Preparing Movies for best playback

With my 4K on order, I thought I would ask for recommendations on what is the best way of preparing movies for playback given my set-up?

Currently I backup my Blu-rays as MKVs using MakeMkv. This are then stored on my ReadyNAS and played back via Plex to my LG 4K screen.

Plex will be replaced by the Vero 4K :smile: so I will be looking to playback from the ReadNAS over Ethernet to the Vero.

Will the straight MKV copy playback Ok on the Vero, or should I use Handbrake to encode the MKV to a different format, etc. for playback? I am looking for the best quality and smoothest playback (to a 65" 4K TV).

If I need to handbrake, what settings are best?

Appreciate the help


Do you know what the format inside the MKV is? I’m guessing it’s some kind of AVC/h.264 which should ‘just work’

Hi Phil,

there is no problem handle a 1:1 copy of your BD Discs, this is exactly the same way i do.

No problems stream a full 25GB file over the network and play it with the vero 4K.

I use an customized advancedsettings.xml (now with the new v17 syntax) but i don’t know if this is needed.

all fine with full BD files ripped to .mkv


@jb2cool - MediaInfo tells me this…

ID : 1
ID in the original source medium : 4113 (0x1011)
Format : AVC
Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile : High@L4.1
Format settings, CABAC : Yes
Format settings, ReFrames : 2 frames
Duration : 2 h 12 min
Bit rate mode : Variable
Bit rate : 21.9 Mb/s
Width : 1 920 pixels
Height : 1 080 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 16:9
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) : 0.441
Stream size : 20.3 GiB (87%)
Language : English
Default : No
Forced : No

Yes i have a view Video files like this one, they are running really smooth.

@Painkiller88 - Thanks for the confirmation. now to wait for delivery :smile:

Sorry, I was out most of the day. As already confirmed, they look ok.

Thanks @jb2cool