Converting MKV Files to AVI

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Posted on May 11, 2008 9:28 AM in Computers
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I ran into this over at the EZTV forum and wanted to preserve it here, in case it comes in handy in the future:

Convert 1100MB .mkv files to 700MB .avi files - courtesy of tvdavid:

If you install MediaCoder from http://mediacoder.sourceforge.net/, you can easily convert the 1100MB MKV files to 700MB AVI files.

Setup suggestions:

On the video tab, set format=XviD, container=AVI, Mode=Bitrate-based, bitrate=2100Kbps. On the audio tab, set Encoder="LAME MP3". On the LAME settings, pick CBR/Stereo/128Kbps.

Or, if you want to keep the AC3 audio (see "Copy Audio" checkbox), try video bitrate=1800Kbps.

Then just load the MKV file, and hit start.

This sounds like a good way to save space with HD videos, assuming the quality isn't lost in the process (something I have not yet verified).

Comments

Chu Yeow on May 12, 2008 at 7:43 AM:

If you happen to be converting MKVs with subs in them, let me know if you manage to convert those into AVI hard subs (Twitter me ;)). Thanks!

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umberto21 on May 12, 2008 at 6:39 PM:

I have used ConvertHQ Premium with success. I solved the issue of subtitles with VOBsub filter,
but I am sure there are plenty of other solutions around..

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Chris on April 29, 2009 at 10:41 AM:

Is there a setting to get the finished avi file size down. I followed your setup and it took a 400 MB mkv file and after the conversion I now have a 1.2 GB avi file ??????

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