
2. Cannot set custom "end action" to each title.
3. Cannot set custom link to each button in menu.
4. Cannot insert new custom button in menu.
5. Cannot simple delete button from menu,
to delete button need go to menu setting,
find specific button from the list and confirm.
6. Require each month Internet Activation.

For some reason japanese version have 21 more menus then english version:
http://tmpgenc.pegasys-inc.com/ja/template/tda30.html#theme01

Despite negative points it good product.




Posted May 18, 2007 by . Tool version 3.0.8.158 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


Program crashes when trying to compile menu............It was O.K. before the upgrade.


Posted April 26, 2007 by . Tool version DVD Author 3.0.8.158 using OS Vista
Ease of use 3 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 4 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10


Works great under Vista x64. During DVD to DivX conversion will preserve AC3 audio if needed.


Posted March 13, 2007 by . Tool version 3.0.5.149 using OS Vista
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 6 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


Thanks. I looked everywhere, and couldn't find the chapter settings. Still don't like the way it copies all the menu templates to Documents and settings (like ver 2).


Posted February 16, 2007 by . Tool version 3.05 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 6 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10


Auto chapter is --not-- gone in this version; it's hidden in the "Edit Menu", the button in the lower right corner of the Cut-Edit screen.

Haven't tested the Divx authoring feature of this version yet. For standard MPG2 DVD authoring, it is marginally easier to use (once you have found the buttone/switches that have been relocated). The compiling-burning stage seems faster, but that may be because I have a new, faster computer.



Posted February 16, 2007 by . Tool version 3.0.5.149 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 7 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


Auto chapters is gone in this version.....


Posted February 15, 2007 by . Tool version 3.05 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 6 of 10


Just completed the A,B, comparison between the embedded Intercom transcoder, and my freeware DVDShrink, and it is no contest. The freeware wins hands down. So why do software developers who charge for their product never seem to get it right, when the guys who do it for love manage to achieve great results (Linux community is a good example, I think).

Source material - 4 one hour transcriptions from beta tape to Fine mode DVD on my Sharp standalone PVR which were then imported to TDA for a total of almost 12 gb of material.
TDA would not let me convert this to a TS file on my hard drive so I ran it through the transcoder (for the second time, see my previous post). This time I got a 7.7 gb TS file, which I then converted to ISO inside TDA Pro.

I had previously split the project in two in order to create two separate TS files on my HDD, each one being bigger than 4.7 gb, obviously. These were run through Shrink to create two compliant ISO files, each capable of being burned to a standard DVD.

Viewing the ISO files on my LCD monitor already told me that the Intercom compression showed significant "posterising elements" (colour run in areas that should be monochromatic, and blocky or jiggly pixels) I don't really know how else to describe the results. The two DVDShrink ISOs on the other hand were much cleaner (I also could have sharpened them a little more I guess, but was scared to overdo it). Played back on my TV, the differences in quality were even more pronounced

The time taken to render the file in TDA was about an hour and twenty minutes, whereas each of the smaller Shrink conversions took at least that much time and maybe more. This gives the lie to the claim on the Intercom website about compression speeds of up to sixteen times faster that the competition (they don't name the competition however). Bottom line - TDA/Intercom WAS actually faster but only by a fctor of 2, but nowhere near as good quality as DVDShrink.

Was this because the Intercom transcoder intervened BEFORE the TS output, whereas the Shrink encoder kicks in at the post TS level? Who knows?

The final caveat is that TDA does not want to burn to Dual Layer regardless of how often I try. It just keeps telling me that the file cannot be burned on dual layer - period. So I send it to DVD Decriptor - yet another amazing Freeware program.

Conclusion - TDA Pro still does an amazing job of fast reauthoring in the simple realm in which I operate, but so did the old version. So why did I have to cough up $100 to get no additional benefits except a few extra menu templates that I will never likely use?



Posted January 10, 2007 by . Tool version PRO using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 4 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10


Unlike Relayerman, I like to get my ISO file on the HDD and view it in VLC media player before wasting a disk, especially when using Dual Layer at two or three bucks a pop.

Anyway, the fact that he finds the transcoder fast is scary in itself, and also explains why my resultant file was so "blocky". When I use DVDShrink, it takes an hour to two hours to resize and sharpen a large file, but the results are really worth it. I suggest you try an AB comparison between the two programs, as I am currently performing.

Now for the really weird stuff - TDA Pro consistently refuses to burn the 7.79 gb file to disc, either on my LG or my HP drives. It comes up with an error message saying file cannot be burned to dual layer. Why the heck not? Isn't that why it claims to support DL in the first place.

So from a neat program that worked fine (old version), I just blew CDN$100 on something that is full of bugs. And they don't offer refunds!!! This added to their internet validation procedures smacks of the ultimate in teutonic arrogance.

You will note that I have downgraded my rating on this since the previous post.



Posted January 06, 2007 by . Tool version PRO using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 4 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10


I don't quite understand how the previous poster got a 23g file size. I have had TDA Pro 2 do the transocde from a large file size to a smaller one, BUT I let TDA do a burn to DVD instead of to an ISO file. It works for me flawlessly and I got a 4.7g DVD from about an 8g MPEG-2 file with menus, chapters, etc. It all fit, was transcoded fairly quickly, and the DVD looked great!

That is a bit weird about the large file size.

Relayerman



Posted January 05, 2007 by . Tool version 2 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


Just upgraded to version 2 (PRO) as I had a 4 hour concert tape to re-author to DVD. Old version wouldn't let me render an edited file bigger than 8.5 gig, so I needed the assumed extra capacity that would oome with the Dual Layer support and the new "shrink" capability. However, my prefernce would still be to render a full 12 gig file and then run it through an external program like DVDShrink (which also does some very nifty sharpening in the same process). No such luck - TDA directed me to the built in transcoder since it didn't like my resultant 12 gig project file. So, OK let's see how well it does. Told the tool to shut down afterwards, and toddled off to bed. Got up this morning and guess what? New ISO file was 23.7 gig. and TDA burn tool wouldn't accept it. Go figure.

Now this was an interesting problem with the old version too. I often wound up with files twice the size of the intended 4.7 gb, but it was no big deal as I would run them through DVDShrink and they would be recognized as regular size immediately, and recoded in about ten minutes. No big deal.

Bottom line? Great editing program for tape to DVD. Not sure if it will satisfy the amateur movie maker who needs more features, but ease of use makes it still invaluable to me personally. However, upgrade was a waste of money if they can't fix such a basic problem. I still have to run the transcoded file through DVDShrink to resize it to less than 8.5 gb. (which incidentally it immediately recognized as the smaller size file that it was intended to be). So where in gods name did the 23.7 gb file size come from?



Posted January 05, 2007 by . Tool version PRO using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


great tool for easily authoring mpeg 1&2 dvd projects. It would be even better if they added the ability to author vcd/svcd's with this tool as there is practically nothing out there that does so with ease. Additional dolby digital sound support would be welcome as well.


Posted December 01, 2006 by . Tool version 2.1.9.90 using OS Win2K
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


I've been using TMPGEnc DVD Author since v1.6 and absolutely couldn't be without the tool.It's easy to make nice looking menus,it's stable,fast and gives 100 percent compliant DVD Files.
There is no quality loss during authoring and if your mpg files are too big to fit onto a single layer DVD then you have the option to transcode (I use DVDShrink for this though).I personally prefer v2 and cant see the big deal with having to use the old,outdated version as the newer gives you more powerful features.
I will cetainly be sticking with this tool as it is the easiest and most reliable DVD authoring app I've come across.

The only thing I dont like is the internet activation and constant upgrade fees,but I suppose this tool is worth the money and minor inconveniences.



Posted September 10, 2006 by . Tool version 2 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


It would be great if TMPG continued to provide support and updates to version 1.6 for those whose processors don't support SSE or who don't like the smart-rending tool that re-encodes projects.


Posted June 08, 2006 by . Tool version 1.6 using OS Win2K
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


AWESOME! That is all I can say. I downloaded the trial and knew I had to purchase a license! I used VideoRedo to cut commercials out of four television episodes of American Idol (for my daughter) that were recorded on my standalone DVD-Recorder. Used TMPGEnc DVD Author 2.1.9.90 to transcode a 4.7 Gig DVD-R complete with Menus and Chapter points. The transcoding and DVD burning took less than 25 minutes. Much better than Roxio 8 and Nero 6 - and without the crap video produced by Nero 7 Ultra! DVD creation should have always been this easy and fast. Don't mess with anything else! Buy a license! You won't regret it!


Posted May 19, 2006 by . Tool version 2.1.9.90 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


Warning: CD-Rom drives disappears!

Installed this new trial version today but did not reboot my PC like it said after installing. Tested it and then decided to uninstall it ....bad idea my two cd-rom drives disappeared like the old time Roxio CD Creator nightmare!!!

Anyways if this happens to you, here was my solution in getting your drives back. Be warned!



Posted April 19, 2006 by . Tool version 2.1.7.88 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10


Still no Subtitle support!!!


Posted April 19, 2006 by . Tool version 2.0 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 4 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 4 of 10


The easiest and most useful tool for DVD authoring, in my opinion. If you have several DVD's or video files, which you want to mix to your own DVD, this is the tool for you.
And you can design your own menus, to a certain degree.
The DVD-material is not re-encoded, so you keep the original quality all the way. This is very important to me.
It also supports DVD_RTAV-folders, which are the files produced by DVD-RAM DVD-recorders, for example Panasonic.
Easy to learn, easy to use.
Get it now!



Posted April 03, 2006 by . Tool version 1.6 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


Exelent tool. You just have to play with it for a wile and will have good results. The help file its awsome, with it you can fine tune the program to your taste. No need to demux the imput like Cutermaran, dvd author gui & gui dvd author (another great tools and free).


Posted February 27, 2006 by . Tool version 1.6 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


I have been using TDA+AC3 Plugin for over 2 years and have authored over 700 DVDs with zero problems. It is reliable, fast, easy to use and accurate.

It can be used for cutting commercials, it only cuts at 'I' frames, and has always maintained audio sync. Menu creation is fairly extensive and flexible for a software package in the price range of $60.

Without a doubt, this is one of the best software investments I have made during the 3+ years I have been working with video. Just wish I had found it sooner!



Posted February 20, 2006 by . Tool version 1.5.34.89 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


TDA has worked perfect for me for months and months then out of the blue i was getting out of sync problems with it, could not get rid of the problem even after restoring a ghost image where TDA was working great.

I really believe TDA has code in it what messes up the program after x months to make the user upgrade, i know it sounds silly but i can not think of another reason why the program just went pear shaped.

Moved over to DVDauthorGUI and never had a sync problem.



Posted February 20, 2006 by . Tool version 1.6.26.73 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10

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