Matroska (MKV) files, the same name as the popular Russian doll, are ideal for working with HD videos or incorporating subtitles. But they have a big problem: they have not reached the massiveness of the MP4, so many times you may encounter problems to reproduce them. So that you do not get tired looking for a compatible program, we explain how to convert MKV files to MP4 to see them on any device.
Some of the most common MKV files usually come from DVD and Blu-ray movie recordings, but it is not uncommon to see them in downloaded or converted YouTube videos as well. Wherever it comes from, the MP4 format is a much more compatible media standard with most modern devices, so it’s well worth knowing how to do this conversion.
VLC (Windows / macOS)
The VLC media player can recognize and play almost any video format, including MKV. Better yet, you can also turn them into something more universal, like MP4.
Step 1– Go to the VideoLAN home page and download VLC. Make sure you read the fine print when you install it, so you know that you are not installing any bloatware or inflated software.
Step 2: Open the software and click on the tab Half in the upper left corner and select Convert / Save in the drop down menu.
Step 3: click the button Add (Add) and locate the file you want to convert on your PC. Once selected, press the button Convert / Save at the bottom of the window.
Step 4: Specify the video format you want. In this case, we recommend H.264 + Mp3 (MP4), using the drop-down menu next to “Profile”. By clicking on the tool icon, you can also make more specific configuration settings.
Step 5: specify in Destination where you want VLC to export your file. Then click Start. The timeline will turn into a progress bar and once it is finished your video will be ready. Remember that the old MKV file will still exist. If you no longer want the old file and prefer more storage space on your computer, you should delete all your old MKV files when done.
Cloud Convert (Web)
If you are not convinced to install a program to transform your files, there are also a number of websites that will do the job for free. However, Cloud Convert is one of our favorites, because it is simple and supports a wide range of file formats.
Step 1– Go to the Cloud Convert home page and upload your file. You can search the file through the tab Select File or you can simply drag the file into the browser window.
Step 2: scroll through the list of audio formats and select MP4. By default Cloud Convert will create an MP4 with an H264 video codec and 192kbps AAC compression. If you prefer not to use this setting, click on the wrench icon and customize your preferences. Once the desired settings are correct, click Start Conversion.
Step 3: When the conversion process is complete, a green download icon will appear. Click on it to download your newly converted video. Note that if you are converting files to MP4 frequently, it may be in your best interest to download Cloud Convert as a Chrome extension or an iOS app.
* Article updated by Rodrigo Orellana on June 22, 2020.