About MKV Format
The MKV extension is Matroska Multimedia Container which is an open standard free container format. As the name implies (the Russian egg-shaped dolls contained within one another) Matroska can contain video (DivX, Xvid, RV9, etc), sound (MP3, MP2, OGG, AC3, AAC, DTS, PCM), as well as subtitles (SRT, ASS, SSA, USF, etc) in the same file. So it allows a complete movie to be stored in a single file. If the container holds only audio files, MKA is used; while subtitles alone are indicated by use of MKS.
The Matroska file format is based on EBML (Extensible Binary Meta Language), a binary derivative of XML. This makes the file extensible, thus allowing more information to be encapsulated in the future as new developments take place, without breaking file support in the old parsers. Other characteristics of Matroska include high error recovery, in-file fast seeking, selectable audio and subtitle streams, streamable over the internet, and Menus (like those on DVDs).
Matroska files, with the extension “.mkv”, may be opened with Matroska Splitter, 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, media centers such as Plex, Boxee, PS3 Media Server and XBMC, and the web browser Google Chrome also have a native MKV support. A number of software tools such as HandBrake and Pinnacle Studio also support Matroska.
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