Firstly I hope this post is in the right place, this is my first post even though I am a long time user of this site for info. To burn/re-encode DVD's from .avi files etc. I use Nero Express which came with my TDK dual layer burner, it's reliable and fast and suits my needs, the only gripe I have is that the menus are extremely poor. You can tell a DVD that has been made using express a mile off. Pre-installed on my computer was a program called Sonic MyDVD which offered excellent menu manipulation, you could add as many submenus as you liked and all the menu's features were tweakable. Shame the encoding of the video took around thirteen hours compared to Neros hour and a half. Also more likely than not I'd get up in the morning to find the whole thing had crashed! So this program is a big no-no. I tried just creating a menu and saving it as DVD files on my hard-drive but it would not attempt it without content. (Thirteen hours to still have to burn the thing!)Also if I do use a seperate program to create quality menus is it possible to use it alongside express which encodes my videos to DVD files? Can I bypass Nero's menu system? In express when you add video files to project I assume I would have to add the menu then, how would I get the buttons to correspond to the videos? Am I asking to much? Is there a program which would encode at a similar speed as Nero with a better menu system to save to HD then burn in Nero? Anyone who has used Sonic MyDVD will understand about the menu's in Nero. But I don't want to have to wait over-night for an .avi file to be re-encoded to DVD files when I know Nero can do it faster? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.