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MKVToolNix

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# Change Log

# Version 31.0.0 "Dolores In A Shoestand" 2019-02-09

## New features and enhancements

* all programs: added a new option `--abort-on-warnings` that will cause the

program to abort after it has emitted the first warning, similar to how it

aborts after the first error. Implements #2493.

* mkvmerge, mkvextract: when closing files that were opened for writing,

cached data will not be flushed to storage automatically anymore. This

reverts the workaround implemented for #2469. A new option was added to both

programs (`--flush-on-close`) that re-enables flushing for people who are

affected by data loss such as described in #2469.

The reason is that automatic flushing causes long delays in processing

queues when the output by mkvmerge/mkvextract isn't the final product but

just an intermediate result to be processed further.

Implements #2480.

* MKVToolNix GUI: multiplexer: the dialog previewing different character sets

for text subtitles will now keep the position of the displayed text when

switching between character sets. Implements #2489.

## Bug fixes

* mkvmerge: AVI reader: using DV type 1 AVIs will now result in an unsupported

file type being reported (as the underlying AVI library doesn't support

them) instead of crashing mkvmerge. Fixes #2491.

* mkvmerge: HEVC: the height of interlaced streams will now be set correctly

to the height of the full frame instead of the height of a single interlaced

field. Fixes #2446.

* mkvmerge: MP4 reader: edit lists consisting solely of elements that mkvmerge

doesn't support (such as dwells) are simply ignored. Before no data was read

for such tracks at all. Fixes #2487.

* mkvmerge: text subtitles: entries with an explicit duration of 0ms will now

be handled correctly: the 0ms duration will be stored in Matroska instead of

the difference between the current and the following entry. Fixes #2490.

* MKVToolNix GUI: multiplexer, chapter editor: fixed drag & drop handling with

Qt 5.12.0 and newer. Fixes #2472.

* MKVToolNix GUI: multiplexer: the GUI did not clean up temporary files

created when running `mkvmerge`. Fixes #2499.

## Build system changes

* Qt 5.4.0 or newer has required (up from 5.3.0) since version 30.0.0; I just

forgot to include this entry.

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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