Typically you’ll encounter MKV files with Bluray rips or video exported from an HD stream, and you might have discovered you can’t play MKV on Mac easily. That’s because MKV won’t open in QuickTime, the default video player app in Mac OS X. Not to worry though, MKV files can be played on a Mac easily, just check out the top 3 ways to play MKV on Mac(El Capitan included).
Method 1. Play MKV in QuickTime with Perian installed
Perian is one of the most popularly used free QuickTime components to provide native support to a wide variety of file formats such as MPG. What you should note is that Perian can be only used on Mac OS Snow Leopard. Moreover the latest version of Perian, 1.2.3 requires installation of QuickTime 7 which is not available for other Mac OS apart from Snow Leopard such as Mountain Lion.
Note: Perian doesn’t work on Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan and there is no upgrade news now. If you are running on Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan, this way can’t work for you.
Method 2. Download MKV Player for Mac
With a versatile video player installed in your Mac, you can play any video without format limitation concerns on Mac. The most famous are VLC and MPlayer OSX. Both of them are excellent and free multimedia players for Mac users. Apart from MKV, they can deal with many of the video formats unknown to QuickTime.
Tip: If you don’t want to install too many players on your Mac and want to watch MKV videos with iTunes or QuickTime player, you can take a Mac video converter to convert your MKV files to Mac compatible format. So, we go to the thrid solution- convert MKV to Mac format.
Method 3. Convert MKV to Mac compatible format
Since MKV format is not supported by neither QuickTime or iTunes, converting MKV to MOV will surely be your best choice. In this case, a versatile video converter is in need. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is such an excellent program that combines video converter, video editor, video player. It is fully compatible with all Mac OS including El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, etc. With it, you can convert MKV videos (HD MKV) to Mac playable files MOV, MP4 with fast speed and high quality. Apart from MKV, it can also convert various other popular video formats including AVI, VOB, WMV, etc to Mac compatible video/audio formats. Read on to have a look at how to convert MKV videos to Mac friendly video.
Step-by-step Guide to Convert MKV Videos on Mac
1. Import MKV videos > Launch the best MKV Converter for Mac. You can directly drag local .mkv videos into the program window or click “Add” button in the bottom left to import .mpg files.
2. Choose Mac friendly format > Click Format bar and select “MOV” or “MP4” from the “Common Video”, which are fully compatible with Mac OS X. QuickTime Movie Format” format is also an optimal choice.
P.S. This Video Converter for El Capitan also helps you to convert videos to mobile devices supported formats, such as iPhone, iPad, iPod, Samsung Galaxy, etc.
3. Start conversion > In the end, you just need to click the “Convert” button start the conversion. When the converting process ends, you can open output folder to check and play converted MKV videos on your Mac(El Capitan) with ease.