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The 'Matroska Multimedia Container' is an open standard free container format, a file format that can hold an unlimited number of video, audio, picture, or subtitle tracks in one file. It is intended to serve as a universal format for storing common multimedia content, like movies or TV shows.

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File Extention .mkv .mka .mks
Internet Media Type video/x-matroska audio/x-matroska
Developer Matroska.org
Type of format Container format
Container for Multimedia
Open format? Yes

Matroska The name "Matroska" is derived from the Russian word Matryoshka (Russian: матрёшка [mɐˈtrʲoʂkə]), which means nesting doll (the common Russian cylindrical-shaped doll within a doll, also known as a babushka doll). This is a play on the container (media within a form of media/doll within a doll) aspect of the matryoshka as it is a container for visual and audio data.

The loose transliteration may be confusing to Russian speakers, as the Russian word matroska (Russian: матроска) actually refers to a sailor suit.


Multimedia Container Format
Multimedia Container Format was the first project to create an open and flexible media container format that could encapsulate multiple video, audio and subtitle streams in one file. The Matroska project is a royalty-free open standard which is free to use and the technical specifications are available for private and commercial use.

File types
Matroska media defines three types of files:

  • MKV (Matroska Video File): Video file can contain audio and subtitles;
  • MKA (Matroska Audio File): A single audio file, how many types of tracks;
  • MKS (Matroska Subtitles): Subtitle file.

Matroska biggest feature is the ability to accommodate a variety of different types of video encoding, audio encoding and subtitle streams, and it can very the Gaomi the RealMedia and QuickTime files also contained in the inner, while the audio and video re-organized, so as to achievea better and a distinctive effect. Matroska development is a challenge for a variety of traditional media formats Nonetheless, Matroska was developed into a versatile multimedia container. In addition, according to the online data display, MKV and regular video formats, such as AVI more excellent.

The following list is a list of MKV and AVI:

File extensionVariable frame rate Subtitles Multi-track Streaming Support Menu Support None Microsoft OS
MKV Yes Yes Yes Coming Soon Coming Soon Yes
AVI No No No No No No
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