Best Method to Merge 2 Discs together

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Wicked1, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. Wicked1 macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    New Jersey
    Ok so I have Pearl Harbor on DVD, but I ripped both discs now I would like to encode them as one without any skipping or dead space between the two when they are merged, but what is the best method to do this?
  2. sulliweb macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2011
    You'll just about have to have some sort of video editing software. I like Roxio VideoWave best for this kind of thing on the PC side... I assume iMovie or Final Cut would be the option on the Mac side. Add the two video files in back to back, trim off any dead space or credits off the end of the first and beginning of the second. Then, let the system re-encode them into a single file.

    That'd be about the only option I know of.
  3. HobeSoundDarryl, Nov 9, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2011

    HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    DVD2oneX does this very well and simply (join function), resulting in a new (DVD) video_ts folder for Handbrake to convert into a single file. It's basically joining the DVD files for part 1 & part 2 as if you were going to burn it out to a single DVD (no quality loss as it isn't re-encoding the video itself- just joining the original files as you desire).

    You can also (Handbrake) render both parts as separate files and then use Quicktime Pro to paste part 2 onto the tail end of part 1, then save as a single .mov file.
  4. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    I'd recommend using MakeMKV to produced an mkv for both, then use MKVtoolnix to combine the mkvs, then you can handbrake the resultant single file.
  5. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    ... then again you could always do them separate with hb ... then us cat in terminal to concotanate them together.

    that said .... I prefer dtox but it costs $$$.
  6. KevinC867 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2007
    Saratoga, CA
    Really? You can just concatenate two m4v/MP4 files and get a valid result? Cool. I had assumed there must be some header info which described the total length of the video, etc.

    I'll go give this a try...
  7. KevinC867 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2007
    Saratoga, CA
    Nope. I got pretty much the result I would have predicted. After concatenating two m4v files, both VLC and Quicktime treated the result as though it was just the first file and ignored everything from the second file.

    Am I missing something?

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