I thought I would share my success with this new version of Shark007 and playing MKV H.264 1080/24p source material on the echo through media browser.
I found the following issues with my encoded files and the echo:
1. The echo does not like DTS HD master or TrueHD audio, only AC3 audio.
2. It will only play sources with a max of 2 reframes.
3. 10 bit encoded video will not play.
My system is running Windows 7x64, I use ripbot264 to encode video. I use media browser to view my movie library. When viewing straight from my HTPC, media browser is set up to use MPC-HC and DTS/TrueHD pass through to my receiver. [This also uses madvr as the direct show video renderer to properly change to 24p refresh rate on my tv.]
See below for the steps that I took to retain the chapters and audio quality while still being compatible with the echo. Video quality difference is negligible.
1. Make sure UAC is on default and any codec or filters are uninstalled, then install the latest advanced shark pack.
2. Open the 007 x64 setting and enable echo compatibility in the MKV tab.
3. Encode the video using the following video options [High 4.1] and any other options you want, I chose the [Slow] preset, then add "--ref 1" at the end of the arguments.
4. For audio choose 5.1 AC3 640kbps.
5. Run RipBot to encode the mkv file.
6. Open the resulting MKV file with mkvmerge GUI
7. Add the DTS or TrueHD track to the mkvmerge, make sure default is no for both AC3 and DTS tracks.
The file now should play with AC3 audio on the echo, and DTS or TrueHD on your HTPC. [You may need to configure your 32 bit splitter to prefer the DTS track]
Rip-bots distributed encoding and batch functionality should make this not too painful to do...
Hope this helps someone, and thanks to Shark for the magic codec pack...