Thanks for your suggestion- this is indeed one way of getting this solved.
I looked through some other threads and installed kmenc15 too. Although the GUI is very similar to software found on XP-based encoding softwares, when I hit the encode button it crashes
In the meantime I will try and see if this works. Besides "menc" and kmenc, are there any other encoding software that just works (p.s. I am aware of how interesting many of us here find it to take our time to learn how things work, making it work and get the satisfaction out of it. It is enjoyable. but for the moment, I am looking for something that just works