How to convert Video file to Matroska (MKV) on Mandriva

The Matroska Multimedia Container is an open standard free container format, a file format that can hold an unlimited number of video, audio, picture or subtitle tracks inside a single file.[1] It is intended to serve as a universal format for storing common multimedia content, like movies or TV shows. Matroska is similar in concept to other containers like AVI, MP4 or ASF, but is entirely open in specification, with implementations consisting mostly of open source software. Matroska file types are .MKV for video (with subtitles and audio), .MKA for audio-only files and .MKS for subtitles only.

This great multimedia container format is pretty easy to manipulate, not only on Windows, but on Linux also. To do that, we must installing the army-tool: MKVToolnix. MKVToolnix is a set of tools to create, alter and inspect Matroska files under Linux, other Unices and Windows. They do for Matroska what the OGMtools do for the OGM format and then some.

Installing MKTVToolNix on Mandriva 2010.1

1. Run Konsole,
2. Login as super user,type:


and your password.
3. Update your repository first, and then installing mkvtoolnix:

[sourcecode language=”bash”]
urpmi –auto-update
urpmi mkvtoolnix

4. Run the MKVToolnix, from Sound & Video->More->MKVMerge GUI.

It’s cool right?

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