Why MKV?

Discussion in 'Books, Music, TV & Movies' started by Mantis41, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. Mantis41
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    Mantis41 GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    I was just wondering why the majority of H.264 encoded TV shows and anime are packaged as MKV?

    Nearly all play back devices now days support MP4 but only a handful support MKV playback. I generally find I have to Gotsent or XenonMKV every download I do.

    What are the advantages of MKV over MP4?
     
  2. jalaneme

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    supposedly better audio and video compression, a few of my movies are in mkv format, thankfully my blu ray player can play it.
     
  3. Lacius

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    MKV generally has more options than MP4, including but not limited to the option for subtitles that aren't hard-coded into the video image. However, because so many devices now support MP4, more and more videos are being uploaded using H.264 and MP4.

    Edit: You mentioned anime as something that uses MKV, and that goes back to having the ability to select which subtitles and audio tracks one wants to use.
     
  4. Surkow

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    MKV is a container, it does not specify which video or audio codecs need to be used. It's currently the most flexible free container format that is available.
     
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    While being a pain for playback on certain things (Game console streaming) it's widely used for it's non-hardcoded subs, and small file size.
     
  6. BORTZ

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    It allows for multiple audio tracks and multiple subs like Chary said.
     
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    Mantis41 GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    Cool, thanks for the replies.