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10 Tools for Creating and Editing MKVs

10 Tools for Creating and Editing MKVs
MKV, the Virtual Russian Doll

For the uninitiated, MKV is a multimedia container format that stores all of a movie's information in one file. The full name of the format is the Matroska Multimedia Container, named after that set of Russian dolls "of decreasing size placed one inside the other."

As one MKV can contain all the data you need to watch a movie, the video, audio, image, and subtitle tracks, MKV creation and editing tools are very popular nowadays. They let people grab videos from discs or do the reverse (burn these movies onto optical media).

With that in mind, let's go through the 10 tools that will let you work with MKVs.

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    Vorador2 , September 17, 2012 5:06 PM
    Virtualdub is capable of cutting, pasting, and moving parts of the video.

    But i concede that is so opaque that is easy to miss how to do it.
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    Cy-Kill , September 17, 2012 5:12 PM
    Shark007 is the only codec pack I use, and the only one I recommend to others!
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    Anonymous , September 17, 2012 5:29 PM
    You forgot the most important one : H-A-N-D-B-R-A-K-E !!
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    CaedenV , September 17, 2012 5:55 PM
    Virturaldub + AvsP Mod is one of the most powerful and wonderful tools for doing video cleanup, resizing/upscaling, and fixing issues with 'mixed media' issues (found in old Anime and live action movies that combine CG video with animation or traditional film/video). You can technically even do editing in it, though I would not do anything more than a simple trim and save real editing for a good multi-track editior.
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    bruin12 , September 17, 2012 6:28 PM
    Thanks! I now can easily pirate movies :)  I didn't know the studios are pirates themselves, putting MKV files on DVD and Blu-rays.
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    nonoitall , September 17, 2012 7:08 PM
    AVI-Mux GUI is an awesome tool for someone who actually wants to learn the file structure of an MKV file. Its EBML tree viewer lets you easily isolate the elements of an MKV file and see their hexadecimal representation. The layman might want to stay away, but its priceless for a developer who's read the docs on MKV and wants to see what one looks like in practice.
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    ice_melted , September 17, 2012 7:08 PM
    Curious why DVDFab and Handbrake were omitted.
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    dimar , September 17, 2012 7:55 PM
    any free alternative to Video Splitter 3?
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    abbadon_34 , September 18, 2012 12:25 AM
    goddamn people are stupid
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    abbadon_34 , September 18, 2012 12:27 AM
    don't talk shit on VDub! Was the author born yesterday, or just a Mac user?
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    dimar , September 18, 2012 12:29 AM
    What I'm looking for is a lossless editing software where I can take MTS files from my Sony camcorder, merge them, cut whatever I don't need, and create MKV, keeping the timer as subtitles (off by default), keeping GPS data (somehow/maybe subtitles too?), and keeping original 5.1 audio. Without doing any re-encoding. I can do 99% of the already by using different programs... I'll give Video Splitter 3 a try.
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    dimar , September 18, 2012 12:32 AM
    abbadon_34don't talk shit on VDub! Was the author born yesterday, or just a Mac user?

    Extremely love virtualdub, using it when doing VHS lossless cleanup/upscaling. Wish somebody to give it nice multi threading support.
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    animeman59 , September 18, 2012 12:33 AM
    Anybody know any good programs to extract Bluray files for conversion? I heard AnyDVD HD is a good one. Any recommendations?
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    dimar , September 18, 2012 12:38 AM
    animeman59Anybody know any good programs to extract Bluray files for conversion? I heard AnyDVD HD is a good one. Any recommendations?

    AnyDVD HD will let you copy and use the files on your computer. You can use mkvmerge to convert the movie files to MKV :-) For chapters stuff, you need to do some research..
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    ravewulf , September 18, 2012 3:03 AM
    it's the format used on DVDs and Blu-Ray discs.

    Nope. Maybe for DVD and Blu-Ray RIPS, but not on the discs themselves..
    DVDs use VOB (based on the MPEG-2 Program Stream) and Blu-Rays use BDAV (.m2ts, based on the MPEG-2 Transport Stream)
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    abbadon_34 , September 18, 2012 6:09 AM
    MKV is a container, not a codec, nor any specific stream or group of streams. That was the whole point of MKV.

    Creating and editing a container is simple: MKV Merge (mmg.exe)

    I am guessing this article is 10% finished. But include: 1) difference between container and codec 2) true objective of this article 3) target audience i.e. born today vs. 10-20 years working with videos files. codecs, and mkvs [all different yet related] 4) all programs can easier be free, no need for paid progs 5) CCCP is unnecessary for this purpose. Thus it's inclusion is ... maybe ... political and offensive...
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    teaser , September 18, 2012 12:56 PM
    Handbrake all the does an amazing job....for free......
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    JMcEntegart , September 18, 2012 12:59 PM
    ravewulfNope. Maybe for DVD and Blu-Ray RIPS, but not on the discs themselves..DVDs use VOB (based on the MPEG-2 Program Stream) and Blu-Rays use BDAV (.m2ts, based on the MPEG-2 Transport Stream)

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    majorlag , September 18, 2012 6:19 PM
    This article should be reworded slightly. The point it was trying to make is if you want to use these plethora of payware video editing software packages that has limited support for MKV, then install CCCP and viola they work.

    However, what people should be doing is, extracting the contents of the MKV container, and using all those tried and true tested editors that everyone already knows how to use, do the edits, then create a new MKV.

    Here is a better list of tools
    1. mkvextractgui-2 (extract those video clips to .h264 .mpg .avi, audio to .aac, .mp3 .ac3)
    2. FFMSIndex, DGIndex, DGAVCIndex (Frame Accurate decoders for avisynth)
    3. avisynth (frame serve those video clips, crop, resize, cut, splice, filter, countless plugins)
    4. Lagarith codec (lossless video compression for working files)
    5. Virtualdub (Create working files for Editors, or use it to do all your edits not done in avisynth)
    6. AviDemux (like Virtualdub, with perty buttons, Comes with extra tools non video related)
    7. Adobe Premiere,Sony Vagas,Pinnacle Studio,Lightworks,VideoLAN Movie Creator (Editors)
    8. Subtitle Editor, Aegisub, BDSup2Sub (Subtitles)
    9. Handbreak, MeGUI, AVStoDVD (use Editors videos, creates your MKV, MP4, DVD, BD)

    Handbreak, MeGUI can do some basic edits, like combine, cuts, and the sort, but this article was trying to talk about tools to do effects, transitions, annotations that Editors will do. If you need basic stuff, then there are plenty of FREE tools that will get the job done that I might not have listed

    MKV vs MP4, MP4 supports 1 video, many audio, text based subtitles, simple chapters, MKV supports many video, many audio, fancy and text based subs, fonts for those fancy subs, warp point chapters(load external file play it, then continue playing current clip, useful for episodic shows with same opening sequence) and anything else you can throw at it.

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