Brand New to MakeMKV and Ripping UHD

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Twest
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Brand New to MakeMKV and Ripping UHD

Post by Twest »

Hi Everyone,

I'm sorry if this has been addressed somewhere, but I was hoping I could get an easy step-by-step guide on the best way to playback my collection? I just got my UHD-friendly drive, and it works perfectly. I've ripped my DVD and Blu-ray collection (the easy part :lol: ), and now I'm trying to work on my 4K collection. This part has seemed a little daunting. I've read that MakeMKV will keep the Dolby layer, but playback is my issue. No matter what I do, I can't seem to get my TV to recognize Dolby Vision. I've read many people say that they had to go the NAS route with a Shield Pro and set up a Plex server, is this the only way to get Dolby Vision to recognize? If I have to get Plex that is fine, but since my collection isn't huge, I just wanted to keep it on my 12 TB WD My Book External Drive for now. I watch everything on one TV, so I was hoping to use my computer or even a 4 year old gaming laptop that's collecting dust as a server if I have to go the Plex, Emby, or Jellyfin route. There doesn't seem to be a way to plug the drive into the TV (Sony 65" X90J) and get it to play with Dolby Vision. Kodi on the Sony TV plays the file either as a rip or ISO but doesn't trigger DV on the TV. I've also read a lot of people mentioning TS Muxer. I have 0 knowledge of it, and if I need that to process the UHD and keep DV. I'd love to rip my 4K disc and playback without spending too much more money.
dcoke22
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Re: Brand New to MakeMKV and Ripping UHD

Post by dcoke22 »

Dolby Vision playback is highly dependent on your playback setup.

Dolby Vision has this concept of profiles. Without going into a lot of detail, the DV on a UHD is profile 7. The DV you get with streamed content is profile 5. Most things people use for playback (an Apple TV, Roku, Fire stick, etc.) can do profile 5 DV but can not do profile 7. Different playback devices have different capabilities and need things in different formats to work. This is why getting DV to work is highly dependent on the playback setup.

Converting between formats and profiles is way beyond the scope of MakeMKV. There is a GIANT discussion of this topic on this forum however: Dolby Vision now possible through MP4 Mux. I recommend going the end and reading backwards. The user RESET_9999 has a set of scripts (linked in his signature) that can help you.

It is also worth noting that not all UHDs have Dolby Vision. Some have no HDR and some only have HDR10.
Twest
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Re: Brand New to MakeMKV and Ripping UHD

Post by Twest »

Thanks for the reply. Yeah, I came across the post on Dolby Vision via MP4 container after searching for answers. I think I'm going to take your advice and just work backward on that post on an off day. After looking through my 4K collection again, I think I greatly overestimated how many movies I have with Dolby Vision, so that eased my concern a lot. I'm new to a lot of this and some places I researched said MKV is better than MP4, so I didn't want to go that route, but now that I think about it MP4 is better than absolutely nothing at all. I'm making backups of all my 4K movies so if something better comes up down the road I will still have the originals to play with.
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