TMPGEnc vs Main Concept

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by WH, Apr 10, 2004.

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    WH Guest

    For a while now I've been rendering from Vegas to AVI then using TMPGEnc to
    make MPG2 for DVD. I had forgotten that I can go from Vegas directly to DVD
    MPG2 and save myself a step. I believe it uses the Main Concept encoder.

    Does anyone have an opinion of whether one is significantly better than the
    other.

    Thanks,
    WH
     
    WH, Apr 10, 2004
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    KW_UK Guest

    i get varied resutls with both.

    the advantage for me with main concept is it utilises dual cpu so is a lot
    quicker then tmpgenc.

    the disadvantage with main concept is that it APPEARS to drop a frame every
    3 or so seconds, giving a stop/start look. A lot of people i have burnt
    stuff for using main concept have never noticed this, maybe it is just me?
     
    KW_UK, Apr 10, 2004
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  3. TMPGEnc uses hyperthreading and >1 logical processor too but Mainconcept is
    indeed a lot faster than TMPGEnc.
    I suppose this is something in your setup. I never experienced this and it
    is the first time I heard of it.

    I use the Mainconcept encoder as a plugin (callex MPEG XS) in editing
    program EditStudio 4 from www.puremotion.com. I have been using TMPGEnc for
    a long time and I know how to tweak it but my results with Mainconcept are
    visibly better. Finer detail and less (no) artifacts.
     
    Lou van Wijhe, Apr 10, 2004
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    WH Guest

    I would have guessed that TMPGenc was better based on a few simple
    tests...but the difference was very small. Main Concept is definately
    faster though as you have said.

    I'm using Vegas v3.0c and MainConcept MPG-2 File Format Plug-in Version 1.0
    (Build 49). Is there a newer version of the encoder? Can it be updated?
     
    WH, Apr 10, 2004
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  5. I'd like to know if someone can post the settings they used in both TMPGEnc
    and MainConcept. I use both and MainConcept that comes with Adobe Premiere
    Pro seems slower and I think I have it configured similarly. Any help would
    be appreciated.
     
    Kent McPherson, Apr 10, 2004
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    Nomen Nescio Guest

    The MainConcept MPEG encoder that comes with Sony's Vegas is faster than
    TMPGEnc, if that makes any difference. As far as quality, I think they are
    pretty close, although many claim TMPGEnc is superior.

    I try and use the standalone MainConcept MPEG encoder rather than the Vegas
    one whenever possible. The standalone one is far, far faster and more
    flexible (e.g., allows 2-pass VBR MPEG-2).
     
    Nomen Nescio, Apr 11, 2004
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    cpliu Guest

    How about TMPGenc vs Sorenson Squeeze 3.5? I had good result with default
    (2-pass VBS) SVCD compression on Sorenson. TMPGEnc appears to have more
    options you can set but I had to tweak more to get smooth SVCD playback. I
    have not tried to compare DVD option on Sorenson vs MPEG2 for DVD on
    TMPEnc.

    Any other comments?

    Thanks,

    cpliu
     
    cpliu, Jun 1, 2004
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