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Matroska File Format with V210 Video Encoding

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Identification and description Explanation of format description terms

Full name Matroska File Format with V210 Video Encoding
Description

Matroska file format wrapping V210 uncompressed video essence, typically multiplexed with soundtrack audio.

Production phase Generally employed in post-production or editing (middle phase) and in limited modes of dissemination (final phase).
Relationship to other formats
    Subtype of Matroska, Matroska Multimedia Container
    Contains V210, V210 Video Picture Encoding
    May contain Audio and other essences of various types, not discussed at this time.

Local use Explanation of format description terms

LC experience or existing holdings No extensive experience.
LC preference None. For preservation reformatting, the Library of Congress' Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation has chosen MXF_OP1a_JP2_LL (lossless JPEG 2000 wrapped in MXF operational pattern 1a).

Sustainability factors Explanation of format description terms

Disclosure See Matroska and V210.
    Documentation See Matroska and V210.
Adoption Moderate levels of adoption in professional production.
    Licensing and patents None.
Transparency Relatively transparent; requires tools to write and read.
Self-documentation See Matroska.
External dependencies None.
Technical protection considerations None.

Quality and functionality factors Explanation of format description terms

Moving Image
Normal rendering Supported
Clarity (high image resolution) See V210.
Functionality beyond normal rendering See Matroska.

File type signifiers and format identifiers Explanation of format description terms

Tag Value Note
Filename extension See related format.  See Matroska.
Internet Media Type See related format.  See Matroska.
Magic numbers See related format.  See Matroska.
Microsoft FOURCC V210
The encoding is identified using the codecID "V_MS/VFW/FOURCC" (Video for Windows/FOURCC) plus what Matroska calls private codec data containing the FOURCC code.

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Last Updated: 02/27/2017