Originally Posted by pjd813
I'm using an LG BD570 to directly stream BD rips from a hard disk on my home network to my Home Theater system thru the BD570. I'm not using any DLNA software in between the network or computer and the BD570, I'm streaming directly from the hard disk to the BD570 via Homelink.
Ever since I've been sharing mostly 720p BD rips as .mkv files I have noticed that more of these files will not play on the BD570 than I have experienced before with .avi or .mkv rips of lesser quality. When I try to play these files the screen will do it's spinning icon thing and then play the next movie in the file list. These files will then play just fine on a WD Live Plus on the same network in another room.
Is anyone familiar with the parameters of the .MKV file I should be paying attention to that would make the files more reliable when I create or share them?
Originally Posted by Bob K.
I recommend you use MediaInfo (http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en
) to look at the parameters of your mkv container. MKVtoolnix (http://www.videohelp.com/tools/MKVtoolnix
) is also another program you can use to look inside the container.
In my experience, my BD570 will only play Level 4.1 or lower MKVs. It'll sometimes play MKVs encoded at levels higher than that, but it's spotty.
I struggled with this problem for the past year or so. I couldn't stand how some mkv's wouldn't play. After many days of troubleshooting I finally found a fix that has been working for me and my BD590.
It seems that MKVs that were created with 'Header Compression' cause them not to play on our LG blu-ray players. Good news is that there is an easy way to check if an MKV was made with Header Compression and a fairly painless way to remove Header Compression.
1) Download and Install MediaInfo
2) In MediaInfo, ensure that the 'Explorer Extension' box is checked.
3) In MkvMerge, select File/Options/mmg and check 'Disable Header Removal Compression...'
To Check if a MKV file has Header Compression:
1) Right click on the MKV file in Windows and select MediaInfo. MediaInfo window will open and if the MKV has Media Compression, it will say "(Header Stripping)" under 'First Video Stream'. Close MediaInfo.
2) To remove Header Compression on that MKV, run MkvMerge.
3) Drag your MKV into the MkvMerge window
4) Click on the 'Extra Options' tab
5) Click on each track and make sure that the 'Compression' setting is set to 'None' for all of them.
6) In the 'Output Filename' field, set the location/name of the new MKV you will be creating.
7) Click on 'Start Muxing'.
The fixed MKV will be created. On my 3yr old PC it only takes 3mins for an 8GB 2hr MKV file.
Hope this helps others!