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Greblok

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Post Thu Oct 17, 2019 1:43 pm

How to play MKV with AC3 on VLC (android)?

The question sort of says it all, it seems VLC on Andoid can play almost anything i thow at it exept MKVs with AC3 sound (and maybe DTS, not quite sure).
The video shows up in the server but just wont play. I would prefer to assign a profile to these devices to transcode the sound emediatly, but then i guess i would loose skip forward, rewind etc? Not optimal but i would rather the kids could at least play the file than not at all. Any other options? If not, could someone help me with a profile for this? I have tried to assign the hidden Android and Android Legacy, but neither can play the file. The ServiiGo profile did nothing, and I would prefer to not use the app on the kids pad but rather do the job on the server side.

Here's the info of the specific file, almost anything else seems to work fine. Have I misunderstood anything? Any tips`?
  Code:
Format                                   : Matroska
Format version                           : Version 4
File size                                : 4.37 GiB
Duration                                 : 2 h 7 min
Overall bit rate                         : 4 886 kb/s
Encoded date                             : UTC 2019-09-18 15:01:30
Writing application                      : mkvmerge v37.0.0 ('Leave It') 64-bit
Writing library                          : libebml v1.3.9 + libmatroska v1.5.2

Video
ID                                       : 1
Format                                   : AVC
Format/Info                              : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile                           : High@L4.1
Format settings                          : CABAC / 5 Ref Frames
Format settings, CABAC                   : Yes
Format settings, Reference frames        : 5 frames
Codec ID                                 : V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC
Duration                                 : 2 h 7 min
Bit rate                                 : 4 244 kb/s
Width                                    : 1 280 pixels
Height                                   : 536 pixels
Display aspect ratio                     : 2.40:1
Frame rate mode                          : Constant
Frame rate                               : 23.976 (24000/1001) FPS
Color space                              : YUV
Chroma subsampling                       : 4:2:0
Bit depth                                : 8 bits
Scan type                                : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)                       : 0.258
Stream size                              : 3.79 GiB (87%)
Writing library                          : x264 core 158 r2984 3759fcb
Encoding settings                        : cabac=1 / ref=5 / deblock=1:0:0 / analyse=0x3:0x133 / me=umh / subme=8 / psy=1 / psy_rd=1.00:0.00 / mixed_ref=1 / me_range=16 / chroma_me=1 / trellis=2 / 8x8dct=1 / cqm=0 / deadzone=21,11 / fast_pskip=0 / chroma_qp_offset=-2 / threads=17 / lookahead_threads=2 / sliced_threads=0 / nr=0 / decimate=1 / interlaced=0 / bluray_compat=0 / constrained_intra=0 / bframes=3 / b_pyramid=2 / b_adapt=1 / b_bias=0 / direct=3 / weightb=1 / open_gop=0 / weightp=2 / keyint=250 / keyint_min=23 / scenecut=40 / intra_refresh=0 / rc_lookahead=50 / rc=2pass / mbtree=1 / bitrate=4244 / ratetol=1.0 / qcomp=0.60 / qpmin=0 / qpmax=69 / qpstep=4 / cplxblur=20.0 / qblur=0.5 / ip_ratio=1.40 / aq=1:1.00
Language                                 : Norwegian
Default                                  : Yes
Forced                                   : No

Audio
ID                                       : 2
Format                                   : AC-3
Format/Info                              : Audio Coding 3
Commercial name                          : Dolby Digital
Codec ID                                 : A_AC3
Duration                                 : 2 h 7 min
Bit rate mode                            : Constant
Bit rate                                 : 640 kb/s
Channel(s)                               : 6 channels
Channel layout                           : L R C LFE Ls Rs
Sampling rate                            : 48.0 kHz
Frame rate                               : 31.250 FPS (1536 SPF)
Compression mode                         : Lossy
Stream size                              : 586 MiB (13%)
Language                                 : Norwegian
Service kind                             : Complete Main
Default                                  : Yes
Forced                                   : No

Text
ID                                       : 3
Format                                   : UTF-8
Codec ID                                 : S_TEXT/UTF8
Codec ID/Info                            : UTF-8 Plain Text
Duration                                 : 1 s 334 ms
Bit rate                                 : 107 b/s
Count of elements                        : 1
Stream size                              : 18.0 Bytes (0%)
Title                                    : Swedish Forced
Language                                 : Norwegian
Default                                  : Yes
Forced                                   : Yes
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Greblok

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Post Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:02 pm

Re: How to play MKV with AC3 on VLC (android)?

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Post Sat Nov 23, 2019 10:27 pm

Re: How to play MKV with AC3 on VLC (android)?

Sorry. The only Android device I have is the Nvidia Shield, and it plays absolutely everything I throw at it. I have VLC on it, but mostly use Kodi or MrMC. Exactly what Android device are you using?
Dan

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Post Sat Sep 18, 2021 8:54 pm

Re: How to play MKV with AC3 on VLC (android)?

There are different methods of how you can play MKV on a mobile phone. It all depends on what video player you are using. For example, I am using the VLC video player, and I need to change what video file format I am going to use in the setting of the player. It can even do it automatically. VLC is a good video player, and I suggest you use it, especially if you have a device that works on macOS. You can download it from okaapps.com, and I can surely say that you will never use the default video player of your device again.
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Post Sat Sep 18, 2021 10:56 pm

Re: How to play MKV with AC3 on VLC (android)?

Yes. Kodi, MrMC, VLC, and many other player apps support uPnP, which is what DLNA is considered. So Serviio is an available media source. You have to enable it in Kodi under the expert settings, otherwise uPnP isn't an available source.

One thing I don't like about Kodi is that video will not stop playback when using the back button on the remote. But there's a key mapper app that allows mapping the back button to also stop playback. MrMC doesn't have that issue, nor does VLC. However, neither of those players display any metadata from Serviio, other than the DVD cover image. Kodi at least offers the title synopsis.
Dan

LG NANO85 4K TV, Samsung JU7100 4K TV, Sony BDP-S3500, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Insignia Roku TV, Roku Ultra, Premiere and Stick, Nvidia Shield, Yamaha RX-V583 AVR.
Primary server: Intel i5-6400, 8 gig ram, Windows 10 Pro, 22 TB hard drive space | Test server Windows 10 Pro, AMD Phenom II X4 965, 8 gig ram

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