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TMPGEnc MPEG Smart Renderer is video editing software with the remarkable ability to merge, split and cut-edit MPEG2/MPEG4/H264/MPG/MKV/MP4 videos not by entirely re-encoding (compressing) the output like typical editing software, but by applying a minimal encode process called "Smart Rendering" which limits re-encoding to the edited points of the files. Learn more about the features that make TMPGEnc MPEG Smart Renderer 4 a breakthrough product that bests many sophisticated software encoders. Full description.

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Version - June 25, 2014
New Supports PGMX file import and title selection.
Along with this support, it is capable of importing multiple titles and audio streams in a PGMX file.
Able to re-analyze an already analyzed clip in the commercial candidates detection function.
Supports importing image files (.bmp, .jpg, .jpeg, .psd, .png, etc.)
*Image files by themselves cannot be output; they require a master clip when outputting.
Improved Changed the display order of the folder tree to the same as Windows OS when importing a DVD/BD/AVCHD source with the Source Wizard.
Supports importing the language information of the audio in BDAV data.
Enhanced the readable range of the MKV file format.
Supports smart rendering for BeastVisionHD recorded files.
Corrections Fixed the MPEG file reader as follows:
Occasionally the Linear PCM audio length was shortened after importing from an MPEG-2 PS/TS, MP4, MKV or other containers.
A part of the video in a MKV file which was created by a certain application became jittery.
Could not import a MKV which contained an ADTS type AAC audio.
Fixed: Occasionally could not display thumbnails in the TS Title Selection.
Fixed: Could not import chapter names when importing a keyframe file which includes chapter names.
Fixed: An application error occurred when replacing a source file with an unsupported file in the Clip Information Panel.
Fixed: Some noise occurred when playing the outputted AAC audio on devices which do not support the TNS compression algorithm.
Fixed: Occasionally the keyframes which exist outside of the selected ranges were removed or shifted when closing the Clip Edit window while in the Audio Filter Edit tab.
Fixed: Occasionally an out of memory error occurred when outputting a lot of clips by using the "Individual Clips (Smart Rendering Prioritized)" mode.
Fixed: Occasionally would freeze when overwriting a batch job during a batch linking.
Other minor corrections.

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All features / Full description:
Main Features.
Import, Editing, Smart Rendering and Output Features.
TMPGEnc MPEG Smart Renderer 4 is video editing software with the remarkable ability to merge, split and cut-edit MPEG videos not by entirely re-encoding (compressing) the output like typical editing software, but by applying a minimal encode process called "Smart Rendering" which limits re-encoding to the edited points of the files. Learn more about the features that make TMPGEnc MPEG Smart Renderer 4 a breakthrough product that bests many sophisticated software encoders.
MPEG-1/2 and MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Smart Rendering.
Smart Render Practically Any MPEG File.
HDV camcorder footage, DVD-Video, Blu-ray, AVCHD, and most of today's web video all have one thing in common - they're all a type of MPEG video. Whether it's MPEG-1, MPEG-2, or the highly efficient MPEG-4 AVC (H.264), you can import, edit and output your video with minimum re-encoding. That's the power of smart rendering - fast output while retaining the original quality.
Learn more about Smart Rendering.

Frame Level Editing.
Precision Cuts.
A single frame is the smallest unit of a video. TMPGEnc MPEG Smart Renderer 4 can edit at the frame level, so the frames you cut are the exact frames that will be removed upon output. Other products cut at the GOP (Group of Pictures) level, so cuts in those products can actually remove more frames than you want.

Easy and Intuitive.
Just The Way It Should Be.
No matter how experienced or inexperienced you are, we've made the process of editing your MPEG video as easy as possible. Start or load a project, import your videos, edit and enhance them, configure your output settings and finally output your files. Check out the workflow diagram below.

Diverse Container Support.
Import and Output Your Favorite Containers.
TMSR4 supports popular container formats such as MP4, TS, MKV and MPG for input and output, and FLV and MOV for input only.

H.264 Blu-ray Authoring.
Smart Rendering Optimized.
In addition to MPEG-2, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC is now supported for Blu-ray authoring. Smart Render your BDAV compliant H.264 video and burn it to Blu-ray Disc media for easy archiving or sharing with others.

FLAC Input and Output Support.
Compressed Lossless Audio Support.
TMPGEnc MPEG Smart Renderer 4 now supports the output of the "FLAC" lossless (compression without loss of the original data) audio format. This makes it possible to output the audio without any audio quality degradation of the original audio data, keeping the pristine audio quality. Linear PCM also keeps the original audio quality, but as FLAC allows data compression, the file size is smaller compared to Linear PCM. Smart Rendering output is not possible with this format but you should use this format if you do not want to degrade the audio quality.
*Output available only for the "MKV file" format.
* Requires a compatible player for playback.
Dolby Digital Plus Input Support.
5.1 Channel Audio.
Supports input for the Dolby Digital Plus audio format used in broadcast HDTV, Blu-ray Disc™, and Internet video among other sources.
*Can be Smart Rendered as Dolby Digital upon output.
*Supports up to 5.1 channels.
Input/Output Up To 8 Audio Streams.
Variety Is The Spice of Life.
Supports the importation of multi-stream audio/video files which contain up to eight audio streams. You can also add streams in the Clip Edit Window.
* Some players may not be able to playback the audio, or may not allow the selection of an audio stream when several audio streams are added to the output file. Verify the characteristics of the player beforehand.

Quality Encoding When You Need It.
Using the TMPGEnc and x264 Encoders.
With Smart Rendering you might not be encoding much, but when you do, feel confident in knowing that the re-encoded parts of your video are using some of the best encoders on the market today.
For MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 video, our original TMPGEnc Advance MPEG-1/2 Encoding Engine will be used. Many people still use this encoder, found in TMPGEnc 2.5, for their MPEG-1/2 needs.
For MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video, the world renowned x264 encoding engine will be used. Widely adopted as the H.264 encoder of choice for sites such as Facebook and YouTube, as well as many of today's Blu-ray Disc movies.

High Quality AAC Audio Encoding.
Using the Fraunhofer IIS Encoder.
AAC audio is used in a number of video formats such as MPEG-2 TS and MP4. TMPGEnc MPEG Smart Renderer 4 utilizes the high-quality Fraunhofer IIS AAC audio encoding engine for all AAC encoding during output.
CUDA™ and Intel® Media SDK (QSV) Support.
Utilized For Hardware Decoding.
Both NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology and the Intel® Media SDK are supported for the hardware video decoding. CUDA technology uses the GPU's (graphic card CPU) multiple core parallel processing to solve complex problems in a short amount of time. By splitting many processes into multiple elements and parallelizing them, and using the GPU's massive processing power, programs can run more efficiently.
The Intel Media SDK utilizes the power of Intel Quick Sync Video included in the second generation Intel Core™ processors to assist the decoding process. These functions are especially tailored to HD H.264/AVC video editing work. Also, CUDA can be used for resizing, transitions, and other filtering processes.
* Acceleration cannot be guaranteed in all environments.
* CUDA functions cannot be used with the G80 core present in the GeForce 8800 GTX/GTS. CUDA functions requires NVIDIA graphic driver Ver. 257.21 or later.
* Regarding Intel Meida SDK: switches to software processing when the CPU does not support the Intel Media SDK. Not available under Windows XP.

Blu-Ray, AVCHD, And MPEG-TS Importation.
New TS File Analyzer.
This function allows you to select a specific import title clip within a Blu-ray (BDMV/BDAV) or AVCHD file. Using the thumbnail preview you can verify the content beforehand and avoid any mistakes. Furthermore, if several subtitles are also available you can select one of them. Regarding the MPEG-2 TS file, the function analyzes and lets you choose a multi-structured video file (containing several video and audio streams) or video where the resolution changes mid-flow. *Encrypted or copy-protected files cannot be imported. Subtitles cannot be imported.

Instant Clip Preview.
Check Clip Content Instantly.
When importing several clips you might quickly lose track of what you imported and have a hard time finding which one to edit. By using the Instant clip preview, you can verify the clip's content without having to open the Clip editor window.

New Clip Editing User Interface.
Our goal is to make editing your clips as easy as possible, so we've improved our HD optimized cut-editor even more so you can make your edits quickly and configure the editor to your personal needs.

Access Clip Info and Settings Faster.

Now you can see the Clip Properties or edit display settings without leaving the cut-editing screen. Simply click on the tabs at the right-hand side of the window to quickly access clip information and display settings.

New Output Target Indicator.

In the Clip Properties for the Master Clip, you can now see possible output targets based on the clip's parameters. This is very useful as a reference and allows you to plan ahead.

Improved Preview Display.
Zoom-in, zoom-out and even drag and reposition the preview image to your liking. Great for examining fine details in HD video.

New Control Panel Transparency Option.

Control panels can take up some valuable screen real estate, so we've included an option that makes the controls transparent when you are just watching the preview or doing nothing. The control panels will reappear when you move your mouse.

New Display Scaling Feature.

Some people edit on their laptop computer, while others use a large 50-inch HD television. At large resolutions, the editing controls can appear tiny, and at smaller resolutions, the controls may be too big.
The new display scaling feature lets you control how big the panels and buttons appear, allowing you to have everything at just the right size you want them to be. Goldilocks would be jealous.
*Player buttons are not scaled.
*Button sizes depend on ability to fit within the display area.

Clip Editing Functionality.

Accelerated preview/fast navigation thanks to our Intuitive Draw Technology 3.0 (IDT3.0).
You can move the Start and End Point sliders to set areas to be cut.
The Split Point and Keyframe buttons automatically change positions depending on the window size, keeping buttons closer together to minimize mouse movement.
Minimize panels you don't need to increase the preview viewing area.

Smart Scene Search.

Use the mouse's right button to quickly search in the scrolling thumbnail strip. Furthermore, by pressing the mouse's center button, you activate the automatic scene change detection and jump to the next or previous scene change.

Batch Cut / Split Editing.

Using the split point button, you can set multiple cut or split points in your clip. Each section of video is color coded either blue or orange. You can then choose to cut certain colored ranges, or split the clip into multiple clips.

Add Text Overlays.

Get descriptive and add labels or titles to your video! Choose from any font installed on your system and add border and background colors to make your text pop. Utilize the Color/Gradient/Pattern Clip creation tool to create simple title screens!
*Only one text overlay can be applied per clip.
*Cannot be used as subtitles for DVD-Video or Blu-ray.
*Portions of the video with text overlays will be re-encoded.
Add Transition Effects.
Plus Dynamic 3D Transition Effects.
Add a professional touch to your movies by adding transition effects between clips or scenes. 3D transition effects* add an extra special "WOW" factor. The transition editor makes it easy to find and select the perfect transition effect for your needs.

*Windows Media Player 10 or later and a graphics card compatible with DirectX 9c required for 3D transition effects.
Apply Audio Filters.
Fix or Adjust Your Audio.
Your videos might look good, but do they sound good? Remove noise, adjust volume, or add a fade-in/out effect to help make your audio the best it can be.

Xbox 360 Controller For Windows Support.
Edit Using Your Favorite Controller.
If you have the Xbox 360 Controller for Windows, you can use it to edit your videos in the cut editor. Set start and end points, cut scenes, navigate at varying speeds and more, all with a controller you're comfortable with.

*Regular Xbox 360 controllers will not work. Only for use with the Xbox 360 Controller for Windows.
*This function only applies to the clip editing window; controller functions will not work in other windows.
*This is a beta function and is not subject to product support.
New Output Features.
Improved Output Settings Display.

The improved Output Format display shows all of the streams in the selected clip and includes labels for streams that will be re-encoded or have filters applied to them. This makes it easy to see what will happen to each clip upon output.

Output Target Format Selector.

The output target setting for clips is automatically set depending on the Master Clip. However, you can change the output target manually, such as choosing a different container type, if you wish. The list will only let you select compatible output targets.

Video Image Quality Output Settings.

Adjust various video settings such as aspect ratio, rate control mode, quality, and performance levels. Available options are dependent upon the source clips' format and whether or not they will be re-encoded.
Multiple Projects? Not A Lot Of Time?
This calls for Batch Output.
Why sit at your computer all day just to output the multiple projects you've been working on? Let TMPGEnc MPEG Smart Renderer 4 handle it with the Batch Output feature. Simply load your saved projects into the batch list and press start. Now walk away from the computer, have a drink and relax. The Batch Output tool will output your projects sequentially one after the other.
*Simultaneous project output is not possible. Multiple simultaneous Dolby Digital output also not possible (e.g. if you have two output instances running at the same time).

Auto Form Output Function.
Output Without Opening The App.
Automatically launch the main application and edit or perform a standard output just by dragging and dropping a video file on the TMPGEnc MPEG Smart Renderer 4 shortcut. You can set the output settings in advance.

Alternative to TMPGEnc MPEG Editor:

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Acronyms / Also Known As:
TMSR, TMPGEnc MPEG Editor, TMPGEnc MPEG Smart Renderer, TMPGEnc Smart Renderer

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I had problems with the update. Previously, TMPGEnc MPEG Smart Renderer had performed well, but the latest update wouldn't open without an error message. I had to go back to the last update that I had downloaded,, to get the program to run.

Posted June 16, 2013 by . Tool version using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

TMPGEnc MPEG Smart Renderer can add pin point chapter marks to mkv video the only prog that can do this. well worth the money

Posted February 26, 2013 by . Tool version 40 13 42 using OS Windows 8 64-bit
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

Smart Renderer 4 works exactly as advertised, and it works flawlessly. It's not an encoder, nor an editing application. For simple video cutting/splitting/joining without extra reencoding, it's ideal. There are plenty of transitions, which can be added in between clips or cuts. Worked fine on my .mts files. Highly recommended, just make sure it's what you are looking for.

Posted February 25, 2013 by . Tool version 0.86.1 using OS Windows 8 64-bit
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

It won't import MTS or m2ts files from my camcorder, even though it states to be AVCHD compatible. Too bad cause we all could use a good AVCHD editor......:(

Posted November 01, 2012 by . Tool version latest using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 6 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10

I bought the TMPGEnc MPEG Editor because I wanted to make sure 5.1 surround sound was kept in the video. It takes """""less than one minute"""" to convert a 7-GB movie to an MPEG file using a Intel I7 920 base computer with 6 GB ram. To bad Divx is not the same way.

Posted September 24, 2009 by . Tool version 3.0 using OS Vista 64-bit
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

To bad they insert vista effects and buttons to user interface,
making program slow to respond when editing,
previous version was much more faster to edit.

Posted September 27, 2007 by . Tool version v2.2.8 Premium using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 6 of 10

I've been looking for a quick way of accurately editing Mpeg2 files from my Liteon 5006b DVD recorder and Leadtek Winfast PVR2000 TV card before putting them into Ulead's VideoStudio 9 to add the chapters & make menus etc. I've had all the usual problems with losing audio sync and reliably transferring from DVD-VR disks etc. I bought TMPGenc Xpress & the Dolby plugin (The DVD recorder records audio in 2 channel dolby) which does the editing and the DVD-VR stuff very well, just sloooooooowly!

I've found a combination of 3 other free utilities that will do the job quite quickly but it's a hassle and the editing isn't frame accurate.

TMPGenc MPeg Editor does what it says on the tin! It edits MPeg files accurately. It doesn't re-encode everything unless it has to, and it handles the transfer from DVD-VR fine (this is by far the longest part of the process so far!). I can only assume that those people who have given it poor reviews here either have mpg files with unusual properties which requires a re-encode to make it conform to whatever standards it should comply with, or they're expecting it to do too much. It's not an updated version of either TMPGenc or TMPGenc+!

My only gripes are a) the price for, basically, just trimmer and b) why the Smeg didn't they put these smart render routines in TMPGenc Xpress?!

Posted July 30, 2005 by . Tool version using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 7 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

This is a GREAT tool! Only yesterday I 'found' it and have tried it with big mpeg-file(s) that are DVD-compliant, over 4 GB in size - MPEG Editor accepts this really large file without problems - preview is really fast - cuts frame-accurate and since I do not need re-encoding, the file is just resampled/parsed... in almost no time! (about 15 min.)
I find the interface very easy to use, perhabs only real newbies would have to look around for things connected to cutting/editing, like frame(s), bitrate etc. ANYTHING else is self-explanatory!
I had tried to cut my files with mpeg-vcr and mpeg-wizard which both are indeed *very good*, but files this size they do not handle at all, both just froze on me.
I thought at first that I would have to accept this, but MPEG Editor is the solution!

Posted March 02, 2005 by . Tool version using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

I contacted their sales staff before ordering and they indicate that the software can be transferred from one machine to another. To quote them:

It seems you have been misinformed, our validation system accepts without problem you transfer the software and its license serial number on another machine. When installing the software on the new machine the validation system will ask you to connect to our server in order to receive the validation key. Just be careful to keep a copy of your license serial number in case you have to perform a complete re-installation.

Posted January 17, 2005 by . Tool version using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10

This is a great tool. After going thru about 20 different programs this is the only one that could repair the gop length on large dvb mpegs I had that were over 4 gigs. The file that it output was superb and perfectly in sync all the way thru. I give it a 9 because there is no option to turn preview off , which would speed it up a little bit, even though it's plenty fast already.

Posted January 16, 2005 by . Tool version using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

Overall, I absolutely loved this tool (trial version) for the one task of editing MPG files with frame accuracy. It is certainly the best tool with the best user interface that I have seen for that specific task.

That said, I cannot justify spending $40 ($50 if you don't already own another Pegasys product) on a license for a product that will be useless in 6 months when I upgrade to a new computer and get rid of the old one. Beware ... the license and associated internet validation process used in this product is NOT transferrable to another computer under any circumstances (according to Pegasys support). Add to that the same restrictive license agreement and additional $29 for the AC3 plug-in, and you have spent $69 that you will have to spend again in 6 months ... and again in 2 more years, etc each time you get a new computer.

I have used TMPGEnc Plus for a long time and love it. However, with TMPGEnc MPEG Editor, it is a sad shame that they have destroyed this wonderful product with a prohibitive license that deters/prevents "reasonable and honest" people from purchasing it. Sorry Pegasys, I will go with the Womble products instead. At least that way I have software that I can use for the next 5 years, if I choose.

Posted December 16, 2004 by . Tool version using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10

Easy to use, interface works fast and smoothly like all TMPgenc software, and it is fast when saving back to an edited file. It also accepts 5.1 AC-3 audio as input but will only save in 2.0 channel with the plugin. This is okay for me, as I only need two channel AC-3. One nice thing is that it only re-encodes what it needs. It only recodes the parts, where you cut out sections, and it has to join two parts together. It won't re-encode the whole file, unless you tell it too! This makes it extremely quick and fast to re-encode.

The only thing it lacks, is to edit audio and apply filters such as noise reduction and remove pops/clicks. Tmpgenc 3.0 has all the audio AND video filters, and I would like this program to use them too. Maybe in future versions they will add the filters. It does have some audio filters, like fade in/out, normalize, time tone reduction, and audio gap correction.

Posted October 23, 2004 by . Tool version using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

TMPGEnc MPEG Editor has a definite advantage over Womble MPEG-VCR in that you can choose to output LPCM as it is or encode to AC3 using the Plug-in that comes with TDA. I prefer to capture MPEG with LPCM audio and edit before correcting the audio and then encoding, while MPEG-VCR still insist on reencoding LPCM to MP2 in spite of their promise to lift the restriction. While having some transition effect might be a good addition, the Editor already does its required task quickly and reliably with a very friendly interface. The mouse operated fast forward and the ability to see sound wave are very convenient too. Sound filters can be handy for simple fade ins or outs or normalizations.

Posted October 22, 2004 by . Tool version using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

As a test I took a straight forward and simple 1600MB MPEG-2 (captured with Snazzi)and cut it in half with TMPGEnc MPEG Editor. I attempted to duplicate the result of 3+ hours.

1st attempt- 3 minutes and 4 seconds
2nd attempt- 3 minutes and 5 seconds

On the 3rd attempt I unplugged the computer for 2 hours and 56 minutes, then restarted and completed the edit. Using this method I managed to duplicate the 3+ hour result.

Posted October 06, 2004 by . Tool version using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

As a test I took a straight forward and simple 1600MB MPEG-2 made with TMPGEnc Plus 2.5 and cut it in half with Womble, DVTools, TMPGEnc MPEG Editor and the MPEG Tools built into TMPGEnc Plus 2.5. The results were:

Womble: 3 minutes to do it
DVTools: about 2 minutes though the second segment had no sound :-(
MPEG Tools: 5 minutes
TMPGEnc MPEG Editor: 3+ hours

With the exception of the DVTools cut one (which they're still working on admittedly) all played perfectly and the cut point was at exactly the same point in all of them as determined by Womble using the frame count. All played fine. The Womble cut was slightly bigger because it adds a bit more padding for full MPEG compliance whereas TMPGEnc don't seem to care about 100% compliance. The biggest drama though was the 3 hours it took TMPGEnc MPEG Editor to re-encode the whole thing again. Who the hell has got that much time to wait around just to cut an MPEG into segments for burning?

I only use it for muxing/demuxing while TMPGEnc Plus is busy encoding the next video. That's all it's good for - and even in that respect it's no better than MPEG Tools in TMPGEnc Plus. The startup time is a pain too - probably caused by the registration checking. Save your money and get Womble instead.

Posted October 05, 2004 by . Tool version using OS Win2K
Ease of use 1 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10

I agree - the product does what it claims, and does it well. It does not do a lot of other things but it does not claim to do other things.

I have both the Xpress encoder and the MPEG editor. As far as I can tell, the MPEG editor does a better job of setting a key frame and an I frame at an exact point for a cut, so that you have better control over chapter points when burning a DVD. That is what I wanted, and I am happy with how it works.

The MPEG editor is also a LOT faster than the Xpress encoder, since it does not recode unchange video. Typical comparison is 5 minutes vs 8 hours! That is only to be expected - the two products are doing something very different.

Not sure why people are trashing this product - it works as advertised.

Posted October 05, 2004 by . Tool version 1 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10

I'm at a loss to understand the bad reviews posted here based on the fact that it doesn't do things that it never claimed it could do, and the fact that it's not as good as Womble even though it cost only a 1/3 as much as Womble.

I haven't read seen anything in the product description that claims it can do anything other than cut and join Mpeg files. That's all it's supposed to do and (IMHO) it does it well.

It's true that it does nothing that you can't do with the tools in TMPGEnc Plus. It's not true that it re-encodes the whole thing again any more than the mpeg tools do.

It you want more capability to edit, make titles and do other things that Womble does (or does better) then spend the extra $80 and get Womble. If you just need to cut and join mpegs you can still spend the extra $80, but why?

Posted October 05, 2004 by . Tool version using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

A very disappointing tool. I had high expectations, based on the declarations of Pegasys, and may I say, none of them is half true. The tool is very very limited. All you can do is cut pieces of MPEg files,and join them together. That's it. No overlaping, not even one simple editing capability.
The interface tries to be an "Expert", and is really not necessary, because it's not.
The preview output option, which is supposed to et you know which part of the video file is going to be re-encoded, simple takes forever. The program runs thougout the video to display the information, and it's realy a pain.
My advice: look somewhere else. Womble does a far better job.

Posted October 03, 2004 by . Tool version using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 2 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10

Rubbish! Plain and simple. This is absolute garbage, just like Pegasus' new TMPGEnc 3.0 Xpress. It does nothing you can't do with the much simpler and easier to use tools in the standard TMPGEnc Plus 2.5. Even when you try to cut up an MPEG with it, it wants to re-encode the whole thing again, whereas the MPEG Tools in TMPGEnc Plus just cuts it and you're done.

You can really tell that Pegasus have gone from being a company run by enthusiasts and programmers to one run by marketing and sales graduates instead. This is a horrible little program which just puts a nice "friendly" face on the old tool and doesn't work anywhere near as well into the bargain.

Do yourself a massive favour and give this one a wide berth. Stick with the MPEG Tools in TMPGEnc Plus 2.5 and Womble when things gets tricky. Womble is a weapon and makes this thing look like a toy.

Posted October 02, 2004 by . Tool version using OS Win2K
Ease of use 1 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10

Just a clarification on my note blow (2nd posting) about extracting 10 clips from one VOB - I need to extract this into 10 Seperate Files.

TMPG MPEG Editor does make it quite simple to cut everything but the 10 clips leaving a single file with the desired clips. I want to be able to use the clips individually in other projects. Having them encapsulated in one remaining file is more difficult to do with TMPG than with Womble MPEG Wizard (which has a batch Trim mode that creates seperate files from desired 'snippets'.

Posted September 20, 2004 by . Tool version 1.01.59 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10

After using the trial version for 4 days I bought the full version. Works great- very fast, flexible and easy to use.

On taking 10 small clips from one file, that's easily done. Set a start and end point at the 1st section you don't want and cut it. Find the next section and repeat. When you're done cutting out the parts you don't want you'll be left with the 10 (or however many) clips you do want in one file.

I tried Womble and had problems getting it to work- then had problems with the audio-sync after authoring the Womble created files. So far I haven't found had any problems of any type with TMPGEnc Editor.

Posted September 18, 2004 by . Tool version using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

On the plus side the smooth cutting feature appears to be a plus.

On the other hand, the ease of use results in a tool that is very simplistic, and possibly limited in ability.

One thing I need to do is take a single large .VOB, and extract the 10 small clips that I'm interested in. The only way it appears I can do this with TMPG MPEG editor is to do this one at a time - that is load the file, find the first clip, cut everything not of interest, and save this as a batch job - then repeat this 9 more times. Tedious.

By Contrast Womble MPEG Wizard allows you to load the .VOB, mark the boundaries of the clip (In, Out), then add this to a batch trim list and scan forward to the next clip without the need to reload the file, etc. However - TMPG MPEG editor does load the chapter information whils Womble MPEG Wizard does not.

Both Womble and TMPG are in the same price range, but Womble does not appear to require network validation. What happened to the old 'use like a book' agreement that Borland had in its prime. I do want to buy one copy, and use it in one place at a time - either on my desktop or my laptop, which TMPG precludes with their new licensing approach (like the previous author - who can blame them given the rampant theft of their product..),

Posted September 18, 2004 by . Tool version 1.01.59 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 4 of 10 Value for money 7 of 10 Overall score 6 of 10

On first try of the trial version, I am impressed on the speed with which it can cut the segments of the MPEG files needed and re-combine them to a new MPEG file.

It directly copies the MPEG stream to the output file re-encoding only the frames close to the cuts (where removed frames would cause corrupt streams). The quality of the encoding is similar to the Tmpgenc encoder but the speed is much faster.

If you capture to MPEG directly, this editor is a must and a time saver.

I HATE the online licence validation. But I can understand it since Tmpgenc products are second to CCE only in hacking.

Posted September 16, 2004 by . Tool version using OS Win2K
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 7 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10

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