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MKV4XBox...Convert MKV files for your XBox360. Written in applescript studio.

Features

  • convert mkv files for your xbox360 without reencoding the video
  • select audio bitrate, audio quality, input file, output file, split size, subtitles, volume, audio+video-track
  • Growl support
  • split mkv files (up to 10 files)
  • subtitles (tested with srt-files)
  • volume boost
  • automatically determine the right settings for the selected mkv
  • update checker
  • select audio/video track
  • work indicator
  • automatically checks for DTS audio

What's New

v0.6
  • added support for dts audio
  • added a *ding* when the conversion is done :)
  • mkv4xbox now quits, when the window is closed
  • if no target folder is set, the home directory will be used
Version 0.55:
  • fixed path bug (no output paths with spaces or special characters were working)
  • fixed bug for large output files (the script ran too fast)
  • automatic DTS detection (you more...

Requirements

Tested on Mac OS X 10.5, Intel.

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edgauthier Member IconComment+0
edgauthier
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Sent script I'm using. I hope it helps.

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Version 0.6
Wok
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I was also hoping to figure out how to use mkv4xbox in an automated way. Would you mind sending the script you've worked out?

Thanks in advance!

Edgauthier
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I'm not longer using this (switched to a setup that works with MKV files). However, here is the latest version of the script I was using.

http://drop.io/mkv4xbox_applescript

edgauthier Member IconComment+0
edgauthier
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Any option to have this work via the command line without a UI? I'd like to be able to script this along with some other steps to automate things.

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Version 0.6
Screamink (Developer)
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I could give you the actual commands executed by the program during the conversion. Guess that's all you need?

edgauthier
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That would be helpful.

Screamink (Developer)
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So give me your mail adress, so I can send it to you :)

edgauthier
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macupdate@egauthier.net

edgauthier
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Thanks in advance :)

znelson
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Hi, I'm trying to do the same thing (automate batch .mkv -> .mp4 conversion, from the command line). Could you email me the scripts you're using for this program?

Thanks,
masterofallthingsgood@gmail.com

mofle
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Can you send it to me too?
mofle89@gmail.com
Thanks :)

cvk_b Member IconComment+0
cvk_b
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PowerPC version?

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Version 0.6
Screamink (Developer)
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I guess, there won't be a version for powerPC since I only have an intel based mac. Maybe I'll add support for it, but don't get your hopes up :/ sorry

taki Member IconComment+9
taki
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First let me say I love this program. When I go to my friends' places for movie nights, it's just awesome to be able to throw a disc into the Xbox or even stream the file from my laptop. Let me tell you, Ip Man iss genius in HD.

My one complaint/question... is it possible to get the subtitles that are already packed in an MKV file to show up in the MKV4xbox-converted MP4 file, and if so how? I don't want to have to add an external set of subs to the process since they might be incorrect or out-of-sync.

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Version 0.6
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Anonymous
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Sure, that's possible. I'll add this feature in 0.65 =)
Will be available soon :)

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Anonymous
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But there is a problem actually...XBox360 doesn't show subtitles in MP4 files... =(

jkr801 Member IconComment+0
jkr801
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So I just tried to convert DTS and it says unable to convert this audio track...

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Version 0.55
Screamink (Developer)
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DTS Support will come with 0.6. I'll hopefully be able to finish it until weekend :)

jkr801
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Awesome thanks!

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Anonymous
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DTS Support added ;)

stharries Member IconComment+0
stharries
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My first video is now converting with your tool, I have high hopes for this application, many thanks for writing it!
Any chance of having a batch convert option? :-)

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Version 0.55
Screamink (Developer)
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I'll have a look into a batch conversion (maybe this weekend or next week). Guess it will be like visualhub.

But first, I gotta get DTS to work ;)

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Teslanaut
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Any chance for an MKV4PS3? Or a port of TSMuxer to the OS X Platform? :)

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Version 0.55
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Anonymous
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The videos you get with mkv4xbox should also work on the ps3. Give it a try :)

stephan linke Member IconComment-1
stephan linke
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Sorry for the faulty update (a path in the installer was corrupted). The version that is now online should work fine! Enjoy =)

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Version 0.5
olc
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cool, thanks. i hadnt been able to get anything to output from version 0.12.

what is that new subtitle feature? what does it do? burned-in subs?

stephan linke
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With this option, you're able to add subs as an extra track to the mp4 file. The subs aren't hardcoded, you can enable/disable them in VLC via menu "video" > subtitles > deactivate.
But sadly, the xbox360 won't recognize the subtitles. From what I've read it's an encoding problem of the subs and they need to be converted into a special format. As if this wouldn't be enough, you need to patch the converted subtitles again.

Maybe I'll add support for that in later versions, but only if it's actually possible :)

I'm glad it's working for you now (or isn't it?), I applied some fixes to the handling of paths.

olc
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working? well, more or less. is something wrong with audio encoding. i chose 168kps (weird bitrate but whatever...) and it outputs a huge filesize... like double the size it ought to be...

Screamink (Developer)
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Please provide more information :) Can you load the MKV into MKV4XBox, press the (get mkv info) button and give me a screenshot of it? You can upload it to tinypic or imageshack.

What's the actual size of the MKV itself?

Have you tried to use the original bitrates of the mkv file? You can do this by clicking get mkv info. The values will be set automatically.

olc
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well, i am getting nowhere. no idea what it is doing. working folder has a x264, a ac3 and mp4. the mp4 is called audio.mp4 (same as audio.ac3). it keeps growing till i get an error about the "mv" command. i suppose audio is encoded on the fly and muxed to the video file. seems like it fails while trying to move finished file to its final destination...

Screamink (Developer)
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Is this the case for any MKV file you try to convert?
If not, please provide specific information about the MKV file (make a screenshot from mkv4xbox with loaded infos and upload it)

Please answer the following questions:

1. Filename?
2. Path to File?
3. Target Path?
4. Size of the MKV?
5. You want to split (yes/no)?
6. Do you enter the values by yourself or do you use get mkv info
7. How long does it approximately take until you get to the error?
8. How big is the .ac3 file?
9. How big is the .x264 file?
10. How far does it go? Do you have growl installed? It shows you the current progress (converting, muxxing ... )

Please give me some details, otherwise I can't reproduce the error. I tried the tool with many MKVs under any circumstance (weird filenames and paths and so on) and it always worked out fine.

olc
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sorry nowhere to upload a capture. i'll answer quickly to your questions :

1. renamed file to gd.mkv to avoid any trouble
2. desktop
3. root of my home folder
4. dvd5 with ac3 appr 4.3gb
5. no
6. did both (check with media info)
7. hard to say, more than 30. there was some audio encoding going with ffmeg last time i check, then i supposed it muxed...
8. appr 400mb
9. appr. 3.92bg
10. didnt keep my eyes on it. i think it says about all steps till encoding audio...

provide your email it will be easier for capture and communication. tks!

Screamink (Developer)
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my email adress is stephan.linke[at]screamink.com

I'm sure we can fix this ;)

olc Member IconComment+11
olc
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with a 2GB limit (mp4box's filesize limit under osx), it is unfortunately a very very limited tool

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Version 0.1.2b
stephan linke
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v0.1.2b is not limited to 2GB files anymore since it comes bundled with a fixed:)

olc
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ok, cool. my bad. I didnt see the comments you wrote in the description.

trying the app now. i got an error while running setup so i moved files manually. second error at then end of video extraction, it seems it stalled. difficult to say... x264 file is there though, and complete that is.

Screamink (Developer)
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1. What error do you get while setup?
2. What directory are you using as target folder?
3. What's the path to the source file?

It may be stalled because of the switcheroo of audio and video track inside the mkv. Can you look into the file with MKVToolNix and tell me how the tracks are arranged? Currently MKV4XBox assumes track 1 as video and track 2 as audio.

Please be more specific so I can have a detailed look at the errors :)

olc
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note the following, i am using my mac as a non privileged user. therefore i need to enter password when required... also, iam aon leopard latest version, latest updates...

1. setupd doesnt work. i get "cp: /Volumes/MKV.../Payload no such file or directory. i think it has to do with my non privileged status.

2. error while converting a file is a script error (-1172).
i tried conversion on an external drive. it always fails after video extraction. mkv file is on root folder of external drive.

olc
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error while converting is:

terminal got an error : appleevent timedout. -1712

it seeems to happen before video has finished extracting...

Screamink (Developer)
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1. I think you're right. I'll try to set the application to ~/Library, but thats actually not really smart since every user on a machine will have it's own set of tools.

2. Can you try converting a file on your local harddrive? Set your target folder to your Desktop for example and copy the mkv to your internal harddrive. Maybe the timeout is too low for external drives. Gotta look into this.

But the /Library/Application Support/MKV4XBox does indeed exist, right? Including the directories "Tools" and "Frameworks"

olc
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yes, installed folder manually.

i will try to convert locally to see if there any difference. i can see the x264, it is there, it was extracted (i suppose 100% because file is about expected size).

Screamink (Developer)
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I fixed some path related hickups in the application (folder names with spaces didn't work). The paths are all quoted now, so there should be no path errors anymore.

Tried it yesterday with files who had "´" and "&" in their names. There was no problem converting, even with spaces in the path. Maybe this one will work for you.

Another thing that came to my mind - are the permissions for /Library/Application Support/MKV4XBox set correctly? Maybe MKV4XBox can't read
/Library/Application Support/MKV4XBox/Tools/mkvpatch, which would explain the stalling after extracting. I use 777 for the MKV4XBox folder, maybe you can give it a shot :)

olc
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it now outputs everything in root directory of user... doesnt like external drives i suppose. or maybe names with spaces...

Screamink (Developer)
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mkvextract always outputs to the user-folder, I haven't figure out how to set the output path for that. After the successful extraction the files get moved to the target folder.

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t-muh
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I always used a windows-machine to convert files for my 360. Thanks to you I can now totally dump my pc. Gorgeous!

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Date 15 Mar 2009
Platform OS X / Intel 32
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