TMPGEnc vs Main Concept

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

  1. WH

    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

    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 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 Is there a newer version of the encoder?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
  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

    Any other comments?


    cpliu, Jun 1, 2004
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