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.
MOV files were created by Apple, are associated with the application Quicktime and often times use the MPEG-4 codec for compression. They were built as a cross-platform format, meaning they can be played on many Mac and Windows applications. MOV files are one of the few container formats that support alpha channel, or transparency.
MOV files can sometimes be handled more efficiently by video editing platforms, so if you are looking to edit MKV files, it could be useful to first convert the file format to MOV.
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 MOV 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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