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MPEG2 Works is a movie converter, MPEG encoder, and media player. Convert you video and audio files, DVD and Blu-Ray discs to iDevice, native Mac formats for Mac standard and pro video applications or web-compatible movies. Encode to MPEG1/MPEG2, make DVD with menus, burn DVD media and much more.

What's New

Version 5.2.1:

Note: The demo version is currently at 5. The version available for purchase is 5.2.1.
  • Added support for Lorex CCTV DVR devices files under Convert section and Play module /convert to Mac native formats and play your Lorex files - requested by users/.
  • Added conversion of WMV Go-To-Meeting Codec to native Mac formats under Tools section and Play more...

Requirements

OS X 10.6 or later

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I had a specialized issue for converting a certain video file codec that is not part of ANY other conversion software. The developer bent over backwards for me to tweak the code to help me out. In fact, the developer was successful just today and I more...

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Version 5.2
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Jpdaz Member IconReview+4
Jpdaz
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I had a specialized issue for converting a certain video file codec that is not part of ANY other conversion software. The developer bent over backwards for me to tweak the code to help me out. In fact, the developer was successful just today and I just now was able to convert a really important video I needed for work, but could not view. THE SUPPORT IS AMAZING!!!! - PROMPT, FRIENDLY AND REALLY USEFUL! I love supporting developers like this and it is what really sets other applications apart in the end. I can therefore, with great confidence, highly recommend this software. :)

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Version 5.2
Bowlerboy_jmb Member IconComment+211
Bowlerboy_jmb
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@Jess,

Yes, I'm with you in realizing that the field is vast and daunting, which is why I suggested that there is a book project awaiting some enterprising expert who wants to fill that aching need.

No, I did not intend to lump the "Chinese converter pack" of converters at the end of my quick, incomplete market survey of available products together with the names of other long-established applications in any other way but to say, Here are a lot of movie / video applications, all of which, in various ways and to various degrees, perform some conversion functions. What we need is a guide to sort them all out and tell us what each does, does not do, etc. No quality implications were made or intended. While Microsoft Word or Excel would not qualify to be included in such a list, all of them there, and many others which claim to be able to convert one video into another, or to edit one type of video file but export it in another, thus qualifying in my little mind as being a "converter," would qualify for the list and should be written about in such a comprehensive guide.

Yes, I agree with you that the Top 10 List is so narrow and so restrictive that its very presence "smells" of functioning more as an advertising vehicle for the included products, rather than an objective analysis of the marketplace that an organization like Consumer Reports would have produced. Maybe you think I was a bit too subtle in my attempt to praise only the fact that the Top Ten List produces a useful guide and that I implied through literary reference to a famous Shakespearean play that something about the whole list smelled fishy. But, as I said, I don't have direct evidence that those companies which appear on that list actually paid an advertising fee to be included in a limited set of reviews that they themselves ultimately controlled through their influence on the publishers of the website. But I was merely trying to avoid a libel suit. I think sharp readers need not even read between the lines to perceive what I was aiming at.

You do have some astute readers visiting this site, don't you? Or are my complaints elsewhere that almost no one here knows how to write a useful review falling on completely deaf ears? Possibly they can't write, because they can't read either.

In any case, your echoing of the same sentiment in your other words can only help those remedial readers get the point, if it escaped them at all in the first place, which I doubt. I don't write to be obtuse or to obfuscate the meaning of what I am saying. I use big words occasionally because they are best words at the time. Online dictionaries are available for translation. Thanks for your reinforcement of the points I made. We differ only in styles of expression, not in substance.

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Version 5.2
David-R.-Purnell
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Well, I now own MPEG2 Works 5.2. Haven't test-driven it yet. But in view of the positive reviews here on MacUpdate and the promo price of $12.50, I figure I couldn't go wrong. So, I've added it to my sparse collection of video converters, rippers, and other video-related apps. I own Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate (yes, the Chinese one), which has worked OK for me; no complaints. Also, I own the current version of MDRP (Mac DVD Ripper Pro). And of course, QuickTime 7 Pro. And I have at my disposal all video-related apps that are available via my Adobe CC6 subscription.

These are more than enough for my converting and ripping needs. I'll post my review of MPEG2 Works after I've use it for awhile.

Thank you to all who've shared your helpful opinions, insights and experiences in this thread!

Bowlerboy_jmb Member IconComment+211
Bowlerboy_jmb
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With the plethora of video converters out there, is there anyone with the suitable expertise in the fields of video formatting AND software design / productivity who can separate the wheat from the chaff? I would like to see a thorough review comparing what each of the video converters do, what they don't do, why we need them, which is best for the money, and which is not worth sneezing on.

How much overlap and redundancy is there between these products? Do I need "all" of them to cover the gaps of any one of them? Or, is there one Swiss Army Knife of video converters that will do just about everything well. And, what it doesn't do, or do well, tell us about that, too.

That would be a very useful review. Additionally, or alternatively, links to professional articles on reliable websites that help people like sort out the distinctions would also be valuable.

To put this request in other terms: What does MPEG2 Works do (or do better or differently) in regards to taking in the format of one type of video file and putting some other kind of video file that can play on the same input device or across a range of other devices.

I'm talking about applications like IFFmpeg, ffmpegX, Handbrake, QuickTime, Cinematize Pro, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Flash Video Converter, Moavi, Miro, Ondesoft, Leawo, Wondershare, and the other brand spinoffs of the same engine marketing under different names in the recent Chinese converter invasion.

Do the job right yourself, and you've got a book in the making, which you can publish as an eBook with a place like Packt Publishing. Hell, they deluge me almost every day with the latest high tech tome about picayune stuff that I wouldn't dare stuff into the head of Cray computer designer. Surely, they will welcome a volume that demystifies the digital video format jungle in such a way that regular consumers (will you stand up in the back, please?) can grok it and benefit from your insights.

If not that guy, then the six of us of wonder about such things will appreciate such illumination.

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Version 5.1.1
Flavum
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Terrific idea - I concur. Another welcome addition would be an accurate, yet simple explanation of video and audio formats and containers, and the advantages/disadvantages of each. What's used on DVDs? Blu-ray discs? Apple Store media? I'm sure there's tons of info on Wiki, but a definitive guide for Mac users would be of great value.

David-R.-Purnell
+1

Bowlerboy_jmb and others, check out this:
2014 Best Mac Video Converter Software Comparisons and Reviews:
http://mac-video-converter-review.toptenreviews.com

Bowlerboy_jmb
+1

@ David-R.-Purnell
Thanks for the link. I've visited the Top 10 site before, in regards to financial software, and, in general, they have the right approach when it comes to approaching their subject matter in the sense that they realize that only a table or grid that directly compare features and functions and formats between the competing products is a valuable way to go. In fact, charting things out like is something I've always done when I've compared apples to apples, for it is essential to do so when checking a category of software like format converters.

However, notice how narrow that 10 best set is. This particular program is not included on the list; neither are many of the others I cited. Perhaps a case can be made that what this MPEG2 Works programs and the other programs I cited don't compete as directly as the ones which were evaluated at that web site. Then again, maybe there is something else going behind the scenes that we can't know about why those particular products were reviewed and made the list, but some of the long-term notables that I know about, did not. I dare not cast aspersions that something stinks in Denmark unless I have evidence, but my nose tells me that, however useful that particular list might be, it is neither as comprehensive nor as reliable as the kind of education and more exhaustive analysis that I had in mind.

Good start, though. For those who made the list. Not so good for those who did not get included, for reasons unknown to us. I will eventually get around to reading the individual reviews, but I will do so in order to gain some objective knowledge about the topic, not necessarily to be swayed that the products there are better than the products who did not make the "Top 10" list.

MacUpdate-Jess
+2

Hi, guys!

While I agree that it would be great for someone to move all the different video editors and video converters into their respective corners and then further segregate them by what each of them can do that the others can't--and perhaps *then* give them badges that indicate which does what better than the other--the task is obviously so intricate and involved that no one has yet undertaken it.

All of that was preface. I really want to address something that you, Bowlerboy-jmb, had to say in your original posting....

At the end of your list of video applications, you add a general grouping, "and the other brand spinoffs of the same engine marketing under different names in the recent Chinese converter invasion." I really hope you didn't mean to actually group applications such as Final Cut Pro, iMovie, and QuickTime (all from Apple) with the Chinese converters? And what about long-established applications such as Cinematize Pro (from Miraizon)? Or the very-well-thought-of command-line application, ffmpeg, on which so many GUI's are dependent (among them some of those you mention in your list)?

Granted, toward the end of the list you enumerated some developers whose products are generally considered to run with the Chinese converter pack. If you meant to group only them with your more inclusive set of Chinese converters, some additional... punctuation might've been appropriate.

And David-R.-Purnell, this is just a personal note based on the many listings I've worked with on MacUpdate, as well as the other video converters I've seen on the Internet: don't rely too much on that compiled list of software you found on Tech Media Network. Almost *all* of them look as though they are of... similar genesis. Though perhaps not.

Believe me, I know that the market of video editors, video converters, and video compressors is vast: I've bought more than a few myself. And like you, I've wished there were a guide to lead me through the labyrinth of tools to find the best one for the job. (Each one seems to have one or two features lacking in the others of its category which makes it a near-indispensible tool in your video arsenal.) Unfortunately, we're all left wandering, looking for one which fits us best--for a while. (Think Goldilocks.) In the meantime, we have to be careful not to group the good with the bad--and I include MPEG2 Works with the good in this case. (Yes, I've used it. Yes, I own a license for it. No, I don't work for the developer.)

Shallowp
+1

That link is so funny. I mean, all converters rated are of several Chinese (fraud?) companies delivering about the worse media converters available. If you do some research here at Macupdate you notice those converters are low rated with many unsatisfied customers. In my search for the best converter I only can recommend two pro level converters for OSX named Handbrake (free) and IFFmpeg (payed). Especially the latter is incredible powerful. It uses FFmpeg which is about the leading av library for doing media stuff. It handles about any video format and containers including professional formats as Prores, DNxHD and DVVideo. And because it is a frontend you are able to be always uptodate with the latest ffmpeg version.
In the end it is all up to you. Most converter have trials, so what is holding you to do some tests?

Bowlerboy_jmb
+0

@Shallowwp
Precisely! The game there looks rigged, i.e., fishy ratings, akin to something's rotten in Denmark (Hamlet).

@Jess, if you can, you should move my response to you into this thread, where I intended it to go.

surfers9321 Member IconReview+2
surfers9321
+2

swiss army knife for video.

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Version 5.1.1
Andres-Skliarevsky Member IconReview+15
Andres-Skliarevsky
+2

Just what i was needing. Wonderful app! Congratulations! 25 stars!

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Version 5.0.9
Meister-Fritz
+1

And what does it destroy that you find so irritating? I've used this application and beta versions, as well, for a long time and it has NEVER caused any issues.

AlexHughy Member IconReview+32
AlexHughy
+0

After trying this for a couple of times I cannot say I am impressed. In several occasions it delivers choppy playback results. In one movie it just removed the audio channels only video was visible.

A defunct app that is too expensive. Not recommended.

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Version 5.0.8
Serbian
+1

Can you please contact me on support email address? I need more specific info to resolve the issues you are having. Did you try to play the produced file Play movie option within the app? Also, removal of the audio track cannot happen.

giasdaddy2010 Member IconReview+3
giasdaddy2010
+3

GREAT customer support! Update worked on 10.9 Mavericks. Did i mention great customer service. I really enjoy using MPEG2.

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Version 5.0.8
Macfoto Member IconComment+26
Macfoto
+1

the worst kind for a program update…
iffmpeg is much easier ; )

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Version 5.0.8
Dcannis Member IconReview+33
Dcannis
+0

"Check for updates" don't work on version 5.0.7 and Mevericks...

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Version 5.0.8
lurkingremlin
+0

Neither does it under Mountain Lion.

Serbian
+1

Fixed .. My bad, sorry, xml file wasn't properly created.. Thank you very much for reporting.

lurkingremlin
+1

Works now. Thanks!

Dcannis
+1

Ok, works very well, tx :-)

T-O-M Member IconReview+1
T-O-M
+1

Time Delay in encoded Mpeg files
No cut-function before encoding

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Version 5.0.7
Serbian
+0

Which input format have you been using and got out of sync issue? is it wmv maybe? Can you please contact me on support email to resolve that issue?

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Marco.2
Version 5.1.1
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Greedyfranky
Version 5.1.1
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MajaS2577
Version 5.0.7
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DirkTheMenace
Version 5.0.1
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bobo115
Version 4.2.5
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Mityars
Version 4.2.5
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Downloads 47,802
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License Shareware
Date 18 Apr 2014
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $25.00
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