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Which is the best quality format for HD video? mkv , mp4 or other? And can a video (lets say a .mkv) have a .flac audio in it ?
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Mkv is not a format for HD. Mkv can have mp4,subtitles,different audios etc etc.
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Originally Posted by sugarhell View Post

Mkv is not a format for HD. Mkv can have mp4,subtitles,different audios etc etc.

How is it not? All the HD movies have .mkv format? Or at least 99% of them? All those Blu ray 1080p/720p movies.

I dont understand?
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MKV is a container for other files... including the video, subtitiles, etc. MKV is not the video itself.
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MKV is a container for other files... including the video, subtitiles, etc. MKV is not the video itself.

SO Mkv is better?
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the Matroska video container (MKV) files are not per definition better or worse than *insert random true video extension here* since you don't know what type of video is in it just by looking at the fact that it's an MKV.

Just think of MKV files as being a collection of files, for example let's say an MP4 video file, OGG audio and subtitle file, all integrated into that one MKV file.
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the Matroska video container (MKV) files are not per definition better or worse than *insert random true video extension here* since you don't know what type of video is in it just by looking at the fact that it's an MKV.
Just think of MKV files as being a collection of files, for example let's say an MP4 video file, OGG audio and subtitle file, all integrated into that one MKV file.

So Mkv can contain a mp4, a flac , a subtitle file ? So it depends on what the codec is? Speaking of codecs, is there any lossless video codec, which is the best quality video codec? Like .flac for music (lossless)?
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Yes, there are lossless video codecs, but they are still not going to yield any usable size, unless you're recording something with a small color palette, like an emulated 8 bit console game. It's general consensus that x264 is the best video compressor, which compresses to the h.264 video codec.
 
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Speaking of codecs, is there any lossless video codec, which is the best quality video codec?

Many people who need/want lossless videos tend to use HuffYUV, Lagarith (what I personally use), or lossless H264. However, unless you are doing video editing with multiple terabytes of storage space at your disposal and like to be paranoid about the effects of generation degradation (me being one of those individuals redface.gif), sticking with H.264/x264 is a better option. Off the top of my head, lossless files tend to have a bitrate (1080p at 60fps) of ~350 Mbps (a lot better than the 2+ Gbps from uncompressed AVIs I use to work with biggrin.gif). If you are simply converting videos for convenient watching, using H.264 (I recommend x264) is a much more ideal approach to storing videos.
    
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I am using only x264 for pc, mp4 for ps3. Not worth to compress to something else
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