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HOWTO: Remux Full ISO Frame Packed 3D Movies To MK3D

Qnorsten Apr 27th, 2017 7 Never
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  1. HOWTO: Remux Full ISO Frame Packed 3D Movies To MK3D & How to Properly Playback in MPC-HC
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  3. -   Why remux to MK3D? Up until recently, there hasn't been a way to playback untouched frame packed sequential 3D in MPC-HC, ie what's on the 3D blu-ray disc and what a real 3D blu-ray player decodes and sends to your display for viewing. The most popular way (and easiest way) has been through software such as PowerDVD (and formerly TMT5). PowerDVD is horrible when it comes to playback options such as quality scaling, quality post processing options for both audio and video and forces you to load/watch menu's, previews and other garbage on the disc. The latest builds of MPC-HC, LAV Filters and MadVR finally allow for proper playback of remuxed (untouched) frame packed 3D. You're no longer forced to download less-than-1080p-per-eye side-by-side or top/bottom 3D re-encodes if you want to use MPC-HC. We finally have a quality option for playback now that MadVR and LAV Filters support framepacked 3D inside MPC-HC. These pieces of software offer a plethora of high quality rendering, scaling and post processing options. You can now get untouched 1080p per eye 3D with MPC-HC as it's supposed to be viewed. This is a guide on how to make a proper remux so you can watch it in MPC-HC. You cannot load the ISO or point to the 3D BD folder for playback yet. It must be remuxed to MKV/MK3D for it to work. I've also included a quick guide in the second half of this post for proper setup and playback in MPC-HC once you make or download a remux from the site.
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  6. What You'll Need to Remux to MK3D:
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  8. 1.) Latest version of MakeMKV (currently v 1.10.3) and Registration Key:
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  10. -   Click here to download latest MakeMKV version.
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  12. -   Click here for latest activation key.
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  14. -   Note MakeMKV is free while it's in beta. Use the key linked to in the thread above to activate the current beta version of the application.
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  16. 2.) Latest eac3to (currently v 3.31) (Optional)
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  18. -   This is optional if you want to re-encode audio, create specific subtitles, extract chapters or anything past the limitations of what MakeMKV can do.
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  20. -   Click here for latest version of eac3to.
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  22. 3.) Latest MKVToolNix (currently v. 9.6.0) (Optional)
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  24. -   This might be required if you want to remux in reencoded audio, subtitles, ect or have a 3D title on two separate discs (The Hobbit Extended movies for example) that need to be appended together to form one file that contains the entire movie.
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  26. -   Click here to download latest MKVToolNix version.
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  32. Step 1.) Once you have your applications installed mount your 3D ISO file to a virtual drive. Then open MakeMKV. It should automatically detect the movie you've mounted to your virtual drive.
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  34. -    I'd recommend using Daemon Tools Lite. If you prefer not to install such software you can alternatively press "Ctrl-O" with the application open to point MakeMKV to your ISO file.
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  36. (Load ISO into MakeMVK)
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  42. Step 2.) Click on the Blu-ray Disc Drive Icon to Begin
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  44. (Note: You may be given a warning message if you have AnyDVD installed. Click 'Yes' to ignore it. You shouldn't have any issues remuxing to MK3D even if you have AnyDVD installed)
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  49. Step 3.) Once MakeMKV has loaded the ISO it will show you the various options for remuxing. These are based on .mpls files on the disc. These files tell the bluray player which M2TS files to use to seamlessly playback the intended video on the disc. Normally you'll want to choose the option with the largest file size associated with it. This is normally the movie. Normally the smaller options are for extras, behind the scene videos and menu videos. Though, if you're loading a movie with both a theatrical cut and extended cut on the same disc you'll want to double check the run time to choose the proper option for remuxing.
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  51. (Note: Notice the option I've highlighted and the file size associated with it. This is the option we want to choose when we go to remux it to MK3D)
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  56. Step 4.) Untick the boxes associated with the .mpls files we don't want to use so that only the box for the main movie is chosen. In this case it's the box with a file size of 31.5GB associated with it.
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  58. (Note: Notice only the highlighted box is ticked)
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  63. Step 5.) Click the drop down arrow to the left of the ticked box. You'll see all the various video, audio, subtitle, and chapter options you can choose to include in the remux. It's important to note that by default MakeMKV does not automatically include the second video file needed to make the remux "3D", so it's important to tick the box under the 'Video' submenu that says "Mpeg4-MVC -3D'. Without ticking this box it means you'll end up with a 2D version of the film when you remux the movie. Additionally, choose whatever audio/subtitle language formats you want to include in the remux. You can also choose to keep the chapter information too if you so choose. In this example I'm keeping just English audio with chapter information too.
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  65. (Note the box I've highlighted. MAKE SURE YOU TICK THIS BOX!)
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  70. Step 6.)  Now you're ready to go to remux the disc. In the upper right portion of the application click on the folder icon to choose where you'd like the file to be save. Then click the disc icon under the text "Make MKV" to start writing the file.
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  75. -   A new window opens and shows the file writing process. Once finished, a window will pop up telling you the file was created successfully:
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  80. DONE!
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  83. OPTIONAL STEPS
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  85. If you want to include re-encoded audio (a AAC re-encoded version of a Director's Commentary for example) or have a movie that is spread over two discs (The Hobbit Extended Trilogy for example) you'll need to use a combination of eac3to and MKVToolNix to re-encode the audio, append ( aka seamlessly combine) and remux all of it together into a new file. I also want to note that while MakeMKV does give you the option to include chapter time stamp information, it doesn't include the chapter names. To get that you'll need to use something like eac3to which can create a chapters text file with the proper time stamps and chapter name information you can load into MKVToolNix to remux in. MakeMKV also, by default, will create a file with the extension '.mkv', not '.mk3D' which isn't a big deal as MPC-HC will still automatically detect that the file is 3D. MKVToolNix will, by default, detect both video streams and create a file with the proper '.mk3D' extension.
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  89. What You'll Need For Optimal Playback:
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  91. For starters you'll obviously need a display that can playback stereoscopic 3D in a frame packed sequential mode, which is how all 3D blu-ray discs come. You'll also need a PC that has an HDMI 1.4a or newer HDMI port. The PC also needs to have Windows 8.1 or newer installed.
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  93. 1.) Download the latest stable build of MPC-HC (currently v 1.7.10)
  94.        Note: Latest nightly builds should work too, but ymmv as I haven't tested them
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  96. -   Click here for latest version of MPC-HC
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  98. 2.) Download the latest version of MadVR (only newer builds work)
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  100. -   Click here for latest version of MadVR.
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  102. 3.) Download latest build of LAV Filters (has to be at least 0.68.1 or newer but I'd recommend the latest build out which is v. 0.69.0)
  103.         Note: When installing this, be sure to tick the box that says "H.264 MVC 3D Decoder (extra download)". It's unticked by default.
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  105. -   Click here to download latest version of LAV Filters.
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  107. Step 1.) Install the aforementioned software. As a note for newbies, to install madVR you have to double click the install.bat file in the MadVR folder.
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  109. Step 2.) We need to make the version of LAV Filters and MadVR we just installed the default decoder and video renderer. To do that open MPC-HC. In the menu bar at the top of the application click 'View' and choose "Options...". When the Options box opens, on the left hand side find the "Playback" submenu. Under this you should see the "Output" tab. Click that. In the drop down box under the "DirectShow Video" text choose "madVR".  Then find the "External Filters" tab on the left and click on that tab. In the new menu you should see a box that says "Add Filter...". Click on it. In the new box that opens up, find "LAV Video Decoder" click it and press "Ok". You should now see it listed in the "External Filters" box. Click on it. Three grey out options to the right will now be enabled. Choose the "Prefer" circle. Then click apply/okay. This sets LAV Filter as the preferred video decoder. Note that current builds of MPC-HC have LAV Filters built in and are set by default to decode video. Unfortunately the version built into MPC-HC doesn't have the proper decoding for frame packed 3D so we need to force the player to use a version that can, which is the version we just installed. It's possible that future builds of MPC-HC will include a new enough build of LAV Filters that makes this step superfluous.
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  111. The last thing we need to do is setup MadVR properly. If you've never used MadVR before and don't know where the settings are, open any media file and right click on the video. Go under the Filters tab and click on MadVR. Go into MadVR settings and find the "Stereo 3D" submenu. Make sure the "enable stereo 3d playback' box is ticked. You can also have MadVR automatically enable your PC's frame packed sequential 3D mode anytime a frame packed sequential 3D movie is played (ie the files that this guide shows you how to make) and you can also have it switch back to 2D mode when you close out of the player. The image below shows how to do that. This saves you time as normally you'd have to go in your graphics card control center and manually enable 3D mode without these setting enabled in MadVR.
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  119. That should be it!! Load an MKV/MK3D file created by following the steps in this guide in MPC-HC and if you've followed my guide for MPC-HC setup it should automatically enable 3D mode on your display and playback the 3D frame packed movie perfectly.   Have Fun!!!
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