Is it possible to obtain gapless playback from sequential video files?
I have an Oppo BDP-93 connected to a BenQ W7000 projector and one of my ideas is to present "1950s" evenings, similar to what would have happened in a 1950s movie theatre. So, before interval there might be:
- My own introductory fanfare-type thing
- A newsreel
- A Tom and Jerry cartoon
- A home-made short
- A Tarzan movie (or whatever)
After interval would come the main feature.
The originals of the various segments would be in a variety of formats: PAL, NTSC, BluRay, AVCHD, with various resolutions and frame rates, but I should be able to convert all of them to a single format such as MKV. My idea is to order the videos in the correct sequence by renaming alphabetically, then hit play. I'd like the playback to be seamless, but the Oppo pauses between videos with a "Source Searching" message. This leads me to a number of questions/comments:
- Is it possible to string together a series of videos and have them play seamlessly on the Oppo? Or is the problem with the projector?
- Would other players, say the Sony Playstation, be capable of gapless video playback?
- I could use my computer running VLC to play the videos in sequence, and I'm pretty sure that would result in gapless playback, but I'd rather not use my iMac.
- Is it possible to combine all the videos into one huge file with suitable software? I could convert the Blu-rays, DVDs, and home-shorts to MKV format, but can a single MKV file contain several videos stitched together, each with different resolutions and frame rates? And I would rather not have to re-encode; just join the videos together.
To sum up: is it feasible to link together several videos and then at a press of a button have them play seamlessly? What equipment, software, format would be required?
Any suggestions most appreciated.Edited by guyburns - 12/11/12 at 2:54am