how do i burn a .mkv file to DVD?

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@ devender : DirectShow (WMP, Zoomplayer, Bsplayer, TCMP) is not good for partially loaded files.

Try to use VLC http://videolan.org , Xine or mplayer instead. If they dont play it, the file is broken and not usable. This is mainly the case, if the track header is missing (first 100 KB of a file).

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There is a simple converter that can convert many types of files, it is downloadable from

http://www.erightsoft.net/SUPER.html

and is free
but it use all of your CPU so you cannot do anything until i is finshed for you exit

all you do is drag and drop your files then select the output type
EX: avi
and select the type of video and audio and you can customize it to be high of low quailty reply

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yeah i got virtualdubmod and i put the MKV file into it and did the whole stream list audio thing but im still not getting audio on my video. can someone please help me reply

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Still searching for a successful way to do this. I have a HD MKV file that is about 7GB making the process much more difficult to do. reply

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Wow, this is some process. . .Well I do respect Matroska and I think that it will become industry standard eventually, but until then more common file formats shold be stuck to, I mean jesus I’ve been trying to convert this file for 2.5 hours already and still haven’t succeeded, someone really needs to develop a tool for doing this or I may go insane reply

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Well now, I’ve been reading this forum (pages 1-3) and trying to convert the mkv files i have with the suggested tools for a few days now. The instructions I followed told me to convert the cideo from the file to an avi, and then the audio i wanted to a .m4a file (shown as AAC Audio for most people). This did not work. The avi video works perfectly, but then when you convert the seleted audio to .m4a format, it will not play to convert to .wav in winamp. (I installed the Matroska codec pack everyone in this forum is talking about and all it does on my pc is make it to where when i double click on a .mkv file, no matter what program I open it in, the program opens, then immediately closes for no reason. I take this to be an existing codec conflict from the KLiteCodec pack I have installed. I unstalled this Matroska codec pack and the files played perfectly in every player. I recommend using windows update to get every update possible for Windows XP, then downloading KLite Codec Pack, then make sure when you install, to selet custom installation and make sure EVERYTHING gets installed for all codecs. I have yet to have another conflict or problem with this codec pack.)

After trying and trying to work with the three things i was told to use, as stated, i unstalled the Matroska Codec pack and used the KLite Codec pack. Then instead of trying to convert the audio to .m4a and messing with the settings of winamp to make it a .wav, I simply converted BOTH the VIDEO and AUDIO I wanted from the file to .AVI (This will work for the audio because windows will automatically detect that it is an audio avi and not a video avi.) I then opened TMPGEnc and selected the video.avi as the video and the audio.avi as the audio. Hit start, and in the time it took to watch what is was i was trying to convert, it was done. I opened the created .avi file (which i have set to open in realplayer) and TADA!, it works.

Now then, here’s the problem I’m having with this method. And so far, it’s the ONLY problem (which after this post hopefully will be something very simple that I missed that will fix it). When the file is completed, and I go to the folder I had it created in, The file size has gone from around 713MB, to around 428MB. I open both the original .mkv file and go to a certain point in the movie, then open the .avi ile and do the same. The size of the frame is the same, but the quality has been degraded slightly (I thought that was the case from the much smaller file size.) The .avi audio i used to put with the .avi Video works perfectly however, it’s on time, no delays, no glitches, just the slight video degradation and the smaller filesize.

If anyone can try what i did, or knows how i did it without trying, and can help me make this file retain it’s visual quality and close to the same size, please help me. I’ve been working on Converting part 1 and part 2 of Ranma 1/2 The Movie: Big Trouble In Nekronlan for the past few days. This forum however has been very helpful to me and I would like to thank all the people who have taken the time to sit down and help others like me who don’t know anything about a subject, google it, and find a place like this.

Thanks again for the help.

-Rion. reply

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@ Rion :

Who told you to convert the MKV to AVI ? We certainly didn’t, as we prefer the direct MKV to DVD method.
And what tools are you using for the conversion process ?

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Chipu wrote:
OK, here are the programs you will need. This the process I use to guarantee speed and accuracy of the right audio tracks. If you only have one audio track, then I think jam’s advice will work (sorry, haven’t confirmed it yet)

MKV Codec (http://packs.matroska.org/)
WinAMP (http://www.winamp.com)
- BTW, WinAMP should have AAC encoding/decoding built in by now. If not, find a AAC plugin for winwmp and install it... www.AudioCoding.com is where I got mine.

mkvtoolnix(http://www.bunkus.org/videotools/mkvtoolnix/)
- This is the extractor/creator tool (sorry, have to extract using a DOS window). Read the extract.html file under docs, very well written.

TMPGEnc or similar.

OK, read the extract.html for mkvtoolnix to know how to use the mkvmerge and mkvextract commands. You’ll need the mkvmerge to determine the order of the video, audio, and subtitle tracks. Usually, there are 2 audio tracks so you’ll have to extract both, then listen to them to determine which of the two you want.

OK, extract the video as an .avi and the audio tracts as .m4a

Now open WinAMP, click on options, then preferences. Under the 'Plug-ins' section, select 'Output' then select 'Nullsoft Diskwriter plug-in' and then Configure.

Uncheck everything, select your output directory, and select 'Force WAV file' under 'Output file mode'. Click OK.

Close the plugin window.

Now click 'File', 'Play File', and select the .m4a file.

You should not hear any sound, the file should process rather quickly and you should have a .wav file in the location you choose earlier.

Repeat the Play File step for as many .m4a files you have. You may have to shut down WinAmp and start it back up each time.

After that, you can use TMPGEnc or similar program to rejoin the audio with video. Remember, you can only join one audio tract with the video so make sure you choose the right one.

Once converted, you can use whatever DVD creation software you want to burn to DVD.

This is the process I was referring to (back from page 1) I know it’s better to do the MKV to DVD conversion, but I currently do not have a DVD burner, only a DVD/CD-RW drive on my laptop. That’s why I was trying to convert from .mkv to .avi because the .avi’s play off my dvd player when burned as just a straight .avi file to a normal CD-R.

As for the tools I used, I used two of the three things listed up there, the mkvmergeGUI from the mkvtoolnix, and TMPGEnc to join the audio and video avi’s. As I said, this method works, but the only thing i’m having a problem with right now is the slight visual degradation from the conversion process. My intent was to convert the 700MB .mkv video i have to around a 700MB .avi (or similar common file read by dvd players other than mpeg.) Reason is because I need to burn these on to a disc for playback on my dvd player.

I’m still kinda getting used to this. I’ve done so much with computers, but this is the first time I’ve gotten into media file conversions.

(BTW sorry if this becomes a double post, my browser and internet are acting up right now because of a storm, So i didn’t know if the last one went through.) reply

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anonymous wrote:
Since matroska (mkv) is a rather exotic format, you will have to do the conversion in two steps. First you’ll have to convert the file to avi, then from there you can do your dvd authoring.
For mkv the conversion tool of choice is virtualdubmod (not to be confused with plain old virtualdub).
http://virtualdubmod.sourceforge.net
Once you open your file in virtualdubmod, pick direct stream copy for both audio and video (if it allows it) and save as an avi (that way you don’t have to do any recompression).

Hi, I am using this virtualdubmod to convert some mkv files but I got an error message:
Warning: Nothing to output. Bframe decoder lag. How do I proceed from here? Thank you. reply

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@ mkvfiles :

VirtualdubMod is completely obsolete and will not work for 80% of all modern MKV files. Just try to follow the Guide on matroska.org about DVD conversion.

Christian
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I have a mkv file and I’ve found a subtitle .srt file off the net. Is there anyway I can combine the mkv file with the srt file? I tried to combine it with DVDsanta and it didnt work. Please and thanks for the help. reply

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@ fob :

There are two tools to do that :

mkvmerge (mkvtoolnix) http://mkvmerge.matroska.org

or

avi-mux GUI http://alexnoe.matroska.org

mkvmerge has a GUI called mmg.exe , just start it, add you MKV file, the SRT and start the muxing process into a new MKV file.
Then pray that the SRT is in sync with the movie.

Christian
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Thank you so much. It worked. However, is their another way I can make it so that there is an option for the subtitle to be on / off? Thanks again. reply

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@ fob : all subs in MKV files are soft subs and can be switched off. Just set your favourite player to not show subtitles by default.

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I’ve used the mmg.exe to mux a new file, however when I view the file with my WMP, by changing the subtitle to “Off” does nothing, which means the subtitle stays right on the screen. Also, I’ve tried to use DVDsanta to burn the mkv file with the srt file, it also didnt work. So if I want to make a DVD with the option of having the subtitle on/off, what should I do? Thank you so much for your help. reply

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@ fob :

Again, subs in MKV are typically ALWAYS softsubs, and can be switched off. This is especially true, if you were using mmg.exe to merge your video with a SRT file.

However, if you insist to use crappy Windows Mediaplayer, you have to right click on the matroska icon on the bottom right corner of your desktop, and switch subs off there.

Only bBetter players than WMP, with direct MKV or Haali splitter support, like MPC (Mediaplayer Classic), Zoomplayer, BSplayer or TCMP will allow you to do this from their on-screen commands.

Christian
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What about if I want to burn the file onto a DVD? I got the file working with subtitle, however when I burn it with DVDsanta, it created a DVD format file, but the subtitle option does not work again. Sorry for all the trouble. reply

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I’ve been reading this thread for 2 days, and got a lot of good advice; but how do I make a dvd from multiple mkv files?
I have a 13 episode tv show in mkv format, and I’d like to put them on one dual-layer DVD.
Thanks for any help. reply

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@ Chipu :

your method will only work for 1 out of 100 MKV files. Thanks anyhow.

Christian
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