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[personal profile] starlady
If any vidders out there have any advice for the following situation, you would have my undying gratitude.

So I have a Blu-Ray MKV file of a movie with an English subtitles track, and mpeg streamclip being the wonderful application that it is, there's no way to disable the subtitles prior to clipping that I'm aware of--please correct me if I'm wrong. (I'm running Mac OS 10.8 with the new beta version of mpeg streamclip that can handle mkvs, although not well.) I downloaded mkvtools and tried to extract the video track only, which seemed like it would work…except that mkvtools only extracts/converts to h264 streams, which are completely useless for any human purpose as far as I can tell.

Is there a way to make mkvtools actually convert to a different file format? Is there something I can download to convert the h264 file to something (anything) that mpeg streamclip can handle? Is there a way to disable the subtitles on mpeg streamclip? (Note: they're not hard-coded in, as I can disable them when I play the file in VLC.) Is there a Santa Claus?

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Date: 2013-11-20 21:21 (UTC)
eruthros: Janet van Dyne looking determined and making a fist (A:EMH: Janet looking determined)
From: [personal profile] eruthros
Mpeg Streamclip can be such a pain, ugh. Out of curiosity, what happens if you try demuxing from the mkv in mpeg streamclip? In theory demuxing should separate the streams, but I've never tried it in mpeg streamclip, only in windows-only software.

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Date: 2013-11-20 23:49 (UTC)
laurashapiro: a woman sits at a kitchen table reading a book, cup of tea in hand. Table has a sliced apple and teapot. A cat looks on. (Default)
From: [personal profile] laurashapiro
I was just going to suggest demuxing, actually. There are a number of different options in MPEG Streamclip for separating out the streams, and I've never had trouble removing subtitles -- but I've never worked with an MKV, either.

If that doesn't work, my recommendation would be to acquire the source in a different format (DVD rip, etc.).

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Date: 2013-11-21 14:22 (UTC)
laurashapiro: a woman sits at a kitchen table reading a book, cup of tea in hand. Table has a sliced apple and teapot. A cat looks on. (Default)
From: [personal profile] laurashapiro
Really sorry this has been so much trouble! I have never gotten Handbrake to yield anything I'd be happy vidding with, FWIW.