WMP and MKV video

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by Grumpy, Jun 6, 2006.

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    Grumpy Guest

    WMP and MKV video.

    WMP will play MKV videos.

    MKV is not listed in WMP's file associations listing, why not?

    Also MKV files can have several video, audio, subtitle tracks, stills, etc.

    Selecting a particular subtitle track is simple from WMP toolbar,
    Play / Audio and language tracks.

    But how do you select from multiple video tracks?

    MKV background
    The Matroska multimedia container formats (MKV) were derived from
    a project called MCF, but differ from it significantly because it is based
    on EBML (Extensible Binary Meta Language), a binary derivative of XML.

    EBML enables future format extensibility, without breaking file support in
    old parsers.

    This is a container, not a CODEC.

    A Matroska video file, it may contain several video tracks, as well as
    several audio and subtitles tracks, in various formats.

    In addition to that the files can have attachements like JPEGs, song lyrics,
    decoder filters for DirectShow or other decoders, etc.
    Grumpy, Jun 6, 2006
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    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    You can extend that file association listing if you want. But they're a
    niche file (no offense), and it'd be rude for MS to "register" as supporting
    those files but not fully validate that they support MKV in full.

    zachd [MSFT], Jun 9, 2006
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    Grumpy Guest

    WMP & MKV (Matroska) files.

    Thanks Zachd,

    I have fun playing around with the advanced "niche" files, like MKV,
    Bink, Smacker, SWF, FLV, last two not so "Nichy", I just made up a
    new word, LOL, my spell checker is not happy.

    The latest use for MKV is for multi-lingual conference presentations,
    MKV supports about 40 audio tracks, much better than having 40
    subtitle tracks on the screen. :) LOL. Great for the UN, or MS World
    developer conferences, even World Jarva conferences in Japan.

    Problem is WMP won't play all 40 audio tracks at the same time in 40
    audio-out channels, you need a special player.

    The foreign speaking audience members are given light weight
    headphones with 40 audio channels that they can select, there are
    about 8,000 -10,000 languages in the World, but MKV is still doing
    great be able to present about 40 languages to an audience, I don’t
    think DVD, QT, FLV, WMV can do that yet, but HD-DVD and BluRay
    DVD can, its just that there are no 40 track standalone or PC software
    players for HD-DVD or BluRay DVD yet.

    Single video track MKV file:

    Video track: One
    Audio tracks: 8 +
    Subtitle tracks: 32
    Photos: Unlimited.
    Filters: DS, others as required.
    Other: Menus, Filters, Script, etc.
    Sound: 5.1 or 7.1 available.

    Multi video track MKV file:

    Video tracks: 8 +
    Audio tracks: 8 + for each video track
    Subtitle tracks: 32 available for each video track.
    Photos: unlimited.
    Filters: DS, others as required.
    Other: Menus, Filters, Script, etc.
    Sound: 5.1 or 7.1 available.

    WMP Playback.

    Single video track MKV.
    WMP will play single track MKV, selection of audio track, or subtitle
    tracks is from WMP controls or plug-ins like Morgan Stream Switcher,

    Multi video track MKV
    MKV with menu, WMP will play selection just like a DVD, that is just
    click interactive menu with mouse or PC remote.

    MKV with no menu, WMP is unable to select individual video tracks
    with onboard controls, needs video stream switching plug-in.


    Grumpy, Jun 11, 2006
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    Fred Manders Guest

    Do you mean I can have *.mkv in mediatypes when I use the open dialog in
    WMP? Because that would be great! I made some regedits, so that WMP would
    play MKV files without complaining. I can even drag and drop a MKV file onto
    WMP and it will start playing. The only thing missing is recognition in the
    open dialog.

    Kind regards,

    Fred Manders
    Fred Manders, Nov 9, 2006
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    zachd [ms] Guest

    Yep - it's pretty easy, just create a "MKV" value under each of the three
    subkeys under:
    and generally copy the existing patterns, except for MUIDescription where
    you would just reapply the Description value since you likely don't have a
    MUI file to work with.
    zachd [ms], Nov 9, 2006
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    Fred Manders Guest

    Thanks! That did the trick! Time to expand the mediatypes big time!
    Fred Manders, Nov 10, 2006
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    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    Sure, enjoy.
    Just don't use numbers - those are reserved for WMP usage. =)
    zachd [MSFT], Nov 10, 2006
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    johnlk Guest


    i can i get specific instructions to enable my wmp to read .mkv files. i
    don't know much about using regedit. thanks.
    johnlk, Mar 4, 2007
  9. Get "Matroska Pack Lite v1.1.2" from half way down this page :

    It should resolve the specific mkv dependencies but not add too much
    other cruft. In general the larger CCCP above it is worth having for
    alternative content, and doesn't appear to break very often.

    Cheers - Neil
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Mar 4, 2007
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    Fi Guest

    Go to the Matroska website www.matroska.org and go to downloads page and
    select windows option. Look for and dowload the version of CCCP (Combined
    Community Codec Pack) for use with Windows Media Player. Follow instructions
    to install and Media Player will play MKV (video) and MKA (audio) files for

    Fi, Nov 2, 2007
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