Is there a way to encode a single video with multiple tracks of different languages so that they are selectable within Windows Media Player? (I need English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese)
I did a little research online and it seems like this might be possible with .MP4?
Just wondering if anyone has done this or knows of a workaround for this.
Well, I don’t want a dvd or menu. Just a way for someone to select a different language through a video player setting. Is there a way to export .MKV’s?
From what I’ve read on here, this is a near impossible thing to do….like to have an .mkv that end users can switch languages because .mkv’s are rare and require certain codecs and players that people would have to install.
Well, one thought would be to author in Encore to a Flash DVD, and use that code/files on the Web site.
Flash will give you the interactivity, that you need, where a standard AV file will have no interactivity. That must come from elsewhere.
Or, use Harm's suggestion in Reply # 3.
a way for someone to select a different language through a video player setting.
Adobe software isn't capable of this. You'll need to export out the video, and then each audio track separately. Then find some other program to combine them into one file that software players can work with, allowing the viewer to choose his language.
Thanks for the suggestion. I just read Encore’s help and they say:
“Flash does not have all of the features that DVDs have, such as multi-page menus or playing from multiple audio tracks in a timeline. Flash output does not support user operations.”
So I suggest doing what Harm said and just making multiple videos.
Thanks again for the info. Just trying to clear this up for anyone else in the future that sees this.
Hm-m-m, missed the Multiple Audio Tracks in Encore Flash. Guess that I was thinking of Sub-titles, that translate to that format.
Thank you for pointing out that limitation - learned something new. Scratch the Encore Flash theory. Sounds like Harm's method is the one to go with.
It's no big deal to play MKV files. Anyone can download the universal VLC media player which doesn't require any codec installation.
If users insist on their 'own player', they should simply download either:
If they use a standalone media player, anything from Samsung will normally play MKV files without complaining. Many devices (except Sony, Apple and Canon products) generally support MKV files to some extent.
But if your recipients are using 'conservative' hardware, you should use the MP4 contaier instead.
Use Handbrake, Freemake or (even better) MKVtoolnix to add multiple audio tracks, extra selectable subtitles or add chapters to the video file. All of these features are supported by VLC, Media Player Classic and (possibly) also BS Player.
If you have an existing DVD you want to convert to a file while still preserving the structure, use MakeMKV.