I've found myself mired in a video project for Christmas. It seemed like a simple project to begin with, take a blu-ray, rip it, put a different soundtrack on it, burn it to another blu-ray. So, for instance, if you were going to make a blu-ray of The Wizard of Oz with Dark Side of the Moon already part of the soundtrack so you could just put that version in your blu-ray player and play it. That's not the exact project, but it's close. So I use this page to start. I rip it with MakeMKV no problem, and convert it to an mpeg-4 video with Handbrake. The only thing is, Handbrake makes *.m4v files, not *.mp4 file. Shouldn't be a problem, right? I try to import it into Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and it turns out PP doesn't like mpeg 4 files using H.264 encoding. According to their forums, you should turn it into an .avi file, but keep the H.264 encoding. I try this using ffdshow, which is a godawful command line encoder. It encodes, and I can watch the file in both Windows Media Player and VLC, but it won't import into PP. Hrrrm. I try a bunch of other codecs and wrappers (and I'm not sure what the difference is), each one taking a fair number of hours before you can see if Adobe likes that format, and I finally find that a wmv file with Windows Media 9 will work and doesn't look awful. I successfully strip the soundtrack and add my new soundtrack. I then let Adobe spend 9 hours re-encoding this file with the new soundtrack. This morning I see that it has worked. I load up the new file in Windows Media Player and play it. It's the movie with the new soundtrack. I fast forward to the end and WMP crashes saying there's a problem with the file (the file is 9GB). Has the file become corrupted? This happens at various points if I go anywhere over the halfway point. Do I have to re-render this thing? I put it on another computer (so I have this one free), and I set it to playing normally in WMP. It's now way over halfway (about 2 hours into this 2.5 hour movie) and it's playing fine. Is it just that WMP is chocking on the large file size when I just drag the player around? So now I have to burn it to a blu-ray. I have BD-Rs and I pull up the software that came with my burner. It's Cyberlink burning stuff, and it immediately tries to get me to buy the upgrade because this is some shitty lite package. More to the point, it won't allow me to create an actual blu-ray, only a data disk. WTF? I google around and find DVDFab 9, which has a trial which will allow me to burn this blu-ray. It seems simple enough, I just drag the file into the file area on the software and then make a menu and stuff (just like burning a DVD). I dragged my 9GB file over to it about an hour ago and it has a box which says "Analyze <filename>." According to the instructions I found out there, just copying one blu-ray to another, it took the writer's version about 24 minutes to do the analysis. Could've been a shorter movie, could've been a different encoding scheme that the software deals with more easily. Is the .wmv format giving this program fits? It's obviously still going, it hasn't stopped churning. Also, why is video editing full of little companies with fly by night websites that are full of spyware? In trying to find a conversion utility I ended up downloading three different things before I found one that wasn't horribly crippled (but didn't tell you so until after you installed it), or that didn't try to install a bunch of toolbars and "shopping helpers." The one I eventually used turned out to be a UI interface that used a bunch of command line encoders that had been developed as open source stuff. And why is this so much harder than it should be?