MKVToolNix is a collection of tools you can download and utilize with the Matroska media container format. Matroska and the MKVTooNix collection are available on numerous platforms to utilize as a universal container for audio data. This means that the Matroska software, along with the MKVToolNix tool set will allow you to store a complete movie or audio disc in a single file, freeing up hard drive and desktop space that could be utilized for other applications.
Basics of Matroska
Matroska is a multimedia container format that is used for multimedia files. It allows unlimited tracks or movies to be stored in a single file, also called a container, due to the amount that can be stored in it. Matroska is an open-standard, open-source download and is based on EBML. EBML is short for Extensible Binary Meta Language and is a binary XML derivative. All of these things mean that Matroska provides extensive advantages to a multimedia development team without having to break down the support provided by older parsers.
What is in the MKVToolNix collection?
The MKVToolNix collection of tools includes several useful components. These include:
- MKVMerge – for images and multimedia streams
- MKVInfo – provides a list of elements in a file
- MKVExtract – to remove specific parts from a file
- MKVPropedit – analyzes and modifies certain properties of the files
- MKVToolNix GUI – the processing unit that runs the other parts of the program
These pieces make up the collection and allow you to alter and inspect any Matroska or WebM files, even if they are from other formats.
How do the Tools in MKVToolNix Function?
MKVToolNix is what is considered to be the default reference for the implementation of a Matroska multiplexer or demultiplexer. All the tools with ToolNix are made to work together to convert files into a format that allows them to be stored in the media container and then utilized from there. These tools will act together to create and differentiate the different kinds of files that will be in the media container. Each type has a different suffix that indicates what it is. These include:
- .mkv for video files
- .mk3d for stereoscopic video
- .mka for audio only
- .mks for subtitles only
MKVToolnix is also what is called an open standard. This means that the source code is open and accessible and useable by anyone. It can be adapted to any preference and has no single interpretation of use. This makes it easily implemented with multiplexers and demultiplexers.
Multiplexers and DeMultiplexers
A demultiplexer is a tool used as what is generally referred to as a file splitter. It breaks down a media file into individual streams that can then be sent to the decoders to be converted from digital to analog format to store within the media container. A multiplexer works almost the same way, except in reverse. It will configure the individual inputs to be able to go into the decoder to be converted to a language understood by the application it is being used for so that the media file can be utilized properly.
MKVToolNix is a tool that is widely used by those in the content creation business. This means it has applications across different industries, including music and film, especially working digitally. Matroska and the MKVToolNix collection will allow you to have all your files in a single, easily accessed, and transferred media container.