I would like to be able to use MKVMerge GUI to create hard subs in a file so that I can play animes using my “Serviio Media Server” software on my computer streaming to my xbox 360 or blu-ray player.
Using other software, I have not been successful. Is there a way to use MKVToolkit to do this? Or is there another program that will allow me to do what I would like?
I have used MkvMergeGUI to open the files and uncheck the tracks I do not want (like Japanese subs that are for conversations but I keep the japanese subs for signs and signs, etc). I also will flag some tracks as the Default tracks (if Japanese subs are the default and I uncheck them, I then select the English subs and change the flag on it to Default). I then will remux the anime thereby recreating the anime with the settings and tracks I wish. However, because I use a media server on my computer to stream to my xbox 360 or Blu-Ray player over my wired network (computer is in my office across the house from the tvs). I want to be able to get the subtitles to show up when I watch them on whichever device I am using at the time. However, because MKV is a CONTAINER for multiple audio and subtitle tracks, the devices I am streaming to are unable to recognize the subtitles. I have been forced to convert the MKV files to AVI files and hardsubbing the subtitles onto the video so I am able to view the subtitles on other devices.
The downside to doing this is the MKV files I have after remuxing them are much smaller than the converted AVI files (90 MB -> 200 MB / file for example). I have also set the FORCED TRACK flag on the subtitle tracks in MKVMergeGUI to "YES" so players are forced to play that subtitle track by default but this tactic has born no fruit when I stream them to other devices.
I use Combined Community Codec Pack's Media Player Home Classic Cinema to watch them on my computer but I would much rather watch them in my living room or bedroom by streaming them to either my Xbox 360 or Blu-Ray player.
If I have to convert videos, I use Any Video Converter by Ultimate Media Solutions. I do not have any problems using it in this manner if I have to. Also, when I do convert the videos, I always make sure I set it to the same frame rate and resolution as the original file. Occasionally I will be increasing the bit rate or I will lower the bit rate because I always try to use the same bit rate for every converted file but the original bit rate may be lower or higher than what I set it to be at.
Any ideas on how I can keep the small file size with the MKV files and being able to view the subtitles while streaming to other devices or will I have to convert the videos to AVI or another format and burn the subtitles to the video in order to do what I would like?
Edited by Falneth, 20 February 2013 - 08:23 PM.