What is MKV
A .mkv file is a Matroska video/audio multimedia file. Matroska is not a video codec as it is often thought to be, but a container like MOV, AVI and MP4, or an envelope that can hold many different codecs at the same time. As the name implies (the Russian egg-shaped dolls contained within one another) Matroska can contain video (DivX, Xvid, RV9, etc), sound (MP3, MP2, Ogg, AC3, AAC, DTS, PCM), as well as subtitles (SRT, ASS, SSA, USF, etc) in the same file.
The aim of developing Matroska was to provide a flexible and cross-platform alternative to AVI, ASF, MP4, MPG, MOV, and RM. Its main features include fast seeking, high error recovery, modularly extendable, selectable subtitle and audio streams, chapter entries, menus, and streamable over the internet. An example of a Matroska file is a complete video file that includes a video stream and an audio stream, as well as subtitles and a menu system.
How to play MKV media
As we described Matroska is a container format file that stores multiple streams (video, audio and subtitles). These streams may require you to install decoding software and filters to playback depending on what player you use.
The Easiest Method: VLC
For most MKV files you find, there is a player not based on DirectShow (so you probably won’t have to install any extra decoding software or filters) that has support for Matroska files- VLC. With the VLC player you are actually getting two things; a fine player with support for Matroska, and support for most video and audio streams you will find in an MKV file. This means that you most likely will not have to install any extra codecs or filters, depending on what your streams are.
Important Note: While VLC will work for most MKV files you will find, the package does not include any proprietary codecs. RealVideo and ON2 VP6 are examples of codecs not packed with VLC for this reason. Therefore with VLC, if you get a Matroska file that contains RealVideo, you are pretty much in the dark and will have to look for another playback option.
Another choice- Windows Media Player
Plus, several media players based on DirectShow like Windows Media Player will play back MKV files perfectly, but the key precondition is that you have the proper codecs and filters installed.
Why you need to convert MKV media
As you see, although there are some media players can support MKV videos, a lot of limits and potential troubles exist still. The basic reason is the complex codecs contained in a MKV file. So you have an MKV file and you just can’t get it to play whatever you do? A good solution is to convert MKV to more common video formats.
Which app can be used to convert MKV
When talking about MKV converter, the converting speed and output quality stand in the breach especially. Among various video converting tools, Brorsoft MKV converter(or the Mac version) is outstanding. With it, you can convert MKV video files to various formats with super-fast speed and extremely high quality. The supported output formats include AVI, WMV, MOV, 3GP, FLV, M4V and more. Both HD and Full HD file format are all in the output list. Besides, this MKV converter also lets you extract audio from MKV files and save them as MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC, AC3, FLAC, AIFF, M4R, M4B and more. What’s more, Brorsoft MKV file converter also provides more than 150 optimized presets for different mobile devices, like iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPad mini, iPod touch 5, Samsung Galaxy, Microsoft Surface, Nokia, Sony and more. You can also adjust the parameters of the output to fit better for you needs.
Batch conversion is another highlight of the MKV video converter. You can import all files you want to convert and click the Convert button to activate the MKV conversion after choosing an output format. Brorsoft MKV converter will do all the rest for you. Just remember that you can also edit the video as you wish before starting the conversion. The editing features include trimming, cropping, adjusting visual effects, adding watermarks and loading subtitles.