[Matroska-general] MKV vs MP4

Steve Lhomme steve.lhomme at free.fr
Fri Oct 19 10:50:10 CEST 2007

Emanuele Fumagalli wrote:
>> Emanuele Fumagalli schrieb:
>>> Hi all,
>>> I'm evaluating Matroska to use it as a container instead of MP4.
>>> What I'm looking for is to reduce as much as possible the header that 
>>> is loaded before decoding the video and audio streams,
>>> that's because I intend to stream the file using a progressive download.
>>>  Do you know if Matroska can have a more little header compared to MP4?
>> You can find an overhead comparison here:
>> http://www.alexander-noe.com/video/amg/en_overhead_comparison.html
> Hi,
> thanks for answering and for the link.
> It's not very clear to me, what I'd like to understand is that if using 
> Matroska I  will have a lower overhead on a h264 + aac.
> At the moment I notice that on long videos, aourn 1h:30m the overhead 
> needed by the mp4 seems around 1.5 Mb.

IIRC MP4 sucks for streaming because you need some information that are 
usually at the end of the file. Matroska doesn't need any information 
that are usually at the end of the file (like seek info).


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