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What‘s MKV Format

What is MKV

MKV is the extension for Matroska Multimedia Container—a free open container format which’s said to be designed with the future in mind, because changes can be made and more new information be encapsulated with the new developments taking place without breaking the original file support. Besides, there are other main features of Matroska such as high error recovery, chapter entries, modularly extendable and more.

As a multimedia container format, Matroska can hold various different codecs in a single file at the same time including video (RV9, DivX, Xvid, etc), sound (AAC, MP3, MP2, DTS, OGG, AC3, PCM) and subtitles (ASS, SRT, USF, SSA, etc). If Matroska holds audio files only, MKA is used while MKS is used provided that there are subtitles only. Therefore, when we are going to give an example of an Matroska file, we simply mean a complete video file with video, audio, subtitles and menu system included.

Thanks to its advanced features, Matroska is becoming more and more popular. We can get many Matroska files with the extension “.mkv” on the websites. Thees MKV files can be opened by a number of applications including Windows Media Player, MPlayer, VideoLAN VLC media player, Media Player Classic, Core Media Player, BS Player, Arpa Kolla player, NERO Show Time, Azureus Vuze Media Player, KMPlayer, Totem Movie Player, GOM Player, Zoom Player, ALLPlayer, foobar2000 and PowerDVD. Besides, there are other media centers that support MKV video files such as Plex, Boxee, PS3 Media Server and XBMC, and the web browser Google Chrome.

Related software

Firecoresoft Video Converter (Video Converter for Mac)is a professional MKV video converter capable of converting MKV to any other popular video formats such as MKV to AVI, MKV to MOV, MKV to MP4, etc.

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