H264 MKV does not play video?



Hi, I am a DVDFab newbie.
I am using Platinum with the mobile option on Vista Ultimate x64 SP1.

I was trying to backup one of my favorite DVD’s, Grosse Pointe Blank, to H264 with AC3 in an MKV file.

I used the generic.mkv.h264.audiocopy profile.
The DVD is letterbox, and DVDFab automatically set the cropping options.
I enabled two pass encoding.

The resulting MKV file is about 950MB.
I use K-Lite Codec Pack, and I know that H264/AC3 MKV playback works.
When I play the file in Media Player 11 there is no video.
When I play the file in Media Player Classic there is no video.
When I open the file in GSpot the file type and container is unkown, and the renderer path only shows audio information.

Here is the MediaInfo data:
Complete name : C:\Users\XXX\Documents\DVDFab\generic\GROSSPT\GROSSPT.Title1.Angle1.DVDRip.mkv
Format : Matroska
File size : 950 MiB
Duration : 1h 50mn
Overal bit rate : 1200 Kbps
Movie name : GROSSPT.Title1.Angle1.DVDRip
Writing application : Lavf51.19.0
Writing library : Lavf51.19.0

Format : AVC
Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile : 0@L0.0
Format settings, CABAC : No
Format settings, ReFrames : frame0
Width : 16 pixels
Height : 32 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 0.500
Colorimetry : 4:2:0
Scan type : Progressive

Format : AC-3
Format/Info : Audio Coding 3
Codec ID : A_AC3
Duration : 1h 50mn
Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 384 Kbps
Channel(s) : 6 channels
Channel positions : Front: L C R, Rear: L R, LFE
Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
Resolution : 16 bits

Can anybody suggest how to get the video playing correctly?



Since the default profile selected by DVDFab was AVI, I tried again this time making no settings changes to anything.

As soon as I start the process, I get a message saying that the task was cancelled:
20:34:05: Task 1 has been cancelled.
20:34:06: Process completed successfully!

I’m not having much luck here :frowning:



The problem is the invalid video format profile that DVDFab puts on MKV files. I have been able to make a playable file using tsMuxer to change the level. Then you could use mkvmerge to create a new mkv file if desired. I’m not sure it is worth the trouble. This bug has been part of DVDFab for quite some time now.

As for the cancelled task, you might try restarting DVDFab. Instead of cancelling, DVDFab creates a zero size VOB file for me. After restarting, it it is able to do the task correctly, but it is very annoying to have to repeat the analysis steps.


I also use tsmuxer and have made playable files by changing the level, however I use DVDFab Plat to rip only and XviD4PSP to convert to .mp4 or in your case if you prefer .mkv