View Full Version : I ripped my tv shows to MKV and they don't play.

04-30-2012, 11:31 PM
I decided to rip my tv show dvds and have available on a DLNA server and then I bought the BDP 5200/12 and thought I would be able to play all my ripped files. I chose to rip it in MKV so I could have subtitle and multiple audio tracks. It plays for half a second and then stops.

here is some kind of a transcript from mediainfo

Unique ID : 222156039453699648001167061360030526640 (0xA721B26623E1DBC3BD863A400BB42CB0)
Complete name : F:\TV Shows\Harvey Birdman Attorney At Law\Season 1\S01E01 - Bannon Custody Case.mkv
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 2
File size : 170 MiB
Duration : 11mn 57s
Overall bit rate : 1 992 Kbps
Movie name : Bannon Custody Case
Encoded date : UTC 2012-04-27 04:36:58
Writing application : mkvmerge v5.5.0 ('Healer') built on Apr 6 2012 21:43:24
Writing library : libebml v1.2.3 + libmatroska v1.3.0

ID : 1
Format : AVC
Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile : Main@L3.0
Format settings, CABAC : Yes
Format settings, ReFrames : 4 frames
Muxing mode : Header stripping
Duration : 11mn 57s
Bit rate : 1 800 Kbps
Width : 710 pixels
Height : 480 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 4:3
Frame rate mode : Variable / Variable
Frame rate : 26.865 fps
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
Bit depth : 8 bits
Scan type : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.197
Stream size : 151 MiB (88%)
Title : Bannon Custody Case
Writing library : x264 core 120
Encoding settings : cabac=1 / ref=1 / deblock=1:0:0 / analyse=0x1:0x111 / me=hex / subme=2 / psy=1 / psy_rd=1.00:0.00 / mixed_ref=0 / me_range=16 / chroma_me=1 / trellis=0 / 8x8dct=0 / cqm=0 / deadzone=21,11 / fast_pskip=1 / chroma_qp_offset=0 / threads=6 / sliced_threads=0 / nr=0 / decimate=1 / interlaced=0 / bluray_compat=0 / constrained_intra=0 / bframes=3 / b_pyramid=2 / b_adapt=1 / b_bias=0 / direct=1 / weightb=1 / open_gop=0 / weightp=1 / keyint=300 / keyint_min=30 / scenecut=40 / intra_refresh=0 / rc_lookahead=10 / rc=2pass / mbtree=1 / bitrate=1800 / ratetol=1.0 / qcomp=0.60 / qpmin=3 / qpmax=69 / qpstep=4 / cplxblur=20.0 / qblur=0.5 / ip_ratio=1.40 / aq=1:1.00
Language : English
Default : Yes
Forced : No
Color primaries : BT.601-6 525, BT.1358 525, BT.1700 NTSC, SMPTE 170M
Transfer characteristics : BT.709-5, BT.1361
Matrix coefficients : BT.601-6 525, BT.1358 525, BT.1700 NTSC, SMPTE 170M

ID : 2
Format : AC-3
Format/Info : Audio Coding 3
Mode extension : CM (complete main)
Format settings, Endianness : Big
Muxing mode : Header stripping
Codec ID : A_AC3
Duration : 11mn 57s
Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 192 Kbps
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Channel positions : Front: L R
Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
Bit depth : 16 bits
Compression mode : Lossy
Stream size : 16.4 MiB (10%)
Title : Dolby Digital 2.0
Language : English
Default : Yes
Forced : No

ID : 3
Format : UTF-8
Codec ID : S_TEXT/UTF8
Codec ID/Info : UTF-8 Plain Text
Title : English
Language : English
Default : No
Forced : No

is there something that I missed? Is there some obvious reason the blu-ray player doesn't play these files?

Dearest regards

Hallur Orn

05-01-2012, 07:57 AM

is your player updated to the latest firmware (see support webpage). Does the MKV work, if you play it via USB connected HDD?


05-01-2012, 09:52 AM
I just updated to the latest firmware, no change in playability. It does not play from USB or DLNA. None of the shows / movies I ripped recently (using Handbrake) to MKV work.

I just thought MKV is the most decent container, since it can house much more than AVI and M4V, this way I can just keep storing my DVD's in boxes and just have the ripped version on the DLNA server.

Is there maybe something simple I can fix with MKVmerge? hopefully I don't have to re-rip all this stuff.


Hallur Orn

05-01-2012, 09:54 AM

I don't know - but the framerate is VERY strange... Maybe, the BDP cannot cope with variable framerates. Try a file with fixed framerate.


05-01-2012, 10:00 AM
I do have another file that is 25 frames that doesn't work either. Maybe the framerate is funky because I used detelecine on it when ripping, it seemed to help get rid of some of those overly interlaced frames.

05-01-2012, 10:27 AM
You sir are a genius! Thank you! I DO have to re-rip all my Harvey Birdman collection, but at least I know what the problem is...I never thought to look at the framerate setting in Handbrake. I set it to constant and re-ripped one episode, works like a charm now.

05-01-2012, 02:02 PM

I always do my best :-)


05-07-2012, 07:50 PM
Noticed this myself too.
If framerate is variable BDP5200 wont play it
Either mp4 or mkv.
Too bad since i have ripped pretty much hundreds of video files with that setting.

There is no real reason (hardware/software) why variable framerate could not be played.
Just a piece of code in firmware which the player interprets "not supported format"

I concider this as a bug and hoping it will be corrected.

05-08-2012, 06:05 AM
Not sure, this is pretty standard, no?
Read through Samsung's spec table- they have almost the same requirement for frame rate.