Q: I got some MKV files ripped by MakeMKV, but I cannot play it at all in Kodi(the file will show up but nothing happens when I click on it). The .mkv file will play in other players like, VLC and DAPlayer. So, my question is, can MKV files be played directly through Kodi? You may have the same confusion is it possible to play MKV files on Kodi directly? Why Kodi can’t read your MKV movie files? Now, in the following paragraphs, I will give you the definite answer.
Although MKV is lucky enough to be included in Kodi supported file formats. However, it is well known that MKV is a container file format, it can hold many different type of audio, video codec such as H.264, VC-1, AC3, DTS, etc and also subtitle streams, menus and chapter structure. If there are some video, audio or other information that Kodi does not recognize, you will easily encounter no sound or crashes issues. To play MKV files smoothly on Kodi, the best solution is to transcode MKV files to Kodi best compatible H.264 video codec with AAC audio codec. Here, you can use Brorsoft Video Converter to get the work done.
Overall, this video app is professional on fast transcoding MKV to Kodi with MP4 format without quality loss. In addition, it not only supports MKV videos, but also handles various common video formats, like AVI, MXF, MTS, MOV, MP4, MPG, WMV .etc. Plus, with the built-in video editor, you can also choose to trim, crop, add watermark to your original videos. For Mac users, Brorsoft Video Converter Mac is also a helpful app to encode videos on Mac OS X(Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks included) for further usage.
How to convert MKV to Kodi for playback
STEP 1. Import MKVvideos
Launch the program, and click “Add” button on the main interface to load your MKV files for converting. (Drag&Drop function is included.) Check the “Merge into one file” box and you can join AVI clips into one.
STEP 2. Select output format
Click “Format” bar and choose MP4 from “Common Video” as output format, which can be recognized by Kodi easily.
STEP 3. Further Settings
Click Settings icon, you can adjust the video codec, bitrate, frame rate, audio codec, sample rate, etc. With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original videos while also saving space.
STEP 4. Start MKV to Kodi Conversion
Finally, hit the “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface. This MKV to Kodi Converter will start encoding MKV to Kodi friendly MP4 video automatically.
Just wait a moment and then you can output videos. Then you can copy the resulted files onto Kodi with the best quality. Have a fun of it!
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