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Hi...I play mkv files fine no problem.Yesterday using Iskysoft Video Converter Ultimate I converted a m2ts file to mkv.The file originally was 4g after converted it was I think 10 or 12 gig I wanted to convert it to mpeg2 HD but it would have been like 24G.When i tried to stream the mkv file from my computer to the LG it says the format is not supported.I thought that was odd.I could copy it to the hard drive and check it but it is a big file.Played on my computer fine.Because I only have a P4 3.0 right now it took about 10hrs or so.I wanted to see how long it took to convert using Xillisoft video converter Ultimate and it sayed it would only take 2 hours to do to a mpg HD which would only be 10g or so.Which the other program said it would be 24g.One is faster and not as big as the output file either?

Anyone maybe know the reason for this?
What would be the best formate for conversion if there is one?
Should I be renaming the file?

I'm all new to this sorry for all the questions.


Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated

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I didn't know the LG BD590 could play .mkv files. Anyways, the .mkv is actually sort of a container for the video, or so I've been told...I think
MPEG2 is what you want for video, thought I could be wrong

and no, I don't know the reason why..

maybe check your manual to see what is supported and what isn't

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fwiw, MKV is a container, or an 'envelope', in the sense that it can contain different streams of data, like video, audio, subtitles, etc. AVI is the same way, except MS owns it.

Even though a device can play MKV's, it might not be able to play ALL mkv's, due to the way the audio or video were compressed before they were put into the MKV. Common video formats inside of MKV's are: h.264/Mpeg4, Mpeg2, divx, VC-1.

With regards to converting m2ts to mkv, depending on what's inside the m2ts (also a container format), you should be able to 'remux' or 'repack' the m2ts streams into a mkv without recompressing. IIRC, you should be able to open your m2ts in MakeMKV, select the streams you want to keep (video,audio,subtitles), and then it will output into an MKV file, no recompression needed, and should only take you about 5 mins.
 

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My files are not on a disk there standalone filesIt seems to be looking for a disc.Can you put a mkv file into this program?Im looking at it now.Makemkv Seems not to want to take the m2ts files
 

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Creating MKV Files

I have been using MKV/H.264/AC3 files for sometime now. The best program that I have found for converting these is the freeware program Handbrake.
//http://handbrake.fr/
This is also the only program that I have found that will "burn in" subtitles. It also has some very good filters for cleaning up badly encoded video.

Another piece of software that I often use with this is MKVToolNix and SUPER, both freeware. One can download from www.afterdawn.com. I generaly demux my m2ts files with TsMuxer GUI before processing with MKVToolKit to ensure getting just the streams that I want. Also, eac3to is a good program for converting the audio to AC3.

I ran across this thread looking for users who have played back MKV files on the LG590 as I am interested in purchasing one. I currently play back on an OPPO BDP83 in my theater room.

Mpeg video is not recommended much anymore unless one is making a standard DVD. MKV or XVID is much more convenient for storing video, albeit it does not always have the same menu features as DVD, e.g. chapter navigation on my OPPO. MKV does have all of the features of DVD/VOB or Bluray m2ts but it has not been well implemented by stand alone players yet.

Cheers....

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Thats intresting..I'll give some of those programs a try.Can you give me the order in which you use these programs?

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Converting m2ts to MKV

The goal in the following example is to convert an m2ts file to mkv/h264 file that can be played back on a stand alone machine that supports mkv and h.264. It can also be used to move large videos to smaller viewing devices like an iPod. One may also want to just take a small clip from a video to such a device
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The order of process to convert m2ts to mkv/h264 using Handbrake would be to:

1) Use TSMuxer to demux the streams, subtitles, and chapters from the m2ts container file

2) Use eac3to to convert DTS audio to ac3, or to change the audio frequency if desired.

3) Use Bd2Sup to convert .sup subtitles to .idx/.sub subtitle format (if necessary).

4) Use MkvMerge from the MKVToolNix to combine video/audio/sub streams into a single temporary .MKV file container. The video stream could be mpeg, vlc, or h264.

5) Use Handbrake to convert the temporary .mkv file to .mkv/h264. e.g. convert 1080p to 720p or 480p.

All of the above are freeware tools. It may seem complicated at first but they really become easy to use.

Make sure when using Handbrake to explicitly set the frame-rate as there is a problem when playing back .mkv files with a variable VFR on OPPO and PS3. They want a constant CFR frame-rate.

I have converted 20gb 1080p videos to 4gb 720p with no noticeable viewing loss. Even converting to 480p is better than 480i dvd.

Using Handbrake to convert DVD formats is more straight forward and no other software is required.

All of the above assumes that none of the videos are encrypted.

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Wow!Great instructions...seems like a long process?Is it natural for your computer running a 100% when running Handbrake.Tried a bit of handbrake and threw a M2ts file into it.Started converting but said about 24hrs.Only running P4 3.0 2g ram...
 

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Converting m2ts to MKV

Wow... 24 hours!

I have never had anything run more than 2 hours. I am using an Intel iCore-5 2.66mhz quad processor with 4gb memory, WinXp. It is about 2 years old.

I would not try using HB on a .m2ts file by itself but rather follow the demux/remux first. There can be many audio tracks in the .m2ts file. Also, I may have tried that myself once and it took a long time and I aborted the process.

Cheers...

Mark
 
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