Tried FileMachine & SVCD2DVD but this time with the TMPGenc encoder instead of the CCE encoder... results... just as shit as the CCE encoder... blue faces of people....
Tried both commercial versions of Pegasys TMPGEnc XPress v188.8.131.52 & Pegasys TMPGEnc Plus v2.521.58.169
They are pretty similar, but the XPress is a more recent version to me offers better wizards and fine tune settings.
When encoding, only encode 2%, then stop & look at the output, and modify the settings as per taste. This is the quickest way to see what out you are looking for. It performed as it should. No crashes, problems, blue fasces and the aspect ratio was maintained at 16:9 which was the only problem I found with VSO!
For XPress the output in DVD looked as good if not better than the Divx input on my TV & standalone DVD player.
1) You need double the HD space compared to using VSO(ie you need 10 GIG HD Space ... 700MB Divx -> 4.5 GIG .mpv -> 4.5 GIG .vob
2) You need another program to auther (ie convert .mpv to .vob)like Pegasys TMPGEnc DVD Author v184.108.40.206 which I also used and it worked pretty well. - I might give DVDLab Pro a try to author later on when I have more time to fiddle.
Sad to say I wasted a weekend playing with freeware crap that should be put out to pasture.... FileMachine & SVCD2DVD..... moooooooooo
Hope this helps others unsure which might be the best encoder to convert Divx to DVD !!