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Differences MP4 & MKV

Posted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 3:28 am
by Phototaker
Am I correct if I were to suggest say that the video file for MP4 & MKV are basically the same except that MP4 can be played by more players & that MKV has fewer ways of being played although If you can play it you can have more features like subtitles & chapter points.

If that premise is correct what would happen if I encode to MKV & can't play it as is, could only just change the file extension to MP4 & then have it plays anywhere?

Thanks in advance

Re: Differences MP4 & MKV

Posted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:34 am
by GregiBoy
No you cannot. They are different "CONTAINERS"

Re: Differences MP4 & MKV

Posted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:42 am
by mkelley
And for me the biggest difference is that MKV can contain DTS tracks. That's the deal breaker when it comes to using M4V/MP4 files.

And actually, nowadays more devices play MKV properly than MP4 -- it's only Apple that remains stubbornly in the past.

Re: Differences MP4 & MKV

Posted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:05 pm
by Rodeo
Phototaker wrote:If that premise is correct what would happen if I encode to MKV & can't play it as is, could only just change the file extension to MP4 & then have it plays anywhere?
No.