Utility to change default audio track?

Carson Dyle

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I often download videos whose native audio track is English, but they have another language dubbed and set as the default audio track. The English track is always included.

Is there a simple utility that can be used to delete audio tracks and/or change the default track? These are mostly mkv, but also some mp4 containers.
 

Charlie98

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Probably Handbrake... as long as the English track is encoded in the source material, you should be able to transcode it with English as the default.
 

poofyhairguy

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Probably Handbrake... as long as the English track is encoded in the source material, you should be able to transcode it with English as the default.
Handbrake I think is a bit much unless the video itself has a problem.

OP download mkvtoolnix:

https://mkvtoolnix.download/downloads.html

It will allow you to take almost any video file, delete or re-order tracks, and then remux the result as a new mkv. It is very quick because it doesn't touch the video stream.

It it also very useful for cutting up videos into samples.
 

smitbret

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Just remux the .mkv files with mkvmerge/mkvtoolnix. You can set the 'default' audio and subtitle tracks and they will be flagged on playback.
 

smitbret

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I have been using MKVMerge/MKVToolnix for a few years and I had no idea I could do that. I've been remuxing when I wanted to change defaults.
 

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