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MKVToolNix

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# Change Log

# Version 42.0.0 "Overtime" 2020-01-02

## New features and enhancements

* mkvmerge: added an option for creating byte-identical files:

`--deterministic seed`. Part of the implementation of #2698.

* mkvmerge: Matroska reader: mkvmerge will remove the `icpf` atom headers if

they're present in frames read from Matroska files. Implements #2692.

* mkvmerge: MP4 reader: ALAC tracks: the number of channels, sampling

frequency and bit depth are now taken from the bitstream in order to fix

bogus values on the container level. Implements #2714.

* mkvpropedit: when changing track UIDs the referring elements in existing

chapters & tags will be updated automatically, too. Part of the

implementation of #2700.

* mkvinfo: when the option `-p`/`--hex-positions` is used, element positions

will be output regardless of the verbosity level. Part of the implementation

of #2713.

* mkvinfo: added the option `-P`/`--positions` for showing the position of

each element in decimal regardless of the verbosity level used. Part of the

implementation of #2713.

* mkvinfo: added the option `-o`/`--continue` for continuing processing when

the first cluster is encountered regardless of the verbosity level

used. Part of the implementation of #2713.

* mkvinfo: added the option `-a`/`--all` for outputting all sub-elements (even

cues & seek head entries) and not stopping at the first cluster regardless

of the verbosity level used. Part of the implementation of #2713.

* MKVToolNix GUI: multiplexer: added an option in the preferences for

disabling adding cover images from Blu-ray discs. Implements #2693.

* MKVToolNix GUI: multiplexer: added mkvmerge's new `--deterministic` option

in the "additional command-line options" dialog. Part of the implementation

of #2698.

* MKVToolNix GUI: header editor:: when changing track UIDs the referring

elements in existing chapters & tags will be updated automatically,

too. Part of the implementation of #2700.

## Bug fixes

* mkvmerge: HEVC ES parser: fixed a bug in the slice parser calculating the

size of a field which in turn could have led to the slice's type being read

wrong. Patch by Torsten Hauska. Fixes #2710.

* mkvmerge: Matroska reader: fixed a segmentation fault when trying to read a

file that uses header removal compression but no removed bytes are present

in the track headers. Fixes #2687.

* mkvmerge: MPEG elementary stream parser: fixed an invalid memory access and

use of uninitialized memory that could happen under certain

circumstances. Fixes #2690.

* mkvmerge: RealMedia reader: fixed a division by zero when all audio

timestamps were zero. Fixes #2689.

* mkvmerge: RealMedia reader: fixed an invalid memory access in the video

frame assembly code triggered by invalid data in the file. Fixes #2691.

## Build system changes

* `std::optional` (C++17 feature) is now used instead of `boost::optional`.

* `std::regex` is now used instead of `boost::regex`.

## Other changes

* New man page translations into French, Italian, Russian and Chinese

Traditional have been added.

Description

MKVToolNix is a small collection of tools (mkvmerge, mkvinfo, mkvextract, mkvpropedit and mmg) that allows you to manipulate Matroska (MKV) files in several ways.

You can use MKVToolNix to create, split, edit, mux, demux, merge, extract or inspect Matroska files. The program will also work with other video formats (AVI, MPEG, MP4, MPEG, Ogg/OGM, RealVideo, MPEG1/2, h264/AVC, Dirac, VC1) including some video codecs (such as VP9 video codec support - reading from IVF/Matroska/WebM files, extract to IVF files). Audio formats (AAC, FLAC, MP2, MP3, (E)AC3, DTS/DTS-HD, Vorbis, RealAudio) and also most subtitle formats (SRT, PGS/SUP, VobSub, ASS, SSA, etc.). MKVToolNix is a cross-platform application that will work on Windows® (both 32 and 64-bit versions), Mac® OS X® and Linux. Please note that from this page you can download the Windows® (installer and portable) and Mac® OS X® versions. If you're looking for a Linux version, you can download one from MKVToolNix homepage.

Trademark Note 1: Microsoft®, Windows® and other product names are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

Trademark Note 2: Mac and OS X are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

MKVToolNix Review

Note: I tested MKVToolNix on Windows® 7 Ultimate 32-bit using mkvmerge GUI and several other tools opened from the Command Prompt such as mkvinfo. Therefore, if you're looking for more information on how to compile MKVToolNix yourself, check the README file (online). I wanted to test two things: the mkvmerge GUI (software interface) and see how easy or hard is to use the command line for all the other tools such as "mkvinfo."

The software interface (mkvmerge GUI)

As soon as the setup finished, I opened the "mkvmerge GUI" shortcut from my desktop. At a first look, the interface seems quite intuitive, so my first action was to open an MKV file, select an option and see the result. I went to program interface at the "Input" tab and used the "Add" button (it also works using the "drag and drop" method. 

I selected a 710 MB MKV file and I wanted to split this (from "Global" tab - select "Split Mode" - "split after size" and then I specified the size - in this case 50M = 50MB) in smaller files with a size of 50 MB for each. Finally, I clicked on "Start Muxing" button. 

The program required just 45 seconds for this operation, and the result was 14 smaller MKV files. After this, I wanted to mux the content of an AVI file in MKV format. Again, I went to "Input" tab and used the "Add" button, I selected an AVI file from my computer, and I noticed that the program displayed the Output filename automatically with the name of the same file but this time in MKV (Matroska) format. 

Again, the same button called "Start Muxing" was doing all the magic. This time the process was even faster - at the end I could read the following message "Muxing took 34 seconds".

Other command line tools (example: mkvinfo)

To use all the other command line tools in Windows®, open a Command Prompt window. Just hit the "Start" button, click on "Search programs and files" (Windows® 7 and Vista) or "Run" (Windows® XP and others) and type either "cmd" or "command prompt" (without the quotes). 

In the command prompt, you can try each program (mkvmerge, mkvinfo, mkvextract, mkvpropedit) by typing its name and the usage parameters. An example would be: "mkvinfo --help" that will display a list with all the commands available. I tried mkvinfo using this command: "mkvinfo -g" and the result was a small interface that allowed me to open an MKV file and see all kind of technical details about it. I was also able to save the results in the TXT format.

Tips

You can launch an instance of mkvmerge GUI (software interface) directly from the command prompt. Just type "mmg" and hit "Enter."

Besides of the usual standard documentation from the command prompt (I hate it because it's hard to read) you can find and read the online documentation available on MKVToolNix documentation homepage here: (use the blue links for mkvmerge, mkvinfo, mkvextract, mkvpropedit and mmg to access the online help).

Final Conclusion

You can learn how to use several main features in minutes but to master the program, it does require more time. Your best bet is to experiment all of his options and whenever you need some help, check the FAQ section (filled with great answers to common issues), start with the guide of mkvmerge GUI here and check the documentation for all the other tools - here (provided once again). MKVToolNix is a "must-have" software if you work with MKV files. It has an incredible amount of features that are not listed on the homepage. Ultimately, if you appreciate this tool, please consider a DONATION to support the work of Mr. Moritz Bunkus, the author of MKVToolNix.

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