Ok here's a good one for any one of you outhere. Its getting to be a real headache for me here.
So here's what i've read and learnt after all this months.
MKV is the BEST file format for DVD/BluRay when you wanna store multiple Audio/Subtitle/Video(Angle) tracks from an Optical disc.
MP4 is the MOST COMPATIBLE format for all my Android Phone & Tablet; Wife's Iphone; Family Ipad & PS3.
Unfortunately; there's a love/hate for the subtitles that i've burned into the video's. Best joke is after all this while; i always assumed MP4 was a compression format (like MP3/JPG); not a container like MKV (something like ZIP/RAR). *(Correct me if my analogy is not apt here)
So the best compromise for the gang/family and the DVD/BD collection was to RE-Encode all the DVD's and BD's to MP4 minus the subtitles. I can always grab the SRT from the web. But its a hassle trying to teach people to copy/move an MP4/SRT file combo onto their devices.
'Lo and behold; after that revelation about MP4 being a container; i've been testing some SRT MUX-ing and here's what i've got.
YAMB/MP4Encode/Etc.. do a decent job of muxing; except that my apple devices cant read them properly
(Eg; I got a 2500KBPS MP4 1hr Video stream. WHen i mux the SRT file; it becomes 1250KBPS and the Apples register 2x Video streams; 2hrs of video!. And it'll actually play 2 whole hrs; same 1hr video repeated twice; but the 2nd/repeated video has no audio track).
Let's not talk about apple/PS3 being able to display/not display the subtitle. I'm just trying to solve WHY the MUX-ing is dropping my bitrate by half but doubling my video length with a 2nd run? Yeah the file size does increase; by a fraction to inject the SRT file. But thats it. File size doesnt double; only reduces my video stream bitrate.
Any help/advice is appreciated on where i'm going wrong with the MUX-ing here.
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PS :- Dont even ask me about Wii; it was a hassle enough just to test and funk around trying to get a video file to work on it. Later when i have kids; i'll have to get the entire tom & jerry kit on that
Done some testing already via HANDBRAKE. One consistent result, Audio playback on the PS3 is fractionally out of sync; and PS3 CANT read the subtitle. Neither can APPLE's and ANDROID's. Pity. I was hoping 2/3 would read the subtitle; but i'm getting all devices (not including PC) CANT read the M4v's subtitles. Next step srt Iphone as per your suggestion.
Anybody else got any other suggestion?
Bad news; looks like i CANNOT mux the subtitles into the MP4 using SRT Iphone . I'll have to re-encode my movies all over again. Handbrake's not bad since it can handle BLU-RAY conversion (minus subtitles); but looks like i gotta redo testing for RIPBOT & STAXRIP. Thanx for your feedback.
You'll find attached here a screenshot of 2 MP4/M4V files. The mp4 + SRT is the source and the M4V is the final product. You'll notice how the M4V has just doubled the playback time of my MP4 file....