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Convert .mov to .mkv?

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I finished working on a fanedit and exported the video from premiere pro in apple lossless .mov format. I can’t play .mov on my tv and it’s not as simple as just changing the file extension to .mkv. I was wondering if you could inform me how to convert .mov files to .mkv files.
Thanks!
-Pickle

I Don’t Even Like Pickles?

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Handbrake is a decent, free and easy-to-use piece of software that can convert many differing file formats pretty well.

https://handbrake.fr/

There’s likely far better software out there - though it does the job 👍
 

originaltrilogy.com Moderator

I find that answer vague and unconvincing. Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves?
Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here? And say something righteous and hopeful for a change?

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Ah okay thanks! Is there a way I can convert without loosing quality, when I convert it looses a lot of video quality.

I Don’t Even Like Pickles?

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IIRC the default setting on Handbrake does result in a fair bit of loss to the quality (it’s been a while since I’ve used it, and there’s likely been a few changes).

This article explains how to change the video quality so you won’t lose much - or any - quality in the video settings:-

https://handbrake.fr/docs/en/1.0.0/workflow/adjust-quality.html

(there may also be some decent youtube videos out there which may have more helpful info too)
 

I think I used to use a video setting on the RF scale of 12-14, though would have a play around with them to find the which setting gave the best / most acceptable results.

Good luck with it man.
 

originaltrilogy.com Moderator

I find that answer vague and unconvincing. Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves?
Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here? And say something righteous and hopeful for a change?

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Also check out videohelp.com
Handbreak is going to re-encode your video which means there is going to be some (even if minute) quality loss. If you want absolutely no loss check into “demuxing” and .mov into its elementary streams (the audio and video separated) then get MKVToolNix to remux into an MKV.
You may be able to drop the MOV into MKVToolNix and have it remux it into an MKV without gaveling to demux at all.

“You can’t polish a turd. But you can shape it to look like candy.”

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Thanks guys! I will try those tomorrow!

I Don’t Even Like Pickles?