Two Ways: Burn MKV/MP4 to Blu-ray disc with EAC3


    EAC3, also known as AC-3 Plus, is an advanced audio codec used in Blu-ray technology. It is an enhanced version of the Dolby Digital (AC-3) codec, providing superior audio quality and efficiency. Want to add EAC3 audio to Blu-ray? Didn't find a suitable Blu-ray authoring software to support it? In this article, we will introduce two Blu-ray authoring software that support EAC3 to help you add EAC3 audio to Blu-ray creation.

EAC3 supports higher bit rates, more audio channels, and improved compression, resulting in a richer, more immersive sound experience. This makes it ideal for high-definition media, such as Blu-ray discs, where audio quality is crucial. By delivering clearer dialogue, enhanced surround sound, and better dynamic range, EAC3 ensures that viewers enjoy a cinematic audio experience in their home entertainment systems.


Generally, Blu-ray authoring software does not support EAC3 audio encoding. If your MKV or MP4 file contains EAC3 audio, these programs typically convert EAC3 to AC3, leading to reduced audio quality. Additionally, EAC3 supports up to 7.1 channels, while AC3 supports only 5.1 channels, resulting in a loss of audio channels. However, Blu-ray standards natively support EAC3 audio. Is there a way to directly copy EAC3 audio from MKV or MP4 to Blu-ray without quality loss? Here are two Blu-ray authoring software options that can add EAC3 audio to Blu-ray discs without re-encoding.




Part 1: Easy Way: Using Yuhan Blu-ray Creator

Yuhan Blu-ray Creator is a powerful and user-friendly Blu-ray authoring software that offers two processing modes: pass-through and transcoding. The pass-through mode allows for the creation of Blu-rays from videos that already meet Blu-ray specifications without any loss in video or audio quality, ensuring a fast process. The transcoding mode converts audio and video that do not meet Blu-ray specifications into Blu-ray format, adapting to the disc's capacity. Yuhan Blu-ray Creator also supports retaining high-quality audio formats such as EAC3, DTS HD MASTER, TRUEHD (Dolby Atmos), and Blu-ray PCM. Additionally, Yuhan Blu-ray Creator provides over 20 disk menu templates and a wide range of customization options.


Key Feature of Yuhan Blu-ray Creator:

  • Support importing chapters directly from MKV/MP4
  • Multi-audio track multi-subtitle support
  • Support EAC3, DTS HD Master, TrueHD (Dolby Atmos), Blu-ray PCM high-quality audio
  • Offer 24 sets of menu templates and support a lot of customization options
  • Support HDR videos to be made to Blu-ray, but the colors won't be washed out
  • Available for both Windows and Mac


Before we introduce it, we need to download and install Yuhan Blu-ray Creator. If your computer is Windows, please click the red button below to download the Windows version, and if your computer is Mac, click the blue button below to download the Mac version.




Step 1: Add MKV/MP4 Files

After opening Yuhan Blu-ray Creator, click "Add Video" to import your MP4 or MKV files. For each loaded file, check the EAC3 audio track and select the desired subtitles. At the bottom of the software interface, set your Blu-ray specifications, including disc capacity and resolution (1080P or 720P). For optimal viewing, select the frame rate that matches your video. Fortunately, Yuhan Blu-ray Creator supports all Blu-ray frame rates, including 23.976fps, 24fps, 25fps, 29.97fps, 50fps, and 59.94fps.



Step 2: Set up video (optional)

Open the video settings dialog, Yuhan Blu-ray Creator can automatically import chapters from MKV and MP4 files. Additionally, you have the option to customize chapters or set them at fixed intervals. Yuhan Blu-ray Creator also allows you to crop videos, and configure the language for audio tracks and subtitles.



Step 3: Choose a menu template and customize it

The disk menu is crucial for Blu-ray creation. Yuhan Blu-ray Creator offers over 20 menu templates and provides extensive customization options. It supports four scene display modes: File (icon), File (text), Chapter (icon), and Chapter (text). Whether you prefer displaying as thumbnails or text lists, files or chapters, Yuhan Blu-ray Creator has you covered. Additionally, it allows precise positioning of menu items for a neat and organized layout. These features set Yuhan Blu-ray Creator apart from other Blu-ray authoring software.


Step 4: Set up “Audio Copy”

"Audio Copy" is an efficient method for handling EAC3, preserving its quality without any loss. To enable this in Yuhan Blu-ray Creator, open the settings dialog and choose "Transcode" under the "Blu-ray & UHD Processing Mode" option. Then, check the "Audio Copy" box. In this section, you can also configure video decoders and encoders. If you have a high-performance GPU, you can enable GPU acceleration to significantly enhance production speed.



Step 5: Burning setting

Once the menu is set, click the "Start" button on the main interface to access the burning settings. Yuhan Blu-ray Creator offers three output methods: Blu-ray folder, Blu-ray ISO, and direct burn to disc. These options cater to various needs and ensure optimal compatibility. Whether you're using a computer player such as VLC Media Player, Kodi, or PowerDVD, or a standalone home Blu-ray player from brands like Sony, Panasonic, or Samsung, you won't encounter playback issues. It's important to note that some Blu-ray authoring software does not support ISO files.


Step 6: Start authoring

Once you have set the output method, click the "Start" button and Yuhan Blu-ray Creator will start working, which may take a while, depending on the playback length of the video and the performance of your computer.



Part 2: Another Way: Using DVDFab Blu-ray Creator


DVDFab Blu-ray Creator is also a Blu-ray authoring software that supports EAC3 output. It offers numerous advantages. Firstly, it supports almost all video formats, including AVI, MP4, MKV, MOV, FLV, WMV, M4V, and MPEG, allowing you to easily create Blu-rays from homemade videos to commemorate important events like birthday parties and wedding anniversaries. You can also create personal Blu-rays to store and play memorable video clips of your favorite movie stars.

Secondly, DVDFab Blu-ray Creator can output Blu-ray folders, ISO files, and burn to discs, supporting various Blu-ray formats such as BD-50, BD-25, and AVCHD DVD (BD-5 and BD-9). This ensures compatibility with any standalone home player.

Finally, it supports disc menus and personalized menu settings. You can customize all elements and widgets within the template, including background art, thumbnails, text fonts, colors, and sizes, as well as playback buttons like play/pause and previous/next.


Key Features of DVDFab Blu-ray Creator:

  • Support almost all video formats
  • Support multi-audio track and multi-subtitles
  • Support GPU acceleration
  • Support EAC3, DTS HD Master, TrueHD (Dolby Atmos), Blu-ray PCM high-quality audio
  • Support disk menus and custom menu items
  • Output Blu-ray folder, Blu-ray ISO, burn to disc
  • Available for both Windows and Mac


Steps to make a Blu-ray from MKV/MP4 with DVDFab Blu-ray Creator and keep EAC3:


Step 1: Add MKV/MP4 Files

Open DVDFab Blu-ray Creator and navigate to the "Creator" tab at the top. Select "Blu-ray Creator" from the options in the upper left corner. Click the "Add from Local" button to add your video file. Once the file is added, you will see its information displayed, as shown in the figure below. The current file is HDR10 with EAC3 encoded audio. Here, you can select the audio track and subtitles. DVDFab Blu-ray Creator supports multiple audio tracks and subtitles.



Step 2: Advanced Settings

Click the "Advanced Settings" button on the main interface to access the settings page. Here, you can set the disc label and select the output disc capacity, such as BD25 or BD50. Additionally, you can adjust the video quality, choosing options like "Same as source," "Fit to Disc," or a custom bitrate.



Step 3: Menu Settings

Click the "Menu Settings" button on the main interface to open the menu settings page. First, choose a menu template before customizing the menu items. DVDFab Blu-ray Creator offers many customization options, such as setting a background image, adding an image widget, or adding text. You can also edit the text, reposition it, and more.


Step 4: Start Making

Once you've set up the menu, go back to the main interface and click the "Start" button at the bottom, DVDFab Blu-ray Creator will start working, and you'll have to wait for a while until it completes the task.



Part 3: Conclusion


In the introduction above, we've discussed how to burn MP4 or MKV files to Blu-ray using DVDFab Blu-ray Creator and Yuhan Blu-ray Creator while preserving EAC3 audio. Among the limited Blu-ray authoring software options, Yuhan Blu-ray Creator stands out for its superior menu customization features compared to DVDFab Blu-ray Creator. Yuhan Blu-ray Creator supports "First Play," "Skip Menu," and other settings, and offers four menu display methods. Therefore, we highly recommend Yuhan Blu-ray Creator for its enhanced functionality.