[iPad 3] Converting softsubbed .mkv to hardsubbed .mp4 for iPad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by eelnodnarb, May 26, 2012.

  1. eelnodnarb macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2012
    Hey guys. AVPlayerPro doesn't have subs appearing when I put in raw .mkv files, and ***** goes down when I try 10bit files.

    So I'm back to where I started: converting it manually. I used to use Handbrake, but after hearing about ffmpeg and MKVmerge GUI, I think I'll try other software now.

    Is it possible to use the mentioned programs to convert .mkv to .mp4, while also changing soft subs to hard subs? This is going to be used for anime and language videos. Also if it were possible to downgrade 10bit to something other than 8 bit that iPad supports better.

    If it is, please guide me on how to do it, I'm not very good with coding. Thank you.

    Oh and this is on Windows 7 if that's needed info.
  2. eelnodnarb thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2012
  3. nicoplanet macrumors regular


    Jun 22, 2009
    If you're using x264 MKVs, you should give a look at Subler: it remux MKVs in M4V playable with Apple's Movie.app and with subs. I love it. :D
  4. eelnodnarb thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2012
  5. jimmieer macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2012
    Just convert MKV files to iPad supported format mp4 or h.264. The following just aims to provide a simple MKV iPad Solution: Convert AVI to iPad 3 supported MP4 or H.264 format to successfully play MKV on the new, third-generation iPad iPad or the 1st & 2nd generation iPad at How to Play mkv on iPad 3/iPad 2/iPad?
  6. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    I use AirVideo app to convert mkv to iPad format. It also "burns in" subtitles while converting.
  7. Sedulous macrumors 68020


    Dec 10, 2002
    Hardsubs will require re-encoding. Really not worth the trouble.
  8. Dhelsdon macrumors 65816


    Feb 5, 2010
    Canadian Eh!
    I use iVI I am pretty sure you can hard sub if you have the .srt(?) files.
    It re-encodes, but it's really quick.. about 30mins for an average movie.
  9. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    Why not skip converting and just use something like goodplayer?
  10. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    I find that GoodPlayer works fine with 720p mkv files, but it stutters on 1080p files. But yes, it works well with most video file types, and handles subtitles well, too.
  11. KimLA macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2012
    Your best way to go is transmuxing the file, this is how I got the best results because videos are now mp4 compliant and don't lag/sutter, the video quality is untouched (this is transmuxing and not reencoding), and the procedure only takes 5 minutes to complete on my i7 2600K. And the best thing is that the subs are not hardcoded so they can be turned on and off when you want to. I use the ipad default player.
  12. Wrathwitch macrumors 65816

    Dec 4, 2009
    This is what I have been using to stream anime to my ATV or iPad/iPhone4. I have not had a single issue with subtitles not rendering while it does it's live conversion. You can also convert it to have it saved onto the device for viewing outside of a WiFi environment.
  13. sim667 macrumors 65816

    Dec 7, 2010
  14. hustmobile macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2010

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