Question about converting MKV to MP4 with Subtitles

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Rx3alpha, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. Rx3alpha macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2011
    I am trying to convert some anime videos that I have under the MKV format to MP4 so that I can watch it on my ipad2. I used iSkysoft video converter to convert a video and the sound + video qualities are great, but the subtitles disappeared. Does anyone know a method or software to convert the MKV files without losing the subtitles?
  2. shebalord macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2008
  3. Rx3alpha thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2011
    Okay I think I found a solution. MKVtools seem to work pretty well in that it is able to "burn" the subtitles onto the video during conversion.
  4. Plx32 macrumors member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Paris, France
    Subler is a also a great way to achieve this without even re-encoding anything.

    It will extract the h264 video from the mkv, extract aac audio (or re-encode ac3 audio if necessary) and add soft subtitles from a srt file, and mux everything to mp4 ipad-ready file.

    Video quality as a result is excellent.
    Subtitles can be activated or de-activated (soft subtitles)

    The only issue is that soft subtitles are incredibly small on iPad, when they are ok on iPhone.

    It's a bug with iPad, and so far Apple doesn't seem to care...
  5. vrDrew macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2010
    Midlife, Midwest
    Airvideo converts MKV to M4P files. It even lets you pick a font for the subtitles.

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