Convertx to dvd Quandry

I have just converted my first .AVI video to a dvd format that will play on my stand alone player. I have 2 questions: How long should this software take to convert? It took a little over 8 hours to convert 3 and a half hours of video, is that normal?

The other questions is: Convertx has its own burn software…is it any good, I have Nero and can use that if need be.

Just getting in to Burning video. I just got a Samsung se-s204 and some Verbatim discs, so I am itching to go!

Seeing how I am just getting into this field any other advice would very welcome!