MKV vs MP4

MKV is an open standard free container format used by Matroska video files. Matroska is similar in concept to other containers like AVI, MP4, which can hold an unlimited number of video, audio, picture, or subtitle tracks in one file.

MP4 is a multimedia container format standard specified as a part of MPEG-4. MPEG-4 files with audio and video generally use the standard .mp4 extension. It is most commonly used to store digital video and digital audio streams.

Summary:
1. MKV is a container format and MP4 is a video format.
2. MKV can hold all video, audio, picture, subtitle tracks in single file.
3. MP4 is more popular for devices like iPad, iPhone, iPod, etc.
4. MP4 can stream h.264 video (like flash, youtube etc...) , but MKV cannot unless you use webm compression and HTML5
5. MKV format is support by many Blu-ray Disc players like Asus, OPPO Digital, Panasonic, etc.

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