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Converting mkv to avi anyone?

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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
looking for a way to convert .mkv files to .avi files.

have downloaded a good few HD mkv files, can't figure out how to convert these into something that will play in HD on my xbox 360.

have tried tversity, but serious network issues with that and forums i've tried are very undecided too.

any ideas?
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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
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#1
Whatever you try, converting such a large file without losing quality is going to take a looong time!
Might be better off finding an avi version of that movie and downloading that.
#2
Magic_monkey
Whatever you try, converting such a large file without losing quality is going to take a looong time!
Might be better off finding an avi version of that movie and downloading that.


totally agree, finding 1080p .avi files is the difficult part though!
#3
should take 2 hours to convert dvd iso to a mkv file if that helps....mkv is going to be the mian container for movies going forward as the compression is sooo much better that you get all the quality of the dvd in a file the size of a cd...its the way forward

my speed is using a core 2 duo quad core Dell XPS machne...so that might help me out
#4
Yea but we're talking 1080p movies, something lie 20gb a mkv file. I'm pretty sure, it's going to take a fair while, regardless of computer spec.
#5
Magic_monkey
Yea but we're talking 1080p movies, something lie 20gb a mkv file. I'm pretty sure, it's going to take a fair while, regardless of computer spec.


well yeah, exactly. most of the files are in that range 18-25 gigs. thing is, that's what people are uploading as torrents. surely there is a way to play these on 360?
#6
I've done this before a while back with some anime movies i had not sure if it'll work with HD stuff. Can't remember everything i did. It had a few steps including spliting audio, video and subs using the official Matroska Splitter, then putting back together again etc etc

I think super might do it without all that messing around: http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html#Down The site is awkward to download the thing in the first place though.
#7
to be honest with you guys, IM talking about coverting my own DVD's not downloading content, as Im pretty sure we are not supposed to be talking about piracy on these forums. Truth is there would be no point in downloading a 25gb file, it would effectively be cheaper to buy the Blueray disc and convert it yourself.....
banned#8
matroska is a nightmare container file but I think convertxtodvd can convert to an avi file.
#9
mkf is not strictly a unique video format it is a container file-type for amalgamating streams and u might just find inside that container is a avi or .ts stream, try simply renaming the extension to one of those and try thru your xbox, it all depends on what the original encoding was but reallly there might be no conversion req'd
#10
jouster
to be honest with you guys, IM talking about coverting my own DVD's not downloading content, as Im pretty sure we are not supposed to be talking about piracy on these forums. Truth is there would be no point in downloading a 25gb file, it would effectively be cheaper to buy the Blueray disc and convert it yourself.....


there are HD mkv files in the public domain and therefore perfectly legit.
these are the ones i'm referring to :whistling:
banned#11
jouster;1963173
to be honest with you guys, IM talking about coverting my own DVD's not downloading content, as Im pretty sure we are not supposed to be talking about piracy on these forums. Truth is there would be no point in downloading a 25gb file, it would effectively be cheaper to buy the Blueray disc and convert it yourself.....


Why would it be cheaper than free?
#12
guv
Why would it be cheaper than free?


I think hes talking bout the price of media
for backups etc
#13
I have some downloaded TV programs in 720P x264 format (mkv files) that I also wanted to play on the Xbox.
Changing the file extension to avi didn't work on these, as they are not divx files within the container.

Anyway, found this site with full instructions on how to change the conatiner type to mp4 which will play on the xbox.

Just gone through and it works:thumbsup: now plays on my xbox, and picture quality pretty impressive :)

It only changes the container details, so i assume won't affect the picture qulaity from the original file.

The instructions look quite long, and did take a while the first time as you need to download several programs (all links are provided), but would imagine a lot quicker and easier the 2nd time.

Total conversion took about 30 to 40 mins for a 50 min program, original file size 1.2GB
30 mins of that was converting the H264 level from 5.1 back to 4.1, which doesn't always need doing, so could be quite a quick process if that part is not required.

Anyway, first attemt very successful, so will be giving it another go on some other files.

Site is here: http://www.afterdawn.com/guides/archive/how_to_play_mkv_content_on_xbox_360.cfm

Good luck :thumbsup:

Oh, just 1 thing, did have a problem getting the MEgui part to work, if it fails with you post back and i'll say what I did.

Edit/ i'll put it in now a it seems a common problem:
If when you click to start the process it immediately says 'error' under status, try the following...
Basically the auto updater needs running, but that seems to fail on some files. Run that anyway which it should ask when you load the program up, if not select it from options/update
Click on Update
After update completes, if there are still files showing updates available, highlight all of them (use shift key) then right click and select force-reinstall
then click update

There maybe other ways to fix the issue, but this worked for me as found on another forum.
banned#14
There are some video format converters available to convert hd mkv to avi. But I doubt Xbox360 can play hd files.
#15
Richierea try this method it's far simpler and quicker (it's even in the link you provided! lol)

http://www.afterdawn.com/guides/archive/convert_mkv_to_mp4_for_xbox_360.cfm

If you're not really that bothered with converting you could always give ps3 media server a whirl, it works well with the 360 now.
#16
leefal
Richierea try this method it's far simpler and quicker (it's even in the link you provided! lol)

http://www.afterdawn.com/guides/archive/convert_mkv_to_mp4_for_xbox_360.cfm

If you're not really that bothered with converting you could always give ps3 media server a whirl, it works well with the 360 now.



Thanks for pointing that out, but my post was over a year ago!

For about the last year I have been using Xenon MKV, which you simply select your MKV file and click start, doesn't get much simpler, although the GOTsent app may be similar.

Every mkv file I have tried with Xenon mkv has worked without a problem, and it does batch files too, just select the folder with your mkv's and it converts them all, great program :thumbsup:
#17
Jeesis, I really didn't check the date! hahaha.
#18
are you converting to play on xbox 360?

I use this: http://xenonmkv.ev98.net/

Converts the mkv to a 360 friendly mp4. Works like a charm for me.
#19
what can i get on my laptop tht will play AVI???
#20
micoo
what can i get on my laptop tht will play AVI???


GOM Player good for EVERYTHING.
#21
vlc will play nearly anything. its on win, mac and linux
#22
I second VLC.
banned#23
GOM

much better than VLC
#24
csiman
GOM

much better than VLC


Unless you're on a mac :thumbsup:

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