I decided I would test the method I posted in #8.
I had to boot into my Vista OS because MakeMKV still isn't working in my W7 OS.
- I used MakeMKV to rip, decrypt, & convert a commercial DVD to a .MKV file .
I used Edge of Tomorrow . No particular reason other than I have it.
The ripped .mkv is 5.37GB . (Not as large as DjDan posted of the movies he ripped over at videohelp)
Still more than a single layer DVD will hold without compressing.
I set MakeMKV to rip 2 audio tracks & the subtitles for them.
Here is the interesting thing this rip also had the VFR mpeg2 from the DVD source .
This is copy & pasted from AVStoDVD. (So I didn't need to post a screen shot)
"Title 1 (H:\MakeMKV\Video itleOO.mkv)
MPEG-2 Video - 5873 kbps - 720x480 - DAP, 16:9 - 29.97 fps (VFR) - Progressive (TFF) - 1:53:29 hours - 204071 frames" .
This is the relevent part from MediaInfo:
Format : MPEG Video
Format version : Version 2
Frame rate mode : Variable
Original frame rate : 23.976 fps (Note the changed frame rate during the conversion . The NTSC .VOB is Frame rate :29.970fps & not Variable.)
I looks like MakeMKV is changing this to Variable .
It played fine with all Audio tracks & subtitles in VLC.
The .MKV file caused me no problem with AVStoDVD.
2.A. I used AVStoDVD to convert the .mkv to a DVD5 folder on my hard drive .
I made the appropriate settings .
This created a DVD5 size of 4.31GB .
It has two audio tracks & the subtitles.
Tested fine with VLC.
The two flaws I had is for some reason it plays the Spanish track first when I play it in my main standalone DVD player.
I'm sure I could correct this with AVStoDVD but not that big of a problem.
The other is for some reason the subtitle letters have a blue border around each letter.
Still readable & I don't know of a setting to correct that.
I wrote this to a SL DVD RW with ImgBurn Build mode.
It played fine in my standalone with the two flaws above.
2.B. I hadn't used HandBrake for a while & was a bit rusty but after a few tries I had what I wanted.
I used the .MKV created by MakeMKV in HandBrake.
I made the settings so it would have two audio tracks & two subtitle sets. ( There was one other subtitle track & I set it to forced since it seemed what it should be).
This created a backup like DjDan was attempting .
Smaller size . The MakeMKV .MKV is 5.37GB the Handbrake .MKV from it is 1.33GB .
It has two Audio tracks & the subtitles.
It plays fine with VLC. It's subtitles have all white letters.
The quality is some less than the MakeMKV .MKV but with the size compression this is no surprise.
It still looks good on VLC player.
As with the MakeMKV conversion there was also VFR with HandBrake. Except it was AVC instead of MPEG 2.
"Title 1 (H:\Handbrake\EDGE_OF_TOMORROW-MKV)
AVC - 879 kbps - 720x360 - DAR 2.369 - 25 fps (VFR) - Progressive - 1:53:29 hours - 170230 frames
Format : AVC
Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile : Main@L4
Frame rate mode : Variable
I then used AVStoDVD to convert the Handbrake .MKV to DVD5 with the same process I used for the MakeMKV .MKV .
It also had the same two flaws .
I wrote it the same way with ImgBurn to a SL DVD RW .
It played fine in my standalone DVD player .
The quality is a little less but still looks good on a 46" TV .
So for me the instructions I posted work .