As 90% of my movie collection is comprised of DVD/Blu-ray rips, most of them are MKV files, also they include chapter points which Handbrake (the H.264 encoder I use) made from the original sources.

My intention was to be able to use these chapter points in Windows Media Center on my HTPC/Media-PC just as you would a DVD. Unfortunately it wasn’t as simple as that.

From what I could find out, the only way of achieving this is using a 7MC addon called “Media Control”. Basically it utilises the FFDShow decoders’ Remote Control API to inject remote commands via the remote or keyboard.

My problem (yep another problem =P) is that I’m using the DXVA version of the FFDShow decoder, which meant I had to duplicate the standard registry entries into it (no biggie).

Anyway, that seemed to work, it allowed to to fast forward at the very least, but for some reason it doesn’t want to know about the chapter points in my MKVs; the best I can get it to do is skip forward, which is the default action when chapters aren’t available.

So what I can deduce from that, is that FFDShow isn’t detecting chapters; which is funny considering when you right click it’s taskbar icon it shows them and allows you to skip to them.

I’ve tried reinstalling all my codecs, wiping every registry entry of FFDShow/media control. I’ve tried using the standard FFDShow codec, I’ve tried using Haali’s splitter, i’ve tried the LAV splitter.

Nothing worked!

I should probably also mention that I’m using Shark007’s codec packs on Windows 7 x64 -with both 32 and 64 bit packs.

It seems again that I am at a loss. It should work. No one else has had the same problem -not solved at any rate (from a LOT of Googling).

One day things might just… work.