Converting MKV to MP4, and hardcoding SRT files into MP4
March 23, 2012 7:36 PM Subscribe
2 related questions about creating/editing MP4 files to play on my Sony Bravia TV: 1) converting MKV files to MP4, and 2) hardcoding subtitiles - specifically SRT files - into my MP4 files.
posted by 254blocks to media & arts (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Ok, Hivemind, I've got some pretty basic video editing "stuff" that I'd like some help with. I'm sure some of you know how to do these things better than I do, or at least in the "best way" that there is to do them, so I'd like to query you all on how to accomplish these tasks.
1) What's the best way to convert MKV files to MP4 to play on my Sony Bravia TV? I've got a bunch of MKV files that I'd like to convert to MP4 files to be able to play on my Sony Bravia TV. The MKV files won't play on the TV, and are really large files anyway – like, file sizes of 4 to 6 GB. I'd like to make MP4 files out of the MKV files, which preserve the quality of the MKV files as much as possible, but are only about 2.5 to 3 GB in file size. I would normally use Handbrake for this, but that program seems to have gotten rid of the ability to choose your file size. Plus, I don't know if that is the best program to accomplish this anyway, and even if it is, I don't know what settings to use for it. What suggestions do you guys have to accomplish this task? The more detailed instructions that you can provide me with (i.e., what settings I have to choose in whatever program I use to do this), the better.
2) What's the best way to hard code SRT files into MP4 files, without sacrificing video quality? Again, I feel like Handbrake should be able to do this, if I knew what settings to choose. The TV will only play MP4 files, and won't load external SRT files to be played along with the video files. So hard coding the video files with the subtitles seems to be my only option. I just don't want to sacrifice video quality or substantially increase the file size when doing this.