Problem Converting MKV to MP4 (Stereo) with Handbrake

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by P11, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. P11 macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2008
    Hey guys,

    I'm having a problem converting a 720P MKV (AC3) file to MP4 (Stereo) in Handbrake. It seems after about 30-40% Handbrake just shuts down by itself without. I'll post the settings I am using below, hopefully someone can offer a bit of insight.



    P.S. - I don't care about getting 5.1; I just want stereo sound seeing as I watch all my movies on my iMac.
  2. almostinsane macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2008
    Handbrake is pretty flaky with MKV conversion. I'd say 30% of mine would fail. Supposedly the next release will be more stable.
  3. downinitjr macrumors member

    May 17, 2007
    Download and build the latest version from svn, I've had no problem converting from mkv. Just don't expect to get any support on the handbrake forums for the development builds. Take a look around the forums and the handbrake wiki for instructions for building from svn.
  4. theshaggyone macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2009
    Any idea on when the next release will come? It seems like I'm having 100% fail rate encoding with all of my MKV files.

    P11: You can watch MKV files on your iMac without having to convert them. Download the latest Perian and open the file with QT and that should solve your problems.
  5. refulgentis macrumors regular

    May 14, 2006
    not supposedly. it *will* be. ffmpeg (the library used to decode video, that almost every free video program uses), has a bug on mac that screws up H.264 decoding on Core 2 Duo+ processors. All of your MKVs that you've painstakingly ripped from Blu-Ray have H.264 in them, hence the link.
  6. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    BTW, it looks from your screenshots like you need to update your built in presets if those screenies are from hb 0.9.3. Those are 0.9.2's presets.
  7. theshaggyone macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2009
    Anyway around this or just SOL?
  8. pilotError macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2006
    Long Island
  9. theshaggyone macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2009
    Thanks, luckily I found Emmgunn's latest post so I have begun encoding/remuxing a MKV to a MP4 with MKVTools.
  10. JazzyyJeff macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2009
    New Jersey
    How is the quality when converting? I want to convert my Blu Ray mkv rips to mp4 so i can watch them on my HDTV through Apple TV.. Is it good enough quality for that?

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