MakeMKV 1.4.10 Released – HD Audio, Here We Come

by Damian on December 30, 2009 · 89 comments

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I have been using a program called MakeMKV for some time now to rip my SD DVDs to mkv. It is a great little program that will decrypt your DVD (no additional software such as AnyDVD is required), allow you to pick and choose what parts of the DVD you want to keep, and put into an mkv. The one drawback (and the reason why I stopped using MakeMKV for my Blu Ray collection) has been MakeMKV did not support HD audio (such as DTS-MA or TrueHD), so you would only get the core audio when creating the mkv (the core audio is AC3 for TrueHD and DTS for DTS-MA). Well, with yesterday’s release of version 1.4.10 MakeMKV now officially supports these HD Audio tracks. Another interesting feature added, although I have not had a chance to test, MakeMKV can instantly stream decrypted video without intermediate conversion to wide range of players. MakeMKV is free while in BETA and is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. NOTE - whether or not you will be able to use the HD audio stream in the mkv is for another discussion :-)

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Using MakeMKV:

When you first run MakeMKV you will have the option to choose the source you want to use. If you have a disc in  your ROM drive you can simply select the correct ROM drive from the Source and click the DVD disc icon. If the source is files already saved on your computer you will need to select from “File” on the toolbar.

Once MakeMKV is done analyzing the disc, a list of all available titles to choose from will appear. It should be obvious which title is the main movie based on the description (chapters and the file size should be much greater then all other titles). Uncheck all the titles you don’t want.

Now click on the black carrot which will expand the list to show all available audio, video, and subtitle tracks. Unfortunately you may have to do a little trial and error to get the correct audio and subtitles. Generally though the main audio track with be the first one listed (in this example I wanted the DTS HD Lossless English audio track). Once done with your selections assign an output folder and click the “Make MKV” button.

After clicking the “Make MKV” button the movie will be processed. You can monitor the program, MakeMKV will show how much time has elapsed and how much time is remaining.

Once completed a pop up will appear stating whether the title was saved or if there was an error.

After the mkv was created use media info to confirm that all my selections are part of the mkv (in particular note Audio #1 which shows the DTS-MA track). You now have a 1:1 copy of your movie in mkv format for playback on various media devices. Always make sure you do a test run of the movie (play a couple minutes worth) to make sure the rip went ok and there are no issues (such as A/V sync, etc…).





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Hi, my name is Damian, and I'm tech gadget addict! Although I always had some interest in technology, it wasn't until I got my EX470 and more importantly found Mediasmartserver.net, that my interest became an addiction. My goal, aside from world domination and to see the Mets/Broncos win another championship, is to set up the perfect digital home where all my media is available at the click of a button. When I am not writing for Mediasmartserver.net you can find me over at my blog at http://www.adigitalhomeblog.com or follow me on twitter


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Comp1962 December 30, 2009 at 11:16 am

Thanks Damian your reviews are always informative. I downloaded the software and will give it a try later tonight.

Damian December 30, 2009 at 11:22 am

Thanks for the kind words. Make sure you report back about how the software works for you. I have tested out three Blu Rays to test the HD Audio function (2 DTS-MA and 1 TrueHD) and they worked fine. I rarely ever have problems with standard dvds. Also, MakeMKV is great if you want to pull out individual episodes from a TV boxset.

Rhino December 30, 2009 at 5:43 pm

I also have been useing Make MKV for a while converting all my SD DVD to MKV files for my future purchase of the HP EX 495. However, i have spent may hours doing the research on how to integrate MKV’s into the HP EX software. I have come to the conclusion that it is not supported in the Media collector nor the video converter. Is the “MKV” problem avoided if I use MY MOvie 3 or Media Browser? Almost everything I have is MKV. I had planned on “pulling video” from the server to an XBOX 360 and PS3, but have also discovered the conversion process to a suitable format takes way to much time. Make MKV does it in less than 30 minitues for a normal 2 hour show. I think i is easier to just store all the videos on the HP Server, and use WD Live and Popcorn Hour to pull the MKV file to the TV. Any other suggestions???

Damian December 30, 2009 at 6:01 pm

@ Rhino,

Yeah, mkvs and the built in HP Twonky software doesn’t quite jive. However, if you are using an HTPC you will hvae no problem playing back as you will not be going through Twonky. Same goes for PCH or WD Live. Basically there are no issues storing mkvs on your EX495 and streaming to various players. I don’t use the provided twonky service as it is a waste. For the PS3 or Xbox360 since they don’t natively support mkvs you wild need to run a media server like PS3MediaServer

JohnBick December 30, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Will the MKVs play back through extenders, such as the SageTV.

Comp1962 December 31, 2009 at 1:36 am

Damian ~ This program is totally awesome and certainly the fasted MKV coversion program I have had the pleasure to use and it doesn’t peg out my processor like DVDfab6. I have not yet jumped on the BlueRay Bandwagon yet but will soon. All I want to do is get my movie collection of over 500 movies on my server and then see if my WD TV Live will play MKV’s without using Twonky which will help take some load off the EX470 but I am not sure just yet but will know this weekend. Thanks again for your excellent reviews.

Damian December 31, 2009 at 2:37 am

Great news Comp. You should be fine playing mkvs on your WD TV Live. Most likely you would just set up a samba connection to stream, so Twonky won’t be involved (you can’t use the EX470 twonky anyhow as it does not support mkv).

Damian December 31, 2009 at 2:46 am

@ JohnBick,

You bet, it is pretty common for most extenders to support mkv. I have no problems playing my mkv’s through the SageTV HD200 or any other media player in my house.

Keep in mind when you put a DVD into mkv you lose all the menus, etc… This never mattered to me as I don’t retain any of that stuff, but worth pointing out. I like mkvs because it is a lot cleaner, just one file instead of the whole Video_TS dvd structure.

Comp1962 December 31, 2009 at 4:28 am

Damian ~ I already knew MKV’s played well on the WD TV LIVE and one added bennifit appeared that I could not do before even with the TS files was select by chapter. As for Twonky I know the WD TV LIVE will function without it but there was a difference in how somethings showed up. I removed the PVCONNECT addin and was able to access the MKV Files and of course play them. Even the META DATA showed up on the server by the time I walked in the other room so its cool because it makes identifying the videos much easier. Now I am going to wipe out all my previous RIPS and just use MakeMKV. I have already tested it with 10 movies and they are perfect. Thanks again this program has ended my quest for determining which format to use and its faster then 123MediaMAX and DVDfab6 along with not so processor intensive.

Ken December 31, 2009 at 6:50 am

Nice write up…

First, I’m new to ripping Blu-ray disks, but have been working on it this week. I’ve tried MakeMKV and it does a very nice job.

I’ve done a lot of research, but I have a question (and it’s a beginners question). What do I need to get my movies in the MKV format to play in Mediabrowser? There’s so many choices, but what’s the best for someone new to this? I’m using Windows 7 x64, MCE and Mediabrowser 2.2.1.

Damian December 31, 2009 at 7:01 am

Hi Ken,

You will need to have haali installed. You need the x64 version, which you can get here (http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1234840/Haali_Media_Splitter_x64_b9.exe). Make sure you use this one, there is a new version out there (I think 2.0) but I have heard there are stability issues with that.

If you don’t want to install individual codecs/splitters and are unsure what to do probably the best bet is to use Shark’s Codec pack (http://www.shark007.net/). It is very straightforward and does all the work for you (you just need to install both the x32 and x64 version). Try this first I would recommend. Let me know how it goes.

Ken December 31, 2009 at 8:25 am

Hi Damian,

Thank you for the quick response. I was reading about Shark’s Codec over on AVS Forum. I’ve been reading you “Setting Up Codecs for 7MC” blog too. Just too many choices. I’ll try Shark and let you know. Does it support HD Audio? I have a ATI 5770 card in my desktop.

DamianP December 31, 2009 at 8:32 am

Ken,

To get bitstreaming working you will need the latest FFDSHow which I don’t know if sharks codec has. I would probably try his codecs first, see if you can get up and running, and then look into bitstreaming as it is more complicated (you can follow the 5xxx thread on AVS for more info how how to get bitstreaming working – http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1179134). Hope this helps.

Comp1962 December 31, 2009 at 10:53 am

To get MKV files to play in WMC I downloaded and installed Media Player Codec Pack v3.9.1 from downloads.com here is the link => http://download.cnet.com/1770-20_4-0.html?query=media+player+codec+pack+v3.9.1&tag=srch&searchtype=downloads&filterName=platform%3DWindows&filter=platform%3DWindows

san diego audio video December 31, 2009 at 12:33 pm

I couldn’t get it to wok on windows XP, I guess I have a codec problem, these stuff can be very difficult for me, will try to search for a solution.

Damian December 31, 2009 at 12:38 pm

You couldn’t get makemkv to work or you couldn’t get the mkv file to play?

Bob December 31, 2009 at 2:49 pm

There’s probably an easier way, but I rip all my DVD’s using MakeMKV and then use DVD Catalyst (http://www.tools4movies.com/) to convert the MKV into whatever formats I want (usually AVI’s) to stream through my media extender attached to my XBox 360. I then have my original MKV as well as a format suitable for streaming. I also convert movies to format to play back on my Blackberry Storm.

You can convert your MKV in batch so let it run overnight if you have a lot of movies to convert. DVD Catalyst supports many devices and formats, and at $9.95 it’s a steal (and has great support from the developer).

Nick January 1, 2010 at 2:33 am

Hi Damian,

very nice post; I was thinking about possible ways to store my DVD and BD collection to disk when I saw your article. I am interested about preserving the EXACT same video and quality of the original disk though; can you pls clarify whether the conversion to mkv files compresses the original data (therefore losing quality)? I would be more interested in creating a single smaller file by removing all unwanted features from a disk (trailers, additional streams, etc) but not at the expense of quality.

Damian January 1, 2010 at 3:40 am

Hi Nick,

There is zero encoding (i.e. compression) done with MakeMKV, so you have a pristine 1:1 copy of your Blu Ray. I would say the average Blu Ray disc is around 40GB and once you strip out the trailers, extra audio tracks, etc it probably gets down close to 25GB. Assuming you want just a single file you usually can throw a Blu Ray into a m2ts, ts, or mkv. In all cases the quality is exactly the same, but out of the 3 mkv has the least overhead (see my writeup about this here – http://www.mediasmartserver.net/2009/08/21/is-your-container-bigger-than-mine). Hope this answers your question.

Nick January 1, 2010 at 7:44 am

Thanks Damian, question answered 100%!

Rhino January 1, 2010 at 10:28 am

Bad link Damian

Damian January 1, 2010 at 10:40 am

@ Rhino,

No clue what happened, link is working now. Thanks for pointing out.

groves31 January 4, 2010 at 8:48 am

I tried MakeMKV because of your enthusiastic support, but so far, NG!
Using DVD folders,from AnyDVD, already on my server, I made several MKVs, but: (a) none of them filled the screen on either the PC or the HTPC+HDTV; (b) even though the ClosedCaptions show in the menu of the Make MKV dialog, no CC can be seen on the movie as played.

Am I just missing a check into some box?

Damian January 4, 2010 at 9:43 am

groves,

Sorry it hasn’t worked out. Here is what I can think of:

(a) are the dvds 4:3 or 16:9. YOu might have a “fill screen” setting selected when a Video_TS is played, you just need to select fill screen with whatever program you use for playback and it should be fine (I had to do this for WMC)

(b) closed captions, are you talking about subtitles? What program(s) do you use to play back your mkvs?

groves31 January 4, 2010 at 10:53 am

The 16:9 are either narrow top-to-bottom OR left-to-right. Only tried 5 or 6–little incentive to do more. Just tried “Proposal” bluRay again, and Pride and Prejudice (SD) again. Neither audio nor subtitles/CC on Proposal, both have gaps on top and bottom.

I do not know diff between CCs and subtitles, menu on disk usually says subtitles for hard of hearing, but we like it for the british-accents of the BBC that we watch. I installed the haali both on PC and HTPC, and use Win7 Media Center and Player.

groves31 January 4, 2010 at 10:56 am

Just reread your response–where is the “fill screen” setting?

Damian January 4, 2010 at 12:02 pm

If you are using W7MC I think if you hit the info button on an MCE remote a menu should pop up on the bottom half of the screen where you can select the aspect ratio you want. I think there are 4 options, so you can play around to get the one that works best.

I have never used subtitles so apologies if I am a little unfamiliar with. I know one potential issue is that subtitles will break DXVA. The way around that is to actually force or burn in the subtitles into the movie. For now to access and switch around subtitles in W7MC you need to use a program like Media Control (http://damienbt.free.fr/) which relies of FFDShow. Once again though, this breaks DXVA if that is something of importance (although supposedly this may get fixed soon).

groves31 January 4, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Thank you again for your responses. I had never tried the little “i” button. It does, indeed, alter the width(s), but ALL subsequent videos are also enlarged, even off screen, so extra button pushes required. Lets the .MKV and .ts files with their higher-video quality show at proper aspect.

just what is DXVA?

I will download media Control tomorrow, hopefully. Looking at your page there, would seem to solve many problems.

Damian January 5, 2010 at 5:48 am

I generally keep the aspect ratio at original. This may leave black bars depending on the content being watched but keeps the picture as is. I wish you could specify an aspect ratio for specific content (say if you have 16:9 movie no adjustment but if you have a 4:3 movie then full screen).

Sorry, DXVA is hardware acceleration. With DXVA, much of the horsepower required to playback of movies (in particular HD content) gets offloaded to your GPU instead of your CPU. This is really more critical for low powered systems.

EvilHomerClone January 12, 2010 at 9:19 pm

what am i doing wrong, I am very fresh to bluray ripping, this tool has ripped the video just fine, however i get no audio

i am running windows 7 ultimate x 64. any assistance is appreciated.

Damian January 13, 2010 at 5:20 am

Can you confirm what the audio track is that you ripped. Also, what player are you trying to use for playback?

EvilHomerClone January 13, 2010 at 5:40 am

I only had 1 option (pirates of the Caribbean) 3/2.1 Dolby Digital. I am using Divx 7 Pro (w/plugins) and then I tried Media Player in 7. I went to the makemkv forum and one other user posted the same problem (didn’t mention the movie though) within the last 20 days but no one has replied to his comment with suggestions.

thanks,

Damian January 13, 2010 at 5:45 am

Hmmm, not sure about Pirates. It looks like it has LPCM 5.1 as the audio which you rarely see in Blu Rays (usually it is either TrueHD or DTS(MA)). Do you have another Blu Ray disc you can test out. Also, to test out playback I like to use MPC HC which has all filters/codecs internal so no need to mess around with and it won’t mess with your system (http://mpc-hc.sourceforge.net/).

Also, do you have AnyDVD on your system?

EvilHomerClone January 13, 2010 at 5:54 am

I didn’t try another movie and I should have. When I get home I will try Simpsons movie because i know it has DTS audio.

I have anydvd but makemkv ask that i turned it off. On my third attempt I did try to do the process with anydvd turned on, but I saw no better results.

I will also try the MPC HC and see if that works out better. One thing that would suck is I am trying to turn my entire movie collection into digital media for my Home Server to stream to my xbox’s in the house. I would like to have a format that Media Center can play.

thanks by the way for getting back to me soo quick

Damian January 13, 2010 at 6:00 am

I was asking about AnyDVD because what you can do is try using a program like Clown_BD (which requires AnyDVD) with Pirates. It will create a ts file, not mkv, but then we can test if the audio will work with that (just trying to isolate if it is makemkv issue or not).

I don’t use Divx 7 Pro (w/plugins) but you are using that to allow mkvs to be streamed to your Xbox machines, correct?

Let me know once you have a chance to try a few other Blu Rays later on.

thejulianath20 February 2, 2010 at 3:23 pm

I have the same problem using MakeMkv! Three movies that I’ve tried now with it have video stops or studders and audio keeps playing fine. I choose the main film and the dts or DD tracks. I don’t see dts-ma or DDtrueHD, I just choose the 5.1 English track. The movies where “I am Legend”, “Nights in Rodanthe”, and “Pirates of the Carribean 2″. It says they ripped fine at the end. So I try to play with MPC-hc and the video studders every few seconds. I really want to know what I’m doing wrong.

Damian February 2, 2010 at 3:27 pm

@ the julianath20 – try downloading the latest version of MakeMKV which was just released today and see if that fixes the problem.

Orphoys February 27, 2010 at 9:13 am

Hi Guys,

ever tried RipBot264? I have done dozens of BluRay2MKV conversions and never had any issues. The quality is awsome considering I shrink them done to 4,3GB using AC3 5.1 (640kbit) for sound. It takes some time do get it running, but then its a realy fast tool.

Damian February 27, 2010 at 9:39 am

@ Orphoys,

Of course, here is the wiki I wrote :-)

http://www.mediasmartserver.net/wiki/index.php/RipBot264

I recently stopped encoding my Blu Rays so I haven’t used Ripbot in a while, but it is an excellent tool.

Cheers
Damian

Carlos March 25, 2010 at 5:49 am

Hello. I recently started converting my own DVD’s to MKV using MakeMKV on a windows XP computer and I am having issues with many of the dvds I am trying to convert. Was wondering if you had any suggestions. I started converting my 007 Box set into MKV and only some of the dvds are working, the others will cause MakeMKV to error and ask me if I want to report the problem to microsoft. Would really appreciate the help. Thanks.

Damian March 25, 2010 at 5:57 am

@ Carlos,

Not sure what could be causing the problem. Do you by chance have access to a Windows 7 machine (just wondering if it is XP related)? If you have AnyDVD running I would shut off when using MakeMKV. Flip the DVDs around and make sure they are not scratched or have smudges/fingerprints (fingerprints caused many problems until I cleaned off). Also, you can try asking the question on the MakeMKV forum. When I went through my DVD collection I had very few problems, the ones that didn’t work initially were either damaged or had fingerprints on.

Christos March 26, 2010 at 10:11 am

Hey,the beta is only for 30 days,after i have to buy it?

Damian March 26, 2010 at 10:47 am

@ Christos,

Yes, they just recently moved to a pay model:

http://www.mediasmartserver.net/2010/02/03/makemkv-1-4-12-released-pay-model-on-the-way/

Christos March 26, 2010 at 2:21 pm

yes but only if i try to rip a blu ray,for dvd is ok?
i realy like it,ill buy it

Damian March 26, 2010 at 2:36 pm

The pay model applies to both DVD and Blu Ray. It is a very solid piece of software, very simple

Christos March 26, 2010 at 3:10 pm

ok,let me ask something else
Now at my home i try to convert a video that iam dowload(avi,mkv,dvdrip)to a blu ray convertion,the program iam useing are iamtoo,xilisoft and nero,ihave a good pc(intel gore 2 duo with 4g ram azus motherboard and ati hd2600 grafic card.
The only promplem tha i have is that takes too long to convert,what iam sappouse to do for doing this more quickly

Damian March 27, 2010 at 4:48 pm

The biggest factor in the time it takes is the CPU. A dual core is actually pretty slow for encoding. For fastest encoding times you would want a core i7. I have a Quad Core and depending on what I am encoding it can take me anywhere from a couple of hours to 12 hours.

Christos March 27, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Thanks my friend

charlie March 28, 2010 at 6:32 am

Hi Damian,

I was using version 1.4.1, no problems ripped every Blu ray disk I own. Hadn’t used it for a short while. Upgraded to latest version 1.5. Nothing works any more. Error messages galore. Scsi error meassages. Nothing changed with my setup. Using iMac computer with OSX 10.5. What was a program that worked flawlessly, doesn’t work at all.

Damian March 28, 2010 at 7:37 am

Hi Charlie,

That stinks. Make sure you post on the MakeMKV forum so the developers can fix the problems you are having, I am sure the intention was not to have it break.

Phil March 29, 2010 at 7:42 am

Hello,
I just dowloaded and installed the latest MakeMKV software. I tested it using a regurlar DVD (non Blu-ray). It created the MKV file which I moved to my HP EX470. When I try to play the file through my PS3 using PS3 Media Server, the audio and video are out of sync. The video looks like it’s on fast forward while the audio is fine. Tried stopping and restarting the PMS and I even re-booted the server…no luck. The rest of my collection are DVD’s I ripped using DVD Shrink to create one large VOB file and simply renaming them to .MPG. They are working fine. I’d like to start ripping a few Blu-rays but I need to fix the sync issue first.

Any ideas?

Thanks,
P

Damian March 29, 2010 at 7:48 am

Phil,

If you play that mkv on your PC does it play fine? Just want to see if PS3 Media Server is causing the problem.

Phil March 29, 2010 at 8:11 am

Wow. Thanks for the quick response.

Haven’t tried it yet. My laptop is running Vista. What codec/player should I use to view the MKV file?

Thanks.

Damian March 29, 2010 at 8:14 am

Phil,

To keep it clean I would just install MPC HC on your pc and use that for playback.. This way you don’t have to worry about messing around with codecs/filters. You can download the player here (http://mpc-hc.sourceforge.net/) or the latest svn is here (http://www.xvidvideo.ru/media-player-classic-home-cinema-x86-x64/media-player-classic-homecinema-x86-x64-svn-1771.html).

Try not to read this response at least for an hour, that way it won’t seem like my response was fast :-)

Phil March 29, 2010 at 8:55 am

Thanks Damian.

I’ll try this as soon as I get home. I will let you know what happens. LOL about your comment about your speedy response.

Phil March 29, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Hey Damian,

Okay so I tried the software and the file played fine on my laptop. As a matter of fact I played the file from my HP EX470 through my WD Live using the PS3 Media Server to another TV and it worked fine. No problem. I guess the problem is with the PS3 since it worked fine with WD Live using the PS3 Media Server.

Any thoughts?

Thanks,
Phil

Comp1962 March 29, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Now they got v1.5.2 beta out for makeMKV. I actually ripped my first Blu-Ray disc with it. Funny thing is my desktop had a horrible time playing the movie from its own hard drive, it played better streaming from the server but it was perfect when I watched if from my WDTV Live. Its not makeMKV thats the issue it did it job wonderfully accept the subtitles were not preserved but that could be just my error. The movie I ripped was 2012 but the issues I experienced is just from an aging desktop which I know I need to replace.

Christos March 30, 2010 at 5:00 am

Please help,can some one tell me which program i have to use for good engoding from mkv to blu ray,or fo mp4 to blu ray

Damian March 30, 2010 at 5:23 am

Christos,

So you have mkv or mp4, and want to put into a Blu Ray structure?

Damian March 30, 2010 at 5:25 am

@ Phil,

Not sure, I honestly haven’t turned on my PS3 in a while. The PS3 is not exactly a fully functional media player, so it sounds like the PS3 is just not processing the stream correctly.Is this happening for all files you play on the PS3 or only certain ones?

Damian March 30, 2010 at 5:27 am

@ COmp1962.

Welcome to the dark side of Blu Rays :-). I don’t know the specs of your PC but if the CPU is not strong enough or you do not get DXVA that is probably why your PC struggles with playback. One other caveat, 2012 has forced subs. If MakeMKV grabs it outputs as PGS which is still somewhat unsupported on many players.

Christos March 30, 2010 at 5:41 am

i dowload movies from torrentz mp4,dvdrip,mkv and i convrting to blu ray disc with programe iamtoo,or xilisoft or nero,sometimes i succed but sometimes dont
For converting dvd i always suceed but in blu ray its dificult
Do you know what programe i have to use
Thank a lot for reading this

Damian March 30, 2010 at 5:52 am

@ Christos,

Here is a hint, don’t mention in public forums where you get your movies from ;-)

You can try using a program like Clown_BD which should convert the mkv into a Blu Ray Structure/ISO so you can burn to a Blu Ray disc. I don’t burn to discs so I don’t have much experience with.

Christos March 30, 2010 at 5:54 am

Ok thanks for the tip

Comp1962 March 30, 2010 at 6:31 am

@ Damian ~ Oh the darkside is an understatement. I have conqured many things already with the Blu-Ray install and so far all my old friend the computer is only able to run makeMKV and rip the Blu-Ray discs which is ok because now I have an excuse to go out and start buying components for a new build and maybe 2 builds and 1 purchase in that I would like to have an HTPC, a 64 Bit Windows 7 system and a new Mac but before I do that I have to finish my Server Projects and travel to China so new toys will have to wait till the end of Q3-Q4 this year.

Now back on topic. I am using the makeMKV 1.5.2 and I have 22 more DVD’s to rip that I was not successful with with previous version. I am hoping to get these into MKV format so my entire collection will be done. Will know more as the week progresses. I do not know anything about HD Audio, will tackle that another time but as I have said before I am just happy to hear and so my needs are simple.

Phil March 30, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Hey Damian,

I’ve only tried it with one file so far (Casino Royale). I’ll try it with another and see if I still get the Video and audio out of sync when I go through my PS3. Still waiting for my USB Blu-ray player to arrive so I can’t test a Blu-ray disc. I’ll keep looking into why my PS3 is doing that.

Thanks.

Damian March 30, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Phil,

Yeah, definitely try another movie. Let me know how it goes.

Cheers
Damian

Stan March 30, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Damian, you mentioned in the early part to “(play a couple minutes worth) to make sure the rip went ok and there are no issues (such as A/V sync, etc…)”

I have exactly that issue–audio starts out right, or almost, then drifts as much as two syllables late by the end of the movie. If I pause for a while–to answer phone, etc.–then resume, the sound is synched again. I make mkv s with Makemkv and with handbrake, so cannot say for sure which is the source of this fault, but seems to be with ALL of the .mkv I have. I prefer handbrake for I can burn the CCs, and compress the sound. (Do I hear you say, “OH! NO!” ) But I can still see well enough to wan the sound synched. Any thoughts?

Stan

Damian March 31, 2010 at 5:33 am

Stan,

What player are you using for playback of your mkvs, are you playing back on your PC, a media extender, etc… This is happening for every mkv you create?

Stan March 31, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Unsure of your meaning of “Player”–files are on a server, fed via cat6 enet to a HP s5150t PC, HDMI to a samsung audio amp, via HDMI to HDTV. Tried going to TV first, but audio ALWAYS delayed. THe PC uses Win7 Media center, with the Haali media splitter and Matroskasplitter installed. Server is windows home server. Just incase it matters, the DVDs are ripped by AnyDVD to a server, then processed by handbrake or MakeMKV.

Thanks for your inputs.

Stan

DamianP March 31, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Stan,

What I meant was how are you playing back. From what you wrote I can see that you are playing your mkvs back in WMC.

Why are you using Haali and Matroska? Can you try playing an mkv back in MPC HC to see if you get the same delay. If you use FFDShow you can actually set a delay timecode for audio, but if everything is working correctly you should not have any delays.

Stan March 31, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Well, well, I cannot find the source of just WHY I am using Haali and Matroska. I would have bet money that it was from your blog on the size of the container resulting from .ts, .mkv, etc, but just reread it, and nope, not there!

I have never tried MPC HC. I have tried .ts, .m2ts, .avi, .m4v, .mp4 and all of them have at least one drawback–BUT I have been playing all through the same setup named above. Will tryout the MPC. Any guidance there?

Stan

Damian March 31, 2010 at 7:50 pm

MPC HC is a great player that has its own codecs/filters. You can download the latest version here (http://www.xvidvideo.ru/media-player-classic-home-cinema-x86-x64/media-player-classic-homecinema-x86-x64-svn-1771.html). I don’t know if having both Matroska and Haali is causing the problem

Goondog April 1, 2010 at 11:58 am

Phil and Damian.
Ive been ripping my library with makemkv and playing them fine with MPCHC and mediabrowser on a 58″plasma in the living room.
My ps3 is downstairs on a projector setup and would love to try to use those files downthere. Im hardwired but still cant get ps3mediaserver to play these big files without stuttering. (i think its PC processing power issue)
im thinking that maybe squeezing the mkvs down to mp4 with ripbot and then directly feeding them to the ps3? Any other thoughts or ideas. Just started with ripbot but getting errors:

DirectShowSource: RenderFile, the filter graph manager won’t talk to me
(G:\temp\RipBot264temp\job1\getinfo.avs, line 2)

so im sort of at a loss on really how to use the thing.
i guess i could just stick the bluray into the ps3 and enjoy it, but that would defeat the purpose and i would like to do stuff with files.
Maybe time to invest in a smoking HTPC for the projector room?
and probably hit the ps3mediaserver forums.
thanks for any advice and help,

Damian April 1, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Do you have the latest FFDShow, AVISynth, and Haalli? I got that error message back in the day but had Ripbot working for a while without issue (to be honest haven’t used in quite some time). Another option would be to use Handbrake

Goondog April 1, 2010 at 12:23 pm

yeah i reloaded all of those. it goes all the way to 100% audio muxing and then i get the error . i had it working in the past but could never get sound only picture. might need to remove everything and start over.
ill try HB in the meantime.
would love to hear how you use all your MKVs especially for big screens.
thanks for the quickest response inthe world. do you just get a direct feed from blog to brain??!!

Damian April 1, 2010 at 12:33 pm

All the devices I use play back mkvs without issue (I only use my PS3 for Blu Ray discs and games, basically my PS3 has not been turned on in several months). My mian playback is via my 2 HTPCs on my 58″ and 42″ plasmas, and then my PCH C-200 hooked up in my Sons playroom (which a bunch of other devices collecting dust but ready for duty if need be!!!)

For handbrake I would grab the latest SVN (http://forum.handbrake.fr/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=15452)

You didn’t know, I am a robot :-p

Rhino April 1, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I use MAKEMKV for all my stuff. I just powered up my new WHS and for some reason cannot see the server as a network shared device. Still working on the share issue. However, on my A-110 and A-200 I see the server on the main listing of devices as Rhinoserver(The server name) , then the Number 1., and then Windows Media (something), dont recall if it is center or what, however, it can not see any of the MKV files. In the music folder, it does see all the music files. I guess, what ever this Windows medai thing is on the popcorn hour, it cant see MKV because it is not a supported format. Anyways to resolve this issue? When I went to network share, and tried to set up a SMB share, it keeps saying invalid username or password. I used the following SMB://RHINOSERVER/VIDEOS and I use the user name as the servername and the server password. Am I doing something wrong???

Damian April 1, 2010 at 1:19 pm

@ Rhino,

Right now your PCH is trying to connect via Windows Media Connect which does not support mkv, so you don’t want to go that way.

Did you enable your guest account? See my writeup here for smb, you can comment over on that post if you have questions:

http://www.mediasmartserver.net/2009/11/10/simplifying-samba-sharing-from-whs/

Phil April 2, 2010 at 7:25 am

Hey Damian,

My USB Blu-ray drive came and I ripped Transformers to a MKV file using MakeMKV. I tried viewing it through my PS3 using the PS3 Media server and I got a “Format not supported” error. Tried viewing it on my other TV using my WD TV Live and it started playing then began to freeze. I downloaded MKV2VOB and created a MPEG-2 file of the MKV. It seemed to play fine n my laptop but I haven’t had a chance to upload it to my Ex470. My PS3 and WD TV Live doesn’t seem to have a problem playing MPEG-2 file. Pardon me if this question has been discussed before, but what am I losing when I covert it to MPEG-2? The file size didn’t seem to change (32GB). Is the a more efficient file format as far as space is concerned that will play on my PS3 and WD TV?

Damian April 3, 2010 at 9:41 am

Does the mkv play fine on your laptop? Just wondering if it is a network issue. With MPEG-2 you lose the HD Audio. MKVs should play fine on the WD TV. As for the PS3 since you are playing via PS3MediaServer it is hard to say what the software is doing to alter the track. I would make sure the mkv plays fine on y our laptop first to make sure the rip wasnt bad

spencer July 20, 2010 at 7:07 pm

so i downloaded makemkv and I’m ripping separate episodes off a futurama box set, problem is the episodes are about 1.12GB each is there some way to reduce size but still keep the quality good and still remain an mkv file? thanks.

Damian July 20, 2010 at 7:10 pm

@ spencer,

You can run those mkvs through Ripbot or Handbrake to encode

Joe July 22, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Damian,

I am a new reader to your blog, and I am amazed at your involvement in followup comments. I have got everything working great with MPC (Celeron + 4670 = Win) and I now have all of my 1080p MKVs DXVAing like a champ.

My question to you is: while a DVDRip (~700mb) has a small file size, would it be worth it to rip everything to 1:1 MKV? Is there any quality that I could gain back, and would it be worth the filesize tradeoff if one exists?

Thanks in advance.

Damian July 23, 2010 at 4:30 am

@ Joe,

Great to hear everything is working. I am assuming when you talk about a DVDRip (~700mb) that the file has been encoded down from the original movie. In theory a 1:1 MKV or other will always have better quality over an encoded rip. However, whether or not you will see the difference really depends on you as well as how well the DVDRip was encoded. The best way is to make a 1:1 and compare it against the encode. If you are happy with the quality of the encode then there is no reason not to stick with it, really just a matter of opinion on your part

Judas January 28, 2012 at 5:09 am

Damian,

I have been having issues (similar to groves31), problems with aspect ratio. No problems with Blu-rays, but DVDs are all over the shop. I’ve tried several different DVDs with different aspects. 16:9 is squeezed to 4:3 & 2.35:1 is also squeezed to 4:3 showing top & bottom black bars (which is normal), but right & left black bars (not normal). I have been using DVDFAB for my dvds with no issues on playback. So I don’t have issue playing MKVs, just the ones converted by MakeMKV. I don’t like the idea of changing aspect ratio settings on my TV to play these MKVs. Is there a setting on MakeMKV that I have missed?

Damian February 21, 2012 at 8:54 am

I haven’t run into this issue as MakeMKV shouldn’t be altering the aspect ratio. Best bet would be to ask the developer on the MakeMKV forum.

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