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multiple audio channels (languages) in 1 video?

Jan 25, 2012 1:28 PM

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.

 

Thanks

 
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    Jan 25, 2012 2:25 PM   in reply to Bucketheadd

    Use Encore for that. PR can't do it.

     
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    Jan 25, 2012 2:46 PM   in reply to Bucketheadd

    Put each language version in a separate file and link to that, based on a language choice on your website or use IP adresses to default to a certain language.

     
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    Jan 25, 2012 3:03 PM   in reply to Bucketheadd

    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.

     

    Good luck,

     

    Hunt

     
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    Jan 25, 2012 10:35 PM   in reply to Bucketheadd

    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.

     
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    Jan 26, 2012 8:40 AM   in reply to Bucketheadd

    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.

     

    Good luck,

     

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    Jan 30, 2012 10:45 PM   in reply to Jim Simon

    Interesting .. This should be another feature request.

     
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    Feb 24, 2012 6:08 AM   in reply to Bucketheadd

    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:

     

    Haali Media Splitter or Combined Comminuty Codec Pack.

     

    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.

     
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