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I've done a lot of searching before posting here as your time is I'm sure quite valuable to you, but I can't seem to figure out what's happening on my machine. I recently upgraded to Windows 8 Pro (clean install) and can no longer use MKV2AC3. It used to work flawlessly with the aften mode (I didn't even know there was two modes until I had the issue).
When using aften mode the it seems to go in to an endless loop with the message "ERROR ! Try the other method of conversion." I've never seen this before, so I tried eac3to as well. With that method, in about 1 second it gives one "ERROR ! Try the other method of conversion," message and then it say it was a successful, obviously without actually converting the file.
I'm stuck here and I'm really missing my videos with AC3. I've tried multiple MKV files (specifically with ones that have worked in the past as well.) and get the same result every time.
Windows 8 Pro (64-bit)
Intel Core i7 860 @ 2.8GHz
Delta2, I greatly appreciate it if you could point me in the right direction with any troubleshooting ideas.
Well, you can call off the dogs. After playing with this for a week and finally creating an account on the forum, I figured it out 5 minutes after posting...
The source file being converted with MKV2AC3 cannot be kept on a Windows Storage Space partition. As a last resort of playing around, I copied the MKV file I needed to convert to my C: drive and tried the conversion and it worked on the first try. (Also note that you can output to a storage space, just not read from it).
I doubt it's worth updating the app to take Storage Spaces in to account, but at least Google will index this for search results in case someone else runs in to the same issue.
Thanks again for making a great app! It's a life saver for those of us in the Windows Media Center community.
Hello: I was just going to tell you the (1) in the title of the movie looked odd to me,,it was telling me it was a copy or a recode of some kind and that you needed to find the original copy you downloaded of Django 720p so that you can change the audio...Its funny but I encoded that same exact file a couple of weeks ago without a glich..Try using eac3to 640k normalized all the time (aften hasn't be updated in years) when you have 1500k dts files unless you want to make the files even smaller by lowering the ac3 bitrate even more..Ill tell you something else you might want to try in case you dont already know..After you recode the audio you may want to make the file a true 16/9,,not all files are a true 720p or 1080p they maybe like 1280x536 or 1920x800 and most of these are not 16/9 all of the time,but your tv will scale them automatically and put in the black bars..I dont like fiddling with a remote to zoom the black bars out..If you run these files through mkvmerge you can make everything 16/9 and it only takes a minute or so to convert and the finished file is superb and then your tv will display them fullscreen and perfectly sized without the black bars and loss of quality..And if you really want to save space with very little loss of quality use tx264 encoder to reencode the 1080p or 720p files to 1024x576,,16/9 aspect,,audio ac3/6 640k and make the bitrate 3689 superfast,profile,high,level 4.1 and tune to film..I play these files on a 55"LED with a middle of the road Onkyo 6.1 surround system and these small HD files look and sound so good..I now encode everything 576p now..All my files will be around 2 to 3.5 gigs depending on the length of the file and it takes about 30 to 40 minutes to complete depending on your processing power of course..Geez im running mouth too much but I hope some of this may help you in what your trying to do..Anyway, Im glad you figured out your problem in win8..I do all my encoding in win7 and xp...~
people should check this thread for solutions taken from the community since it is the only available official support for this program, besides my personal email of course but I don't know everything in all systems, I need your experiences
I can't debug or solve Win 8 issues since I don't use or have that system
Last edited by Delta2; 7th Apr 2013 at 08:59.
I'm having EXACTLY the same issue as scottie83 with Windows 8 Storage Spaces! When Staxrip tries to process blu-ray audio with eac3to, the process fails immediately if the source files are on a Windows 8 Storage Space. Moving the same files to my C drive solved the problem, too... but that's not such a great solution, you know what I mean?
First of all thank you for making such an awesome and easy to use program.
Here is my awkward problem:
I had been using this program for a long time.After i formatted my computer now aften method fails.I had been using 1.03.03 version and installed it again.
Now after the program extracts the audio with success(according to log) it says "ERROR!Try the other method of conversion" and an error box comes up saying "The process cannot access the file xxx/dolby.bat because it is being used by another progress."Then i've downloaded the new version.the same problem occured only the error box didn't come up.I've downloaded ac3filter and avisynth btw.I didn't adjust any setting.Do i need to?
Eac3tomethod works fine but the sound is very low with that method,almost half of the original sound.Tried both ac3 normalized ticked and unticked,didn't have much effect.
2 things i want to ask to you.
1.Do you have a recommendation for me to do for aften method?
2.Is there a way to increase the volume with eac3to method?A seperate program maybe?
Hope you can answer.And thanks again for making this program.
Did you tried to change the source to another location ?
Aften method needs codecs + avisynth, can you play avisynth scripts ?!
I personally prefer the EAC3TO method because is faster and it is not codecs dependant, it is the method used by Popcorn AudioConverter.
You should listen the results in you TV, because if you have AC3Filter not well configured the sound in your PC can be very low
Aften method gives more liberty to normalize the audio
I don't know the cause of the error
"The process cannot access the file xxx/dolby.bat because it is being used by another progress."
keep the temporaries, and when the error emerges, close MKV2AC3 and try to launch that BAT file in a Dos Command Window and see what happens
it is something related with your system