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  1. I'm working on a project to convert a TV series with 31 45-minute episodes originally spread over 9 PAL, Region 4 DVDs. I have ripped the DVDs to MKV by MakeMKV and ISO by "DVD to ISO." The entire series occupies about 57GB in either format. Ultimately, I'd like to give this as a gift to someone who is not tech savvy enough to use the MKVs. A better gift would be disks he could put in his Blu-ray player for his living room Sony 4k TV.

    Some issues I know need covering are:

    Transcoding the video - can the videos play in their native MPEG2 PAL on a North American Bluray player and 4K TV? If not, what are the best transcoding settings to use?

    Reducing the number of disks - I know this will require some level of disk authoring. I would like to have episodes that are individually selectable, perhaps on as few as one or two Blurays.

    Some other notes:
    • I am familiar with ffmpeg from command line and Xmedia Recode for Windows, but I'm willing to learn any software.
    • I have Windows and Linux available to me.
    • I have a recent AMD 2700x / Nvidia 2080 PC for transcoding.
    • I have the Archgon MD-8107S-U3-UHD and Pioneer BDR-XD05S portable DVD/Bluray writers.
    • I have until late April to deliver the gift.
    • I may be able to sneak around and find the exact model Bluray player / TV if needed.

    So, if you have any tips on how to proceed, I'd appreciate it.

    Here's the output of MediaInfo for one of the MKVs:

    Code:
    Video
    ID                                       : 1
    ID in the original source medium         : 224 (0xE0)
    Format                                   : MPEG Video
    Format version                           : Version 2
    Format profile                           : Main@Main
    Format settings                          : BVOP
    Format settings, BVOP                    : Yes
    Format settings, Matrix                  : Default
    Format settings, GOP                     : M=3, N=12
    Format settings, picture structure       : Frame
    Codec ID                                 : V_MPEG2
    Codec ID/Info                            : MPEG 1 or 2 Video
    Duration                                 : 45 min 16 s
    Bit rate mode                            : Constant
    Bit rate                                 : 6 300 kb/s
    Width                                    : 720 pixels
    Height                                   : 576 pixels
    Display aspect ratio                     : 4:3
    Frame rate mode                          : Constant
    Frame rate                               : 25.000 FPS
    Standard                                 : PAL
    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)                       : 0.608
    Time code of first frame                 : 00:00:00:00
    Time code source                         : Group of pictures header
    GOP, Open/Closed                         : Closed
    Stream size                              : 1.99 GiB (97%)
    Language                                 : English
    Default                                  : No
    Forced                                   : No
    Original source medium                   : DVD-Video
    
    Audio
    ID                                       : 2
    ID in the original source medium         : 189 (0xBD)128 (0x80)
    Format                                   : AC-3
    Format/Info                              : Audio Coding 3
    Commercial name                          : Dolby Digital
    Codec ID                                 : A_AC3
    Duration                                 : 45 min 16 s
    Bit rate mode                            : Constant
    Bit rate                                 : 192 kb/s
    Channel(s)                               : 2 channels
    Channel layout                           : L R
    Sampling rate                            : 48.0 kHz
    Frame rate                               : 31.250 FPS (1536 SPF)
    Compression mode                         : Lossy
    Stream size                              : 62.2 MiB (3%)
    Title                                    : Stereo
    Language                                 : English
    Service kind                             : Complete Main
    Default                                  : Yes
    Forced                                   : No
    Original source medium                   : DVD-Video
    Thanks
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    Your 'intent' goes beyond the forum's aim of fair use and back up.

    Your questions are therefore irrelevant.

    Others may have different opinion.
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  3. "can the videos play in their native MPEG2 PAL on a North American Bluray player and 4K TV?"
    yes
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  4. Your 'intent' goes beyond the forum's aim of fair use and back up.
    Your questions are therefore irrelevant.
    Others may have different opinion.
    Could be public domain content, could be content unreleased in the O.P.'s country... Although it's a 'fair' point, it's also a rule not to assume bad 'intent' with insufficient proof.


    A better gift would be ...
    “Give the gift that keeps on giving!”
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    Let's address some of the above.


    The notion of 'public domain' does not exist, as far as I know, outside the US. Most countries would use the term 'Out of Copyright' and that could vary according to the laws of the country where the item originated from. And copyright law is most complex but, generally, it belongs, unless transferred, to the original creator and not another party who releases the content under licence. A good example of that is the original BBC series of Monty Python. The BBC did not own the rights to release more than a sample and one would have to obtain a US release to get the entire programs.


    A '9 disk set' suggests a tv series which may not be available outside a Region 4 area and I would suggest that is Australia. Just because it is not available outside of Oz does not make it 'Open Season' to make it available elsewhere.


    There was a topic on here some time ago when a poster wanted to make a copy of a disk available to a third party. Since that third party was not related ie immediate family to the OP it was generally agreed that the copy infringed the definition of 'fair use' and effectively was infringement of copyright.


    This forum could never support that since it leaves it open to action by copyright holders. But if one wishes to see the forum vanish then do carry on.
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    +1

    I've been criticized for being quick to call out posters and advise them about the forum rules about copying copyrighted discs for anyone but themselves, whether it's obvious and not so obvious that the discs are copyrighted. The forum rules are there to project the forum for being called out for DCMA violations. IMHO, better to be cautious, than risk these forum from being shut down.
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