Burning HD MKV video to a DVD to play on blu ray

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  1. Rlnplehshalo macrumors regular

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    I have multiple Matroska (MKV) video files lying around on my imac's hdd that I would like to burn to a regular DVD-5 to watch them in HD through my blu ray player. I have tried many methods but none seam to work.
    I have roxio toast titanium but the encoding takes almost a full day and is far to slow.

    I don't want to convert the files because I know that doing so will drastically result in quality lose. I've heard if I just drag the video.MKV onto the blank disc in finder using mac's built in burner software it will play on a blu ray player in HD, but I have no confirmation of this being true:/ I'm open to any answers really.
     
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    If you're talking about HD movies fitting onto a single-layer DVD, I'm afraid you've lost a shedload of quality already. This is the reason why Blu-ray movies are issued on Blu-ray discs... not meaning to be rude to you, but it's self-evident isn't it?


    If you want the Blu-ray player to recognise them as Blu-ray discs, you need to use the 'industry standard' disc structure. There are no simple processes that occur to me for doing that... you'd probably start by demuxing the .MKV to its constituent streams, them muxing that back into an .M2TS (the filetype used by Blu-ray), then putting that into a BD structure.

    Unless you have a Blu-ray player that can read .MKVs, of course. Some of them can.
     
  3. Rlnplehshalo thread starter macrumors regular

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    So a dual-layer DVD-9 would work? I've done demuxing and mixing before just wasn't sure what discs or burning method, thanks for the help so far.
     
  4. dh2005 macrumors 6502a

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    Well, DVD9 is still limited to about 8.5GB, if I recall correctly. But if you're happy with their quality, then hey, I've nothing more to say.


    Now that you mention it... hmm, I wonder whether a Blu-ray player would read a DVD onto which was written a Blu-ray disc structure. Gee, I really don't know. It's never occurred to me.

    I think you're gonna have to give it a try, and see what happens. And please, let me know if it works.
     
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    Instead of stealing movies through the internet, maybe you should....um...buy the movies on blu-ray.
     
  6. Joshknightmare macrumors member

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    Though i dont support pirating either, there are some things that cant be bought with the money in your pocket. Buying multiple movies would cost him a lot of money. Depending on how many movies.
     
  7. dh2005 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't support piracy, either. But nor do I assume that someone is a thief simply because they have HD .MKVs on their computer.

    Not all HD video is stolen. Not all .MKVs are downloaded from torrent sites. If the OP were to've told me that he had, indeed, acquired this media illegally, I wouldn't have helped him. But from a purely technical point of view, and in the absence of the damning evidence that you have inferred, I am happy to advise.
     
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    Um, how else are you supposed to legally own movies? If you can't afford to buy them, get netflix.

    Name one source outside of movie/tv piracy where .mkv files are used naively and legitimately.

    Obviously he doesn't own the movies on blu-ray or have a blu-ray drive in his computer, otherwise there would have been no question to ask. The only other source for HD movies in MKV format on a computer is internet piracy.
     
  9. dh2005 macrumors 6502a

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    No, no, no. And no.

    The .MKV container is open source and can be used to package any video and audio codecs that I've ever come across. Not all media on a computer is stolen, or indeed capable of being stolen - because not all media is protected by intellectual property law. Some video is entirely free to download and distribute. And what about personal recordings? Weddings, holidays, etc. All these things can be packaged as .MKVs. Furthermore, there are certain (albeit, not many) areas of the World in which downloading even copyrighted media is not a criminal offence.

    And the OP never said that these were ever Blu-ray movies. I was the one who said something about Blu-ray movies, to illustrate the reason why HD content is issued, commercially, on a format other than DVD. Whatever media he's talking about (and he doesn't say... again, you are making assumptions), if it's truly 'HD', it's probably gonna take a PQ/AQ hit, being scrunched down to DVD5.


    If he'd opened with, "Hi! I've downloaded Inception from a release group and I want to know how to make it run on my Blu-ray player", I wouldn't have helped. It's a purely technical question, to which I gave a purely technical answer.
     
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    In shorter words, there isn't a single application for MKV outside of piracy. Thanks for proving my point.
     
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    "You" is the second person of the verb, you fool.

    Thanks for proving my point.
     
  14. Rlnplehshalo thread starter macrumors regular

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    I actually have a friend who has a blu-ray disc reader/writer in his windows computer. He has a collection of blu-rays (me included) and he occasionally rips the files to an MKV format, which I pay him to do. So I don't think that's piracy because he charges roughly the same minus the case price.

    I normally end up buying the blu-ray as well for viewing on my television. But because I don't have a blu-ray drive in my computer I can't get the movies into a digital format for viewing on iPhone, iMac etc.
     
  15. dh2005 macrumors 6502a

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    Hahahahahahahahahahahaha...!!!


    That's like saying, 'I don't think it's rape, because she didn't scream'.

    Mate, if he's ripping your discs for you, well, that's something of a grey area. But if he's ripping his discs for you, that's piracy with a capital 'P'. And I wouldn't go admitting to it on too many forums, if I were you...!
     
  16. dh2005 macrumors 6502a

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    I had to go for a lie down, after reading that...


    ... seriously, dude. You pay this guy to copy movies, and you don't see that there's anything fishy about that?!

    How about, instead of giving money to this 'friend' of yours, who charges you to copy movies (what an a**hole!!! Call the Cops on him...), save the money and buy your own Blu-ray drive. That way, you can rip your own movies (and only your own...) without further expense, moving forward.

    In some areas of the World, avoiding the DRM on commercial media is a criminal offence - other legal systems permit a person to take a 'backup'. I don't know where you are, but that might be something for you to consider.
     

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