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What is an MKV file and how to read it

May 2016

MKV file is a free / open source multimedia container that is of great help as it supports compression formats of many audio-video files and subtitles. This file has a ergonomic user interface and comes with a menu option for an intuitive user experience. MVF files contain the encoder and thus to read these type of files, a codec is essential. Codec software is available for free online download. Among the free ones that can be downloaded are VLC Media Player, the VC Codec and GOM Player.

What is an MKV file?

An MKV file is an audio and video container that can support various audio, video and subtitle compression formats. MKV files usually have a menu system slightly similar to a DVD menu, tools and libraries that allow developers to add MKV support to their applications, an audio/video cross-platform in a multimedia container format and streaming facilities over the internet. MKV has been licensed as an open source container format and is free for public distribution.

How to read an MKV file

This file will usually include an encoder that requires a codec to read it. Below are the links where you can get those codes for free.

VLC Media Player
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VC Codec
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GOM Player
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