MKV to M4V Question

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by WSFrazier, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. WSFrazier macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2006
    I have some MKV files that are x264 video, and DTS audio. I want to re-mux them to M4V to stream to my ATV3. Only remux video though, as I don't want to re-encode and lose more quality.

    Currently I've been using MP4Tools for the remux since I need to convert the DTS audio to AC3 DD 5.1. I then use Subler to import all the meta information and clean the file up for iTunes.

    I'd like to find 1 program to do it all for me in 1 sweep if possible. As I understand it, Subler can't do DTS to AC3 DD 5.1, so I need to use MP4Tools for that, but MP4Tools doesn't have any of the meta import features.

    I tried using iFlicks, but I can't seem to force it to not transcode, and just remux. Every time it spits out a file almost half the size of original, and always says Encoding H.264 in the process. Is there anyway to force iFlicks to just remux, don't touch video, and make the DTS to AC3?

    I haven't tried iVI since I would like a trial before I purchase an app.
  2. vegasmalone macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2011
  3. mic j, Sep 11, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2013

    mic j macrumors 68030

    Mar 15, 2012
    What version of mp4tools are you using? Since version 3.3, editing metadata has been incorporated...I think.

    Edit: I just check the latest version of mp4tools out and it does have the ability to import/edit metadata. So that should be your all-in-one.
  4. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    In iflicks use the iTunes compatible tab to muxed the mkv into m4v

    Or you can use mp4tools
  5. WSFrazier thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2006
    Handbrake doesn't remux, it transcodes. I don't want more quality loss.

    Will this still make it compatible with ATV3?
  6. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    Yes "iTunes compatible " is for muxing ,it will spit out the same mkv but with an m4v extension

    The other presets are for converting
  7. WSFrazier thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2006
    Maybe I am just dumb, but where in MP4Tools do you see options for meta info? Running the latest 3.3.4
  8. priitv8 macrumors 68040

    Jan 13, 2011
    Click the Edit Files tab right to the MP4 tab!
  9. WSFrazier thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2006
    Awesome, never would of found that. Thanks.

    I actually started to like iFlick, but noticed it's concerting my DTS tracks to AAC 2 channel, and not AC3 5.1.

    Looks like I will just keep using MP4Tools then.
  10. mmomega macrumors demi-god


    Dec 30, 2009
    DFW, TX
    mkv2m4v from the app store.

    I've used this on over 400 mkv's.

    Rather quick convert time also.
  11. ekrem13 macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2012
    I believe iflicks encodes dts to ac-3 5.1 audio, I also checked a few movies and the result is so.
  12. Devlonc macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2010
    iVI Pro

    iVI works great

    Monitors a specific folder, grabs the file, converts it to MP4 then dumps it into your itunes media folder and deletes the original file. Very easy to use and is very customizable.
  13. rpenzinger macrumors member

    Aug 12, 2010

    second that. I have converted hundreds of TV shows from MKV to M4V. Most MKVs fit the AppleTV standard and take less than a minute to lose the MKV wrapper and put on the M4V wrapper. NO Transcoding. However it will transcode if you want to convert 1080p to 720p or if the MKV format does not meet Apple TV spec.

    This is a no brainer
  14. D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL

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