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Windows 7: Handbrake, AC3 Passthru vs. AC3 (ffmpeg) 6 channel discrete.

26 Oct 2011   #1
jonny4

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
Handbrake, AC3 Passthru vs. AC3 (ffmpeg) 6 channel discrete.

Handbrake, AC3 Passthru vs. AC3 (ffmpeg) 6 channel discrete. Which is better for say Streaming to a PS3, Windows 7 pc's and a Blu ray player? I am using Handbrake and I am using a mp4 file, I would love to use mkv and dts but alas the ps3 doesn't recognize it.


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26 Oct 2011   #2
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

DTS can be problematic in all kinds of players and devices. It's just not getting the kind of support it should have.
Passthru is the highest compatibility if that is your question though.
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26 Oct 2011   #3
jonny4

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

weird, I am reading some people having issues playing passthru back in WMC7, ill test out before i decide. the only problem is my 7,1 receivers isn't setup right now because of home renovations.
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26 Oct 2011   #4
Maguscreed

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...really I had no such problems myself, but unlike you I have since switched to mkv.
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26 Oct 2011   #5
jonny4

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Yeah, sucks the ps3 won't play them.
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26 Oct 2011   #6
Maguscreed

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I kind of cheat I built a second computer from parts and a few purchased parts and turned it into my media machine, just hdmi the computer straight into the lcd tv
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26 Oct 2011   #7
jonny4

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

That is what I did but it is for the living room, I am streaming from it to a ps3 and 2 windows 7 pc's.
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26 Oct 2011   #8
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Aften AC3 is the better option over ffmpeg if recoding the original audio to AC3, ProLogic2, or lower bitrate 5.1 (I/E 448 5.1)
Using the original audio stream would be the best, unless you want to save some space.



MKV is also the better container, for sure.
Although AC3 will work in MP4, it isnt officially supported. MKV will be less problematic.

Another option may be to try TS or MT2S container, if its more compatable with the PS3.
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26 Oct 2011   #9
jonny4

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

well i did mp4 with ac3 passthru and it works.
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26 Oct 2011   #10
jonny4

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

well i guess windows media center doesn't support .mp4, lol, can't get it to play. Found it out it is on purpose, Microsoft doesn't allow you to play it so i will go back to my first formats without passthrough.
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