[Matroska-users] converting mkv files on vista

Ivan Kowalenko ivan.kowalenko at gmail.com
Wed Apr 18 17:39:57 CEST 2007


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On Apr 17, 2007, at 18.40, Danville Clarke wrote:

> hi, i'm having a problem with converting mkv movies to dvd so i  
> could burn them to dvd.
> i downloaded "convert x to dvd" but it will not work with "windows  
> vista".

As much as I hate to say it (and I try to keep my opinions about  
operating systems off of mailing lists, but...) Vista is your problem  
all around. It's one huge DRM machine that's been proven to run at  
HALF the speed of Windows XP. So many things broke between the two  
OSes, many in the name of progress (read: DRM and content control).  
Normally, I'd evangelize Mac OS X (not an option for you, I'm  
guessing) or Linux. However, I'm not going to be too pushy here, and  
I'm going to say that unless there's something in Vista that you have  
a crushing, serious, live-and-death need for, that you should go find  
a copy of Windows XP and install that.

> i am not new to this convertion thing, i know a little.
> i have searched far and wide to find software that will convert  
> mkvs and work with "vista", but i have had no luck finding such a  
> program.
> TMPEG XPRESS works on some of them but either it will leave out the  
> subs or it will leave out the audio.
> i now have a movie with no audio, so i figured i would extract the  
> audio from the original and have TMPEG mux it in but i can't even  
> find anything that will work on mkvs and "vista". I need your help!  
> thanks
>

Well, here's the problem (besides Vista... sorry!), Vista is such a  
new OS, and many major changes have been made that small/open source  
developers haven't had time to try and revamp their software to be  
Vista-compatible. You might want to try ffmpeg. It's a CLI-tool for  
Linux that should have a build for Windows. You might have to demux  
the subtitles, but (if it runs) ffmpeg (and related tools) should  
churn out a functional MPEG-2 or Video_TS file/folder.

Sorry again for the short rant on Vista.


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