Originally, I ripped a DVD movie using DVDFab (copied folders EXACTLY). Then I used MakeMKV to Rip the folders' contents into a single MKV file. Then I used Freemake Video Converter to convert the video into AVI:
Original file Info:
Resolution - 720 x 480
Audio - AC3 192Kbps 48KHz 16-bit 2-Channel
New file info:
Resolution - 1920 x 1080
Audio - AC3 224Kbps 48Khz 16-bit 2-channel
After conversion, I wanted to re-mux the AVI file into M2TS (don't ask why). I'm having a muxing problem with TsMuxer. I open TsMuxer -> Drap AVI file into in -> error shows up:
(dialog box w/ red X appears, but no writing)
So, I think that the problem w/ TsMuxer is that it doesn't support AVI. So, I re-muxed the AVI file using MKVtoolnix into MKV. Again, I try opening TsMuxer & dragging the MKV file, & another error comes up:
Matroska parse error: invalid H264 NAL unit size. NAL unit truncated.
I just don't get it! Why doesn't it open up? Both versions of the video (actually, movie) work perfectly fine with VLC and WMP. What's the problem? It it because I should have originally converted to MP4 or MKV? I didn't choose MKV, because of various reasons.
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Sorry, but I'm gonna have to ask, WHY?
1st, what is your INTENDED FINAL FORMAT?
2nd, why not go BACK to the original source and go STRAIGHT to your final format as cleanly, professionally and efficiently as possible?
(When I see a source video be made upsized for no apparent reason, I begin to wonder!... Why not keep it as is?)
There's probably NOTHING wrong with TSMuxer, if used correctly. Possibly something wrong with your file, regardless of your experiences with VLC & WMP. Or, more likely, nothing wrong with the file AS IT IS FOR IT'S CORRECT PURPOSE. If you are truly trying to use AVI or MKV as an input format, there's your problem because TSMUXER doesn't work with AVI or MKV files AT ALL. Only TS/MTS/M2TS/BluRay or elementary streams. It's clearly stated that it only works with those kinds of files, so it's not a "problem" with TSMuxer, it's a problem with your expectations in getting a program to do something it wasn't designed to do.
Well, the video is actually a movie rip from an original DVD. I always like to backup my movies to their best (possible) quality. I know that upscaling the resolution won't change the quality, but I just prefer it that way... I'm kinda obsessed with everything being the BEST quality possible, so upscaling the resolution is the best I can to for a DVD release not available on Blu-ray. I used to prefer MKV, until I realized that it kinda sucked, because I tested my original MKV rip (from MakeMKV) and it had two problems: 1) The video showed interlaced lines and 2) the audio was kinda low (felt like 75% volume max compared to DVD version). So I used TsMuxer to Mux the original MKV rip into M2TS, since it's the default video format for Blu-ray, and Windows 7 can play it out-of-the-box. After Re-Muxing to M2TS, I suddenly noticed 2 improvements; the video had almost no interlacing lines, less than 5% left, BARELY visible when pausing video, and the volume was MUCH louder, felt like volume level was between 100-125%!!!
So that's why I wanna Re-Mux the video to M2TS. I don't wanna re-encode, or anything like that. I just wanna Re-Mux the video to M2TS. BTW, MKV *IS* supported, as all my previous rips have worked, except this time, I converted the video. If AVI truly isn't supported, then what format SHOULD I convert the DVD to (-> 1080p video)... ?
re: MKV - My bad.
I saw this:
Supported incoming formats:
* Demux option.
Supported containers and formats:
* Elementary stream;
* Transport stream TS and M2TS;
* Program stream EVO/VOB/MPG;
* Matroska MKV/MKA;
Ok, now you've got me a little confused...
If you're ripping DVDs and playing them with either a BD player/NAS Media device/HTPC, your best bet is to NOT upscale them at all - let the player and/or the TV do the upscaling. Unless for some reason you've got a particularly bad upscaling algorithm in your hardware it doesn't make sense to upscale in software, as that DOES lose quality (even if only a tiny bit), and you ARE re-encoding when ever you upscale.
AFA Interlacing is concerned, lots of DVDs are interlaced (not most Hollywood films, but certainly many TV episodes). The best thing to do here is just like with scaling - keep it interlaced and let the hardware at the end do all the work in realtime. Same thing applies with deinterlacing as with upscaling regarding loss & re-encoding.
So, what to do?
Rip/Decrypt to ISOs (if your player can accept them), or to MPEG Program Streams (if it can't), or if it can't accept PS, then remux the PS to TS.
I take a DVD that has as its main movie an MPEG2 video track and an LPCM audio track and an addiional AC3 audio track.
1. Using DVDDecrypter, rip to ISO. Done.
2. Using DVDDecrypter, rip to Single VOB (change file-splitting settings 1st to no limit). Done. Run VOB2MPG if you don't want it specifically "VOB".
3. Using DVDDecrypter, rip to Single Elementary/Raw file streams (1 video + 2 audio). Mux with Muxman, ImagoMuxer, TMPGEnc to MPG (mainly depends on which will allow muxing LPCM streams).
If TS is necessary, Using TSRemux on the VOB or MPG from above will give you TS files with no re-encoding.
I did this just yesterday - intended media player accepts MPEG PS streams only (no VOB, no TS) so I did #3 above. Since I wanted to save space, use freeware, and all my rips were LPCM, I chose to re-encode the LPCM to higher bitrate AC3 (using Aften) or MP2 (using Toolame). Then remuxed with Imago. Very quick, very high quality, no loss for video at all. Player will do the upscaling and deint. Done and Happy!
See - no need to mess with AVI or MKV at all.
Thanks for the quick reply. I have a few things to point out:
1) The only audio track available (in English) was AC3. I chose to keep it.
2) I always prefer lossless audio (i.e. LPCM or Dolby TrueHD) over anything else. But in this case, it wasn't available.