Originally Posted by anime301
I always liked mkv's but i never would have guessed how much better they are to DVDs. I know its almost night and day. Do you think at a really high bit rate a mkv could match a real 1080p blu ray? I mean it comes really close, but in a lab test do you everything it could match it or beat it if not what could? just curious.
All of my MKV files match my bluray disks perfectly. Bit for bit. I rip the video and audio to MKV with zero compression.
I'm actually kindof surprised that this thread is still going.
MKV is just a container file, like a ZIP or RAR. The parts of the video that you watch, when you double-click the MKV, are contained therein. There is a video track, an audio track, chapter files, subtitle files, etc etc. You can add and remove portions, and add or remove multiple video and audio tracks.
When you download (or rip) an MKV, it's usually compressed because of storage or bandwidth constraints. No one wants to download a 38gb TRON:Legacy MKV file when for most people a ~10gb rip will do just fine.
Personally, I prefer reference quality video and audio, so I rip my own bluray discs.