While using TMPGEnc DVD Author 3, a number of things both positive and negative were noted. The main points are listed below
- Very good feature set
- Very good DivX authoring with a menu structure
- Excellent/very good transcoding performance and quality
- Very good format support
- Easy to use
- Good help file
- Requires an Internet connection for key validation
- The burning tool had burning speed issues
How did TMPGEnc DVD Author 3 perform in our tests? Let’s summarise the positive and negative aspects of the application below.
TMPGEnc DVD Author 3 is an extremely powerful application and covers nearly every common video and audio input file format currently used. What’s more is the quality of the output is excellent in most cases and at the very least very good on the highly compressed formats which are currently popular, such as MPEG1, and DivX.
The inclusion of DivX authoring with a full menu structure is a very worthwhile addition to the application. It is now possible to have a DivX file with chapters and a full menu system to allow easy navigation, just like we have all become accustomed to on a DVD.
TMPGEnc DVD Author 3 is also very easy to use. There are enough wizards to allow the novice user to create great looking DVD movie discs, as well as enough advanced features to allow the more experienced user the flexibility they demand from an authoring application.
The feature set is also very good with TMPGEnc DVD Author 3 and covers some very advanced authoring options. The built in editor should provide enough flexibility to meet most demands and again is very easy to operate.
There are not many negative things to say about TMPGEnc DVD Author 3. The only real negative thing we could find was the burning speed issue when we tried to burn our DVD at maximum speed.
Also, the need to have an Internet connection to validate the registration key could be a problem. This validation is required periodically, so an Internet connection is more or less a must to use this application.
To sum up, this is what we would say. “TMPGEnc DVD Author 3 is powerful with great quality output and has a great feature set”.
TMPGEnc DVD Author 3 can be purchased from the Pegasys website for $89.95 (April 2007).
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