Matroska is a free open-source multimedia container format, and MKV is one of the file extensions it uses, and MKV can hold and contain video files that include audio. The question is what makes MKV format so special and why not try formats like MP4 and AVI during DVD/Blu-ray backup?
What MKV can hold?
MKV format is able to hold unlimited and any type of audio, video and subtitle streams. You can put a complete movie into a single file including various audio, video and subtitle streams as well preserving menus and chapter structure. You can find everything in a MKV file when coping and converting DVD/Blu-ray movie to MKV.
Play MKV on PC and external HDD media players
MKV are video files encoded in the Matroska format. As a free and open source, this format has plenty of advantages over other video formats like AVI, MP4, etc. Basically MKV format is supported by those universal media players. As to playing MKV on PC after finishing DVD/Blu-ray backup, you can install MKV-compatible media players such as VLC media player which can fully support MKV playback. Players like Media Player Classic and MplayerX are also great choices. External HDD media players like WD TV series, Porpcorn Hour, and Seagate Free Agent can also realize MKV playback.
Preserve audio and video without quality loss
As a powerful and free container format, MKV supports various audio and video codecs like H.264, VC-1, AC3, DTS, etc. During DVD/Blu-ray movie to MKV format backup, the original audio/video compression format is still retained. When putting audio and video contents to a MKV file without en-decoding, you’ll preserve lossless video quality and reduce processing time.
Backup DVD/Blu-ray to MKV in your own way
Can you find a more flexible video format than MKV? In addition to the novel features of fast seeking in life, chapter entries, it also features selectable subtitle streams and audio streams, which means you can remove undesired or unwanted subtitles or audio tracks from a MKV file. You can also extract video stream for compression and remux it into a single MKV file.