After several hours of frustration trying to figure out why Click to DVD on my Sony VAIO would not allow me to burn a dvd from my hard drive, including talking to three Sony agents, the fourth agent finally figured out that I could not burn a dvd using Click to DVD unless it was BOTH captured AND encoded (from avi to mpeg2, in my case) using DVgate Plus. I had previously captured a VHS tape to my PC using DVgate Plus in conjunction with the ADVC-100, and converted the resulting avi file to mpeg by using a trial version of MainConcept Mpeg Encoder. DVgate plus took almost twice as long as MCME to convert the file from avi to mpeg, but that file (2.4 gb) was about half as large as the mpeg file (4.6 gb) created by MCME. Does that mean that the trial version of MCME converted the avi to mpeg1 instead of mpeg2? When I used Click to DVD to burn a dvd of the mpeg2 file it took 62 minutes to do so. My questions: 1. Was the time it took DVgate Plus took to convert the avi file (18.1 gb) to mpeg2 (2.4 gb) -- a little over an hour -- slow, average or fast? 2. Was the time in which Click to DVD took to burn the dvd of the mpeg2 (2.4 gb) -- 62 minutes -- slow, average, or fast? Would I be better off buying a dvd burner software to speed things along? That way, I won't have to be stuck using Sony software to both convert and burn files. If so, which one is recommended?