Is MKV future proof ... more or less

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Dapness, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. Dapness macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2008
    So I'm ripping all my Blu-Rays with MakeMKV and so far so good unless it's BD+ which of course involves AnyDVD HD.

    Can anyone give me a reason as to why MKV wouldn't be the way to go? I'm just thinking about the future and don't want to have to redo this again if I don't have to. I'm ok with ripping just the feature and it being around 18 GB.

    From what I'm seeing there is minimal or no quality loss and you can include whatever audio you want.

    I use Plex so this seems ideal for me. Just double checking I guess.
  2. BORIStheBLADE macrumors regular


    Jun 15, 2008
    I say it is.
    A lot of the new streamers play the files. I've been using makeMKV with my Dvd's for a while and love it. When I get a blue-ray drive I will try it out with blue-rays.

    I like .MKV's because they hold multiple audio streams, chapters and multiple subtitles.
  3. xxBURT0Nxx macrumors 68020


    Jul 9, 2009
    as future proof as technology gets man. I mean it's not like an MKV is going to loose quality, but newer tech will come out that surpasses the quality of MKV at some point. I don't really see any reason why .mkv's would be abandoned until the successor to bluray comes out. Which is probably going to be a while, bluray still isn't quite mainstream yet.
  4. Bartman01 macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2008
    MKV is just a container. The fact that it is MKV says nothing of the type of content inside or what types of systems/programs (current or future) can process the data. You can have a device/program that can use MKV files, but still can't process the content of the file. Likewise, you can have a system that fully supports the contents of the file, but doesn't understand the mkv wrapper. The PS3 as an example can play the contents of most .MKV files - but not from the MKV wrapper. Using the program MKV2VOB you can repackage the MKV in to a MPG wrapper (bit for bit with no transcoding) that the PS3 understands and can process.

    What is important for being 'future proof' is what you put IN that container, not really the container itself. The content can be repackaged in a new container (if MKV support falls away), as long as the CODECs used are supported by the new container format and devices.
  5. Mr Dobey macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2008
    MakeMKV BD+

    MakeMKV now supports BD+

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