Audio Language Support - Mongolian?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by ChargerSteve, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. ChargerSteve macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2008
    EDH, California
    So I got an ATV a few weeks ago and have been happily ripping and encoding my DVDs using Handbrake. I've had a few problems here and there, but generally everything is going well. The one problem I have not been able to fix is related to the movie Mongol. Mongol has english subtitles, but only Mongolian audio. So, I encoded it with subtitles and it plays in iTunes, but will not copy to ATV. I tried encoding with a number of different presets with no luck and have finally come down to the audio. Could ATV not accept it because it only has Mongolian audio streams (I mean actually labeled Mongolian)?

    Frankly, I enjoyed Mongol (mainly for the cinematography) and own the DVD and would like to have it on the ATV, but I really wouldn't miss having on ATV that much, it's more just a matter of principal at this point. Anybody else have a similar problem before? Am I on the right track?
  2. Masterhit macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2009
    I tore my hair out for a few days over this same movie. For me it would sync, and then proceed to lock up my ATV when I tried to play it. ATV goes all pear shaped when it is fed a movie that contains audio tracks that it does not support.

    The easiest solution is to download dumpster from Apple, and dig into the tracks and change the language code to one it does recognize.

    Under the audio tracks, usually the second and third tracks, or in dumpsters case, 'trak', go to mdia then mdhd and change the language code to 5575. After changing the code hit tab to make the change stick and then save.

    You can confirm you are changing the audio tracks by going to 'stbl', then 'stsd' and look at the dataformat box to confirm the 'trak' type. For instance it will say mp4a, or AC-3.

    This solved the issue with Mongol for myself.

  3. ChargerSteve thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2008
    EDH, California

    Thank you, I knew someone would know what was going on with that. I'll try what you suggested. I hope it all makes more sense after downloading the tool you referenced.

    It's kind of a silly limitation on Apple's part though isn't it? I can see not supporting Mongolian menus, but what difference does it make which language the audio stream is in? Shouldn't it just take whichever language you've chosen as your default (english in my case) and if the default isn't there play whichever is first? At least not accepting the movie into ATV is more graceful than freezing the device upon playback, but really seems like a bug, not a feature and one easily fixed at that...

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