[Matroska-users] How to have a matroska file to hold and play anexternal matroska file?

Mikuláš Krupička mousekrup at centrum.cz
Thu Dec 18 13:01:27 CET 2008

> Od: ohomemquecopiava at gmail.com
> Komu: matroska-users at lists.matroska.org
> Datum: 18.12.2008 08:34
> Předmět: [Matroska-users] How to have a matroska file to hold and play anexternal matroska file?
>I tried googling for the information I want. The best I could find was
>a matroska.org technical information page which did not help me. I
>also tried searching the mailing lists, with no interesting results.
>So, I am sending this message. If there is a place I can find this
>information in a not-too-techie way, feel free to point it to me.
>I heard of something that, if I used, would prove very useful indeed.
>I was told that we can have a Matroska file to hold its contents and
>play an external Matroska file.
>I don't know whether I'm being clear. Let me give you an example.
>Say that I am an amateur video editor and want to release my mock news
>program. Every episode, I have a small introduction with the
>headlines, then my beautiful opening video with a song comes up. After
>that, I give the mock news, and comes the ending sequence with another
>song. Finally, there's a preview of the next program's jokes.
>I could have the opening and ending sequences in every file. However,
>diskspace and bandwidth are not unlimited, and I don't want to have
>hundreds of copies of the same sequence floating around. That's where
>the information I got comes in.
>I heard that it is possible, with Matroska, to have the sequences in
>another file and somehow link them from every episode. Like, having e
>for episode, p for part, s for opening sequence and t for ending
>Files: e1.mkv, e2.mkv, ... ewhatever.mkv, s.mkv, t.mkv.
>I play e1.mkv. It is actually composed by three audio tracks and three
>video tracks (that part is easy), which I will group and name as e1p1,
>e1p2 and e1p3.
>What I want the player to do is: play e1p1, open up s.mkv and play s,
>close it down, go back and play e1p2, open up t.mkv and play t, close
>it down, go back and play e1p3.
>I gave it as an example with 3 parts and 2 external files, but it
>applies for any number.
>I think I've made very clear what I'm talking about; if not, I can
>explain further (I even get the feeling that I'm kind of
>"overexplaining", but you never know).
>So. I heard that I can do such an arrangement with Matroska files. I
>want to know if this is possible and how to do it.
>I thank you all in advance, and congratulate the people behind
>Matroska for this great container.
>Best wishes,
>O Homem Que Copiava.
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