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MKVToolNix

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# Change Log

# Version 69.0.0 "Day And Age" 2022-07-09

## Important notes

* all: the spelling of "colour" was changed to "color" throughout all programs

to match the use of American English spelling in MKVToolNix. This not only

affects documentation and user interface controls, but also program options

for mkvmerge & mkvpropedit. Both programs will continue to accept the

British English spelling of their respective options indefinitely. One

breaking change is that the property names in mkvmerge's JSON identification

mode have also been changed to American English spelling. As those

properties have only been introduced in release v68, this seems like a small

enough window to make such a change.

## New features and enhancements

* MKVToolNix GUI: the number of recently used entries (e.g. destination

directories) remembered by the GUI can now be configured in the

preferences. Implements #3362.

* MKVToolNix GUI: multiplexer: when adding files the track properties

regarding color information & color mastering meta information will be

parsed & set in the corresponding GUI controls. Implements #3359.

* MKVToolNix GUI: job queue: the job queue can now be sorted by clicking on

the column headers. Part of the implementation of #3365.

* MKVToolNix GUI: job queue: when loading jobs from the queue directory that

weren't previously known to the program those jobs will be sorted by their

"date added" timestamp instead of using the order the operating system

returns them in. Part of the implementation of #3365.

## Bug fixes

* build system: fixed compilation with fmt v9. Fixes #3366.

* mkvmerge: HEVC ES parser: the parser will now parse at least the first full

access unit before reporting that it has found all the required

headers. Otherwise parsing might stop in the middle of the access unit due

to the source reader not providing more data in the first call, leading to

the parser not finding the `unspec62` and `unspec63` NALUs required for

Dolby Vision. Fixes #3363.

* MKVToolNix GUI: preferences: the default actions added to the "execute

programs" section on new installations now default to use WebM file names

instead of Ogg, matching the format of the included audio files.

## Build system changes

* The bundled `fmt` library was updated to v9.0.0.

Description

Download MKVToolNix 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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