This guide describes how to convert MKV video files with H.264 video stream to VC-1 format. As input files could be ANY media format, not only in MKV container, these files could be in AVI, MP4 containers also.
For our conversion these free tools will be needed to download and install:
After downloading and installing please reboot your Operating System (OS) to take effect. After rebooting Windows Media Player 11 Codecs will be set by system to use them in our conversion.
Our test file to convert will be:
1. Launch MediaInfo and Select from "File" menu - "Open" - "File"
2. Select your media file from hard drive and Open It
From this window we must to select for our purpose these values:
Video Bitrate: 13.2 Mbps (Mega bits per second = 13200000 bits per second)
Frame rate: 50 fps
Scan Type: Progressive
Audio Sampling Rate: 48.0 KHz
Audio channels: 6 channels
Audio Format: AC-3
To view full media info please select from "View" menu - "Text"
3. Then adjust AC3 Filter to mix to the OS drivers uncompressed audio stream with the SIMILIAR!!! channels count. If there is no AC3 Filter installed in your OS, please install it - it is easier to install
K-Lite Codec Pack, which contains all latest codecs, filters and media splitters. During K-Lite Codec Pack installation,
select "Full of Stuff" profile.
To adjust AC3 Filter - go to "Start" - "Programs" - "K-Lite Codec Pack" - "Configuration" - "AC3 Filter" and then select for our test MKV file, for 6 channels audio stream, "3/2+SW 5.1 channels", as shown on a next screenshot, then press "OK".
For stereo input audio streams, you can select "2/0 - stereo".
If you do not use AC3 Filter to decode AC3, DTS audio streams during playback and use "ffdshow audio decoder", please check "Mixer" tab and select "3/2/1 - 6 channels", then press "OK".
4. AVISynth script editing. Open "Notepad", Save "Untitled.txt" as "AVS_Open.avs" (with avs file extension!!!), then copy this single string to our new AVS file:
In quotes there is a full path to our MKV test file, DirectShowSource is the AVISynth function to use Direct Show filters. "AVS_Open.avs" is not strict filename, you can use your own, it is just for example.
5. Launch "WMNicEnc.exe" from your hard drive, initial window will appear.
Now, we must open our AVS file in WMNicEnc - press the right button from blank "Input AVS File:" field, select our "AVS_Open.avs" file.
For our test file, use these settings as shown on the next screenshot:
Audio codec: Windows Media Audio 10 Professional
Audio stream parameters: 440 kbps, 48 kHz, 5.1 channels 16 bit CBR
For our conversion we selected maximim available bitrate (440 kbps) from the options list and the 16 bit audio encoding for the maximum software/hardware playback compatibility.
If you do not need audio stream re-encoding, please uncheck "Use Audio"
Video Codec Profile: Windows Media 9 Advanced Profile
Bitrate: 9000000 (in bits per second)
Quality: 100 (in percents - maximum)
FPS: 50 (as we detected with MediaInfo at 2 guide step)
Secs/KF: 5 (leave by default)
Resolution: Check "Use input Size"
You can use any video bitrate as you like, for example 13200000 bits as in the source H.264 stream, etc.
If you use as the source file m2ts file from AVCHD camcorder, it could be with 1440x1080 resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio flag, so you must to uncheck "Use input Size" and manually type
"X:" 1920 "Y:" 1080
You could adjust VBR video encoding, checking "VBR Options" - VBR mode could decrease your output file size.
Check "Use MultiPass Encoding" to increase the output quality with VBR encoding mode.
Now, our file is ready to be converted. Press "Encode" to start.
Encoding time depends on your PC's processor.
Remux from WMV to MKV
Now, if you do not want to use WMV (ASF) container, you can remux your resulting WMV file to MKV container.
In this part we will use the original AC3 audio stream, which we demux from "FinalClip.720p.H264.mkv" source file using
tsMuxeR. Open "FinalClip.720p.H264.mkv" in tsMuxeR and
1) Uncheck H.264 video stream
2) Check "Demux"
3) Press "Start Demuxing" button
After demuxing tsMuxeR creates audio source file named "FinalClip.track_2.ac3", which we will use later.
Now, we need extract elementary VC-1 stream from resulting "AVS_Open.wmv". Please download
ASF2VC1 command line tool. Unpack this tool to your working directory and use this
extract_VC-1.bat file to launch extraction (demux). Your "ASF2VC1.exe" and "AVS_Open.wmv" must be placed in the same folder!
Double click the "extract_VC-1.bat" to get "AVS_Open.vc1" elementary stream, then press any button in a command window to close it.
Now, we have 2 stream files:
"AVS_Open.vc1" elementary video stream and "FinalClip.track_2.ac3" audio stream. Firstly, mux "AVS_Open.vc1" to MKV using
eac3to command line tool. Use simple
eac3to_VC-1_mux_to_MKV.bat file, which look like:
"c:\D\vc-1\eac3to\eac3to" - folder with all files extracted from eac3to ZIP archive
"c:\D\vc-1\AVS_Open.vc1" - full path to elementary VC-1 video stream
"c:\D\vc-1\AVS_Open_Video.mkv" - full path to the MKV resulting file (with video stream only!)
And now, install
MKVtoolnix and run "mkvmerge GUI".
1) Add our "AVS_Open_Video.mkv" file using "add" button
2) Change "Output filename" to "FinalClip.Result.mkv" using "Browse" button
The resulting file "FinalClip.Result.mkv" after muxing finishing will contains 2 streams.
During testing of the settings author did not yet found settings to convert interlaced source files as VC-1 interlaced, which must be used for encoding AVCHD files from camcorders that shot video as interlaced material. if the decision will be found, author will update this guide.
For those users, who want to change output mode to interlaced manually - please press "Advanced Options" button and select in the "Video Type" listbox "Auto" mode, then press OK. This operation will change registry settings for "Advanced Profile" how to encode frames: "as either interlaced frames or interlaced fields". Added: decision was found using
WMCmd.vbs WME9 script.
It allows to the user to convert interlaced material with ALL advanced settings working with command-line interface, *.bat files, etc.