Hello. I am at my wit's end for researching the options available to me for the topic at hand. As an individual who typically likes to figure things out on her own despite the days of research it may take, it is a bit frustrating to ask for help. I guess that deludes to how flustered (and maybe retarded) I am; one-on-one instant messaging isn't past me at this point.
I did read in another post that files MUST be encoded if hard-subbing. If that is the case, I would appreciate if someone could inform me of your opinions on the best process for a 720p or 1080p resolution. I used to have issues with quality compared to the original file and was mainly thinking it was because a correct bit rate wasn't entered. I don't need to convert video files to a different container because my LCD will play .mkv formats nor do I wish to lose formatting by converting .ass subtitle files to .srt.
- I have a Samsung LCD Model#LN46D630M3FXZA with a USB port that plays .mkv files but does not have available firmware to read subtitle formats (according to the specialist I spoke with).
- The .mkv files I retrieve are 720p or 1080p H.264 files with either AAC or AC3 audio formats (I use these formats for guaranteed playback on my HDTV).
- I have an eMachines Intel Pentium 4 3GHz / 1.99 GB RAM / Windows Vista 32-bit (not sure if this is relevant... and yeah, you can laugh).
I have re-encoded video in the past using MEGUI / MKVExtract to convert .mkv files to a .mp4 containter w/ .ass subtitles to play on the PS3, so I am slightly familiar with the program. However, for just a 25-minute video length, it took my PC hours to process with degraded quality. I expect long processing times with my pathetic specs, but I was wondering if there were "better" options for encoding with .ass subtitle files to maintain original formatting and how to keep the video quality as close to the original as possible.
Thank you for taking the time to read.
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Have you tried with external subtitles? Like put video.mkv and video.srt on your media try play the video.mkv.
Nope, there aren't much you can do to improve the HD-reencoding speed on your sloooooow computer.
If you have a PS3 cfw, use showtime to play your MKV videos with ease on your HDTV. It has pretty much all the codecs you would need. That's how mine is setup
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You might try TEncoder using Mencoder. It's supposed to support burning in subs from external files. But FFMpeg won't do it. You have to select Mencoder. Once you get the settings right, TEncoder shines converting files in batch. There's a support thread on videohelp with direct access to the author. Version 3.0 was just released. One nice new feature is a CPU meter. I have a quad core and it's a pita trying to read all the percentages in Core Temp and add them in my head as they fluctuate. The CPU meter gives a simple percentage usage. Saves me from running Core Temp in the corner.http://www.FavesSoft.com
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- Groucho Marx
You say your Samsung does not play subtitles so I assume they are included on a track of the MKV. What format are they in? If they are already in like SSA/ASS format, you can use MKVExtract to extract them and then use any one of several conversion programs.
I use Virtualdub but it only converts to AVI but you could use Format Factory (WITH VOBSub and AVISynth frame serving to preserve ASS/SSA) and convert to MP4. It is fairly fast and allows many setting such bitrate, etc. to maintain quality.
Most conversion software give you one font, color, etc for ASS/SSA subtitles but you can maintain their settings if the software allows AVISynth input and you have VOBSub filter (VSFilter.dll) installed in its plugins folder.