Videos that come from different sources can be formatted in various ways, which is one of the most essential reason of video incompatibility problem. Usually we called Matroska video as MKV, and it is a format that frequently runs into such circumstances mentioned above.
To understand why MKV has poor performance over compatibility and what the best solution is, continue to read this article and you will have a clearer idea.
What is MKV and why it runs into incompatibility error
First one point should be focused on is the difference between video format and video codec, which confuses a lot of us all the time. Format is just like a container that holds a set of streams including audio, video and subtitles, etc. Codec, instead, is the way that these streams are compressed. Under MKV file folder, the extensions have MKV for video, MKA for audio and MKS for subtitle, and the according codecs can vary from each other. In a word, MKV format “wraps up” different parts of such video, and the codecs that do compression work is various. MKV is an open sourced file format. In this way, incompatibility error frequently becomes the barrier during MKV video playback. For example, the media player or operating system may be not able to handle all of those codecs in your MKV file, so sometimes it can’t be played or even supported.
Now you may have a better idea about the basic difference between MKV video format and codec, then what should we do to solve the problems of MKV video for good? The key is to conquer its incompatibility to systems and media players. That is, we have to convert MKV to a more compatible format like MP4.
How to convert MKV to MP4 for better compatibility
Based on the explanation above, now let’s concentrate to find the right solution. For your convenience, here two methods will be elaborated on and you can select the one that suits your needs.
- Convert MKV with desktop software
Among all of those different video converting tools, we choose WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe to make this tutorial. Why it’s on the top of users’ priority list? It converts MKV to MP4 in the quickest manner with the quality maintained. Also, your MKV video can be compressed up to 90% in file size. The whole conversion process will be 47X real-time faster because this tools makes full use of CPU and GPU. See the specific steps to convert MKV to MP4 below:
Step 1: Get your target MKV file loaded to this software. Click “+Video” to upload the video. Also, batch conversion is supported.
Step 2: Set MP4 as the target output file format. The “Output Profile” panel will appear right after the MKV is loaded. From “General Profiles” you can select “MP4 Video” for better compatibility.
Step 3: Click “RUN” button to start the conversion instantly.
- Convert MKV online
If you prefer to convert MKV to MP4 without installing any software, you can resort to online easy and convenient converting tools like CloudConvert for help. However, usually, such service will put on limitation during file conversion. CloudConvert converts MKV video file that’s under 1GB for free. See the CloudConvert conversion steps below:
Step 1: Go to its official website.
Step 2: To import MKV file, click on “Select File”.
Step 3: Click “Convert” to get the conversion started. Before this, you can trigger “Settings” to adjust video parameters if you need.
MKV video can’t be played or supported are common seen problems when you try to play it, and converting MKV to MP4 is the best way to fix such error. Desktop software like WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is stable and safe to use. Online converter is more convenient, but it has strict limitation on file size at the same time. You can choose one way to do the conversion on your preference.
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