Differences MP4 & MKV

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Phototaker
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Differences MP4 & MKV

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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?

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GregiBoy
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Re: Differences MP4 & MKV

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No you cannot. They are different "CONTAINERS"
mkelley
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Re: Differences MP4 & MKV

Post 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.
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Re: Differences MP4 & MKV

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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.
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