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Doju
Jan 30, 2010, 05:06 PM
I refuse to buy iTunes HD. It's compressed 720p and costs too much. I rip my Blu Rays as MKV files and they're of excellent quality, and I'll be willing to downgrade them to 720p, just not at the price and low quality compression Apple offers.

Unfortunately Apple does not support this in iTunes. Anyone imagine it will make its way in eventually? Much better HD filetype than .MOVs.

If not, the new iPad has drag and drop mountable storage support. Anyone imagine I can drop .MKV files into the app's folder when my iPad is mounted and the app can play them?

Really want the iPad, but this is a really dampening feature for me. That beautiful HD screen only being able to play iTunes content that doesn't do justice to HD or the price.

Thanks!



boxstboy
Jan 30, 2010, 05:08 PM
Given that a)it's made by Apple, and b) it's basically an ipod touch for giants, what do you think?

aaquib
Jan 30, 2010, 05:09 PM
Use Air Video. It's brilliant. I watch tons of 720p mkv clips and it automatically encodes it over-the-air and plays it on the iPhone. I have a 5mbps service and even with that, no lag whatsoever.

Edit: Oh yeah, there's no jailbreaking, it's free from the App Store (there's a paid one, but there's not much incentive to upgrade) and it scales the video to 480X320 automatically.

colmaclean
Jan 30, 2010, 05:10 PM
Doubt it without jailbreaking.

You won't be able to play 720p widescreen content at full resolution anyway.

Luke Redpath
Jan 30, 2010, 05:34 PM
I might be wrong, but isn't MKV just a container? Why not use an iTunes-friendly container like MP4 and encode your movies using a decent codec like H.264?

iphonegeek786
Jan 30, 2010, 05:37 PM
I have a question, if I have movies on my computer will I be able to put them on the iPad without buying it from my iTunes.

Luke Redpath
Jan 30, 2010, 05:45 PM
I have a question, if I have movies on my computer will I be able to put them on the iPad without buying it from my iTunes.

Generally, if it can be added to your iTunes library, it can be synched to your iPad/iPhone/iPod touch although there are limitations on codec and container.

admanimal
Jan 30, 2010, 05:49 PM
The fact that you will be able to copy files directly from your desktop computer to a shared folder on the iPad that an app can access opens up a whole new possibility for video players. Previously an app like VLC would have had to implement an entire wireless syncing client/server set up to copy movies from a computer to the iPhone, but that will not be necessary for the iPad. The only question becomes whether the iPad's CPU can handle decoding the various video formats.

bobpensik
Jan 30, 2010, 08:44 PM
Use Air Video. It's brilliant. I watch tons of 720p mkv clips and it automatically encodes it over-the-air and plays it on the iPhone. I have a 5mbps service and even with that, no lag whatsoever.

Edit: Oh yeah, there's no jailbreaking, it's free from the App Store (there's a paid one, but there's not much incentive to upgrade) and it scales the video to 480X320 automatically.


I use the same application and it works great. Its all you need.

colmaclean
Jan 31, 2010, 06:06 AM
I've just tried out Air Video and it is indeed excellent.

For me the only problem with it is that you need a Mac/PC switched on to perform the transcoding as my Linux NAS is incompatible. Bah!

seepel
Jan 31, 2010, 06:26 AM
I've messed with this a bit for my Apple TV. Unfortunately it doesn't look good. Most mkvs are transcoded with the High profile x264 codec. The apple store sells HD with the Main h.264 codec (same thing less compression as far as I know) As a result their devices don't support anything higher. Otherwise it would be a simple matter of remuxing the video. Like the Apple TV I imagine the iPad will be doing hardware decoding as I doubt the A4 chip is powerful enough on its own to do the decoding.

So long story short I think you'd have to transcode your videos keeping in mind the specs of the device. I think it maxes out at 2.5 Mbps, 720p Main profile x264, and 30 fps.

Julien
Jan 31, 2010, 07:04 AM
Doubt it without jailbreaking.

You won't be able to play 720p widescreen content at full resolution anyway.
People are often confused by this and assume it will be HD. It will play 1280x720 HD content but it will be downscaled. The iPad is NOT HD (as well as most so called HD portable devices) because the display must be at least *1280x720 to meet HD's minimum requirements. Here is what will be shown on the iPad's 1024x768 screen.

iPad's display is 1.33 (3x4).................................1024x768
HDTV 1.78 (16x9) will be...................................1024x575 (black bars=96 lines top & 96 lines bottom)
Scope (Panavision/Super 35) 2.35 movies will be..1024x436 (black bars=166 lines top & 166 lines bottom)

*some 1st gen plasma's used 1024x720 (non square pixels for a 1.78 (16x9) aspect ratio) and were called HD.

Simmerl
Jan 31, 2010, 08:49 AM
Matrovska/MKV is a container.
If you have your movies coded h.264 within your MKV container, you should be able to convert them into a container QuickTime, iTunes, the iPad etc. can play.

yegon
May 24, 2010, 06:36 AM
Anyone used Subler successfully with the iPad?

http://code.google.com/p/subler/

This is able to to mux .mkv to .mp4 files, to play on Apple TV etc without the need for conversion, saving aeon's of time in the process. I'd like to know if it works with the iPad.

Won't have my iPad till Friday but just did a mux of a typical 1.17gb 720p mkv file, only took about 2 minutes. It'd be awesome if this works.

Note: For the uninitiated I'm NOT talking about mkv->mp4 conversion, so please don't suggest Handbrake. The point of Subler is making mkv's compatible with the iPad without the need of a lengthy transcoding session..

zerolight
May 24, 2010, 06:55 AM
I use Air Video to stream stuff. If I were to require movies on the move I'd use MKVTools to convert them from MKV to MP4 which it does by pulling the mp4 file out of the MKV then just converting the audio to stereo. This takes a few mins per MKV, so nice and quick. That said, the iPad will only play a 720p source directly, so this process will only work for 720p MKVs.

Fortunately, all I need is to transcode as I tend to use the movies feature in my home, so Air Video is perfect. I'll

yegon
May 24, 2010, 07:00 AM
Good to know there's a definite alternative should Subler not work, I already use MKVtools too.

Streaming is useless to me as I'll be using it purely at work or travelling.

Deamos
May 24, 2010, 09:54 AM
I've just tried out Air Video and it is indeed excellent.

For me the only problem with it is that you need a Mac/PC switched on to perform the transcoding as my Linux NAS is incompatible. Bah!

Can you run Wine on your NAS? I have Air Video Server running on Ubuntu through Wine. Works perfectly fine. The only problem is that the host discovery doesn't work, however manually inputting the IP address works fine.

Theophany
May 24, 2010, 09:59 AM
Handbrake is great at converting MKV to M4V (iTunes friendly MP4 extension). No loss of quality, though you'll need to enable 'large file sizes' within Handbrake and definitely go for the 64 bit version for speed. Only thing is it doesn't support batch encoding, so you'll have to create an encode list one file at a time. Seeing as VisualHub was discontinued a while back, Handbrake is really the best free option I've come across.

If your files are MKV because you want to keep subtitles within them, you can also port those into M4V format (although M4V does not support 'hard' subs like MKV, it does support 'soft' subs in iTunes and on Apple devices). Details of this process can be found here. (http://www.anime-planet.com/forum/faq-tutorials/24460-tut-softsubs-iphone-mkv-iphone.html)

turugara
May 24, 2010, 10:14 AM
^
AirVideo is a great way to stream video and convert on the fly.

imacdaddy
May 24, 2010, 10:38 AM
Anyone used Subler successfully with the iPad?

http://code.google.com/p/subler/

This is able to to mux .mkv to .mp4 files, to play on Apple TV etc without the need for conversion, saving aeon's of time in the process. I'd like to know if it works with the iPad.

Won't have my iPad till Friday but just did a mux of a typical 1.17gb 720p mkv file, only took about 2 minutes. It'd be awesome if this works.

Note: For the uninitiated I'm NOT talking about mkv->mp4 conversion, so please don't suggest Handbrake. The point of Subler is making mkv's compatible with the iPad without the need of a lengthy transcoding session..

THANKS!!! I've been looking to MUX my vids instead of re-encoding for the longest time. I will give this try tonight! :D THANKS!!!

I've been re-encoding my mkv files using handbreak for the longest time and its so time consuming.

huskerchad
May 24, 2010, 10:43 AM
I might be wrong, but isn't MKV just a container? Why not use an iTunes-friendly container like MP4 and encode your movies using a decent codec like H.264?

Yes, both are just containers and say nothing about the codec or quality of the video. If the codecs are right, you can simply remux from mkv to mp4 to play on the iPad.

poloponies
May 24, 2010, 10:43 AM
I embarked on a project to rip all my DVDs to a network drive (for AppleTV access) and bought an ElGato turbo.264 hardware accelerator to speed up the process. I now have a couple hundred movies in my iTunes folder. When i got my iPad I wanted to pare down the files so I could carry more with me. The ElGato works well for that. You can dump a bunch of files on it and then re-encode the batch to whatever format you like - you can even encode to different formats in a single batch (you select the format for each file via drop-down menu within that file's window). Works with most source files including mkv, avi. The day after I got the iPad I dumped a ton of stuff on it and it finished the batch 20 hours later (each file was accessible as it was converted so I didn't have to wait for the entire batch to complete).

Well worth the cost for me.

fatbarstewar
May 24, 2010, 02:24 PM
@imacdaddy

Please let me know if it works okay. Like I say, Im iPad-less till Friday :)

rworne
May 24, 2010, 02:28 PM
+1 here for Air Video.

Not only will it stream just about anything with on-the-fly transcoding, but you can also queue up items to transcode while you are not using it.

I have mine connected to my ReadyNAS AFP share and it streams/converts everything.

billyzenme
May 24, 2010, 02:43 PM
+1 here for Air Video.

Not only will it stream just about anything with on-the-fly transcoding, but you can also queue up items to transcode while you are not using it.

I have mine connected to my ReadyNAS AFP share and it streams/converts everything.

-1 here for Air Video

it's actually useless since it requires a computer to be running 24/7 in the background (for decoding) just so the video can be viewed on the iPad.

if Air Video can directly connect to the NAS files/folders, then it would be much more practical.

poloponies
May 24, 2010, 03:00 PM
-1 here for Air Video

it's actually useless since it requires a computer to be running 24/7 in the background (for decoding) just so the video can be viewed on the iPad.

if Air Video can directly connect to the NAS files/folders, then it would be much more practical.

That doesn't make it "useless," just useless for you. I have a computer at home that's on 24/7 as do many other people that I know. It's not an oddity.

poloponies
May 24, 2010, 03:03 PM
-1 here for Air Video

it's actually useless since it requires a computer to be running 24/7 in the background (for decoding) just so the video can be viewed on the iPad.

if Air Video can directly connect to the NAS files/folders, then it would be much more practical.

That doesn't make it "useless," just useless for you. I have a computer at home that's on 24/7 as do many other people that I know. It's not an oddity.

And I'm sure many people will find the convert-on-the-fly feature extremely useful. Something that would not be possible from a NAS (you need the computer to re-code).

keantan
May 24, 2010, 03:14 PM
Handbrake is great at converting MKV to M4V (iTunes friendly MP4 extension). No loss of quality, though you'll need to enable 'large file sizes' within Handbrake and definitely go for the 64 bit version for speed. Only thing is it doesn't support batch encoding, so you'll have to create an encode list one file at a time. Seeing as VisualHub was discontinued a while back, Handbrake is really the best free option I've come across.

If your files are MKV because you want to keep subtitles within them, you can also port those into M4V format (although M4V does not support 'hard' subs like MKV, it does support 'soft' subs in iTunes and on Apple devices). Details of this process can be found here. (http://www.anime-planet.com/forum/faq-tutorials/24460-tut-softsubs-iphone-mkv-iphone.html)

I tried enabling the large file sizes option in Handbrake and ended up with files 9GB+ in size from a 4.7GB MKV. Once I turned that option off however I was getting much more manageable sizes; ~2.5GB from a 4.7GB MKV. I hear you though. I can recommend Handbrake as well as long as its configured properly : )

I wish handbrake supported batch encoding as well. It work make things MUCH easier : )

Edit: Speaking of which, make sure your computer's fan's speed up when encoding. I had a problem with my i7 15" MBP just now where the fans refused the speed up when under load and the temperature spiked to 98C (209F) and had to use iStat's fan controls to force the settings to 6000rpm. :S

imacdaddy
May 24, 2010, 09:46 PM
@imacdaddy

Please let me know if it works okay. Like I say, Im iPad-less till Friday :)

The good news...
Subler does mux my 1GB mkv files to mp4/m4v in less than 2 minutes which would normally take 8-12 mins re-encoding via Handbrake. :D Output file size is the same and can be played on my Mac Pro and iTunes.

The bad news...
Most audio codec in my mkv files are AC3 which isn't supported in all iDevices and AppleTV. Hence, muxing the mkv file to be played on the the said devices does not work. This means I have to transconde the audio from AC3 to AAC or compatible format and remux the audio. :mad:

I need to find out more about Subler and how to get it working. AppleTV forum may have answers. Off I go...

yegon
May 25, 2010, 05:55 AM
Note: For the uninitiated I'm NOT talking about mkv->mp4 conversion, so please don't suggest Handbrake. The point of Subler is making mkv's compatible with the iPad without the need of a lengthy transcoding session..

This seems to have been largely lost in amongst the usual recommendation of Handbrake et al. I'm hoping somebody will try using Subler to see if it works on the iPad.

Again, this is NOT about conversion from mkv->mp4, Subler would be faaar more quicker and efficient if it works.

zerolight
May 25, 2010, 06:28 AM
This seems to have been largely lost in amongst the usual recommendation of Handbrake et al. I'm hoping somebody will try using Subler to see if it works on the iPad.

Again, this is NOT about conversion from mkv->mp4, Subler would be faaar more quicker and efficient if it works.

This is exactly what MKVTools does. It pulls out the video from the mkv into an mp4 with no conversion, then just converts the audio. Takes minutes rather than hours. It's a solution I used a lot when I used to stream to my Xbox 360.

The only snag is that the iPad can't go above 720p, so all your sources need to be 720p or less. Anything that's 1080p will need the video converted.

yegon
May 25, 2010, 06:41 AM
Cheers zerolight, I wasn't really referring to you. As I said previously, I'll deffo be giving MKVtools a go too. Was just curious to see if Subler worked.

Roll on Friday.

/drums fingers

Nikos
Jun 3, 2010, 02:23 AM
Use Air Video. It's brilliant. I watch tons of 720p mkv clips and it automatically encodes it over-the-air and plays it on the iPhone. I have a 5mbps service and even with that, no lag whatsoever.

Edit: Oh yeah, there's no jailbreaking, it's free from the App Store (there's a paid one, but there's not much incentive to upgrade) and it scales the video to 480X320 automatically.

Another voucher for Air Video.

jluke
Jun 3, 2010, 04:45 AM
I've bought Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate, iPad compatible, to try converting some titles, but:
(1) resulting 720p video is not fluid (from original 1080p or 720p MKV's), jumps continuously.
(2) is not possible to select which audio track to use (not clear the random one it takes).
(3) is not possible to use the MKV-included subtitles.

I'm asking Xilisoft some support on these, and let you know (there are lots of advanced options for transcoding). Even because... for the rest the sw seems well implemented.

zerolight
Jun 3, 2010, 05:04 AM
I've bought Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate, iPad compatible, to try converting some titles, but:
(1) resulting 720p video is not fluid (from original 1080p or 720p MKV's), jumps continuously.
(2) is not possible to select which audio track to use (not clear the random one it takes).
(3) is not possible to use the MKV-included subtitles.

I'm asking Xilisoft some support on these, and let you know (there are lots of advanced options for transcoding). Even because... for the rest the sw seems well implemented.

You really don't need to do this though, well not for a 720p source anyway. MKV is a container that already contains video in mp4 format. Converting any HD source takes a while, but as you already have a valid 720p mp4 file contained within an MKV, you don't need to convert at all. The only thing that needs conversion is the audio.

There are a number of tools to do this. MKVTools is the only one I have experience with. You use it to "convert" the MKV to MP4, but what it does is takes the MP4 video out of the MKV - this takes a few seconds, then it converts the audio to AAC - this takes a few minutes, then it muxes them together. It'll "convert" a 720p movie or 1080p MKV movie to mp4 in a couple of minutes because it doesn't need to do a full conversion. Obviously only 720p "conversions" will work on the iPad, but in doing so you'll get perfect 720p movies in minutes rather than hours, without the need for any of these converters.

gazzrenn
Jun 3, 2010, 05:10 AM
I use handbrake.fr (http://www.handbrake.fr) to convert MKV using the Apple > Universal preset. Works a treat.


EDIT - read more posts, I take back my suggestion.

imacdaddy
Jun 3, 2010, 05:16 AM
You really don't need to do this though, well not for a 720p source anyway. MKV is a container that already contains video in mp4 format. Converting any HD source takes a while, but as you already have a valid 720p mp4 file contained within an MKV, you don't need to convert at all. The only thing that needs conversion is the audio.

There are a number of tools to do this. MKVTools is the only one I have experience with. You use it to "convert" the MKV to MP4, but what it does is takes the MP4 video out of the MKV - this takes a few seconds, then it converts the audio to AAC - this takes a few minutes, then it muxes them together. It'll "convert" a 720p movie or 1080p MKV movie to mp4 in a couple of minutes because it doesn't need to do a full conversion. Obviously only 720p "conversions" will work on the iPad, but in doing so you'll get perfect 720p movies in minutes rather than hours, without the need for any of these converters.

It's not quite that simple...at least for me. I still haven't properly solved the audio. Most mkv files use AC3 audio and the audio needs to be converted to AAC or compatible. I wan't to retain surround sound not stereo conversion. Any help on this?

zerolight
Jun 3, 2010, 05:27 AM
It's not quite that simple...at least for me. I still haven't properly solved the audio. Most mkv files use AC3 audio and the audio needs to be converted to AAC or compatible. I wan't to retain surround sound not stereo conversion. Any help on this?

You can't. MP4 can't keep the surround sound. However as you are using it on your stereo iPad...

I use MKV's played on my iMac which feeds my telly and AV Amp for the full experience.

I use Air Video for streaming to iPad in house.

I use MKVTools to make an AAC/MP4 for use on the iPad when away on business.

ThomRimmer
Jun 3, 2010, 08:45 AM
Can anyone recommend an MKVTools equivelant app for windows users which doesnt re-encode the video just the audio.

Thanks

screensaver400
Jun 3, 2010, 02:04 PM
Here's another option for Mac users. This Applescript will, when saved as an application, take however many MKV files are dropped on its dock icon and convert them to MP4 using Quicktime and Perian. I find that MKVtools often causes a loss of sync in the resulting files.

This has a few requirements to work:
1) Perian
2) In Quicktime, make sure the last export you did had video set to passthrough, and audio set to AAC at your preferred bitrate (I use 160).
3) Modify the output folder in the code to match your system (I have it set up to save to a secondary hard drive).
4) If you have a slower hard drive or a very large file, increase the "delay." The video must fully load in Quicktime before the Export begins, or else the complete video won't export.

Also, note that I disable Text Subtitle tracks. Not all videos have them, but if they do and they aren't disabled, they will cause the video passthrough to fail.

I hacked this together myself from various other scripts I found online. Hope its helpful for someone.

on open droppedItems
with timeout of 86400 seconds
tell application "QuickTime Player"
activate
close every window without saving
repeat with theItem in droppedItems
open theItem
set raw_file_name to (theItem as text)
set the_original_text_item_delimiter to AppleScript's text item delimiters
set AppleScript's text item delimiters to {":"}
set the file_name to the last text item of raw_file_name
set AppleScript's text item delimiters to {".mkv"}
set the file_name to the first text item of the file_name

set AppleScript's text item delimiters to the_original_text_item_delimiter
tell document 1
delay (60)
set (enabled of tracks whose data format contains "Text Subtitle") to false
export to "Volumes:HD2" & ":" & file_name & ".mp4" as MPEG4 using most recent settings with replacing
close without saving
end tell
end repeat
quit
end tell
end timeout
end open

PlatinuM195
Jun 3, 2010, 07:22 PM
I think the best way is to wait for coreplayer. The app keeps getting delayed though but it looks as if it'll support hardware acceleration on the iPhone/iPad platform, basically any video filetype, softsubs etc.

Ral67
Jun 3, 2010, 07:35 PM
Can anyone recommend an MKVTools equivelant app for windows users which doesnt re-encode the video just the audio.

Thanks

try avidemux - it should be able to do the job and is available for Windows

shashwat
Jun 7, 2010, 03:21 AM
Can anybody suggest the ideal settings for handbrake to convert mkv to mp4?
I have the movie 300 at about 1280*late 600's and when i converted using handbrake i got 736*304 resolution...it was pretty dissapointing and so was the sound...
Afterr having read through this thread i guess i need to re-encode the audio using a different software first...

Can anybody plz help..thnx...

zerolight
Jun 7, 2010, 03:42 AM
Can anybody suggest the ideal settings for handbrake to convert mkv to mp4?
I have the movie 300 at about 1280*late 600's and when i converted using handbrake i got 736*304 resolution...it was pretty dissapointing and so was the sound...
Afterr having read through this thread i guess i need to re-encode the audio using a different software first...

Can anybody plz help..thnx...

Sounds like a 720p source to me. Use MKVTools instead, to just strip out the video straight to MP4 and it'll encode the audio to AAC for you. The whole process will take less than 5 mins, and will keep the 1280xwhatever resolution, untouched.

shashwat
Jun 7, 2010, 05:15 AM
Sounds like a 720p source to me. Use MKVTools instead, to just strip out the video straight to MP4 and it'll encode the audio to AAC for you. The whole process will take less than 5 mins, and will keep the 1280xwhatever resolution, untouched.

Thank you for replying....!
i forgot to mention that i am using windows 7... No mac in sight...plz suggest something else for me...
Thank you!

th3joker
Jul 2, 2010, 04:34 AM
Thank you for replying....!
i forgot to mention that i am using windows 7... No mac in sight...plz suggest something else for me...
Thank you!

AirVideo has a Windows 7 server which works really well.

There is also a Linux version which though unofficial works fine on my Ubuntu:
http://wiki.birth-online.de/know-how/hardware/apple-iphone/airvideo-server-linux

whizpup
Jul 6, 2010, 03:01 PM
Yep, I vote for CorePlayer too when it hits. It kicks tail on other platforms and while AirVideo is cool... over 3G I get all kinds of problems..
At least in my area the ATT connection doesn't cut it.

A standalone media player that supports multiple codecs.. is that too much to ask for?

xcrozx
Aug 3, 2010, 10:30 PM
-1 here for Air Video

it's actually useless since it requires a computer to be running 24/7 in the background (for decoding) just so the video can be viewed on the iPad.

if Air Video can directly connect to the NAS files/folders, then it would be much more practical.

Why use Ipad to watch a movie in the house!!!! Well, I have an LCD screen!!!!!
I would use Ipad for on to go, which means it is a stand alone.

sammich
Aug 3, 2010, 10:32 PM
-1 here for Air Video

it's actually useless since it requires a computer to be running 24/7 in the background (for decoding) just so the video can be viewed on the iPad.

if Air Video can directly connect to the NAS files/folders, then it would be much more practical.

Whats wrong with having a computer on all the time? You're saying that it's better to have your computer compile every single video to another format and keeping them just for this app is a better idea?

ssdeg7
Aug 3, 2010, 10:43 PM
You can use VisualHub to convert them to AppleTV or other formats that can be imported to iTunes and then sync them to the iPad.

If you want them to look great use MetaX to add tags to your movies.

Evgenyy
Sep 20, 2010, 04:44 AM
Anyone tried OPlayer yet? I use it with my videos and it works great, although, with some larger files it gets out of sync sometimes. It uses software ffmpeg encoding so can be lagging. I use OPlayer all the time when I go away and where streaming via 3g with AirVideo is not an option (1GB allowance on Vodafone in the UK).

1appleAday
Oct 26, 2010, 09:47 PM
I thought VLC player on iPad can handle mkv files already, is it not?

hygie
Feb 6, 2011, 01:48 PM
Hi,

maybe one stupid question. But I am trying to find a easy way to rip blu rays to mkv. I found so many ways but alot of them are consuming alot of time (at least on my hardware which is definitely not bad one.

Maybe you could give me a hint how you do it.
I refuse to buy iTunes HD. It's compressed 720p and costs too much. I rip my Blu Rays as MKV files and they're of excellent quality, and I'll be willing to downgrade them to 720p, just not at the price and low quality compression Apple offers.

Unfortunately Apple does not support this in iTunes. Anyone imagine it will make its way in eventually? Much better HD filetype than .MOVs.

If not, the new iPad has drag and drop mountable storage support. Anyone imagine I can drop .MKV files into the app's folder when my iPad is mounted and the app can play them?

Really want the iPad, but this is a really dampening feature for me. That beautiful HD screen only being able to play iTunes content that doesn't do justice to HD or the price.

Thanks!

smithgood9
Mar 3, 2011, 03:36 AM
As a iPad user, I suggest you try Foxreal Video Converter. It is a all-in-one iPad video converter, which can convert all format videos to iPad. What's more, it customizes the best video format for iPad to give me the best visual experience.

I think u can use it to convert video to mp4, h.264 720P to get the best enjoyment. It is worth mentioning that foxreal video converter supports CUDA technology to help u convert video with 500% faster conversion. Moreover, it adopts advanced audio and video sync technology. So great.

u can try it, good luck!

thedon1
Mar 3, 2011, 06:19 AM
I thought VLC player on iPad can handle mkv files already, is it not?

I'm pretty sure VLC can do it, but didn't vlc get pulled from the app store due the DRM and open source issue?

Is there an alternative player out there because that seemed to be the easiest option. Just side load your file and it's good to go. Also supported wmv and stuff too.

Also, can vlc or alternatives use a shared folder?

terrificbatman
Mar 6, 2011, 02:16 PM
Well, this should be rather easy to confirm. Why hasn't anyone tried it yet? You get VLC from Cydia and try playing an mkv on it. Some videos on Youtube suggest you can only play 480p mkv's.

madmaxmedia
Jan 5, 2012, 03:00 PM
I have an iPad 1 and have used Subler to remix a couple of H.264 High 4.1 profile videos (without changing the profile to 3.1), and they have all copied and played fine on my iPad.

In the specs, only the iPad 2 is supposed to be able to handle (or even accept) 4.1 encoded video, I am guessing that the limitation in the iPad 1 was only due to iOS, and not the hardware. So that's a nice bit of news!

Anyone else try this with iPad 1?

sbddude
Jan 8, 2012, 07:03 PM
I might be wrong, but isn't MKV just a container? Why not use an iTunes-friendly container like MP4 and encode your movies using a decent codec like H.264?

This.

I think its even possible to switch containers without having to reencode.

Or try good player from the app store. I can play mkvs just fine in that.

madmaxmedia
Apr 18, 2012, 12:03 PM
Hi,

maybe one stupid question. But I am trying to find a easy way to rip blu rays to mkv. I found so many ways but alot of them are consuming alot of time (at least on my hardware which is definitely not bad one.

Maybe you could give me a hint how you do it.

It will always take a lot of time (relatively speaking) because there is a lot of video data to re-compress.

Menneisyys2
Jun 15, 2012, 06:34 AM
I have an iPad 1 and have used Subler to remix a couple of H.264 High 4.1 profile videos (without changing the profile to 3.1), and they have all copied and played fine on my iPad.

In the specs, only the iPad 2 is supposed to be able to handle (or even accept) 4.1 encoded video, I am guessing that the limitation in the iPad 1 was only due to iOS, and not the hardware. So that's a nice bit of news!

Anyone else try this with iPad 1?

The iPad 1 has absolutely no problems playing back even direct (non-recompressed) Blue Ray rips - for example, the 1080p 40 Mbps(!!!!) one at http://www.auby.no/files/video_tests/h264_1080p_hp_4.1_40mbps_birds.mkv

That is, the iTunes sync restriction is another of Apple's "gifts"...