Originally Posted by amesdp
I could never get MakeMKV files to work with the Samsung. MakeMKV quickly repackages the DVD mpeg2 video into an mkv container without transcoding. It's fast, but not as compact as transcoding to H.264. Unfortunately the Samsung doesn't seem to like it. Are you saying that you have a version of MakeMKV that does output mkv files that the Samsung plays successfully? What version is it?
Mpeg2 files work natively with the Samsung. DVD VOB files can be played [depending on the age of the video, levels of skip functionality exist] by dropping them into the fileshare directory with no demuxing/muxing [other then combining the 1GB files into a single file].
The same goes for HD mpeg2 files [native .TS] captured from the DVR. These need to be processed by either mpeg2repair [free] + an indexing/demuxing tool and then muxed to mpg or saved to mpg through VideoReDo [$].
The resulting mpg files [1080i or 720p] play beautifully on the Samsung with a decent level of control using the Tools timing method [the more "error free" the file is, the more exact the control].
The only solution that I have found to allow for EXACT time control is remuxing using using MKVMerge 3.4 [Rapunzel] from INDIVIDUAL reprocessed streams. If you simply drop a VOB or mpeg2 file into MKVMerge, it will mux to MKV but the Tools timing will freeze the video and lock it up.
So, in summary:
1) VOB files work natively with partial Tools timing control [sometime rather arbitrary]
2) mpeg2 files work natively with excellent [if clean] support of Tools timing, otherwise partial Tools timing support [generally close]
3) MKV files created from separate MP4 and audio work perfectly with Tools timing [using MKVMerge 3.4]
4) Muxed VOB and mpeg2 files do not support Tools timing [using MKVMerge 3.4]