Originally Posted by wicker_man
...and that may be nice and dandy for subs placed inside mkv, but please remember that most of us have, errr, made copies of our legally owned movies for several years now, and most of them are, therefore, avi, not mkv.
The option to choose auto on / auto off + always honour flag seems to me to be the most inclusive and correct.
i would almost agree with you wicker_man
it seems alot of you have never used mkvmerge gui or have acutally checked what the flags are set to after muxing.
this is directly from the help file
Make default track: Matroska knows a flag which tells the player that a specific track should be preferred upon playback if the user does not chose another one. Of course each track type has its own default track - e.g. the default audio track is the English one, and the default subtitle track is the French one. If no track is set to be the default track then mkvmerge will promote the first track of each type that it finds to be the default track. This is consistent with the behavior of various media players.
ok now so if i have any subtitle tracks in a mkv the first track will default to the "default" setting in mkvmerge, and that is actually the "yes" selection
not a very clear setting
now most people would not change that setting and also would not assume that this means "yes" , if you don't select yes then why would i want it on by default?
i do understand alot of the whine about subs on or off but either way most players let me choose a global setting of on or off not just a per file setting, but it seems to me that most of the people that use subs would want them on at all times if they are there (in the mkv or a seperate file) and those of us that do not use them would just like them off.
if the wdtv respected these flags in mkv's every rip that i have and did not select yes or no would have them on default!
please no i like wicker_man would not like to remux everyone of the rips that i have.
i do understand that i could just not use subtitles in my rips but as i have a deaf brother who likes them that is just not a good option for me.
please just let us choose a global default of on or off, and please skip the mkv flag settings.
also for those who think using the flags is a good idea please use mkvmerge and make something with several audio and subtitle tracks in your mkv without changing the setting from default on any track.
now start a new job in mkvmerge, load up that file you just made and check out your default track flags and see what they are...
i just did a few to verify this, and one with a aac stereo track as the first track audio and a dts track for the second audio, muxed it, and it set my dts track as default "yes", and according to the directions it should set the aac track as default "yes".
and it did set my single subtitle track to "yes" and i didn't select that. (just fyi if only one track of each vid, audio, and subs, it sets all to "yes")
i don't have any mkv's with more the one subtitle track to see what it would it would do with those. i would assume the same crazy stuff it does with audio tracks.
either way the flags are wierd and hopefully will never be used with the wdtv
and lol if you made it this far thanks for reading!