I wasn't aware that TMPGEnc ( http://www.pegasys-inc.com/e_main.html
) made a plug-in for Nero. Are you sure you don't mean the MPEG-2/SVCD or MPEG-2/DVD plug-in that Ahead sells ( https://secure.nero.com/en/secure.asp
)? That plug-in is not free, and must be purchased for anywhere from $16 to $48 depending on the variant (SVCD or DVD) and delivery option you choose.
The VMPEGEnc.dll file is used to do MPEG-1 coding for VCDs. It may also do MPEG-2 (I'm not sure) but it certainly won't if you don't purchase the proper license and unlock that functionality. What was the exact error message? On my machine (I have not purchased the plug-in license) I get the following message if I try to burn an SVCD that requires conversion of some other encoding to MPEG-2:
Due to patent license restrictions, the MPEG2 encoding/converting is not available. To add this possibility, please purchase the Nero MPEG2 codec plugin at http://www.nero.com
If you have purchased the license and you are still getting this message, then try reinstalling it. If it still doesn't work after that, then contact Ahead.
If you haven't purchased the license, then what you are seeing is normal and expected behavior, even if you do have VMPEGEnc.dll in your Nero directory. In this case I would recommend spending your money on something other than the Nero MPEG-2 plug-in, which has a reputation for not encoding with very high quality. TMPGEnc is one of the favorite alternatives. Check www.dvdrhelp.com
P.S. I won't speak for the others, but it is true that I have drastically cut back on my contributions here. I have a life outside of CDRLabs, and in the last couple of months there has been a spate of people abusing the system, being selfish and unappreciative, and generally behaving poorly. All of this led me to decide I don't need to spend my time answering questions here.
In any event, I do appreciate your expression of gratitude.