Originally Posted by mifronte
Clown_BD is just a GUI front for eac3to and tsMuxeR. I prefer Clown_BD over MakeMKV and DVDFab because I have greater control in what to rip and how to remux. I normally start with Clown_BD and then if there is a need to tweak, I use eac3to and tsmuxer at the command line. The good thing with Clown_BD is that it creates plenty of log files along with the commands that it runs so you can always see what is going on.
MakeMKV and DVDFab does not offer me the same tweaking control to produce movie only rips with just one non-SDH English subtitle track and a forced subtitle track, if any, that is automatically selected. Because I prefer only a non-SDH (sound for the death and hearing impaired) over the SDH subtitle, I usually demux all English subtitle tracks for inspection and then remux with only the desired track. This way, there is only one subtitle track to choose during playback and at the most two if there are forced subtitles. If there are forced subtitles, I have it defaulted to be selected automatically.
In the case of some troublesome Dolby TrueHD tracks that cause drop out on my AVR, I can use eac3to to convert the Dolby TrueHD to LPCM and then remux with tsMuxeR.
So if you are looking for flexibility, then start with Clown_BD which uses eac3to and tsMuxeR. I avoid mkv for my BDs because there is always some quirks that mkv causes on my HT equipment. I keep everything in the BDMV folder structure and never had any compatibility problems with my equipment.
I'm close to buying DVDFab. I'm using MKV passthru to make MKV of main title, HDAudio (DTS-MA preferred over TrueHD) and English subs. Amazingly, it's got it right on the 20+ titles I've tried so far (even Now you See Me, which is a killer). I'm a bit cautious as there are tons of bad reviews on Amazon. People say they bought license X and then found they needed, X, Y and Z, which cannot be discerned from the trial as it includes everything. (is the case or just people buying on Amazon who have no clue.) Not wild about their licensing model. I'm ONLY interested in Blu-Ray to MKV 1:1 copy (no re-encoding, etc.)
I tried MKV and it seemed you might be able to specify my criteria with a profile, but the whole profile editing seems hit or miss and undocumented. Now you see me was a joke in MKV
Is it possible to setup clown_BD, etc. to have it automatically extract exactly what I need (main title, HDAudio and English subs) for 90% + of Blu-ray?
Have you (or anyone else) tried Now You See Me with ClownBD?
I have and AnyDVDHD lifetime license BTW