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Why Do Pirates Use MKV, Not MP4?, From Topic ID: 62762
Emon
post Apr 21 2008, 19:03
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QUOTE (goesto11 @ Apr 19 2008, 16:54) *
You can also see it in video - .avi is slowly being replaced by .mkv files and H.264 encoding.

AVI isn't a codec, it's just a container. You can have an H.264 encoded video in an AVI file...MKV is just becoming popular because (presumably) it's a better container format.
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eofor
post Apr 23 2008, 08:53
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QUOTE (Emon @ Apr 21 2008, 19:03) *
AVI isn't a codec, it's just a container. You can have an H.264 encoded video in an AVI file...MKV is just becoming popular because (presumably) it's a better container format.


I'm still baffled why .mkv is used by the pirates instead of .mp4, which in terms of features can do exactly the same and is far more widely supported.
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post Apr 24 2008, 11:02
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There is no substantial advantage for using MKV instead of AVI for movies or TV shows with standard MPEG-2/4 video track and one audio track. Where MKV format (and "OGM" before) is used much more is the anime fansubbing scene, for example, where they use multiple audio tracks, chapters, subtitles with advanced typesetting and embedded fonts, etc.


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