The MKV file holds an unlimited number of video, audio, picture and subtitle tracks within the file. It is a convenient video file where you can fit in the highest amount of data possible. It is a RAW format that you can easily flip and turn all of the separate data tracks.
File saved into the MKV format more often than not save each track (subtitle, picture, audio and video) into a different dataline. This is similar to other container formats such as AVI or MP4 although generally when packaging an MKV file people rarely bundle all the tracks within the file. Most media players do not natively support MKV files, you would have to use a special media playing software to access its content normally such as VLC.
AVI stands for Audio Video Interleave. Files of this format have an .avi extension. Developed by Microsoft in 1992, it has become so widespread that many people consider it the de-facto standard for storing video and audio information on PC. AVI combines audio and video into a single file in a standard container to allow simultaneous playback. Its advatage is a simple architecture, due to which AVI runs on a number of different systems like Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix and is supported by all of the most popular web-browsers.'
AVI is a derivative of the Resource Interchange File Format (RIFF), which divides a file's data into blocks, or chunks. Each chunk is identified by a FourCC tag. An AVI file takes the form of a single chunk in a RIFF formatted file, which is then subdivided into two mandatory chunks and one optional chunk. The first sub-chunk is identified by the hdrl tag. This sub-chunk is the file header and contains metadata about the video, such as its width, height and frame rate. The second sub-chunk is identified by the movi tag. This chunk contains the actual audio/visual data that make up the AVI movie. The third optional sub-chunk is identified by the idx1 tag which indexes the offsets of the data chunks within the file.
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