I decided it's time for a new camcorder, seeing as the old one I have works with VHS cassettes.
So, I bought a Panasonic HC-v720 (specs) which records AVCHD. I use the highest quality settings and the resulting files are *.mts with BDAV container, AVC video codec and 2ch AC-3 audio codec (5.1 is optional but I don't need it).
I don't like this container and I want to change it to MP4 losslessly, I.E. with no video re-encoding, only audio re-encoding to AAC.
I googled and read for hours looking for a simple, fast and free, one program solution to do what I wanted but most of the threads are outdated and talking about demuxing, re-encoding audio and muxing, which is something I want to avoid if possible.
I did come across a utility named MKVtoMP4 which seemed to do exactly what I wanted but I got suspicious... How can I tell if the resulting file has the same video stream, or a stream re-encoded with the same parameters as the old one?
So I theorized that if I demux (with tsMuxeR) the source MTS file and the MP4 file after the MKV2MP4 conversion, both of the resulting video files should be identical (same size, CRC32, MD5, etc) if it was indeed lossless video conversion after MKV2MP4.
This did not happen, the 2 files were off by a few bytes, so I tried something else: I demuxed the source file with tsMuxeR, then I used MeGUI's MP4 muxer to mux the *.264 video file with the AC-3 audio file and then demuxed the resulting MP4 file with tsMuxeR. Again, the two *.264 video streams were off by a few bytes.
1. Does MKVtoMP4 re-encodes the video? If yes, Is there a simple free program that can change the container without re-encoding?
2. Was my theory about identical files after demuxing wrong? why are the files different in size if they are the same video stream?
3. I have a question on a different issue but I'll ask when we solve the current issue.
Thanks in advance.
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Do you know of a simple tool that can edit the metadata? I would like to try to remove it and check.
I'm pretty sure MKVtoMP4 doesn't even have the ability to reencode the video. You can ask the author in this thread:
If you mux and demux you will lose the sequence headers. This doesn't affect the video quality , but will may alter the filesizes and thus results in file verification software (checksums, md5's)
If you only care about the visual quality and not the metadata, accesssory streams (AVCHD has other things like time/date/ sometimes GPS info), you need to check and compare the decoded streams , not the compressed streams which may have different metadata, headers (ie. decode to raw YUV and do some SSIM or PSNR tests, or do per frame MD5 testing) . Those raw YUV streams will be bit for bit identical in terms of checksums, md5's etc