.mkv conversion crashing handbrake

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Leucaeus, Jul 26, 2009.

  1. Leucaeus macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2009
    New Orleans, LA
    Hey guys,
    I've been having a problem with handbrake. I'm trying to convert a .mkv to an .m4v via handbrake and it's causing the application to crash. The .mkv is about 8GB; It's an HD copy of Watchmen. I'm using a Mac Pro 3GHz Zenon that screams through DVD conversions in 15 minutes. However that pesky .mkv file keeps hanging up Handbrake.

    Any ideas?

    p.s. I'm using the latest and greatest version of Handbrake
  2. charlien macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2006
    I read somewhere that you need to turn off the second audio track.
  3. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
  4. eVolcre macrumors 68000


    Jan 7, 2003
    What quality settings are you using to make it look as good as the .mkv on a computer screen or AppleTV?

    I'm pretty OCD about quality. When I rip normal SD movies I use the AppleTv preset with CQ at 63% and this advanced string (thanks dynaflash) ref=3:mixed-refs=1:bframes=3:me=hex:subq=7:b-adapt=2:8x8dct=1

    I do get bigger file sizes but that isn't a problem. My main focus is quality.

    BTW, how do you join 2 .m4v files made by Handbrake? (movie split on 2 DVDs)


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