Given that it takes too much time to convert mkv to avchd with full recode, im considering converting to 4 gig m2ts files and using sequential playback on the PS3 for movies that dont need subtitles. My question is the following: Besides subtitles, are there other drawbacks to m2ts? will it not play in 24fps? will I have no audio, or will the ps3 not stream the HD quality audio. I will be playing them from a portable USB drive.
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This is for non compliant files (of which it seems there are more than compliant ones).
I would rather not stream ... it's just more convenient to plug and play with a USB drive. If I specify to convert DTS to AC3 then I should still get multichannel audio though right (though not HD quality)? Is my understanding correct?
My thoughts on M2TS:
- It gives me a cleaner seeking experience on the PS3. I found that it was really difficult & annoying navigating to a certain scene with MKVs as they had to be transcoded whilst streamed. M2TS provides much quicker thumbnail generation (when pressing the square button) and also allows better forward/rewind behavior.
- Using tsMuxeR to convert creates a slightly larger filesize so if you take an MKV that is 4.7 GB and will fit nicely onto a SL DVD, after conversion to M2TS it will be just that little bit too large to fit.
- No subtitles. Well, I'm of the opinion that if you need subtitles, they should be permanently embedded into the video file. I use MeGUI or VirtualDUB to burn-in any subtitles into the video stream. Yes this takes a while as you have to convert the entire video stream, but I usually set it running overnight in this case.
- No DTS audio. Not a problem, I use eAC3to and convert to 640 kbps AC3. This gives a lower resultant filesize and no "noticeable" declination in audible quality.