Video Ambush
Video Ambush
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Video Ambush free download for Mac

Video Ambush1.1

03 July 2017

MPEG2 encoder, media converter, and player (was MPEG2 Works).

Overview

Video Ambush (was MPEG2 Works) is the natural evolution of eleven years of existence among top-notch video toolboxes. MPEG2 Works matured, and time came for a complete overhaul and rejuvenation. Packed with more options than ever in a beautiful, modern user interface, the next evolution of M2W is at hand.

Convert your media -- video and audio files, DVD and Blu-Ray discs -- to iDevice-compatible movies, video for Web, H.264, MP4, DivX, MKV, x264, MPEG2, DVD, HD DVD, and all available standard and pro Quick Time formats, using Apple Quick Time technology for maximum compatibility. Encode to MPEG2, make a DVD with stylish built-in menus, burn it on a blank DVD media, and much more.

Feature Highlights
  • All Mac-native Apple QuickTime standard and Pro formats output.
  • Web video output (YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, etc.).
  • All iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV output available with auto-importing to iTunes with metadata tagging.
  • H.264, MP4, DivX, MKV, x264, MPEG2, DVD, and HD DVD output.
  • Make and author DVD's with stylish DVD themes.
  • Lot of essential video and audio tools.
  • Built-in media player.

What's new in Video Ambush

Version 1.1:
  • Added HEVC /H.265/ output format
  • Improved overall performance

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60 Reviews of Video Ambush

5
Jpdaz
28 March 2014
Version: 5.2

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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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qb
22 January 2016
Version: 1.0.3
Is there an upgrade option for owners of MPEG2Words?
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5
Jpdaz
28 March 2014
Version: 5.2
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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bowlerboy-jmb
20 March 2014
Version: 5.2
@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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bowlerboy-jmb
19 March 2014
Version: 5.1.1
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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5
surfers9321
08 March 2014
Version: 5.1.1
swiss army knife for video.
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5
Andres-Skliarevsky
21 January 2014
Version: 5.0.9
Just what i was needing. Wonderful app! Congratulations! 25 stars!
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AlexHughy
19 November 2013
Version: 5.0.8
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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5
giasdaddy2010
18 November 2013
Version: 5.0.8
GREAT customer support! Update worked on 10.9 Mavericks. Did i mention great customer service. I really enjoy using MPEG2.
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Macfoto
17 November 2013
Version: 5.0.8
the worst kind for a program update… iffmpeg is much easier ; )
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4
Dcannis
17 November 2013
Version: 5.0.8
"Check for updates" don't work on version 5.0.7 and Mevericks...
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T-O-M
11 October 2013
Version: 5.0.7
Time Delay in encoded Mpeg files No cut-function before encoding
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Rosco1e
11 October 2013
Version: 5.0.7
Does this convert AVCHD? I've read everything on this site and on developer's site but no mention. If it does convert it to something like M4V or M4P or Apple Pro Res.... does it do it faster than other apps like Handbrake etc. Or roughly the same speed. Thanks.
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GeogProf
14 June 2013
Version: 5.0
I can't wait to try this. But I wish they'd updated the UI and graphics along with the code.
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5
Andres-Skliarevsky
27 March 2013
Version: 5.0
Fantastic app! Thanks for the update, it was worth the wait!
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5
Fringewood
22 March 2013
Version: 5.0
5.0 is solid and dependable and creates excellent quality videos, far better than any other conversion engine available. It takes a while finding everything, but such is the way of most quality tools in a production environment. If you deal in video formatting of any type, get this one. A steal at twice the price.
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GeogProf
23 May 2012
Version: 4.2.5
This was once a very useful app that, unfortunately, is no longer relevant due to developer neglect (plus arcane organization and utterly lame Help files). Apparently, it’s now abandonware.
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5
Hylas
20 September 2011
Version: 4.2.5
I have been very impressed with this wonderful program, the developer stays on top of his research and implementations, this is a very stable Application. ~hylas G5 DP 2.5 PPC
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i-mateur
06 February 2011
Version: 4.2.5
A recent project at home has been to create a home network (LAN) interconnecting our computing and audiovisual equipment. An important component of this system is a Network Attached Storage Hard Drive able to DLNA-stream to the ethernet/internet-capable TV and BluRay player, the pictures, music and films stored within it. However, the codecs supported by the TV and the BluRay player are rather limited, and we decided to have our film collection (in disk image or VIDEO_TS format) as a .mpg (MPEG2) library. Our limited knowledge on video conversion had to be complemented with a lot of research on the topic, exploration of several pieces of software, trial and error. Ultimately, for our purpose, MPEG2 Works 4 Advanced was the ideal application to successfully undertake the job. As any feature-full application it is not easy to master, yet in our opinion the effort is worth it. There is also some excellent free software available to undertake the task (which we have used for other image processing purpose), but in our hands it seemed to be as difficult to learn and did not render the desired results in this case. The price for MPEG2 Works is also below the tag of other shareware competitors, which in our hands also failed to generate .mpg from our sources. Even if it is not obvious for the low level user (like us) to learn the software, it is crucial the excellent customer support we have received from its developer. Besides explanations to help us to apply the software, he has offered to introduce additional functions to ease our conversions. Importantly, the software is currently ongoing further development and several key features (key to us) are on their way. The developer has been very approachable and personable, replying swiftly to several inquiries. A disclaimer: we do not have any personal or professional link to the MPEG2 Works developer beyond the e-mail exchanges resulting from customer support after our purchase of the software.
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Rmcmahan0348
22 July 2010
Version: 4.2.5
The demo was crippled. The functions I needed were not available in the demo. Couldn't test it, so I won't purchase it. You could time-limit the demo version, put watermarks in the output, make output low resolution. There are all kinds of things to do to keep people from using your software with out paying. But when you disable functions, people can't test it thoroughly and you lose potential business--mine this time.
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Jimccjr
11 June 2010
Version: 4.2.5
The word ADVANCED in the title of this program seems very appropriate. When I opened this application, I realized just what a beginner I was. I was attempting to convert an .avi file to mpeg. The original appears to be PAL. I couldn't even figure out how to load the .avi file in the program. The "easy" solution "One-Click DVD" is not available in the Demo so I have no idea if this would have worked for me. I had no success with MPEG Streamclip or Handbrake. I don't mind paying for programs that work for me, but I guess I will never know. Bottom Line: If you're looking for a program with a simple interface, this might not be the one.
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Nick-Collingridge
14 April 2010
Version: 4.2.5
Well this may be great or it might not, but I really don't know either way. The demo version has so much functionality disabled that I just don't know what it can do successfully. As an example, I have a .ts file (Mpeg2) from my freesat box that I would like to put onto a DVD but I don't know whether this app will do it or not. I have successfully found one route via VLC and Toast that works, but it does seem that this app might be a smoother way of doing it. Might being the operative word...
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Odysseus
03 February 2010
Version: 4.2.4
It seems very difficult to reach the developer -- there's no email or other link on his web site! Is MPEG2 Works significantly better than Handbrake?
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5
Late-R
25 January 2010
Version: 4.2.4
I have been an avid user of this app since I believe the first release and it has been the number one used app in my collection for video conversion and authoring. I would highly recommend this application to anyone who works with more than one video file format and who need to translate between those formats. The customer support is outstanding with almost instant email reply directly from the developer himself, not some lackey or auto-responder. I have and still do give 5 stars to this handy INEXPENSIVE application.
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Hawke5501
24 January 2010
Version: 4.2.4
I purchased this program and it is not intuitive at all. The fact that you have to log in to some mythical server to get up dates is ablolutely stupid. I have tried for the last hour to get the most recent update with no success. The developers site offers no help either. I have transactions numbers and names as well as the eMail address but none have been accepted. Stay from this dog.
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Xjsmith
16 October 2009
Version: 4.2.2
as the previous poster noted i too was concerned about the limited nature of the demo, but after email contact with the courteous and knowledgeable developer mr. serbian i took a chance and bought the app. i am truly impressed, it is an outstanding addition to my video tool kit. it has taken every type of conversion i have thrown at it and produced excellent results. the encoding process is at least 3 times faster than ivcd and approximates the length of your input file. for example a 65 min .mov project took 75 min to convert to mpeg2 and a few more minutes to burn. quality was almost at the level of a store bought dvd. very little pixelation or blocky stuttering. audio/video mix very smooth. extremely easy for the newbie to mac and video conversion to use. one-click dvd works flawlessly. countless options for the more fluent videophile to explore. customer support the best i have encountered on the web. help is just an email and seemingly a few minutes away. put your worries to rest on the limited demo and try the full package. you will be happy you did. 5 STARS
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ag010c3648
07 October 2009
Version: 4.2.2
pity the demo has alot of limitations it would be nice if the developer would offer a 15 days trail of the app without limits as this would allowed people to see it full benefit i tryed the app and think it ok demo wise just to many limitations
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Maczentrum
05 October 2009
Version: 4.2.2
Forgot to mention that it runs perfect on Snow Leopard. Cool!
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5
Maczentrum
05 October 2009
Version: 4.2.2
Fantastic app! i highly recommend it to my clients at the store. Expert video professionals and non-professionals should use this awesome tool. Congratulations to the developer, outstanding customer support.
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5
Robotank
01 April 2009
Version: 4.2.1
I picked this up on the MU Promo and I'm very impressed. It works precisely as advertised and has a very easy to use interface. In addition, the developer was very helpful and quick to respond to my support request. Highly recommended.
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5
Skarica
18 November 2008
Version: 4.2
Die Beste!!!
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5
Bbasilico
08 March 2008
Version: 4.2
I bought and downloaded but I could not get to work out of the box... It was my bad for not having the right Quicktime set-up. The Developer was more than helpful with getting it up and running. I have a couple other shareware programs for DVD work but this is my new favorite! Worth the $25 and then some!
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Cebe
26 November 2007
Version: 4.2
I've been using this most useful app for several years. It never failed. I can recommend it to everybody, even to "beginners" as the developer is most helpful answering all kinds of questions about usage.
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Spacko
26 November 2007
Version: 4.2
Perfect match! That is how software should be. easy to use and perfect in results. For that price you can't find a better one. Continue programming that way, Mr. Serbian and thanx alot.
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5
Andres-Skl
26 November 2007
Version: 4.2
Runs GREAT under Leopard. Mr.Serbian, congratulations!
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Bcat
30 October 2007
Version: 4.2
i have been using this ap. for the last 3 years. it has been very valuable for me in my movie productions. this update worked first time perfectly in Leopard. thanks agin Tosa
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5
Fringewood
29 October 2007
Version: 4.2
Worth ten times as much, one of the best shareware deals available today, and an absolute must for all serious video users on the Mac platform. It's also got a lot of new features that are beginner friendly. No question about it, it's a must have.
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5
Sveto
02 March 2007
Version: 4.1.3
This thing rocks! It is UB and optimized for the intel chips. What else can I say, it just works. I had a small issue since I was a bit lazy to read the manual, but the author is very helpful. Just a small mail to SERBIAN and I was back on schedule. Very necesary utility if you need MPEG conversions.
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5
Diver32
15 December 2006
Version: 4.1.2
I have one of the first ReplayTV boxes, the 4000 series, and have been using a wide range of tools on my Mac with varying degress of success for many years. MPEG2 Works 4 puts everything in one place, is easy to use, and quite speedy too. Customer support is quite responsive as well - all for a great price. I wish I had found this app years ago. Thanks!
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Serbian
07 November 2006
Version: 4.1.2
Please use the MPEG2 Works forum or support email adress for posting questions regarding my applications...You will get answer much faster in that way...Also there is a LOT of tips, tricks and tutorials allready on the forum so just use search and Im sure you'll find all the answers in no time...Thank you very much for understanding and support.
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Dom21
07 November 2006
Version: 4.1.2
Thanks, SERBIAN, will try what you say. Maybe there's hope after all . . . :)
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69number69
07 November 2006
Version: 4.1.2
Is this program supports Greek subtitles to ad in avi or dvd?
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Dom21
06 November 2006
Version: 4.1.2
How about converting ISO to ANYTHING Mac plays with QuickTime? Is there ANY program which will do that?? (this is not a knock on MPEG2 Works 4 Advanced, just my frustration talking).
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4.5
Ajhoyt
30 October 2006
Version: 4.1.1
This appliaction is the best for MPEG-2 format lovers like myself. Thanks to this appliaction I can now oragnize (homemade) movies into orginal MPEG-2 format and Dolby Digtial Sound, in iTunes. All I needed was this application, MPEG-2 Componet, QuickTime Pro, and finally the AC3 (Dolby Digital) sound plugin (Google for the plugin). Thanks to this application I can watch GREAT resolution Movies (Lossless Movies) Very nice. Plus if you have any questions on how to use the Application like I did all you have to do is email the developer and you will get a response in no time. So in the end if you want Lossless Movies, buy this program well worth the price! -AJHoyt
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Treadman
15 August 2006
Version: 4.1.1
I bought several other converters before stumbling across MPEG2 Works 4. I have used it at least 10 times for various conversions and never once has it failed (unlike its competitors). And you cannot ask for better service - timely reply EVERYTIME. My only wish is to have a progress bar. Best $25 you will ever spend.
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5
Leigh-Cable
07 March 2006
Version: 4.0.8
This is the best converter I have found - it does seamlessly what a whole folder full of other programs costing way more could achieve and all by itself. All I needed to do was load the file, select the output option, press start and wait for the conversion to finish. Generally a 700Mb .avi to SVCD conversion would take around 8 hours on my DP800 System. Then just a quick run with VCDToolsX1.1 and just burn off the resulting disks with Toast. EXCELLENT!!!!! My compliments to the Programmer! I might also add that it never locked up or failed once - I have converted at least 50 movies with this (version 4.0.7) without one error.
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4.75
Mjolnir
22 February 2006
Version: 4.0.7
This program has ALWAYS done whatever it was that I needed to do with video files... and better than the software is the developer. I had a problem figuring something out, sent him an email, and he worked out my problem almost immediatley. This program is a must have if you play wiwth video! Thge biggest problem with it is remembering and understanding everything that it can do!
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Chris-Walker
18 January 2006
Version: 4.0.5
All I seem to recieve are errors such as: AppleScript Error. Can't make current application into type (-1700). As yet it hasn't done anything for me....other than error
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Oceancubed
07 January 2006
Version: 4.0.5
The author of this software is truly a good man. I had problems with initially, but after one quick email to the author he sorted me out within 5 minutes. A great piece of software that everyone needs to add to there Video software suite.
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4.25
Javin
04 January 2006
Version: 4.0.5
I like this tool a great deal, but have not had a lot of luck with the quality of VRO conversions. I recently discovered MPEG Streamclip for OS X, which is a freeware application, that handles this particular conversion very well and would strongly suggest that people who need VRO support take a look at it as an other alternative that might meet their needs.
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5
Andres-Skl
04 October 2005
Version: 4.0.4
Hi! congratulations. Great app and useful. keep up the good job! =]
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5
Anonymous
08 September 2005
Version: 4.0.3
well i would like to say that since this application was first introduced i have found this works 99% of the time. if it fails it most likely is user skill not the appz itself and this takes very little to understand its operation. no other application works as simply and effectively and i have tried them all. support is superior and promt. as mentioned at this price it is a bargain. now of course mainconcept mmcoder works much faster but look at the price difference. well worth adding to anyone's video toolbox for all the things it does.
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4.75
Mjolnir
21 July 2005
Version: 4.0.2
First of all, this program is amazing! It does everything you could possibly need to do with video files. I can now burn files recorded with my EyeTV, and convert them to full screen which I couldn't do before. Using this along with DVD2oneX, I can now record significantly over the 90 minute limit that EyeTV imposes on my DVD burns. Most importantly however, is the support from the developer. Not only was he right there when I had a question, but was more than eager to quickly add a feature that I needed that the program didn't initially have. If ever there was a program, or a developer that deserved high praise, this is it. Worth every penny that it costs, and still would be even if he charged twice the price!
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Anonymous
12 June 2005
Version: 4.0.2
Wouldn't work or quit for me. 667 TiBook 10.3.9. Had to FQ to trash it!
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3.75
Anonymous
07 May 2005
Version: 4.0.2
Great Swiss Army Knife of mpeg tools, but the UI is a bit dodgy. PAL to NTSC conversion wasn't terribly impressive.
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3.75
Anonymous
17 April 2005
Version: 4.0.1
Does all sorts of amazing things, but lacks clarity. If you are working with video, this enables you to do almosyt anything you could want. Where it falls down is in the interface, which IMHO is very confusing. I manged to convert files the way I wanted once, but can't seem to find how to do it again with different files. Nothing seems to work and I get error messages when I follow the online tutorials. I hope that a future version will be clear enough to not need tutorials.
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5
Anonymous
22 March 2005
Version: 4.0.1
Anyone who has an interest in video work on the Mac really should buy this. It makes the whole process simple for beginner & pro alike. And I can vouch for the other users in that if there's a problem or you have a question this guy sorts it out FAST. Hvale Tosa!
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4.75
Anonymous
22 March 2005
Version: 4.0.1
HI SERBIAN, please examine your mail server, it seems to forward messages sent to info@mpeg2works.com to random customers in your address book. I just got 4 of them myself, along with complaints about that issue too. However, thanks for your never-ending work on this wonderful app.
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5
Anonymous
21 January 2005
Version: 4.0
Serbian just keeps making this better and better . . . The advanced DVD authoring tool is an awesome addition! I've been a longtime user, and the support is awesome. If you can't find the answer to your question in the forum, he's always answering his emails . . . most of the time within minutes after I've emailed him. Find another developer that takes this much pride in his program. Thanks!
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Anonymous
21 January 2005
Version: 4.0
I couldn't be more pleased with this program! Tosa did an outstanding job of simplifying video encoding and conversion with MPEG2 Works' interface, and the forum he maintains should win awards for customer support. The batch processing support is a GREAT addition (in fact, my G5 is at home doing 11 NTSCDVD encoding sessions while I'm at work). MPEG2Works is an indispensable tool for any digital video enthusiast's toolbox, and at $25 this application is waaaaay under-priced.
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Anonymous
21 January 2005
Version: 4.0
Two thumbs up... way up! Well worth the $25! Nuff said =)
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