First off let me say that...
1) I have googled...
2) I have searched this forum...
3) This forum does not appear to have a official PS3 thread, seeing as how popular the PS3 is, it probably should...
Now that I have most of the disclaimers out of the way for the trolls out there, my question to the rest of the community is hopefully, but probably not, a simple one.
A little background info.
I currently use SABNZBD to handle my downloads, which also repairs and unpacks my TV shows.
I am using a synology DS212J to serve up my media to the house over wired connections.
I personally use WDTV live plus to view my media, which works just fine. However, both my roommates have PS3's as do I, and 80% of my media does not work on the PS3's.
I am looking for a way to automate the conversion of video files (mainly HD scene released TV shows in the MKV container). Unfortunately, the "scene" doesn't want to recognize or care about universal compatibility (if there is such a thing), and most of the TV shows released do not play on PS3 media server right out of the box.
The files that dont work generally have the following errors: The data type is not supported, the data is corrupted, or audio plays but no video, or video plays but no audio. I realize the last 3 are problems with the encode, but the first one, the data type is not supported, is the most common error.
Ideally I would like software that watches a certain directory for changes, and/or runs at a specified time, and automatically converts these video files into PS3 compatible video files.
It sounds like mkv2vob (mkvtoolnix) is capable of this, but most of the information I find on settings or scenarios is several years old. Is there new software? Better methods?
If anyone is using mkv2vob or some variant in this capacity can you give a simple tutorial with settings/pipe commands on how to accomplish this with a Windows OS?
If this doesn't exist, what creative methods has this community invented or found to deal with this extremely annoying problem?
Also, I realize that re-encoding these files can amount in a loss of quality if you actually have to re-encode the video, is there a best practice to minimize loss of quality in this scenario, and has anyone, or can anyone equate the loss into a percent value?
Thanks for reading!