[Matroska-devel] Streaming in matroska

Christian Wiesner chris at matroska.org
Sat May 30 12:33:41 CEST 2009

The focus for the development of matroska, originally, was not put on
streaming. OGG was available for that already, and there was enough bad
feelings between the two teams that made it necessary to clearly
differentiate the purposes of both containers.

However, there has been a lot of discussion lateron about a specific
'streaming mode' for matroska, you can read all this in the mailing list
archives on gmane.org , mainly in matroska-devel . Needless to say, nobody
ever had the time to really look in this new extension of the existing
specs, so it never happened. One reason is certainly that there are enough
working streaming formats existing, and the big Forte of matroska, its
ability to use many different audio and video codecs in a MKV file, for
streaming purposes is rather a disadvantage than really a benefit ....


matroska project admin

2009/5/19 ramakrishna nunna <nunnaramakrishna at gmail.com>

> Hi,
> I, Ramakrishna started implementation of Matroska Parser. I have some
> doubts regarding streaming functionality in matroska.
> Unlike OGG, in matroska developers didnot put any limits on the size of the
> cluster. So, for implementation of streaming functionality
> how we have to take inputs to the Parser? Was it cluster by cluster or
> blockgroup by blockgroup?
> If it is cluster by cluster, then in real time scenario is it possible to
> have that much bigger buffers to hold cluster data?
> Why the developers didnot kept cluster size limitation such page structure
> in OGG, else it would have been much easier for
> streaming functionality?
> Here I don't want to comment about the design. But, I want to get some
> inputs on my query.
> Thanks in advance.
> --
> Regards,
> Ramakrishna N
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