My professional opinion: any video format becomes popular only after the standard Windows Media Pleer supported this format. Question: do you know whether this support and when? (I am buy Creator only after fulfillment of this condition)
First I have to say, I like this idea to have everything in just a single file. I tried your software and it makes a very good first-impression.
Nevertheless, I have some questions about it.
What I heard is - I'm no expert - that MP4 is better in compressing videos, so I understand that you choose this format, but since nowadays videos are mostly in the MPEG-format and so to me it would have made sense to me, to allow both formats coexist inside a .pgmx-container.
So it would be possible to export some videos to DVD/BluRay without reencoding.
In the current way it would need a double-reencoding (MPEG->MP4->MPEG).
Are there any devices, like e.g. DVD-Player, TVs, which can handle .pgmx-files or can we expect some to come in the near future?
After I created a .pgmx-file, can I export certain .mp4-videos from it to the outside-world? I didn't find such a possibility in the software.
In the FAQ I read, menu's can't be imported from a DVD.
But it would be quite useful to be able to create a DVD from a given .pgmx-file. So it would be no additional effort to give away some video-files to someone who is not so much into PCs.
Some additional questions about the license:
On how many of my computers can I install TMPGEnc PGMX CREATOR with one license?
If not on all, What if a computer I installed it gets defect?
Is this the license policy for all TMPGEnc-products?
Are there other important, but not yet available, features, which are planned for free-updates for v1.x?
I agree that the PGMX idea is very good. However, I don't see how it can achieve widespread success since it's missing two very important features:
1. Cannot import directly an existing DVD menu and apply it to the PGMX file, as MichaelR already said. That's what anyone would expect from such a file format.
2. PGMX files playback restricted to Pegasys's own player. I doubt anyone will switch over from their favourite software player just for PGMX files. A Directshow filter/codec should have been made available to allow PGMX playback on the most common and loved software players.
>So it would be possible to export some videos to DVD/BluRay without reencoding.
>In the current way it would need a double-reencoding (MPEG->MP4->MPEG).
Blu-ray can use MP4 video, so as long as it's compliant, Blu-ray will be able to support it without re-encoding.
>Some additional questions about the license:
> On how many of my computers can I install TMPGEnc PGMX CREATOR with one license?
> If not on all, What if a computer I installed it gets defect?
> Is this the license policy for all TMPGEnc-products?
You can only install it on one computer at a time.
If your computer dies, just install it on anther computer; there should be no problem as long as it's been a while since the initial installation. Just don't install it on multiple computers at once.
This is pretty much the same policy on all TMPGEnc products.
Actually, exporting from a PGMX file will be the tough part. But I think they are going to add PGMX support to TMPGEnc Authoring Works 5, as they just added support to MPEG Smart Renderer 4. That will be one way to turn it into a Blu-ray or DVD...it might end up being the only way.
I think that making the PGMX player into a app for Android and ios would make it more fantastic than it already is. Instead of only being able to play your creations on your computer but also on yours smartphone or tablet would really rock!
I love TMPGEnc products, but I am afraid this one is dead-end unless the free players comes very soon to iOS, Android, MacOS, Linux, and gets support from online players and video sharing sites like Vimeo etc.
Until then....let's wait !
Upcoming release of the brand-new TMPGEnc PGMX CREATOR software.
The download version will be released on 6/17/2014.
One File Includes Video, Menus, Slideshows, Subtitles and Audio - No Physical Media Required!
Introducing PGMX, a next generation original Pegasys file format that can store menu, video data and more in a single file. Create DVD / Blu-ray styled navigation menus, add a photo slideshow, subtitles, multiple audio streams and more without the limitations of physical media discs. TMPGEnc PGMX CREATOR allows you to do it all with an easy to use interface that allows you to create custom menus or use pre-made templates. Smart rendering (lossless editing) and support for many types of video files make it easy to start creating PGMX files.
What Is the PGMX Format?
PGMX is short for Pegasys Multimedia Box. Developed by Pegasys, it can store both menu and video content into a single file (.pgmx / .mkv). The video stream is H.264/AVC, and since the file does not depend on physical media such as DVD and Blu-ray discs, it is not limited to certain video characteristics. For example, you can use MP4 video from you smart phone which typically may not be DVD or Blu-ray compliant, or you can even use videos in 4K resolution (4096×2304). PGMX files give you the freedom to keep your videos at a quality level and resolution of your choosing.
PGMX files can also utilize a navigational menu system that can link to multiple videos within the file. Since both the menu and videos are combined into one file, there is no complex folder structure like those found in the DVD-Video and Blu-ray formats. Having everything in just one file makes it easy to use, copy and transport.
For PGMX file playback, we've also released TMPGEnc PGMX PLAYER, a dedicated PGMX player that is FREE to download! It is equipped with many features that makes it easy to play PGMX files or organize your PGMX library.
- Combine video clips, menus, audio/subtitle streams and slideshows in one, simple file.
- Native input support for the latest file formats such as H.264 stream FLV, MOV, and WebM.
- Edit video clips with the cut-editing tool.
- Create menus in as little as 5 seconds with the Menu Wizard.
- Create slideshows of your digital photos.
- Add professional-looking transition effects.
- Create custom menu items to create a truly unique menu.
- MPEG-2 TS file analysis helps import mixed resolution multi-stream files.
- Utilizes the x264 video encoder.
- Smart rendering (lossless editing) for compliant formats.
- Add and edit up to 8 subtitle streams.
- Add and edit up to 4 audio streams.
- Intel® Media SDK and NVIDIA(R) CUDA(TM) support for H.264 decoding and encoding.