How to split transport stream (.ts) files ??

brilami

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i have several movies in 1080i and 720p as .ts files. most of them are bigger than 4.4 gb to fit on a dvd.
could somebody tell me how to split them into several pieces ? (windows has the tss splitter which is very simple and works perfectly)

or does anybody knows a kewl tool to convert them into a .mkv (matroska x264 ) file?

thanks :confused:
 

PatrickF

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VLC is pretty good at handling MPEG-2 TS files. You can have it transcode the audio and video to knock down the bitrate slightly so it all fits on one DVD. You'll only need to try and squeeze it down to about 4.3GB really.
 

brilami

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PatrickF said:
VLC is pretty good at handling MPEG-2 TS files. You can have it transcode the audio and video to knock down the bitrate slightly so it all fits on one DVD. You'll only need to try and squeeze it down to about 4.3GB really.

but isn't the vlc only a player? where can i tell him to transcode the movie?

but actually i don't wanna reencode it with loosing quality, x264 would be the only thing to do, as the quality is awesome with half the size of the .ts.
but still haven't found the right software. tried it with mpegstreamclip, but this would take days although if have a powerful mpb :-(
 

PatrickF

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VLC does many magical things, just like mplayer. In VLC, add your file to your playlist and go to File -> Streaming/Export Wizard. By transcoding the file and dropping the framerate just a little you shouldn't loose any noticeable quality.

Also if you really wanted to you could transcode to H.264 instead of keeping it in MPEG-2 but that would take a good bit longer.
 

t1937r0

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I use MPEGSTreamClip to transcode the .ts files to something else. The main problem here is choosing a destination codec. Is your target for this really
a DVD or are you planning to watch it on a computer? If you really want to
put it on a DVD (not HDDVD or blu-ray) then you will be losing quality during
the transcode to mpeg-2. If you just plan on watching it on your computer,
perhaps you should transcode to mpeg-4 or h.264.

On the other hand, I've also had good luck using the El Gato Turbo.264, since
the latest version of the software can handle some (most?) .ts files. Of
course to use that software, you'll also need the Turbo.264 hardware. And
none of the Turbo.264 transcoding profiles can save at hi def resolutions.

VLC can do it too, as others have already mentioned.

Sometimes ProjectX can help if the .ts file seems to be too corrupted for VLC, MPEGStreamClip or Turbo.264.