Okay, I'm sure it's around here somewhere, but I can't find what I'm looking for -- I've read through guides, searched the forums, etc. Nothing. I want to author DVDs of my miniDV home movies. I've been capturing them to AVI format, which I then encode to mpeg-2. Then I want to author a menu system for the DVD which will hold these movies, but when I get to the end, it seems like the software (whether it be Nero, Ulead, or others I've tried) want to re-encode them! I understand about .vob files, although calling them "just mpeg-2s" seems to be a stretch. DVD file structure compliance is kicking my butt here! I don't want to use the internal encoders of the authoring programs, because they are inefficient (the movies are too large compared to the results I get elswhere). I can't use DivxtoDVD for anything other than a straight play-from-insert movie, although it otherwise does what I need done. If I could find a way to use the resulting files in an authoring program that won't try and use its own encoder to mess with these source files, that would make my day. I'd like not to encode twice, or get pointlessly huge files. That's why I want to do these two steps (authoring and encoding) separately, but I can't figure out how to marry the two procedures. The closest I've gotten is to use DivxtoDVD, then dump these files into DVDShrink. This works for ordering various files (using re-author), but I still need a menu! Where's the missing step? Anyone?