[HowTo]: joining multi-part movies files with MKVtoolnix GUI
The purpose of this HowTo is to join videofiles, when a movie was ripped and split into two or more files.
(This happens usually with very long movies [i.e. LOTR] or more often back in the day when we had Video CD or DIVX CDs)
The ultimate goal is to have the movie back in one file, so there is no trouble in the various Plex clients which do not support multi-part files.
The tool used is MKVtoolnixGUI
it is freely available for all major PC operating systems.
Therefore the container format of the output files will be MKV.
The input format can be a multitude of containers like AVI, MP4, MKV, MPEG, TS, DIVX and several more.
The quality of the files will remain the same, because mkvtoolnix only remuxes the files, it doesn't re-encode them.
This HowTo will use the newer GUI that is available from V8.0.0 of MKVtoolnix on.
(The older MKVmergeGUI has been deprecated and will be unavailable soon.)
All parts of the movie must be from the same source, encoded with the same parameters into the same audio/video codecs, or a lossless joining with mkvmerge is not possible!
start up MKVtoolnixGUI
(depending on your operating system this might look a little bit different)
drag the first part file into the window marked by my crude arrow
- the video, audio and subtitle tracks it contains will appear in the window underneath it
- Right-click on the File name of the first part and choose 'Append files'. Navigate to the file for the second part and select it.
- Your screen should now look like the screenshot below. Note, how the filename for the second part is 'indented'.
- you may want to revise the language code that is assigned to the audio track(s) and the language and 'forced' attribute of subtitle tracks so the Plex interface informs you correctly about the languages available. Plex's automatic audio and subtitle track selection feature relies also on these tags to work correctly.
Now we correct the 'Output file' name to Plex standards to ensure a successful matching.
Filmtitle (year) [extraneous info which is not mentioned in the movie naming guide].ext
Thanks to @adamskoog who suggested writing this guide.
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