mpeg encoder

Is anyone aware of an easy to use mpeg encoder?
I've been looking around and have found various sources and programs but 
they are all really complex- requiring split yuv files, parameter files
with weird stuff etc.  I want one that will take a sequence
image files and produce an animation.  Come to think of it, any format
is fine, AVI, FLC, etc... 
Now that we can get some awesome framerates with stable images I am going
to add recording to xfqcam.