You're right, I admit it! The free trial version of VideoRedo did just the same as ConvertX but in a few minutes (maybe more than 2-3, but a lot less than 90). It hitched up with the DVD burning software so I got a finished disk spat out in less than half an hour in all, and the disk then played on the TV DVD player. I must have been trying too hard in the past ... guess I'll fork out another £45 . Thanks GrahamThomson!