MKV Files(Matroska)

MKV is an open and free standard container format and is stands for Matroska Video that is capable of holding unlimited number of audio, video, photos and subtitle tracks in one file, including any metadata. This means you can add video with multiple audio sounds and subtitle tracks and other info into a single file. In addition, it is similar to other containers like MP4, AVI or ASF, but everything open in specification with implementations consisting mostly of open source application.

Matroska Goals

  • Creating a modern, extensible, flexible, cross-platform multimedia container format
  • Developing  a menu system related to that of DVDs based on EBML
  • Programming robust streaming support
  • Building libraries that can be used to allow developers to add Matroska support to their applications
  • Developing a set of tools for their creation and editing of MKV files
  • Working to facilitate native Matroska support in different operating systems and hardware platforms
  • Working with hardware manufactures to include Matroska support in embedded multimedia devices

Advantages of Matroska

  • MKV is open and free, as no one holds license or patent and anyone can develop it freely
  • MKV file supported by many software players and hardware devices
  • You can easily edit these files and can convert MPEG-2 video into H264 to make a file too smaller
  • Unwanted data can be easily removed from it
  • MKV files are easily compressed
  • There are no restrictions where to play the file. There are no region-based restrictions.

File extensions used by Matroska are

  • .mkv: used for video files including movie files
  • .mka: for audio files only, formats such as MP2, MP3, Vorbis, AAC, AC3, DTS, or PCM
  • .mk3d: For files with stereoscopic (3D) video
  • .mks: Used for Subtitles that an 'elementary' matroska stream
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