TABLE OF CONTENTS:


Q: On what devices can i play the converted video files? Only on the PS3?

Q: What limitations does MKV2PS3 have? Are all audio-tracks and sub-tiles converted?

Q: Does MKV2PS3 support subtitles?

Q: What is the difference between MKV2PS3 and MKV2MP4?


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Q: On what devices can i play the converted video files? Only on the PS3?

A:

The converted files are not just compatible with the PS3, you can also play them:
• with QuickTime Player and other video players like VLC and MPlayer
But you can not play them:
• with the default video player iOS-based devices (iPhone/iPad) (no sound)


Q: What limitations does MKV2PS3 have? Are all audio-tracks and sub-tiles converted?

A:

Limitations:
• The converted files will play on the PS3 and with most good video players (that support "AC3" audio in MP4s), but not on all devices (see compatibility question).
• Some videos (which contain too many 'reference frames', have larger than full-HD resolution or contain 10-bit video) will convert fine but not play on the PS3 due to its limitations.
• At this time MKV2PS3 only converts the selected audio track from the MKV to the MP4 file. All additional audio tracks are discarded.
• Some (image-based) subtitle formats are not transcoded (see subtitle question) and even subtitles that are properly converted may not be displayed on some devices that do not support subtitles embedded in MP4 files (like the PS3).


Q: Does MKV2PS3 support subtitles?

A:

Yes, most subtitle formats are supported, and converted into proper native MP4 subtitles, however the Sony PS3 doesn't actually display subtitles in MP4 files at this time. The subtitles display properly in more standards-compliant desktop video players (like VLC and MPlayer).

Note that you currently have to explicitly enable conversion of embedded subtitles from the preferences because this can cause conversion to fail under rare circumstances.

To convert subtitles they must either be embedded in the MKV file or be located in another file in which case they will only be picked up if:
• the subtitle file has the same name (minus extension) (as the MKV) and
• the subtitle file is located in the very same folder (as the MKV) and
• the subtitle file is dropped onto MKV2PS3 (together with the MKV file)


Supported subtitle formats:
• SubRip (.srt)
• SubViewer (.sub)
• MicroDVD (.sub)
• SubStation Alpha (.ssa / .ass)
• SAMI (.smi)

Other subtitle formats and most notably image-based subtitles like VobSub (.sub + .idx) are NOT supported.
If you absolutely need to import these subtitles in the MP4 we recommend opening the resulting MP4 with Subler and adding the subtitles from the MKV to the MP4 manually. Subler can import image-based subtitles with an optical character recognition (OCR) engine, which of course is error-prone and only works for english subtitles by default, but it might just work well enough for your movie.


Q: What is the difference between MKV2PS3 and MKV2MP4?

A:

Basically the difference is that MKV2PS3 can only generate files that contain "AC3" audio tracks. These files are playable fine on the PS3 and on most other devices and players but only play without sound on some devices (iOS). The benefit of this is easy usage and a very fast and high-quality conversion (most MKVs already have the AC3 audio track, so no conversion is necessary). MKV2MP4 can be configured to produce files with perfect compatibility (which is slower) or to work just like MKV2PS3. It also allows full customization over the audio track conversion.

If you need files with perfect (standards) compatibility, choose MKV2MP4.
If you want fast conversion for a device which supports "AC3 in MP4" (like the PS3), choose MKV2PS3.
If you are unsure whether your target device supports "AC3 in MP4", just download the free demo of MKV2PS3 or just settle for MKV2MP4 which can do everything that MKV2PS3 can, and then some.