I have highlighted several different programs such as MakeMKV, Another EAC3To GUI, and Ripbot264 which can be used to create an mkv. Unfortunately most mkv programs out there either do encoding or lossless ripping, but not both. I mostly do lossless ripping so this is not an issue, but I do occasionally encode a media […]

I generally like to update to the latest versions of software as they come out (whether beta or “stable”). There is always the chance that the new update may break something that was once working, but for the most part to date I have had very few issues. A few weeks ago I updated to […]

One common question I see asked is what is the best way to rip a TV Series Boxset. The biggest issue with TV Series Boxsets is that it is not particularly user friendly with episodes spanning across multiple discs. I have found that ripping each episode individually works the best, especially considering that most front […]

About a week ago I posted a guide on how to display PGS subtitles embedded in mkvs using Haali. At the time the only way to display PGS subtitles in mkvs was to use a combination of Haali and FFDShow. Since writing that guide two important changes have come out. The first is that Mosu, […]

One popular program for creating mkvs that I have written about earlier is MakeMKV, which in a few simple clicks can convert your DVD or Blu Ray disc into an mkv. The one “drawback” is that for Blu Ray discs MakeMKV keeps the subtitles (PGS format) in its original form. While this sounds great, support […]

Another interesting application I came across is a handy little tool called HdBrStreamExtractor. It is a simple GUI that was designed to utilize EAC3To to extract audio/video/subtitle streams from Blu Rays and HD DVDs.  If you read my post on using Clown_BD + MKVMerge to create an mkv the process is nearly identical, except HdBr […]

A few weeks ago I highlighted an excellent program called Another EAC3To GUI. AEAC allows you to convert your Blu Ray/HD DVDs into an mkv with full support for HD Audio, FLAC, and forced subtitles, all with the convenience of a few clicks of  the mouse. AEAC also allows you to edit the eac3to commands […]

A few days ago I posted about an excellent tool called Another EAC3To GUI that can be used to create an mkv from either a Blu Ray or HD DVD disc. Today I will look at a slightly less direct method that is actually the method I use currently using two of my favorite tools, […]

With the introduction to mkvs out of the way, it is time to look at some of the very useful tools out there for creating mkvs. The first tool I wanted to look at is a free application called Another EAC3to GUI (also known as “the special sauce” in some circles ;-), but I will just abbreviate […]

One of the most frequently asked questions I see from people just getting into media streaming or Windows Home Server is what is the best format to put your video collection in to. Probably the toughest thing about answering this question is that there is no right answer, much is just based on personal preference, […]