Deciphering CCE Basic

Despite CCE Basic's reputation for delivering results comparable to it's professionally oriented older brother CCE SP; despite its reasonable price of $58; despite the wealth of resources for using it in different contexts; despite all of these things it's just not all that popular as a consumer MPEG-2 encoder.

There are very good reasons for this. The most important is a poorly designed user interface. To be fair this has improved over time, but in my opinion there isn't another consumer MPEG encoder with a less user friendly interface. That's really a shame considering how good the results available from it are. No software excels at everything, but for a general purpose MPEG-2 encoder under $100 you certainly can't do any better than CCE Basic.

Instead of simply walking you through the steps to complete a specific task, this guide will simply cover settings that you'll need to understand when you start encoding. You should, however, have a reasonable understanding of MPEG encoding and how CCE's settings can be used to get the best results possible by setting them correctly.

If you find that there are a lot of terms or concepts in this guide that you don't understand, I highly recommend reading through our basic guides, including our recently added Digital Video Fundamentals guides. You can also find a lot of good information in our Glossary.

Required Software

CCE Basic

Table of Contents

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Installation
  3. 3. Templates
  4. 4. Basic Settings
  5. 5. Advanced Settings
  6. 6. Input and Output
Written by: Rich Fiscus