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Old Nov 29, 2012, 08:32 PM   #1
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MKV to MP4 Help

I'm trying to convert an MKV to an MP4 (so I can watch it on Apple TV 3) and Handbrake is telling me it will take 8 hours?!? I'm kinda new to this but that sounds a little long? What am I doing wrong?
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 09:02 PM   #2
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I'm trying to convert an MKV to an MP4 (so I can watch it on Apple TV 3) and Handbrake is telling me it will take 8 hours?!? I'm kinda new to this but that sounds a little long? What am I doing wrong?
It seems that you are transcoding it. It takes time because it's HD material, or that you got a slow computer. Download / buy the MP4 next time.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 09:09 PM   #3
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I do have a slow computer. I'm converting from a Blu Ray just not sure why a DVD takes half an hour on Handbrake but a blu ray takes half an hour to convert to MKV then 8 hours to convert to mp4???
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 09:22 PM   #4
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I do have a slow computer. I'm converting from a Blu Ray just not sure why a DVD takes half an hour on Handbrake but a blu ray takes half an hour to convert to MKV then 8 hours to convert to mp4???
Huh? a blu ray transcoded to the appletv 3 preset with HandBrake could easily take 8 hrs, depending on your computer and the source material. The question is your computer and the source.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 09:24 PM   #5
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If you have an older processor that is definitely a reason it's taking so long. It took me about 45 minutes to convert an AVI to an MP4 on a Core 2 Duo processor. It takes about 3.5 minutes on my new rMBP's i7.
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I use MKV2MP4 app off the App Store. I then use Identify to add the Metadata afterwards.

I sometimes load 10-15 MKV'S up at once, pick the ATV preset and let it go, it is pretty quick. 5-10mins per file.
Some of the reviews say they can't get it to work but I've been using it since April and it was easy to use and hasn't let me down yet, just used it today.
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is there something for Window's that is easy and fast? i used to use iFlicks for the mac but my wife just bought me a gaming pc and now i need something for the pc/windows
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I'm trying to convert an MKV to an MP4 (so I can watch it on Apple TV 3) and Handbrake is telling me it will take 8 hours?!? I'm kinda new to this but that sounds a little long? What am I doing wrong?
Using Handbrake will easily take that amount of time for a 1080p Blu Ray. Handbrake is literally rewriting every bit of data and transcoding each frame. If you dont care about file size, and especially if you want the highest quality, use a program like Subler (for macs) or XMedia (Windows) to REMUX the file.

Remuxing essentially takes the video (which is already h.264) and copies it into a mp4 container, then re-encodes the audio to something the ATV can support. This takes more like 10-15 minutes instead of many hours.
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