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Panasonic DMR-BW835 BR Player won't play SOME MKV DVDs

by bramt / February 5, 2014 8:40 AM PST

I have a Panasonic DMR-BW835 and I want to play downloaded old movies in the MKV format which it is supposed to support but - some play and some do not play? I convert them from whatever format they are in to MKV in Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate and then burn them with Shampoo Burning studio 11. Any suggestions as to why some play and some don't?

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MKV is not an "encoding"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 5, 2014 8:47 AM PST

Any one that makes claim that MKV is a format needs to catch up on the technology.

MKV is a container. You can put all sorts of encoded content in the MKV so you'll want to ask what encoding is supported. The answer is NOT "MKV."

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Recording on a Panasonic DMR-BW835 BR Player
by bramt / February 5, 2014 6:11 PM PST

I AM trying to catch up on modern technology -That is why I posed the question. My Panasonic hand book tells me that I my Panasonic recognises a "Playable Content" of Xvid and MKV, nothing else which is why I am in the dark and thought I might get a bit of info on this site, not ridicule? I am 76 and don't think I am doing too bad as I use Photoshop, all parts of MS Office and many other programs too numerous to mention on a daily basis.
Seems like I need to know how to vary what I include in my MKV 'Container' as some burns will work and some not and I am trying to ascertain what I need to do to get a content I can replicate each time I burn a DVD-R?

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If anyone ridiculed here
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 6, 2014 12:58 AM PST

It was the makers for making big assumptions folk will understand containers and encoding.

I don't mind chatting about such things but if I go too far I'm duplicating what is covered in classrooms and the internet. Some folk get upset about that but imagine there are a million people that want answers in a million discussions and well, you get the picture.

Lots of need, few folk to chat with. And sometimes those that ask get upset about it all and flame the persons that are responding. When that happens, all lose.

OK, by now I think you get the idea that a MKV is a bucket we can fill with this or that sort of encoding and that encoding is not standardized.

Try those old movies in a Standard encoding like MPEG-2. That usually works.

In parting, one of the good tools I use is HANDBRAKE but at risk of upsetting some I don't provide tutorials as that's on the internet.

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