Originally Posted by robneal81
I rip 99% of my movies in .mkv. There are a few scenarios where I need .iso support:
- 3D blu ray's (although if the A-400 will play 3D MKV, I'd immediately switch to MKV!!)
- Concert discs: It's nice to be able to choose a song.
- TV shows: Most of the time I rip each individual episode to .mkv, but sometime's that's just way too much work.
- Special features: Some discs have really cool special features, like the re-release of jaws.
- Multi-version movies: Best example: Apocalypse Now. You have the choice of playing the original or Redux. The whole .iso is about 50GB and if I wanted to use mkv, I'd have to rip it twice: Once for the original (35GB) and once for the redux (45GB). The .iso just uses a "playlist" to select scenes for each.
- Audio track incompatibilities: I've found some MKV's won't play at all in my current player (Oppo BDP-93), but if I make them basic movie-only .iso's they play fine. Certain types of audio tracks seem to be the cause. I'm not sure if the A-400 will have this issue.
- I've also found that some subtitles won't work in .mkv files on some players.
All that being said, basic iso playback with lite menu support should cover all of that, right?
While not covering all your needs:
For TV shows it's easy to rip all of the episodes to .ts.
Same thing w/extras. If you want them just rip them from the STREAM folder off of the BD itself and name is "Jaws Extra".
Space is so inexpensive these days: I rip both versions to .ts formats if I want the extended/directors cut and theatrical etc.
If I want multiple audio streams I simply choose them in ToNMT and use the 'audio' button to select between the tracks.
I've used subtitles on japanese movies w/out english audio without issue.
I have an popcorn A110 and use all the above.
The ONLY things I'm missing and thus why I preordered the A400 is:
some BD rips 'strobe' in certain scenes of the video (this is THE main reason)
I have a large 3D BD collection and it continues to grow