I tried that and it turned a folder's worth of files into just one file. That damn program is complicated. I need a ELI5 version of directions for converting a whole seasons worth of AVIs into a whole seasons worth of MKVs
Yes, those instructions were for one file, which you could then test to see if it works on your server - as changing the container won't necessarily resolve playback issues, it's just worth trying in cases like this.
If you want to do lots of files, you can either:
- do them one by one using these same instructions, removing each source file entry in MKVToolnix after converting (right-click on the file in the file window and choose remove when you're done with it) then choosing the next one
- build them into a job queue (click on "add to job queue" instead of "start mutiplexing", then remove the file as above) then multiplex them all at once at the end
- A quick way to convert lots of files (in Windows) is to use a simple batch file to do them all at once using MKVMerge (which was installed as part of MKVToolnix). Simply copy the line below into notepad, then save in the directory with your avi files as CONVERTER.BAT (or anything .bat, just make sure it has the bat extension). If you did not install MKVToolnix in C:\Program Files then adjust that path first. Double click this bat file in windows explorer and it'll convert every AVI file in the directory. You can cut and paste the bat file to any other directory in future.
for %%a in (*.avi) do ("C:\Program Files\MKVtoolnix\mkvmerge.exe" -o "%%~na.mkv" "%%a")
Note that the above will place the MKV files in the same directory as the AVI source files. If you want them somewhere else then use this instead, where the D:\Movies\Converted can be replaced with whatever output directory you have set up for them.
for %%a in (*.avi) do ("C:\Program Files\MKVtoolnix\mkvmerge.exe" -o "D:\Movies\Converted\%%~na.mkv" "%%a")