WTV H.264 to MPEG Converter
Full user review
"Good idea but unreliable"
Can directly convert a file created by Windows Media Center that was captured using a Hauppauge HD PVR to MPEG2. This is handy because you can then easily do frame level editing for things like commercial removal. Reasonably fast.
Will only work on maybe 1 out of 10 files on my system. There is no feedback on errors. When it fails, the conversion process just runs forever (status indicator goes to 100% but never stops). There are no log files for determining failures.
I had high hopes for this application. It was about the only application I found which would convert my Hauppauge-generated WTV file to MPEG2. The kind of file cannot be converted to a DVR-MS file within Windows. Once I get the HD file into MPEG2 format, I could easily do frame-accurate editing. Other editors claim to edit H.264 files but doing so causes video/audio sync issues.
The first couple of conversions worked well for me. After that, it just stopped working. I've un/re-installed several times without affect.
The biggest problems I have are that 1) there's no feedback when a failure occurs and 2) there's no way to look at log files. Re #1, this makes me feel like this is more beta level and needs more testing. I can understand not having good error messages, but I would assume that any error condition should be trapped and not cause the application to run forever. If there's some kind of error in the stream causing a transcode problem, the application should trap for that and either issue an error or outright crash. Running forever without feedback is a no-no in my opinion. Re #2, as the product matures, I would expect logging to be added.
In all fairness, the author is usually fairly fast to respond to requests for support, but it's obvious my issue is going to have a technical level of detail he's not prepared to accept just now. Not that he's incapable of doing it, but I'm thinking he's used to helping and answering simple user questions. Obviously my problem is not simple. He did say he would add logging in a future release.
Bottom line: promising but not yet ready.
If you MUST convert to MPEG, use Nero Vision. It's slower, but it works.