Originally Posted by MKANET
However, I'm sure there are many people out there who dont care about any of this and archive their personally-made MKV files that work on their own setup; and, dont give a sh** if it works on another person's setup or not.
Quite correct. I convert almost everything I have to MKV and it is played
on the PC where it is authored, my Macs and the hardware players
(HDX-1000 NMT and TVix 6500)
I don't use MKV for BD as the specs for TrueHD and DTS-HDMA is not fully
supported across the board.
MKVs are good because of the flexible subtitle support. I watch foreign
films and Anime. Using soft subtitles avoids the ugly jaggies, all my
player platforms are configured to render subtitles as the last item in the
Hard subtities render the text onto the original video and therefore
a reencode is necessary and MKV allows this to be avoided.
I combine the RAW video from my DVDs , the original language AC3
soundrack and srt or ssa subtitles I get off the web for a custom track.
MKVs also support chapters which are very useful for when converting
Concert DVDs , I find the VOB format clumsy and not well supported
on the hardware players and thus forces the use of ISOs which waste a
lot of space.
I use MKVtoolnix which wraps MKVmerge and it avoids the gross errors
when making an MKV like incorrect timing CUE sheets.