zondag 2 januari 2011

MKV To AppleTV 2G conversion (no reencoding required)

FastMKV2MP4 is a shell around freeware tools to produce an MP4 that should be playable on the apple TV
Features :
- Conversion without reencoding the videostream (faster than handbrake)
- Supports AC3 track (!!!)
- Supports softcoded subtitles (!!!)
- Single click solution

limitations :
- If videostream bitrate is above appletv accepted limit no reencoding will be done, so this might result in a non usable MP4, go to handbrake to reencode in this case
- No support for picture subs, only text based subs (srt)
-Audio conversion currently tested with DTS, AC3 en AAC tracks in the MKV, not tested with DTS-HD and other formats
- Video only tested with H264 track in the MKV
- The program is not at all error prone and does not clean up the file mess it needs to go through the conversion
- probably many more ;-)



You'll need the Microsoft .NET runtine installed. For licensing reasons I cannot distribute the conversion tools used by this program. To my knowledge all of these files/tools are free to use.
So you will need to download these yourselves:
- mp4box : http://www.videohelp.com/tools/mp4box (latest version required, because of AC3 trouble with older versions)
- ac3filter  : http://ac3filter.net/projects/tools/releases
- eac3to    : http://www.videohelp.com/tools/eac3to
- mkvtoolnix : http://www.bunkus.org/videotools/mkvtoolnix/win32/
- neroaac : http://www.nero.com/eng/downloads-nerodigital-nero-aac-codec.php

The files need to be extracted in a subdirectory of the folder where you put the FastMKV2MP4.exe
eg :
C:\video\FastMKV2MP4\mp4box\... put all files of mp4box here
C:\video\FastMKV2MP4\ac3filter\... put all files of ac3filter here
C:\video\FastMKV2MP4\eac3to\... put all files of eac3to here
C:\video\FastMKV2MP4\mkvtoolnix\... put all files of mkvtoolnix here
C:\video\FastMKV2MP4\neroaac\... put all files of nero aac here

That's it, guess I'll here it if you run into a problem

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