VC-1 to H.264 question

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  1. macrumors regular

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    I just started ripping my Blu rays and converting them so they can be added to iTunes. I currently use MakeMKV to rip them, and then iVI to 'pass-through' the mkv to convert it to m4v so it can then be added to iTunes.

    I like using this 'pass-through' setting specifically because the video quality is seemingly identical to the mkv, and it takes far less time to convert because it isn't re-encoding the entire video (file size and bit rate are of no concern to me, just video quality).

    The problem is, iVI will only 'pass-though' mkv files encoded in h.264, and I've come across several encoded in VC-1 which disables the 'pass-through' setting. I would just use handbrake to convert these, but I don't want to lose a lot of quality or take 10hr per video. So is there a good way to quickly convert a VC-1 mkv to h.264 so I can then 'pass-through' in iVI to convert it to m4v, or does anyone know of another program similar to iVI that would 'pass-through' the mkv converting it to m4v regardless of what it was encoded with? Thanks for any advice/suggestions.
     
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    VC-1 and H.264 are completely different codecs so you can't go from one to the other without transcoding. As you've discovered, you can't put VC-1 inside an m4v container either.

    There is no valid way of doing this without transcoding.
     
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    Okay thanks I was kinda getting that impression haha
     

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