Can’t play MKV in VLC on Mac El Capitan- Solution

Well, I am bit of a tech newbie, so this question is probably going to sound silly, but I have come across a lot of MKV files, and how can I play these MKV using VLC on my Mac computer running on OS X El Capitan. At my first trial, I can’t play MKV in VLC on Mac El Capitan. Is there any solution for me?

I have researched the web and tried to follow some instructions. According some other users feedback, playing MKV on Mac OS X El Capitan with VLC media player is not smooth(stuttering or jumping) and the VLC always turns to crash. Can VLC support MKV on El Capitan?

Owning to the update of Mac OS, VLC media player is not able to work perfectly on El Capitan until now. What’s more, MKV (matroska) is a general use container, and as such the .mkv files can contain many tracks with different audio and video compression formats, which can cause problems during playback. Even if VLC can run on Mac El Capitan, many guys sometimes found that MKV can’t be played in VLC due to the codec issues.

Since you cannot play MKV file using VLC on El Capitan, there’s really not much you can do except maybe converting MKV to another format. Here comes with Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, which enables you to convert MKV to a friendly video for VLC for playback effortlessly on Mac OS X (El Capitan as well Yosemite, Mavericks, etc). Constantly updated to fit with the latest technology, this video converting software is fully compatible with Mac’s latest OS X 10.11 El Capitan and can convert any video MKV, AVI, FLV, MPG, MTS, MKV, etc up to 30X faster and without quality loss. Actually, this Mac video converter can aid you to solve all the video playback issues on Mac El Capitan. Download it now and start your conversion task.

Convert MKV for playback in VLC on Mac OS X El Capitan

1. Click the “Add Files” or “Add From Folder” button to load MKV videos for converting.

2. Click on “Format” bar to select output format. Here you can choose to encode MKV to .mov, .mp4 for playing with VLC on El Capitan. These formats are also supported well by QuickTime and iTunes in Yosemite.

Tip: It’s freely to adjust the video, audio parameters including video codec, bitrate, frame rate, audio sample rate, etc to get the best video as you like.

3. 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 in VLC as well as QuickTime player, iTunes on your Mac El Capitan with the best quality.

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Top 3 Ways to Play MKV Media on Mac (El Capitan included)

Top 3 Ways to Play MKV Media on Mac (El Capitan included)

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.