I had some DVDs with some downloaded movies and serials on it which I had hoarded up for the day we would have a DVD ROM to play them. I do have a DVD player but thatz a generic DVD player and these DVD’s weren’t burned so as to play on them….but had only files-stored therein. Our wait for a DVD ROM ended finally yesterday when my roomie got his Toshiba Portege with a combo drive in it. but to our dismay, the files on the DVD were encoded in formats that no generally-found media player could play.
WinDVD, PowerDVD and Windows Media Player all came up cropper against those files which were with an unheard-of extensions – RMVD and MKV!!! We installed VLC Player and also tried our K-Lite Mega Codec pack but those files simply wouldn’t play. Google came to our rescue and we quickly realized that MKV was a proprietary MatroskaVideo and RMVB was actually Real Media Variable Bitrate. I d/l’ed the corresponding filters/codecs today and shall be trying again to play those elusive movies today!
Moral of the exercise: There’s more in the media world than meets the eye