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  • DVD to MKV with 5.1 Sound Guide

    Tools Needed:
    • MeGUI 0.2.6.1043
    • AVISynth 2.5

    Ok after hours and hours of fiddling around I figured out how to get DVD’s into MKV files with 5.1 surround sound. It sounds easy enough but all the big dog tools like Nero Recode downmixed the sound to 2.0 and I wasn’t about to stand for that. I tried several tools like AutoMKV and MKVMagic but to no avail. I’m not entirely sure what was going on but I know one thing: they weren’t working.

    Then I found MeGUI and a guide to making x264 files for the PS 3. From there I read it and extracted the relevant information and ignored everything about compatibility with PS 3.

    Note: I've had the best success using XP. Vista has tossed a few curveballs that I haven't ironed out yet.

    Disclaimer: I’m not a video expert by any stretch. I don’t know jack crap about the advanced options so don’t ask for my opinion because I’ve got nothing to offer.

    First, acquire the three tools listed and install them (all are freeware). The third tool is needed for step two but due to legal reasons I won’t tell you how to accomplish step two.

    Second, rip a DVD to your HDD. I’d love to say more but the best I can do is to say make sure the ripped file isn’t segmented.

    Next, open up MeGui. It will probably ask you if you want to update your files, click “Yes” and wait. You will be asked which profiles to import, use shift to select them all (just in case) and click “Ok.” After MeGui updates you will need to restart the program (not your computer) so let it. Then when you reopen it you’ll see two basic sections: audio and video.

    First Run:


    After updating the files you recieve this box:


    Select all the video profiles using shift:


    Do the same for audio profiles:


    Go to “tools” then D2VS Creator. For the video input use the gigantic VOB you ripped to your HDD. If you ripped the file correctly then the track list should be populated with names like: AC3 6ch or AC3 2ch. If you get an error with “Couldn’t find stream information” then you did not rip it correctly but it doesn’t matter you can continue and deal with it later. If you got the “Couldn’t find stream information” error choose “all tracks” otherwise choose the AC3 6ch track from the drop down box. Check both the boxes that are on the bottom of the window and click “Queue.”



    Now go to MeGUI and go to the “Queue” tab. You should see a job with your VOB file as an input and an output file with a .d2v extension with a status of “waiting” or “queued.” Go to the bottom right corner and click “new worker” and give it a name…. a name which doesn’t matter at all. Then click “start” from bottom left corner.



    You have now extracted the 5.1 audio track (or all the audio tracks depending if your rip didn’t have the stream information).

    Next go to “tools” and “avi script creator.” For video input use the .d2v file you created before. You should see a window popup with a frame of the video file displayed. KEEP IT OPEN. Switch to the AviSynth script creator and check the “crop” option then select the “Auto crop” button. This will remove the black bars from the movie. Also check the Input DAR (aspect ratio) and make sure it is correct. Next check the “suggested resolution” box. This will make sure the encoded resolution is compatible with the 16:9 aspect ratio. Make sure the “On save close and load to be encoded” box is checked. Click “save.” A save as dialog box will appear in the same directory as the d2v file, name the file and click “Save.”

    If you look at the preview window when you load up the d2v file in the avs script creator and notice interlacing switch to the "filters" tab and click analyze. This will take awhile but it will determine the settings necessary.



    Next a bunch of information gets autoloaded into the Input tab of MeGUI and nearly all of it you can leave.

    The next step is a first time deal only. You need to setup an AC3 profile. Go to the audio section and select FFMPEG AC-3 as your codec and click “Config.” Leave the options in the upper half of the box that opens. Change the bit rate to a setting of your choice. DVDs typically use 448kbps or 384kbps (384kbps is the standard minimum). I use 448kbps personally. Now click “New” and give the profile a meaningful name like “AC-3 448kbps.” Now select “Ok.”



    Now you need to choose your video codec and output container. I personally use x264 and MKV. X264 is a freeware version of H.264 and does an amazing job. I use the HQ-Insane profile which results in a file size of approx. 1GB for a 2hr movie. I will reiterate, don’t post questions about the advanced options for video codecs because I know jack squat about them.

    Easy Way

    Once you do that you are brought back to the MeGUI main screen. You will need to change the output name of the audio file. It doesn’t really matter what the name is as long as it is different than the input file name since they are both .ac3 files. Ignore the enqueue buttons for both the audio and video sections and click “Auto Encode” on the bottom right hand part of the screen.



    This is where you select your file size requirements. Personally I don’t have any space requirements so I selected the last option, No target size. Next click “Queue.”



    Switch to the “Queue” tab and click “Start.”

    Hard Way

    Use this way if you are having issues encoding the audio with FFMPEG.

    In the upper half of the main MeGUI screen make sure all your video settings are good to go then click the "Enqueue" button. Go to the "queued" tab and click "Start." Your video will begin encoding.



    After being encoded go to "Tools" then "Muxer" then pick the muxer that matches your output file type. I used MKV Muxer. Specify the mkv file as the video input and find the audio stream you demuxed (separated) out earlier. Click "Queue" and then go to the "Queue" tab and click "Start."



    Given the settings I used it takes about 5 hours on a Q6600 @ 3.6GHz.
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  • #2
    Eh... All my films are already in .mkv in HD with HD sound in 5.1...

    Wonder how that happened?

    Maybe I'll try this with my DVD collection...
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    • #3
      minus the part where you've only listed 2 tools and talk about 3.. I'll try this later and see how it goes

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      • #4
        Originally posted by iDENTITi View Post
        Eh... All my films are already in .mkv in HD with HD sound in 5.1...

        Wonder how that happened?
        Well then, why don't you add suggestions to the guide then?
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Tarkenstar View Post
          minus the part where you've only listed 2 tools and talk about 3.. I'll try this later and see how it goes
          The point is the 3rd tool if named could make XCPUS legally liable so I didn't mention it. However if I said only 2 tools are required then people would be confused as to how to get DVDs to their HDD.

          Everyone should know what the 3rd tool is but I can't name it.

          So that confusion was deliberate.
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          • #6
            B/c I didn't do it. Someone else did. I have nothing to add.
            Although I have played around with a transcoder to get these .mkv files to play on xbox or a weaker pc that can't handle the playing of it (it downscales in realtime)

            If thats any help somewhere.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by iDENTITi View Post
              Eh... All my films are already in .mkv in HD with HD sound in 5.1...

              Wonder how that happened?
              I've asked several times for help with this and no one had an answer so I went out and figured it out myself.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by SuperFly03 View Post
                I've asked several times for help with this and no one had an answer so I went out and figured it out myself.
                Read above. I didn't know how to either.

                Guess my grip of english failed me again. I was meaning that.. eh yeah I'll shh or ill get this site into ****.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by iDENTITi View Post
                  Read above. I didn't know how to either.

                  Guess my grip of english failed me again. I was meaning that.. eh yeah I'll shh or ill get this site into ****.
                  My bad. I didn't get that.

                  No biggie.
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                  • #10
                    Seems good though.

                    Only problem I have is it taking like 7hrs per DVD..

                    Guess you bastages with a quadcore are fine with it though

                    EDIT : Something for you to play around with : TVersity Home
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                    • #11
                      I need to rewrite the ending... I'm having issues with the AC3 encoder.

                      Well, I'll probably just add an alternative ending in case there are issues going the easy way (described in the guide).
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                      • #12
                        SF:
                        Have you tried AutoMKV? It's on the doom forum as well. Beats MeGUI IMO, you might find it more stable and faster.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by rover2eh View Post
                          SF:
                          Have you tried AutoMKV? It's on the doom forum as well. Beats MeGUI IMO, you might find it more stable and faster.
                          Yes, I did try it. Wouldn't work worth a damn.
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                          • #14
                            Install information added.
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                            • #15
                              Can this technique be used on Blu-Rays?
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