Best avi to mpeg1 and 2 encorder : LUSENET : Video CD : One Thread

Does anyone know of a very good hardware or software based avi to mpeg1 or mpeg2 encoder ?

I have used the tsunami software encoder - the quality is average. I have also used the Ligos that comes with Pinnacle DV500. It is still not impressive.

Speed of encoding is not as important as quality of the mpeg output for my purpose. My budget is US1,000 - what can I getfor this ? Can anyone help ? Thanks.

-- Steve Lai (, July 19, 2001


You can use the softwre TMPGencoder to convert avi to mpeg. The software is free software.

-- sam (, July 20, 2001.

You can use the software "TMPGencoder" to convert avi to mpeg. The software is a free software.

-- sam (, July 20, 2001.

Thanks for your contribution. Yes, I have used the tsunami freeware. They produce mpegs that are better than Ligos (which you have to pay for) but I am looking for something better - can anyone who has comparative experience help ?

-- Steve Lai (, July 20, 2001.

Go to they have a lot of info and comparison video shots! Tsunami is one of the very best even when compaired with expensive encoders! It has a lot of things that can be configured chances are good that if your not happy with it some of your settings need to be adjusted! Cinemacraft is expensive and fast! many people think of it as the best! There is a lite version that is cheaper but not as good either... vcdhelper has comparison shots and info on this and many other encoders! I was surprised to learn that many of the encoders weren't very good even if they do cost a fair amount of money. i hope this helps! Schwinn

-- Schwinn 555 (, July 21, 2001.

The correct address is: tsunami has a lot of settings you could easily miss unless you read up on it. Panasonic encoder used to be thought of as the best it's still very good but a bit slower and much slower then the really fast Cinamacraft encoder which is near your budget limit I think...

-- Schwinn 555 (, July 21, 2001.

Thanks for the lead. Will play around with the tsunami settings. Also been to VCD helper, it's a very useful site. I was told by a few video editing shops that the Canopus hardware is the best but it costs about US S4,000.

-- Steve Lai (, July 23, 2001.

Get the panasonic encoder, I have seen this one is the best quality. I have used logo, xing, and other and they never satified me until I got the panasonic. Panasonic will give you a better quality, I have been doing it for a while now...

-- Todd (, July 24, 2001.

Steve, I personally use with a lot of satisfaction the Tsunami encoder (for MPEG-2) destinations. I think you have to check the quality of the source material, because I cannot believe you are not happy with it. I suggest to have a check in the bitrate values, which modify substantially the result. Regarding MPEG-1 destinations, the best is Panasonic Encoder, as other people confirm.



-- luigi (, July 27, 2001.

Dear Todd & Luigi,

Thanks for the tip on Panasonic encoder. I will try it.

Incidentally, my video source is direct from Sony TRV900 (3CCDs). I must admit that this camcorder requires good light for the pictures to be sharp. The more recent Carl Zeiss Sony (single CCD) camcorders tend to be sharper although the colour is not as rich. This could contribute to the quality of the mpeg1.

I also seen some of the videos derived from Sony's Digital 8. They are really quite sharp.

For the time being, I have been spending a fair bit of time on the WinOnCD 3.8 PE for stills slideshow. The quality of the stills on VCD is really something to be excited about in the TV world.


-- Steve Lai (, July 28, 2001.

I don't know why so many people think the Panasonic encoder is better that TMPGEnc. If you look carefully at an MPEG-1 movie created with Panasonic encoder, you will see that "still" areas of the picture have a small wabble, or a left-right movement. This is the "motion search algorythm" that Panasonic uses. So the picture ISN'T very steady. This doesn't happen with TMPGEnc. So anyone using Panasonic encoder, and saying that it is better than TMPGEnc, look very closely again.

-- Karl (kwag@[REMOVETHIS], September 28, 2001.

the best is dvmpeg

-- I know (, December 11, 2001.

The bets is tmpgenc. It's my opinion. Thank.

-- Nguyen Huy Hoang (, October 31, 2002.

The best is tmpgenc. It's my opinion. Thank.

-- Nguyen Huy Hoang (, October 31, 2002.


-- Okatya hadaŭe nduzlof (jksdŭ, December 10, 2002.

TMPEGnc+ is the one just configure the screen options to suit the file you are changing. You can get it perfect if you try.

-- GeeCee (, February 17, 2003.

The best Encorder is panasonic mpeg encorder v.2. It is easy to use, if your need is to reduce the file size of AVI files this is the best option

-- milsn bhat (, December 10, 2003.

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