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Everything you Need to Know about MKV Format

Karolina Miller
Karolina Miller

Karolina Miller is an editor for VC Studio. From video/audio downloading to DVD creating and converting, she knows them all. And she likes sharing her thought and solution about multimedia.


MKV is becoming more and more popular over the last few years. You will always come across the MKV files whether it is downloaded from website or got from other people. Now, we will help you to understand what MKV is and how to play it.

Part 1 What is MKV

MKV is not an audio or video compression format, but a multimedia container format of Matroska. This MKV container can hold video, audio, alternative audio tracks, multilingual subtitles and chapter points, as well as rich metadata including cover art, ratings, descriptions and more. As a flexible, open standard format, MKV gained broad support recently and quickly become the preferred video format for high definition video on the Internet.


The three type for Matrosk

1. MKV: The video file, which is allowed to include audio and subtitles.

2.  MKA: A single audio file, there may be multiple and various types of track.

3. MKS: Subtitle files.

Part 2 How to Play MKV Files

MKV is not an industry standard, so you will find not all of media players support playing it. If you want to play MKV files, there are two methods for your choice: using an MKV compatible media player and downloading the appropriate codecs.

Below are the players compatible with MKV:

• VLC media player

• Media Player Classic

• GOM Player

• Rat DVD

• Zoom Player

• BS Player

• KM Player

• DivX Player

• Daum Pot Player

VLC Player

Part 3 How to Convert MKV to Other Formats

Although MKV can be played on above players, it is incompatible with many modern players or portable devices like iPad, iPhone, Xbox 360, Sony PS3, BlackBerry, etc. Therefore, you need to convert MKV format to a common format first if you want to watch MKV movies on those portable devices. To convert MKV video files, Video Converter Ultimate might be a good program for you. It is a powerful MKV converter. It supports converting MKV to over 150 popular video formats and supports MKA files to audio formats such as MP3, WMA, AAC, OGG and M4A.


Convert Interface

Part 4 Burn MKV to DVD Disc

Compared with other lossy formats, MKV can be lossless. So an MKV video can be pretty large in terms of size. If you want to burn such kind of MKV videos into DVD disc, the quality of resulting DVD could be wonderful. Also, Video Converter Ultimate can help you to achieve this thought. With this excellent software, you can make a professional quality DVD from one or multiple MKV files with many menu templates.

Burn DVD Interface

Part 5 How to Make a MKV file

Here we will recommend a free and open resource MKV creator – MKVToolNix for you. MKVToolNix is a small collection of tools (mkvmerge, mkvinfo, mkvextract, mkvpropedit and mmg) that allows you to manipulate Matroska (MKV) files in several ways.

• Mkvmerge: Merge multimedia streams into a Matroska file

• Mkvinfo: Print information about elements in Matroska files

• Mkvextract: Extract tracks (video, audio and subtitles) from Matroska files into other files

• Mkvpropedit: Modify properties of existing Matroska files without a complete remux

• MMG: mkvmerge GUI, which contains the section editor and head editor

If you want to make your own MKV file, download this program and take a try. And the Video Converter Ultimate support convert any video to MKV format, you can also use this program to create the MKV file.


Now, have you gotten the basic information of MKV? What questions do you have with playing, converting, burning and creating MKV files? You can leave all your questions in the comment section, we will reply you as soon as possible.

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