Developed in Russia in 2002, MKV is a container format that stands for Matroska Video, taking the name from Russian nesting dolls or ‘matryoshka’. MKV is rare in video file formats as it is completely open-source, and has wide support for integrated non-video elements, such as chapters, selectable video or audio streams, or subtitles embedded in a single file.
HEVC is a video codec abbreviated from High Efficiency Video Coding, is also known as H.265 or MPEG-H Part 2. This compression format was designed as a successor to H.264, (Advanced Video Coding or MPEG-4 Part 10) and can compress data up to 50% more than AVC whilst retaining the same image quality. HEVC files are rarely stored with the file extension.HEVC but are instead commonly wrapped within the file containers MOV or MP4.
Since MKV is a container format and HEVC is a compression format, converting from MKV to HEVC is a misnomer. If the video inside the MKV file is encoded as H.264 or AVC, re-encoding the file to H.265 or HEVC at the same bitrate could reduce the file size without losing image quality, but the user would also need to decide whether they needed to continue to wrap this video in a MKV file, or perhaps in a more widely supported file format such as MP4.
NOTE: It's important to distinguish between file container formats and compression formats, or codecs. For example, MP4 is a container, and can hold different types of video compression, for example, MPEG-2 Part 2, MPEG-4 AVC, or HEVC, as well as audio (again compressed in a variety of formats) and metadata (for example subtitles). Some codecs can be wrapped in multiple different containers. Containers are sometimes referred to as file extensions, e.g. MOV, MP4, or AVI, but it's important to remember that there can be different types of video within these file formats.
VideoStudio is more than MKV to HEVC converter. We built VideoStudio to convert multiple file-formats including the formats below.
Format support for VideoStudio Trial depends on your OS system configuration. Fewer formats are supported in the VideoStudio Trial and is not representative of the formats supported in VideoStudio Pro or VideoStudio Ultimate upon full purchase.
Requires the full version of VideoStudio - not supported in VideoStudio trial.
* This format requires supporting graphic card and MS HEVC extension installed
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