Blu-ray sourced MKV files freeze when DTS HD-MA track enabled
On either player, if I take my Skyfall MKV -- full HD, full lossless audio -- and play it, the audio drops out when the female agent clips her passenger side mirror in the early chase scene and then about a second and a half later, it hard freezes at 2:48 into the movie. When I say "hard freeze", I mean so hard that I have to power cycle the player.
If I play the basic DTS track, I have no problems. However, It freezes at the EXACT same frame every time if I use the DTS HD-MA track. Interestingly enough, my el cheapo LG BP-125 plays it with no problem. I tried turning DRC off on the Sony (I'll explain why in a bit) and that didn't solve it. I tried having it output linear PCM instead of bitstreaming. That didn't solve it.
Last night, we tried watching Jack Reacher via a uncompressed 1920x1080 video, full lossless DTS HD-MA audio MKV. It froze around 4:3x into the movie when the sniper took the first shot. The audio dropped out and a second and a half or so later, the video hard froze. It worked fine if I just played the secondary audio track (plain ol' DTS), but it hard froze at the same spot every time when the HD lossless audio track was enabled.
The reason I tried turning off DRC is that I noticed the audio dropout and subsequent freeze happened when there was a loud noise (mirror being broken off in Skyfall, sniper shot ringing out in Jack Reacher). I thought perhaps the dramatic change in audio level was throwing it for a loop. No dice. Then I thought perhaps the player was just having problems processing all of the lossless audio, so I tried LPCM -- again, to no avail.
What program do most people use to convert Blu-Rays to MKV files (preferably maintaining full quality on both audio and video)? I've been using MakeMKV -- ditching the foreign languages, keeping all of the English audio formats, the thumbnail image and video (naturally) of the main feature and direct exporting. I thought it was the "preferred" program, but I'm wondering if there is something that MakeMKV is doing to create bad files (even though, again, my LG will play them).
I haven't tried anything other than Skyfall and Jack Reacher on my Sony player, but I know with the Pioneer Elite that I had, Skyfall froze, Tron Legacy froze, Bourne Legacy froze, etc. The only one that I had success with was Saving Private Ryan (at least for the first 25 minutes...didn't try any further with that).
If there is a program that you've had success making uncompressed video with lossless audio DTS-HD MA files, let me know. I'll give it a whirl and see if that fixes it for me.