Settings and using the controls of MkvBatcher
- Drag+Drop video files or folders on
to the green field or on to the batch list box. To remove items from
the batch list, drag+drop the items on to the red field.
- Example: you have a folder "Movies"
with various sub folders like action, thriller, docu etc. and you
want them all on the batch list exept for "docu". Drag+drop "Movies"
on to the green field and then "docu" on to the red field. Now after
review of your batch list you may decide that you don´t want five
items from the folder "thriller". Mark these 5 items in the folder
and drag+drop them on to the red field.
- Single items can also be
removed from the batch list with a right-click on the list item.
- Using the file filters you can include
or exclude types of files in your batch list:
- If an unprotected BD or DVD is in one of
the disc drives on the master computer or the slave computer(s) it will
automatically be scanned for processing data and added to the batch
list. Scan and conversion of discs on the slave computer(s) is
done there but controlled from MkvBatcher on the master computer. If for
example you have 3 computers with 2 disc drives each, you can convert 6
unprotected DVDs or Blue Rays simultaneously. All controlled from the
- If you do not want to convert discs,
remove them from your drives or de-select the file filter "DISC".
MkvBatcher and the conversion engine of "Handbrake" behind it can only
handle unprotected discs!
- Output settings (Folder etc.):
- The folder button opens a dialog
for changing the output directory. The smaller button opens the output
- The dropdown combo "output mode"
has the options:
1. 120 secs Test Clips
you test the outcome before you invest hours of conversion time.
2. All files into one folder
if you convert a selection of movies for your tablet or
3. Match source folder
This would be the best mode as a
default. Your output will have the same structure as your input.
So if your originals are all in one folder, the output will be
all in one folder. If you have one folder for each movie with
pics and detail-XML in it, your output will be like that.
4. Scan only (no output)
As the scanning is done in the
background while other files are already being converted, you do
not need this mode for normal operation. It is used for "Duration
Edit" or in any other Scan-edit-convert context.
- The dropdown combo "Out Extension":
- Has the options: Mkv, M4v and Mp4. Mkv
is the default format. Mp4 is well supported by tablets and handys. M4v
is for Apple gear (but Mp4 works on my Ipad and Iphone too).
- Out Settings (Resolution etc.):
- The dropdown combo "Presets"
has the options:
All modes for resolution
only downscale if required. They never upscale!
1. HD Full (1080)
- These presets are for
home intertainment gear.
- Out extension is Mkv. Audio
is 5.1 ch if possible. Quality setting is "best".
- All presets for
resolution only downscale (never upscale). So you
actually select the maximum out resolution. If you select e.g. "HD Full
a DVD will still be converted with its native low
- If you always want to preserve the full source
resolution, just do everything with setting "Full HD
1080". If you are happy with 1280x720 for all your
HD material, just do everything with the setting "HD TV
2. HD TV (720)
- Tablet and SmartPhone
- ... are
presets with resolutions fitting the purpose and a slightly
lower quality setting (except Tablet HQ) as well as "force 16:9" and "all files
into one folder". The out extension is Mp4. Audio is 2 ch (mixdown
to Dolby Pro Logic II).
is done. So this option is fast. But no file size
reduction, black bar cropping or filtering like
deinterlacing is possible. So unless you need for some
reason the Mkv format, you´re not really gaining something
with it. The relevant streams for
video and audio are just repacked into the Mkv container
format. Note: The files must be scanned first, so that the
streams are identified. First use output mode 4 (Scan only)
then change to output mode 2 or 3 for the actual StreamCopy.
- FileCopy is a service
may come in handy in the context of re-organizing a
movie selection or if you want to copy a certain
selection of titles on to a removable drive for some
reason. It just copies whatever
you put on the batch list. DVDs as VIDEO_TS folders are
converted to ISO files (only affects the target folder,
source remains as VIDEO_TS).
- Output modes 2 or 3 are
- The TickBox "Force 16:9"
(CinemaScope --> Flat TV):
- If you want no top and bottom black bars on
(wider than 16:9), the option "force 16:9" adjusts the crop values
left and right so that
the video is 16:9 after conversion. The option does not affect 4:3 material
(the old tv format with black bars left and right on a flat screen)!
- Some background info: Cropping wide material left and right to get to 16:9 will
normally leave the essence of the picture intact because the action
happens in the middle of the picture. So I personally use
it all the time as I don´t like the black bars. A CinemaScope BD is
1920x1080. But the content (without black bars) is only 1920x800. So
if you crop away a few trees left and right you have 1424x800
(16:9). Not much more than the 1280x720 of HD TV. That is why I
favour the preset "HD TV" and the option "Force 16:9". In short: you
get a format filling picture with excellent quality and a small file.
But if you always want to preserve the full original content in your
archive, just unselect "Force 16:9" once and for good and do
everything with "HD Full".
- Note: If the ratio of the source
material is only slightly off 16:9 (very small black bars), "force
16:9" is applied to get a format filling picture, even if the option
is not selected. In a lot of cases these small black bars in
source material are just a side effect of previous conversions e.g.
by you or the TV station (divide by 16 context).
- The dropdown combo "Quality":
- The options are: good, better
and best. Handbrake (the conversion engine) offers a wide range
of settings for the quality. The results go from absolutely
lousy to the point where the out file is larger than the in file.
After a lot of testing I settled for the following range:
- "Good" gives you a
small file with a quality that is still quite acceptable
(no worse than a lot of TV material and some lesser quality
- "Better" a good
compromize between file size and quality.
- "Best" is the setting
where I found, that higher settings will basically only
increase the file size but really not improve the quality
The dropdown combos "Audio (Language)":
- The headline button "Audio" toggles
between the setting for the main language and the alternative language (audio
track used if the main language is not found).
- As per your setting for the main language
and the alternative language, MkvBatcher finds
the right audio track during the automatic scan for processing data.
- If 5.1-CH is not found, 2-CH is selected. If
the main language is not found, the audio track of your alternative language
is taken and subtitles in the main language are added.
- The Main Buttons:
- The button "Start" starts the batch
conversion process. It changes status to "Pause" if pressed. "Clear
Batch List" does what it says.
- The button "Titles" toggles the batch
list between showing "Titles", "InFiles" or "OutFiles".
- The Engine Host Selection:
- With the dropdown combo you can select
the host computer for that engine (or "none"). In a single computer
setup it will only show the local computer and none. In a multi computer
setup it will also show all other computers in the LAN that have
MkvBatcher_Slave.exe set up.
- The red button aborts the current
conversion of that engine and deletes the (crippled) out file. This
button is only active in pause mode (see start button).
- The green bar indicates the status of
the engine host computer. Red means that for some reason communication
with MkvBatcher_Slave.exe on that computer is interrupted and no
conversion jobs will be assigned during a batch run. Note: during a
conversion run the bar may turn red temporarely for a short while. This
just means, that due to network load peaks communication is temporarely
disrupted. After a few seconds it turns green again. This is no problem.
Should the bar stay red permanently, there is a problem (slave offline,
network problem, MkvBatcher_Slave.exe crashed etc.). In that case you
need to go to the slave computer to fix the problem. The red abort
button will then not work as there is no communication between master
|The Engine Quantity Selection:
- Pressing this button, located next to
the main progress bar, unhides a dropdown combo for the selection of 1 -
- The selection is only possible if the
batch list is empty because MkvBatcher restarts after a change to do all
required adjustments. MkvBatcher_Slave(s) running on other
computers will automatically and on the fly adjust to the new engine