In large part the UI is very reminiscent of MakeMKV, with a few nice additions such as an order column showing the effective order of audio and subtitle tracks in the final file and easy selection of the default audio and subtitle tracks. Then there's the batch conversion functionality, as well as a more explicit ability to specify settings without the need to manually create conversion profiles, and advanced default selection and ordering of titles and tracks.
I've taken a few screenshots to show the UI and settings available:
Main window Settings/General Settings/Transcoding Settings/Titles Settings/Tracks
Here's a short introduction to the workflow:
- Scanning for sources. This is the left-most third of the main window. You can scan both optical drives and folders from the File menu. All sources found will be listed here.
- Analyzing sources. Once a source has been found, it needs to be analyzed to determine the contents (titles and tracks). This can be done either automatically (File / Analyze Sources) or manually by right-clicking a source and selecting Analyze. If File / Analyze Sources is checked, BatchMKV will automatically analyze all sources. If you select a source in the list that is not yet analyzed, that will prioritized and will be analyzed next by BatchMKV.
- Converting titles. When sources have been analyzed, you can use the right-most two-thirds of the main window to select which titles and tracks to include, and where to put them (Output folder). You can also specify what to do with the source file(s). This part of the UI is very similar to MakeMKV with a few useful additions as mentioned above. Conversion of titles can also be done either automatically (File / Convert Selected Sources) or manually by right-clicking a title and selecting Convert. If File / Convert Selected Sources is checked, BatchMKV will automatically convert titles where both the title and source is checked. The idea is that you first select/unselect titles as desired, select tracks to include, specify output folder, etc., and then once that is done, you check the source item. BatchMKV will then automatically convert the titles checked for that source.
- Windows (tested on Windows 8.1 x64)
I have tested it extensively for my use cases and it is fully functional, but I would still consider it a beta release at this point. There a few known issues and limitations:
- Does not support HD-DVD folders (if someone can supply folder structure I will add it)
- Some lesser known/used audio codecs such as DTS-HD LBR, EAC3 and MLP may not be identified properly. I have not had any files available to test this on.
- The tool has not been tested with 3D video sources.
- For sources of type 'Folder', output folder "Same as source" is not available, meaning the output file(s) should be located in another folder than the source. This will be fixed in a later version.