What is Matroska ?
First, it is essential to clarify exactly "What an Audio/Video container is", to avoid any misunderstandings:
- It is NOT a video or audio compression format (video codec)
- It is an envelope for which there can be many audio, video and subtitles streams, allowing the user to store a complete movie or CD in a single file.
Matroska is designed with the future in mind. It incorporates features you would expect from a modern container format, like:
- High error recovery
- Chapter entries
- Selectable subtitle streams
- Selectable audio streams
- Modularly Extendable
- Streamable over internet (HTTP and RTP audio & video streams)
- Menus (like DVDs have)
Matroska is an open standards project. This means for personal use it is absolutely free to use and that the technical specifications describing the bitstream are open to everybody, even to companies that would like to support it in their products. The source code of the libraries developed by the Matroska Development Team is dual licensed under both the GNU L-GPL for source code and for parsing and playback libraries available under the BSD license, for commercial software and Hardware adoption.
You can visit the official Matroska.org site for further information or email us: [email protected]