MKVToolNix 2017-2018 Full Free Download
MKVToolNix is certainly one of the most popular MKV-related tools in the open source domain. Heir to the widely used and acclaimed MKVmerge GUI, this Graphical User Interface now integrates not only mkvmerge, but also mkvinfo, mkvextract, mkvpropedit, and mmg in this new “Little Earthquakes” edition. All of these utilities will allow you to merge MKV files, add or replace subtitles, extract specific streams, and inspect and edit their properties, headers, etc. MKVToolNix is open source and cross-platform, so that you can enjoy its extensive functionality in fifteen operating systems, including Mac OS X, Arch Linux, Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and others for free.
MKVToolNix attracts a varied array of users, both novice and expert. Some will use it to create new Matroska containers out of existing video files in various formats, while others will perform more delicate operations in their MKV files, such as changing some of their properties. It allows you to turn the media streams (audio, video, and subtitles) in a, say, DVD or Blu-ray into a unique MKV file without losing any of their streams or their original quality.
Also, you can customize this Matroska container by leaving out the streams you don’t need (such as soundtracks and subtitles in other languages, trailers, documentaries, etc.) and thus improve its portability and size. You can add additional streams to existing MKV files, such as a subtitle file in your own language or even a whole new soundtrack in a language that you can understand, and turn various video files in different formats into a compact, high-quality MKV file.
The functionality offer by mkvextract does the opposite – it allows you to pick specific streams (audio and video tracks, subtitles, attachments, etc.) and demultiplex (or demux) them into individual files that you can then use in future merging projects. Mkvextract is also capable of recognizinh and manipulating cues, time codes, chapters, CUE sheets, tags, etc., which now you can isolate into useful formats according to the track type of the original file.
Mkvinfo provides you with technical information about the select track, while mkvpropedit is responsible for the functionality in the Edit Headers menu option. Here, those of you with a deeper knowledge of how media streams work can navigate through the various headers in any of the video or audio streams present in a MKV container and perform highly technical modifications in their content.
MKV merge and extraction jobs can be queue up and start manually whenever it suits you or launch right away. Either way, the program will produce excellent-quality MKV files playable in most media players. MKVToolNix is a comprehensive toolbox wrap up in an attractive and intuitive interface.
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 require 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 select an AVI file from my computer, and I notice that the program display 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
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.