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MKV Cutter is a tool to cut h.264 mkv files frame accurate. Cut out mkv video clips exactly without reconverting the entire video. Since it's an ALPHA version it has some major shortcomings.

Released:Jun 25,2017
File size:32.3MB
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20170625 (June 25, 2017)


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update 2017.06.25: MKV Cutter should now be able to mkvs with non constant time code differences (vfr content).

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Since it's a alpha version and I really only look at it from time to time it has some major shortcomings.
It only properly supports progressive, constant frame rate H.264 content
it has an ugly user-interface
it does not come with any bells&whistles
x264 encoding is very rudimentary (no user choice, always crf 21 encode)
ignores subtitles if present
Windows OS only atm. (mainly because Avisynth is used for decoding and preview; in theory ffmpeg could be used as alternative so porting to Linux&Co should be possible)

Here's a general overview how MKVCutter works:

analyze content with MKVInfo (to get the key frame positions)
analyze content with MediaInfo (to get some general data needed for audio reencoding and preview)
create AvisynthSkript to preview the content (simple script that calls FFVideoSource on the input)
let user set which parts of the content he wants
create audio and video cut lists for mkvmerge, create trim calls
let user set the output name and the temp folder
call mkvmerge with the video cut lists to create a bunch of temporary files (here the cuts are always on key frames)
analyze one of the not reencoded parts with h264_parse to improve compatibility
create avisynth scripts using the trim calls and LWLibAVSource to decode the GOPs that need reencoding (smart rendering)
create x264 call to reencode the content provided by the avisynth scripts
call x264 to reencode
when all GOPs that need to be reencoded are reencoded, call mkvmerge to cut the audio (here attachments, subtitles&co do not get disabled any therefore should still be available)
merge the new audio video and all the reencoded and kept GOPs

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Selur MKV Cutter, MKVCutter

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Does exactly what I need it do, don't know how I didn't find this earlier

I have been using a free editor which worked very well until they made it a paid program to keep the format instead of re-encoding
but that doesn't work anywhere as well as this program does

Once again


Thank you very much for this program I have tried a heap of different ones and this is the best one I have used

Dec 12, 2017 Version: 20170625 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

I love this tool, I use it for nearly everything I download to remove station bumpers (looking at you Fox and AMC) and trim the "previously on" sections for shows I constantly rewatch (looking at you Lost, Chuck, etc).

My ONLY complaint is that I've noticed if I use a video with an apostrophe, it either crashes or fails. Just a minor annoyance that I catch most of the time, but every once and a while I miss and it throws me for a loop.

Dec 4, 2017 Version: 20170625 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

I have some problem:

x264 call: "H:\PortableApps\PortableApps\MkvCutter\x264.exe" --profile main --level ain --tff --ref 1 --bframes 0 --weightp 0 --min-keyint 3 --keyint 13 --stitchable --non-deterministic --thread-input --crf 19 --demuxer avs --fps 5000000/100000 --sar 16:15 -o "D:\\test_reencode.264" "D:\\test.avs"
x264 [error]: invalid argument: level = ain

Aug 20, 2017 Version: MKV Cutter 20170625 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

This is truly a great tool and a much needed one, while most developers charge big bucks for tools like these, this one here is completely free, it's very basic right now and it's definitely missing a decent gui but it works (almost all the time) even where other tools fail. That's why I think this tool is great to cut my videos, I really hope that the developer will continue working on it and improving it, because it has a lot of potential. Keep it up!

Aug 10, 2017 Version: 20170625 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 3/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 8/10

Cut a H.264 file at ANY frame, not just keyframes. Pretty basic and even saves on an "import file" button during the workflow, but it does its job! Hope that the developer will bring it on Mac OS X and expands the functionality a bit. One factor I miss the most is doing several cut-outs in a single workflow. If the program will be able to communicate or at least read cutlists from to support OnlineTVrecorder, I will invite him for dinner :)

Apr 14, 2017 Version: 20160425 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 2/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 6/10

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