You should look here:
Sounds like you want a decent all-in-one converter app. They do everything for you, converting, authoring. CCE is indeed a first class choice, but your learning curve will be steep. An all-in-one, on the other hand, can use CCE or most other commercial encoders (and a few free ones as well). The Film Machine isn't bad. DVD2SVCD is quite nice, a little bit harder to learn. VSO DivX to DVD is fairly good, no longer free. I'd venture to say many on this forum have the last freeware version, don't know if it's permissible to redistribute now that it's payware (?).