I work in the Video and Media Services department of a Court Reporting Firm. We shoot on DV and recently switched our backup to DVD from VHS. We're looking for a fast professional software for converting the VOB's to MPEG1, for use in legal software. We need to fine tune the output settings, and batch capabilities would be really nice. We checked out Autodesk Cleaner XL, but it no longer supports VOBs as "an acceptable source media." We were able to make the MPEG, which encoded wicked fast and looked great, but had no audio.
First of all, Daniel, thanks for suggesting SUPER. You're completely right about the website, as it took me nearly 3 minutes to find the link for the download. My advice to everyone...don't give up. Actually, to save everyone the time: http://www.erightsoft.info/GetFile.php?SUPERsetup.exe
This product does as advertised: "does for FREE what other encoders CAN'T do for money". I couldn't find an area to change the output location. It puts it in C:Program FileseRightSoftSUPEROutPut
It automatically names the file the same as the VOB, so one must be diligent not to blow over the file when doing a second dvd. It took about real time to convert. The end product was really good; better than other programs they charge for. The artifacts were blocky, but only present during considerable amounts of on-camera motion. The audio stayed in perfectly in sync.
At the same time, I had downloaded TMPGEnc. The GUI was much nicer than SUPER. This is truly a superior product, mostly in the user experience, as it should be for being $100 more. It has some really sweet features, the coolest being a frame view beneath the main playback window in edit mode. It scrolls thumbnails of the frames under the main playback window during playback...WICKED! I wish VideoRedo had this feature! Anyways, the batch is nice, conversion is real time, and the final product was nearly indistinguishable from SUPER. That's how good SUPER was. However, in a side by side of the final MPG's, TMPEnc artifacts were less noticeable/blocky (I cued them to the same place in the video).
Price isn't really a factor, as we need something that will work well, and we're willing to pay for it. That said, TMPEnc is right for us. For anyone not wanting to drop $100, SUPER is as close as you're gonna get, and it's completely free! Don't bother with any of those $30-$40 programs, they suck: the final MPG is not 352x240 (although that's what you selected) among other random things they don't do right.