MKV4XBox
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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
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 can't convert DTS to AAC with ffmpeg)
  • changed application-support directory
  • better installer
  • better dmg (with fancy background!)
Version 0.5:
  • support for subtitle files
  • volume boost
  • automatically determine right settings for mkv file
  • split mkv
  • volume bar (default is 256)
  • better error handling
  • original file name is kept
Version 0.1.2.1beta:
  • fixed path output - should now work with any bogus path you throw at it ;)
  • fixed growl message generating
Version 0.1.2beta:
  • fixed >2gb mux bug
  • icon added
Version 0.1.1:
  • fixed growl bug
  • about .. now complete
Version 0.1:
  • initial release
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 more...
Requirements
Tested on Mac OS X 10.5, Intel.



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edgauthier commented on 31 Jul 2009
Sent script I'm using. I hope it helps.
[Version 0.6]

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Wok replied on 13 Jan 2010
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!
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Edgauthier replied on 30 Jan 2010
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
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edgauthier commented on 25 Apr 2009
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.
[Version 0.6]

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Screamink (developer) replied on 28 Apr 2009
I could give you the actual commands executed by the program during the conversion. Guess that's all you need?
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edgauthier replied on 28 Apr 2009
That would be helpful.
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Screamink (developer) replied on 28 Apr 2009
So give me your mail adress, so I can send it to you :)
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edgauthier replied on 28 Apr 2009
macupdate@egauthier.net
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edgauthier replied on 28 Apr 2009
Thanks in advance :)
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znelson replied on 31 Jul 2009
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
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mofle replied on 04 Sep 2009
Can you send it to me too?
mofle89@gmail.com
Thanks :)
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cvk_b commented on 19 Apr 2009
PowerPC version?
[Version 0.6]

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Screamink (developer) replied on 20 Apr 2009
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
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stharries commented on 06 Mar 2009
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? :-)
[Version 0.55]

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Screamink (developer) replied on 07 Mar 2009
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 commented on 28 Feb 2009
Any chance for an MKV4PS3? Or a port of TSMuxer to the OS X Platform? :)
[Version 0.55]

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Anonymous commented on 01 Mar 2009
The videos you get with mkv4xbox should also work on the ps3. Give it a try :)
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olc commented on 18 Feb 2009
with a 2GB limit (mp4box's filesize limit under osx), it is unfortunately a very very limited tool
[Version 0.1.2b]

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stephan linke replied on 18 Feb 2009
v0.1.2b is not limited to 2GB files anymore since it comes bundled with a fixed:)
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olc replied on 18 Feb 2009
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.
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Screamink (developer) replied on 18 Feb 2009
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 :)
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olc commented on 18 Feb 2009
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.
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olc commented on 18 Feb 2009
error while converting is:

terminal got an error : appleevent timedout. -1712

it seeems to happen before video has finished extracting...
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Screamink (developer) replied on 18 Feb 2009
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"
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olc commented on 18 Feb 2009
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).
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Screamink (developer) replied on 19 Feb 2009
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 "ยด" 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 :)
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olc commented on 19 Feb 2009
it now outputs everything in root directory of user... doesnt like external drives i suppose. or maybe names with spaces...
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Screamink (developer) replied on 19 Feb 2009
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 commented on 17 Feb 2009
I always used a windows-machine to convert files for my 360. Thanks to you I can now totally dump my pc. Gorgeous!
[Version 0.1.2]


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dimfil commented on 16 Feb 2009
Great news, indeed!
Thanks for your effort. Looking forward to subtitle support.
[Version 0.1.1]


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olc commented on 16 Feb 2009
This is great news. I have looking for such an application for a long time. So far, only Xenonmkv (M$) has been doing the job.

Just a quick question : doesnt mp4box have a 2GB limit under osx?

Looking forward to review MKV4XBOX very soon.
[Version 0.1]

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Screamink (developer) replied on 16 Feb 2009
As I just stumbled upon this very annoying bug, I can confirm the 2gb error. It just hangs, even with the newest 0.4.6-DEV (if it is the newest).

Gotta find an alternative to mp4box (or a version that's working ;) ) *sigh*
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Screamink (developer) replied on 17 Feb 2009
2gb bug now fixed! :)
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taki had trouble on 15 Mar 2009
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.
[Version 0.6]

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Anonymous commented on 15 Mar 2009
Sure, that's possible. I'll add this feature in 0.65 =)
Will be available soon :)
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Anonymous commented on 15 Mar 2009
But there is a problem actually...XBox360 doesn't show subtitles in MP4 files... =(
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jkr801 had trouble on 11 Mar 2009
So I just tried to convert DTS and it says unable to convert this audio track...
[Version 0.55]

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Screamink (developer) replied on 12 Mar 2009
DTS Support will come with 0.6. I'll hopefully be able to finish it until weekend :)
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jkr801 replied on 12 Mar 2009
Awesome thanks!
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Anonymous commented on 15 Mar 2009
DTS Support added ;)
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stephan linke had trouble on 22 Feb 2009
Sorry for the faulty update (a path in the installer was corrupted). The version that is now online should work fine! Enjoy =)
[Version 0.5]

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olc replied on 23 Feb 2009
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?
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stephan linke commented on 23 Feb 2009
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.
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olc commented on 23 Feb 2009
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...
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Screamink (developer) replied on 23 Feb 2009
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.
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olc commented on 23 Feb 2009
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...
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Screamink (developer) replied on 23 Feb 2009
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.
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olc commented on 23 Feb 2009
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!
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Screamink (developer) replied on 23 Feb 2009
my email adress is stephan.linke[at]screamink.com

I'm sure we can fix this ;)
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Type:Multimedia Design : Video
License:Free
Date:15 Mar 2009
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
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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


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