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    Hello Experts
    I have .mts video files recorded from TV onto HDD
    For one movie this can be from 10 to 25 small files of .mts.
    Subtitles are also recorded in these files.
    I want to play these movies directly from the HDD onto my hdtv using DVD player.
    They will play as .mts but no subtitles can be viewed (they do play in VLC and Potplayer with subtitles displayed)
    Using Any Video Converter or ConvertXto video what would be the best lossless settings and format to use to convert files to play on DVD with the subtitles still present. ??
    Also with all my attempts so far the resulting video does not fill my TV screen (black bars all around) as it does when played in the original mts files.
    I can get almost the desired result using handbrake but it is slow working with these multiple files and the subtitles have to be hard coded (burned in)

    Any suggestions or help from you guys will be greatly appreciated

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    First thing is to post a MediaInfo file report (Text mode so just copy and paste in post) Which brand PVR or DVR did you use to record the movie and was the particular movie a 16:9 or 4:3 movie?

    Australian TV sends out EVERYTHING in a 16:9 canvas so any 4:3 material you will have black bars either side. However what you describe is a postage stamp image ie black bars all around and this is quite unusual for Australian TV so this sounds like the box used to record it. It certainly isn't a Beyonwiz or Topfield or Humax, the most common PVR's in use as they record stock standard mpg_TS for standard definition stations and MP4 for High definition.
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    Thanks for the info netmask56
    The movie is 12 years a slave recorded from free view TV (SBS)
    Recorded onto an external HDD (Fat32) from the USB port on a TEAC HDB850 Set Top Box
    This is a cheap set top box but does record all subtitles (closed captions) from all channels.
    It does also replay them well but navigation is very problematic hence I would like to be able to replay with DVD player (Sony BDP-S370) from the HDD.
    I am sure the movie is 16:9 anyway that is what it replays at from the set top box on the HDTV.
    The .mts file does actually play through the DVD player (16:9) but subtitles do not show.
    I can convert through handbrake (M2TS) and hard code the subs and then it plays on DVD player at 16:9 (fills the screen) with subs displayed.
    Very long and slow process as I first have to extract the subs (ccextractor) and then Queue Up all the small files and wait hours for it to process.
    Subs are then permanent and cannot be hidden.
    So looking at anyvideo converter and convertxtovideo I figure I should be able to crop if necessary , merge all the files to one and retain the subtitles to be replayed on the DVD player.
    But with hours of mucking around I cannot get the resulting videos to fill the screen of the TV
    and would also like to know the best format to convert to for the purpose.
    Here is an image of the media info from vlcplayer
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    https://www.dropbox.com/s/aja8zamzzt04fzl/Media%20Info.jpg?dl=0
    Sorry couldn't get the image to upload
    Also here is a small portion from one of the files (M2TS from videoredo)
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    https://www.dropbox.com/s/qlvhkwsbbj8thzt/12%20YEARS%20A%20SLAVE%20B.m2ts?dl=0
    Once again any help or advice much appreciated
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    If you set the menu item in mediainfo to TEXT you can then select using control C (copy) and then paste the text into your post using control V (paste) No need to upload the MediaInfo file as an image or a file as it is simple text as long as you set the preferences in MediaInfo to TEXT (Menu item View) The report should look something like this as an example.
    Format : Matroska
    Format version : Version 2
    File size : 276 MiB
    Duration : 42 min 56 s
    Overall bit rate : 898 kb/s
    Encoded date : UTC 2013-11-02 07:55:24
    Writing application : mkvmerge v6.2.0 ('Promised Land') built on Apr 28 2013 12:22:01
    Writing library : libebml v1.3.0 + libmatroska v1.4.0

    Video
    ID : 1
    Format : AVC
    Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
    Format profile : High@L3.1
    Format settings, CABAC : Yes
    Format settings, ReFrames : 5 frames
    Codec ID : V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC
    Duration : 42 min 56 s
    Nominal bit rate : 848 kb/s
    Width : 960 pixels
    Height : 720 pixels
    Display aspect ratio : 16:9
    Frame rate mode : Constant
    Frame rate : 29.970 (30000/1001) FPS
    Color space : YUV
    Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
    Bit depth : 8 bits
    Scan type : Progressive
    Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.041
    Writing library : x264 core 133 r2334 a3ac64b
    Encoding settings : cabac=1 / ref=5 / deblock=1:-1:-1 / analyse=0x3:0x113 / me=umh / subme=9 / psy=1 / psy_rd=1.00:0.15 / mixed_ref=1 / me_range=24 / chroma_me=1 / trellis=2 / 8x8dct=1 / cqm=0 / deadzone=21,11 / fast_pskip=1 / chroma_qp_offset=-3 / threads=18 / lookahead_threads=1 / sliced_threads=0 / nr=0 / decimate=1 / interlaced=0 / bluray_compat=0 / constrained_intra=0 / bframes=3 / b_pyramid=2 / b_adapt=2 / b_bias=0 / direct=3 / weightb=1 / open_gop=0 / weightp=2 / keyint=300 / keyint_min=29 / scenecut=40 / intra_refresh=0 / rc_lookahead=50 / rc=2pass / mbtree=1 / bitrate=848 / ratetol=1.0 / qcomp=0.60 / qpmin=10 / qpmax=51 / qpstep=4 / cplxblur=20.0 / qblur=0.5 / ip_ratio=1.40 / aq=1:1.00
    Default : Yes
    Forced : No

    Audio
    ID : 2
    Format : AAC
    Format/Info : Advanced Audio Codec
    Format profile : HE-AAC / LC
    Codec ID : A_AAC
    Duration : 42 min 56 s
    Channel(s) : 2 channels
    Channel positions : Front: L R
    Sampling rate : 48.0 kHz / 24.0 kHz
    Frame rate : 23.438 FPS (1024 spf)
    Compression mode : Lossy
    Delay relative to video : 31 ms
    Language : English
    Default : Yes
    Forced : No

    Text
    ID : 3
    Format : UTF-8
    Codec ID : S_TEXT/UTF8
    Codec ID/Info : UTF-8 Plain Text
    Default : Yes
    Forced : No
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    I checked on IMDB and the aspect ratio should be 2.35:1 so there ought to be black bars top and bottom.... Normally SBS doesn't use the 16:9 release that cuts off bits of picture either side to fit in the 16:9 frame of TV (standard def or HDTV)
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    Here it is from mediainfo

    General
    ID : 800 (0x320)

    Format : BDAV
    Format/Info : Blu-ray Video
    File size : 512 MiB
    Duration : 13 min 0 s
    Overall bit rate mode : Variable
    Overall bit rate : 5 499 kb/s

    Video
    ID : 102 (0x66)
    Menu ID : 805 (0x325)
    Format : MPEG Video
    Format version : Version 2
    Format profile : Main@High
    Format settings, BVOP : Yes
    Format settings, Matrix : Custom
    Format settings, GOP : Variable
    Format settings, picture structure : Frame
    Codec ID : 2
    Duration : 12 min 58 s
    Bit rate mode : Variable
    Bit rate : 5 078 kb/s
    Maximum bit rate : 80.0 Mb/s
    Width : 1 440 pixels
    Height : 1 080 pixels
    Display aspect ratio : 16:9
    Frame rate : 25.000 FPS
    Color space : YUV
    Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
    Bit depth : 8 bits
    Scan type : Interlaced
    Scan order : Top Field First
    Compression mode : Lossy
    Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.131
    Stream size : 471 MiB (92%)

    Audio
    ID : 103 (0x67)
    Menu ID : 805 (0x325)
    Format : MPEG Audio
    Format version : Version 1
    Format profile : Layer 2
    Codec ID : 4
    Duration : 13 min 0 s
    Bit rate mode : Constant
    Bit rate : 192 kb/s
    Maximum bit rate : 197 kb/s
    Channel(s) : 2 channels
    Sampling rate : 48.0 kHz
    Compression mode : Lossy
    Delay relative to video : -2 s 132 ms
    Stream size : 17.9 MiB (3%)
    Language : English

    Text
    ID : 43 (0x2B)-801
    Menu ID : 805 (0x325)
    Format : Teletext Subtitle
    Language : English

    Menu
    ID : 1024 (0x400)
    Menu ID : 805 (0x325)
    Duration : 13 min 0 s
    List : 102 (0x66) (MPEG Video) / 103 (0x67) (MPEG Audio, English) / 43 (0x2B)-801 (Teletext Subtitle, en) / 7805 (0x1E7D) () / 5000 (0x1388) () / 7000 (0x1B58) ()
    Language : / English / English
    Maximum bit rate : 16202400
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    Have you selected 1144-English as the subtitle language in BD/DVD Viewing Settings?
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    A fairly quick way to extract the subs from this file is to first put it in a MKV container using MKVMergeGui ( no re-encoding will happen) then use gMKVExtractGUI to extract the subs which are srt according to the MediaInfo report. Then you can process or handle the video and audio however you wish and simply include the extracted SRT file give it the same name as the video and hopefully it should work. Personally I would recommend a Beyonwiz PVR say model T2 (has 2 internal + 1 external tuners or the T4 has 4 tuners and can record up to 12 programs simultaneously) either with an internal hdd or a barebones model and record directly to a nominated external hdd, the recordings are then one simple TS file that can be used as is in VLC or used to author a DVD etc.
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    Thanks very much for all your help guys especially netmask56
    It takes so long to convert these files no matter what program is used
    I will go with the last suggestion by netmask56 or something very similar
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    I figure you know a bit about the beyonwiz PVR
    So you are saying it records just one (1) ts file ?
    Not them multiple files like I get now
    And I could record onto and play back from an external HDD (I presume NTFS to fit one ts File)
    Do they record all the many different subtitles (closed captions) from all of the freeview channels ?
    I have often looked at the Topfield 2400 do you know if that one records just one ts file ?
    Thanks again
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    Originally Posted by ausrob View Post
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    I figure you know a bit about the beyonwiz PVR
    So you are saying it records just one (1) ts file ?
    Not them multiple files like I get now
    And I could record onto and play back from an external HDD (I presume NTFS to fit one ts File)
    Do they record all the many different subtitles (closed captions) from all of the freeview channels ?
    I have often looked at the Topfield 2400 do you know if that one records just one ts file ?
    Thanks again

    There are many configurations from a small to very large internal hdd for recording or record to a network drive or attached USB drive. Raed the link as it gives a comparison of the various models. If you want to do some research they are based on the European Enigma 2 PVR which is a public domain unit. If you use an internal drive it is formatted Linux EXT4 for external NTFS. The recording format is stock standard TS or MP4 for HDTV channels. I've attached a screenshot of what the files look like. The recording is just one file depending on length around 2~4GB. It records subtitles and in Australia we only have one sub transmitted and it's always in English. SBS as they show so many foreign movies burn in their subs say the Swedish crime series. I've had a Beyonwiz since they were introduced with the original P1 model. ProjectX can demux SDTV channels and TS Doctor is the modern equivalent if you need to demux etc.

    https://beyonwiz.com.au/products/beyonwiz-t2-500gb/

    This is what you see on the recording folder hdd - I have TS format configured to use VLC so that's why the VLC icon. There are also a gaggle of helper files that contain movie info and navigation stuff, not shown for clarity to show the video is recorded as one single file. Transfer to your computer is either by Ethernet or WiFi. If you can justify the expenditure the T4 is an excellent model as it also has a HDMI capture input so you can record off cable or Chromecast etc. If it's recording late at night and you want to go to bed just press the off button on the remote and it continues to record till the end of the timer. I'm fairly active on the Forum, where you will find many helpful members, quite a few engineers and people who work i the media to everyone else! Service availability is quick if necessary.
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    One other point the Beyonwiz is a much newer technology than Topfield and there are regular firmware updates and an error reporting system if required. I believe Topfield in Australia are a somewhat difficult company to deal with and they closed down their Forum some time ago. Any critical comments would be deleted and the forum was heavily moderated. By comparison the BW forum is very open and transparent with a free wheeling "Off Topic" section ie it is democratic.
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    Thanks again for all the info netmask56
    Just one more thing how is the navigation on the beyonwiz
    ie fast forward through adds ets
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    Fast fast forward works well and you can program the cursor keys in settings to jump over commercials. The Up button default is 3 minutes forward etc... Navigation is OK and plays most file formats including MKV with embedded commercials. DVD navigation is fairly basic but improving with firmware updates. It receives and records 3D TV on those odd occasions they do it. There were a few Youtube videos of the BW demo. Possible the first release T3 . There are a range of plugins including a Gmail reader if you want - all free.
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    Just an update for anyone who may follow this thread now or in the future
    I will when I can purchase a Beyonwiz PVR
    In the meantime I have found the "Old Faithfull" HandBrake has been the best option for me to get my (recorded from TV) movies ready to play on the DVD player with all subtitles showing.
    Subtitles extracted using ccextractor
    Can be Hard burned in or Soft (DVD player can turn on or off)
    Plays on the TV exactly as originally broadcast (fills the screen same as original)
    Takes hours to process but result is excellent .
    Other way is play recorded files on my old laptop connected to TV using potplayer (brilliant media player)
    I think the audio is better on the DVD player but result through laptop is also very good.
    Thanks again for advice from others
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