[Matroska-users] Beggining with matroska.

Ivan Kowalenko ivan.kowalenko at gmail.com
Mon Jul 2 07:19:19 CEST 2007

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On Jul 1, 2007, at 11.48, dfdfdf rererererer wrote:

> Hi, i'm new in this matroska format, i'm still trying to download  
> some mkv files just to know how good it is, and it seems very good  
> because of the different audios and the subtitles.

Well, except for files that take advantage of codecs, codec  
combinations unsupported by other containers (AVI, OGM, MOV, etc.)  
and other embedded elements (attached files, subtitles, multiple  
audio and video tracks, chapters, etc.), you're not going to notice a  
difference between an AVI file and its MKV version. Matroska is just  
a container. The best way to think of it is that containers are like  
boxes, and that your codecs are different ways of compressing  
(folding, squeezing, etc.). In this case, Matroska is a REALLY REALLY  
nice box, with lots of convenient ways of compartmentalizing things  
so you can easily keep them separate. It really doesn't change what's  
in the box though, so a Matroska file can still serve up content that  
would look and sound horrible, just really well organized.

> I've been trying tpo download the core media player that appears on  
> your website, but i can't get it.

I recommend, actually, VLC (http://www.videolan.org). It has native  
support for Matroska and about a dozen other containers, plus dozens  
of internally linked codecs that should never require the  
installation of another codec. It's cross platform, which means you  
can use it on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X (in addition to some other  
operating systems). If you really desperately need a copy to go  
everywhere with you, you can get Portable VLC (a Google search should  
help find it) for almost all supported operating systems. The really  
nice thing about it is that it's an open source project, so it's  
constantly being developed, and there's a good support community if  
you need help. Even better: because it's open source it's 100% free.  
And there's probably a localization for your area, and if there  
isn't, I'm sure there's one that's pretty close.

> I hope you would be able to fix this. Lots of greetings from Perú,  
> Southamerica. Keep up the good work and God bless you, matroska  
> guys :-)

Well, the problem you're experiencing is actually a problem with the  
Core Media Player, which is not maintained by the Matroska team, but  
is in fact an entirely separate project, so there's not much we can  
do. If it's a simple broken link, we can change that, but if it's  
something like they no longer allow to be linked to, or their hosting  
services have gone per-spoink, we can't do much. But thanks for the  
heads up, we'll take a peek into trying to get the link fixed.
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