Converting MKV To MP4 Question

Discussion in 'iPad' started by loon3y, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. loon3y macrumors 65816

    loon3y

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    im converting an 1080p mkv movie to mp4 using the "cool mkv to mp4" and its still converting and the mp4 file is larger.


    is this normal? ive heard that some conversions made the file to bout 31 gigs i do not want that happening.
     
  2. azure247 macrumors 6502

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    When I convert mkv, it always ends up being huge too. I end up just streaming them. Find an app that can play mkv video
     
  3. 7even macrumors 6502a

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    Try an app called remux to quickly shove the mkv video into the mp4 container. Usually if the source file is h.264 profile level 4.1 or lower (the app will say what it is), the resulting file will work fine on the iPad.
     
  4. GoodToGo macrumors newbie

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    Why dont you just use AVplayerHD or some other player? They play mkv's just fine without any conversion required.
     
  5. Noky macrumors newbie

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    SoundTaxi is also an excellent choice for converting all possible audio and video files. It works on Windows but also can be available with Mac via Virtual Machine. I preferably convert mp4 to mp3 files and the output quality is good.
     
  6. farmermac macrumors 6502a

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    Use handbrake

    You can shrink the size easily too. There's even an iPad preset
     
  7. Phish311 macrumors regular

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    Bigasoft video converter works for me. Doesn't take too long and the file is pretty much the same size
     
  8. MacAttacka macrumors 6502

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    Exactly. Forget this conversion nonsense. Download this most awesome app and drag and drop your 1080p video files into it. Job done.
     
  9. IT Troll macrumors member

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    I agree that AVPlayer is a great app but in theory MP4 will be more battery efficient than MKV due to the native hardware decoding. With the right software it only takes a few minutes to remux the file.
     
  10. irnchriz macrumors 65816

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    I use IVI pro, you can get it on the app store or from south pole software directly (direct version also supports DVD ripping)

    It does an excellent job of converting vids for Apple devices and supports MKV pass through if the bit rate is supported. Otherwise it converts it.

    Works for xvids etc too
     
  11. irnchriz macrumors 65816

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    My usage of iVI pro is below. I don't use it to handle ridiculously large files or direct blu-ray rips of 20+ GB in size like they did in the review so never had to contend with sub extraction issues. When doing proper conversions it takes the same time as handbrake does so not really worth the hassle of converting in one app then adding meta data etc from another. For my requirements I have not found any other single program which does as good a job as iVI. Of course, your milage may vary depending on your source material.

    Usage:
    Converting 720p/1080p MKV files to m4v and adding to iTunes majority of them are able to be remuxed)
    Converting xvid/divx shows to iTunes format and adding to iTunes (converted in the same time as handbrake)
    Titles are added with full metadata and covers.
     
  12. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

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    BTW, did you try Subler? It's an one-step app too (unless you do want to include AC3 tracks in the target MP4 file in addition to the converted AAC ones). It's WAAAAY faster than iVI.
     
  13. sunil50 macrumors newbie

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    There are plenty... Handbrake is the best start. MKVtool is what I usually use, even though it just remuxes - it is great if you do not want to reconvert to another codec or you just want to join two files together... And it only takes 10 minute to remux a movie
     
  14. mrwonkers macrumors 6502

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    Yeah try Subler like someone recommended a few posts back its the fastest as it just repackages the mkv to mp4 without reencoding. I've used it for a couple of years now and can highly recommend it.

    link here: http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/31647/subler

    best of all its FREE...
     
  15. Lauraerk macrumors newbie

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    Weird Handbrake Issue/Blank Files with No Audio Track when I rip DVD movie,:mad:
     
  16. hendrikbe macrumors newbie

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    Handbrake is the best for encoding movies, but not quite the best for ripping them. If your doing a large amount of DVD's then it would be better to use a combo of a ripper, encoder and tagger. Plus you can do them in "batches" which is much more time efficient. But Handbrake has the specific AppleTV2 preset which work with the iPhone, iPad and AppleTV2.
     
  17. rajoshi48 macrumors newbie

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    Maybe You need VLC installed. The past few versions of Handbrake don't include the decoding libraries anymore. Handbrake uses the VLC libraries.
     
  18. yegon macrumors 68020

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    Forget full conversion.

    Either play them natively in AVPlayerHD as has been said, or use Subler (mac) or mkv2vob (windows) to remux them quickly to mp4/m4v. I remux them using Subler, it's quick and mp4/m4v's play notably better and smoother on the iPad as they're hardware decoded.

    Here's a link to Subler, I use the beta 3 as it allows batch conversion;



    http://code.google.com/p/subler/downloads/list
     
  19. victorlly macrumors newbie

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    iSquint converting very slow :( I'm using iSquint to convert a 128MB file to MP4, it says 106 Minutes? Thats insanely slow, try using handbrake or MPEG Streamclip.
     
  20. Phish311 macrumors regular

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    I recently did a test using mp4tools, xilisoft, and bigasoft total video converter using the same 4.4gb file. No doubt about it that Bigasoft worked the best. The sound quality was great and the file size remained the exact same; the other two decreased the file size by about .5 gb. Unfortunately it is not a free app, but if you plan on using it a lot, its well worth it IMO
     
  21. Fuzzy.Dunlop macrumors regular

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    I followed a recommendation on here and got iFlicks, an episode of Game of Thrones takes 10 seconds to make iTunes compatible
     

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